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The vanna - volga method for derivatives pricing


  • Janek, Agnieszka


This Master thesis highlights some basic features and applications of the vanna-volga method and its accuracy when pricing plain vanillas and simple barrier options. In the paper we derive formulas for premiums of vanilla FX options using two versions of the vanna-volga method – the exact vanna-volga method and the simplified vanna-volga method. We review a very common vanna-volga variation used to price the first-generation exotics and the application of the vanna-volga method to construct the implied volatility surface. Furthermore, we briefly discuss a popular stochastic volatility model that aims to take the smile effect into account – the Heston model. Its accuracy and efficiency is further compared with that of the vanna-volga method. In the part of the thesis, which is devoted to calibration results, we compare the results obtained by the exact vanna-volga method, the simplified vanna-volga method and the Heston model. We also investigate the accuracy of the vanna-volga method applied to barrier options. All the plots and graphs in this thesis were produced by programs implemented by the author in MATLAB. These programs are available on request.

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  • Janek, Agnieszka, 2011. "The vanna - volga method for derivatives pricing," MPRA Paper 36127, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:36127

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    1. Janek, Agnieszka & Kluge, Tino & Weron, Rafal & Wystup, Uwe, 2010. "FX Smile in the Heston Model," MPRA Paper 25491, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. John C. Cox & Jonathan E. Ingersoll Jr. & Stephen A. Ross, 2005. "A Theory Of The Term Structure Of Interest Rates," World Scientific Book Chapters,in: Theory Of Valuation, chapter 5, pages 129-164 World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd..
    3. Garman, Mark B. & Kohlhagen, Steven W., 1983. "Foreign currency option values," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 2(3), pages 231-237, December.
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    vanna- volga method; implied volatility; volatility smile; Heston model;

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    • C63 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computational Techniques
    • C02 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Mathematical Economics

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