- Static super-replicating strategies for a class of exotic options
- Insurance: Mathematics & Economics
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- Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)
- Amsterdam School of Economics Research Institute (ASE-RI)
In this paper, we investigate static super-replicating strategies for European-type call options written on a weighted sum of asset prices. This class of exotic options includes Asian options and basket options among others. We assume that there exists a market where the plain vanilla options on the different assets are traded and hence their prices can be observed in the market. Both the infinite market case (where prices of the plain vanilla options are available for all strikes) and the finite market case (where only a finite number of plain vanilla option prices are observed) are considered. We prove that the finite market case converges to the infinite market case when the number of observed plain vanilla option prices tends to infinity.
We show how to construct a portfolio consisting of the plain vanilla options on the different assets, whose pay-off super-replicates the pay-off of the exotic option. As a consequence, the price of the super-replicating portfolio is an upper bound for the price of the exotic option. The super-hedging strategy is model-free in the sense that it is expressed in terms of the observed option prices on the individual assets, which can be e.g. dividend paying stocks with no explicit dividend process known. This paper is a generalization of the work of Simon et al. [Simon, S., Goovaerts, M., Dhaene, J., 2000. An easy computable upper bound for the price of an arithmetic Asian option. Insurance Math. Econom. 26 (2-3), 175-184] who considered this problem for Asian options in the infinite market case. Laurence and Wang [Laurence, P., Wang, T.H., 2004. What’s a basket worth? Risk Mag. 17, 73-77] and Hobson et al. [Hobson, D., Laurence, P., Wang, T.H., 2005. Static-arbitrage upper bounds for the prices of basket options. Quant. Fin. 5 (4), 329-342] considered this problem for basket options, in the infinite as well as in the finite market case.
As opposed to Hobson et al. [Hobson, D., Laurence, P., Wang, T.H., 2005. Static-arbitrage upper bounds for the prices of basket options. Quant. Fin. 5 (4), 329-342] who use Lagrange optimization techniques, the proofs in this paper are based on the theory of integral stochastic orders and on the theory of comonotonic risks.
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