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A Survey of the Integral Representation of American Option Prices

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This paper surveys some of the literature on American option pricing, in particular the representations of McKean (1965), Kim (1990) and Carr, Jarrow and Myneni (1992). It is proposed that the approach regarding the problem as a free boundary value problem, and solving this via incomplete Fourier transforms, is the most robust for further developments involving more complex payo structures, and higher dimensional problems such as multi-asset American options. Some comparison of di erent numerical solution methods is also provided.

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  • Carl Chiarella & Adam Kucera & Andrew Ziogas, 2004. "A Survey of the Integral Representation of American Option Prices," Research Paper Series 118, Quantitative Finance Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney.
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    1. Chiarella, Carl & Ziogas, Andrew, 2005. "Evaluation of American strangles," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 29(1-2), pages 31-62, January.
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    1. Carl Chiarella & Andrew Ziogas, 2006. "American Call Options on Jump-Diffusion Processes: A Fourier Transform Approach," Research Paper Series 174, Quantitative Finance Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney.
    2. Carl Chiarella & Christina Nikitopoulos Sklibosios & Erik Schlogl, 2007. "A Control Variate Method for Monte Carlo Simulations of Heath-Jarrow-Morton Models with Jumps," Applied Mathematical Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(5), pages 365-399.
    3. Jonathan Ziveyi, 2011. "The Evaluation of Early Exercise Exotic Options," PhD Thesis, Finance Discipline Group, UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney, number 12, january-d.
    4. Chiarella, Carl & Ziogas, Andrew, 2005. "Evaluation of American strangles," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 29(1-2), pages 31-62, January.
    5. Carl Chiarella & Jonathan Ziveyi, 2014. "Pricing American options written on two underlying assets," Quantitative Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(3), pages 409-426, March.
    6. Carl Chiarella & Andrew Ziogas, 2009. "American Call Options Under Jump-Diffusion Processes - A Fourier Transform Approach," Applied Mathematical Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 16(1), pages 37-79.
    7. repec:eee:apmaco:v:305:y:2017:i:c:p:330-347 is not listed on IDEAS
    8. Carl Chiarella & Christina Nikitopoulos-Sklibosios & Erik Schlogl, 2005. "A Control Variate Method for Monte Carlo Simulations of Heath-Jarrow-Morton with Jumps," Research Paper Series 167, Quantitative Finance Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney.
    9. Pierangelo Ciurlia & Ilir Roko, 2005. "Valuation of American Continuous-Installment Options," Computational Economics, Springer;Society for Computational Economics, vol. 25(1), pages 143-165, February.

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    Keywords

    American options; Volterra integral equation; incomplete Fourier transform; 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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