A Note on Hedging with Local and Stochastic Volatility Models
Banca IMI; Bocconi University
November 3, 2008
The behaviour of a smile model when applied to hedging should be consistent with market evidence that asset prices and market smiles move in the same direction (Hagan et al. 2002). Local volatility models are criticized because not consistent with this desired behaviour, and this has been an important driver towards the use of stochastic volatility models.
In this work we perform a simple analysis showing that, if we take into account explicitly the correlation between stochastic volatility and underlying asset which is typical of the most common stochastic volatility models, the hedging behaviour of stochastic volatility models does not always conform with the desired behaviour of a smile model in hedging.
With further simple tests we show that the behaviour of local volatility and stochastic volatility models calibrated to market skew is less different than assumed in current market wisdom. Both approaches, when used consistently with model assumptions, do not show the desired behaviour in hedging, while for both models the desired behaviour is obtained in market practice by hedging techniques which are not fully consistent with rigorous model assumptions.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: hedging, local volatility, stochastic volatility, sabr
JEL Classification: G13working papers series
Date posted: November 3, 2008 ; Last revised: January 13, 2009
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