- Transform-based evaluation of prices and Greeks of lookback options driven by Lévy processes
- Journal of Computational Finance
- Volume | Issue number
- 20 | 2
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI)
In this paper, we develop a technique, based on numerical inversion, to compute the prices and Greeks of lookback options driven by Lévy processes. In this setup, the risk neutral evolution of the stock price, say St , is given by S0eΧt , with S0 the initial price and Χt a Lévy process. Lookback option prices are functions of the stock prices ST at maturity time T and the running maximum ST := sup0≤t≤T St. As a consequence, the Wiener-Hopf decomposition provides us with all the probabilistic information needed to evaluate these prices. To overcome the complication that, in general, only an implicit form of the Wiener-Hopf factor is available, we approximate the Lévy process under consideration by an appropriately chosen other Lévy process, for which the double transform 피e−αXt(q) is known, where t(q) is an exponentially distributed random variable with mean q−1. The second step is to write the transform of the lookback option prices in terms of this double transform. Finally, we use state-of-the-art numerical inversion techniques to compute the prices and Greeks (ie, sensitivities with respect to initial price S0 and maturity time T). We test our procedure for a broad range of relevant Lévy processes, including a number of "traditional" models (Black-Scholes, Merton) and more recently proposed models (Carr-Geman-Madan-Yor (CGMY) and Beta processes), and show excellent performance in terms of speed and accuracy.
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