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McKean's Methods Applied to American Call Options on Jump-Diffusion Processes

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In this paper we derive the implicit integral equation for the price of an American call option in the case where the underlying asset follows a jump-diffusion process. We extend McKean's incomplete Fourier transform approach to solve the free boundary problem under Merton's framework, with the distribution for the jump size remaining unspecified. We show how our results are consistent with those of Gukhal (2001), who derived the same integral equation using the Geske-Johnson discretisation approach. The paper also derives some results concerning the limit for the free boundary at expiry, and presents an iterative numerical algorithm for solving the linked integral equation system for the American call's price and early exercise boundary. This scheme is applied to Merton's jump-diffusion model, where the jumps are log-normally distributed.

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  • Carl Chiarella & Andrew Ziogas, 2004. "McKean's Methods Applied to American Call Options on Jump-Diffusion Processes," Research Paper Series 117, Quantitative Finance Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney.
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    1. Min Dai & Yue Kuen Kwok, 2006. "Characterization Of Optimal Stopping Regions Of American Asian And Lookback Options," Mathematical Finance, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 16(1), pages 63-82.
    2. Chiarella, Carl & Ziogas, Andrew, 2005. "Evaluation of American strangles," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 29(1-2), pages 31-62, January.
    3. Andrew Ziogas & Carl Chiarella, 2004. "Pricing American Options on Jump-Diffusion Processes using Fourier-Hermite Series Expansions," Computing in Economics and Finance 2004 177, Society for Computational Economics.

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    american options; jump-diffusion; volterra integral equation; free-boundary problem;

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    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory

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