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A general decomposition formula for derivative prices in stochastic volatility models



We see that the price of an european call option in a stochastic volatility framework can be decomposed in the sum of four terms, which identify the main features of the market that affect to option prices: the expected future volatility, the correlation between the volatility and the noise driving the stock prices, the market price of volatility risk and the difference of the expected future volatility at different times. We also study some applications of this decomposition.

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  • Elisa Alòs, 2003. "A general decomposition formula for derivative prices in stochastic volatility models," Economics Working Papers 665, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
  • Handle: RePEc:upf:upfgen:665

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    1. Stein, Elias M & Stein, Jeremy C, 1991. "Stock Price Distributions with Stochastic Volatility: An Analytic Approach," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 4(4), pages 727-752.
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    1. Elisa Alòs, 2004. "A generalization of Hull and White formula and applications to option pricing approximation," Economics Working Papers 740, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

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    Continuous-time option pricing model; stochastic volatility; Ito's formula; incomplete markets;

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    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing

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