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On the pricing and hedging of options for highly volatile periods


  • El-Khatib, Youssef
  • Hatemi-J, Abdulnasser


Option pricing is an integral part of modern financial risk management. The well-known Black and Scholes (1973) formula is commonly used for this purpose. This paper is an attempt to extend their work to a situation in which the unconditional volatility of the original asset is increasing during a certain period of time. We consider a market suffering from a financial crisis. We provide the solution for the equation of the underlying asset price as well as finding the hedging strategy. In addition, a closed formula of the pricing problem is proved for a particular case. The suggested formulas are expected to make the valuation of options and the underlying hedging strategies during financial crisis more precise.

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  • El-Khatib, Youssef & Hatemi-J, Abdulnasser, 2013. "On the pricing and hedging of options for highly volatile periods," MPRA Paper 45272, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:45272

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    1. Youssef El-Khatib & Abdulnasser Hatemi-J, 2017. "Computation of second order price sensitivities in depressed markets," Papers 1705.02473,, revised Jan 2018.

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    Asset Pricing and Hedging; Options; Financial Crisis; Black and Scholes formula.;

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    • C02 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Mathematical Economics
    • C11 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Bayesian Analysis: General
    • C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General
    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions

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