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Meshfree Approximation for Multi-Asset Options


  • Emmanuel Hanert

    (Départment des sciences du milieu et de l'aménagement du territoire, Université catholique de Louvain)

  • Aanand Venkatramanan

    () (ICMA Centre, University of Reading)


We price multi-asset options by solving their price partial differential equations using a meshfree approach with radial basis functions under jump-diffusion and geometric Brownian motion frameworks. In the geometric Brownian motion framework, we propose an effective technique that breaks the multi-dimensional problem to multiple 3D problems. We solve the price PDEs or PIDEs with an implicit meshfree scheme using thin-plate radial basis functions. Meshfree approach is very accurate, has high order of convergence and is easily scalable and adaptable to higher dimensions and different payoff profiles. We also obtain closed form approximations for the option Greeks. We test the model on American crack spread options traded on NYMEX.

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  • Emmanuel Hanert & Aanand Venkatramanan, 2008. "Meshfree Approximation for Multi-Asset Options," ICMA Centre Discussion Papers in Finance icma-dp2009-07, Henley Business School, Reading University, revised Jun 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:rdg:icmadp:icma-dp2009-07

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    1. Carol Alexander & Aanand Venkatramanan, 2007. "Analytic Approximations for Spread Options," ICMA Centre Discussion Papers in Finance icma-dp2007-11, Henley Business School, Reading University.
    2. Carol Alexander & Aanand Venkatramanan, 2008. "Analytic Approximations for Multi-Asset Option Pricing," ICMA Centre Discussion Papers in Finance icma-dp2009-05, Henley Business School, Reading University, revised Jun 2009.
    3. Szymon Borak & Kai Detlefsen & Wolfgang Härdle, 2005. "FFT Based Option Pricing," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2005-011, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
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    Multi-asset options; radial basis function; meshfree approximation; collocation; multidimensional Lévy process; basket options; PIDE; PDE;

    JEL classification:

    • C02 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Mathematical Economics
    • C30 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - General


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