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The Evaluation of American Compound Option Prices Under Stochastic Volatility Using the Sparse Grid Approach



A compound option (the mother option) gives the holder the right, but not obligation to buy (long) or sell (short) the underlying option (the daughter option). In this paper, we demonstrate a partial differential equation (PDE) approach to pricing American-type compound options where the underlying dynamics follow Heston’s stochastic volatility model. This price is formulated as the solution to a two-pass free boundary PDE problem. A modified sparse grid approach is implemented to solve the PDEs, which is shown to be accurate and efficient compared with the results from Monte Carlo simulation combined with the Method of Lines.

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  • Carl Chiarella & Boda Kang, 2009. "The Evaluation of American Compound Option Prices Under Stochastic Volatility Using the Sparse Grid Approach," Research Paper Series 245, Quantitative Finance Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney.
  • Handle: RePEc:uts:rpaper:245

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    1. Thomas Adolfsson & Carl Chiarella & Andrew Ziogas & Jonathan Ziveyi, 2013. "Representation and Numerical Approximation of American Option Prices under Heston Stochastic Volatility Dynamics," Research Paper Series 327, Quantitative Finance Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney.
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    1. Mahayni, Antje & Schoenmakers, John G.M., 2011. "Minimum return guarantees with fund switching rights—An optimal stopping problem," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 35(11), pages 1880-1897.
    2. Susanne Griebsch, 2013. "The evaluation of European compound option prices under stochastic volatility using Fourier transform techniques," Review of Derivatives Research, Springer, vol. 16(2), pages 135-165, July.
    3. Carl Chiarella & Boda Kang & Gunter H. Meyer, 2010. "The Evaluation Of Barrier Option Prices Under Stochastic Volatility," Research Paper Series 266, Quantitative Finance Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney.
    4. Andrey Itkin, 2015. "LSV models with stochastic interest rates and correlated jumps," Papers 1511.01460,, revised Nov 2016.
    5. repec:eee:matsoc:v:87:y:2017:i:c:p:85-91 is not listed on IDEAS

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    American compound option; stochastic volatility; free boundary problem; sparse grid; combination technique; Monte Carlo simulation; method of lines;

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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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