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The Convergence of Binomial Trees for Pricing the American Put


Mark S. Joshi


University of Melbourne - Centre for Actuarial Studies

November 14, 2007


Abstract:     
We study 20 different implementation methodologies for each of 11 different choices of parameters of binomial trees and investigate the speed of convergence for pricing American put options numerically. We conclude that the most effective methods involve using truncation, Richardson extrapolation and sometimes smoothing. We do not recommend use of a European option as a control. The most effective trees are the Tian third order moment matching tree and a new tree designed to minimize oscillations.

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Keywords: binomial trees, Richardson extrapolation, options, rate of convergence

JEL Classification: G13

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Date posted: November 15, 2007 ; Last revised: March 27, 2009

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Joshi, Mark S., The Convergence of Binomial Trees for Pricing the American Put (November 14, 2007). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1030143 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1030143

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University of Melbourne - Centre for Actuarial Studies ( email )
Melbourne, 3010
Australia
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