Multi-Currency Local Volatility Model
37 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2008 Last revised: 24 Sep 2008
Date Written: August 2008
We establish the need for local volatility coupled with domestic and foreign stochastic interest rates to properly manage some exotic hybrid options. We then compute such a local volatility and identify a bias with respect to the local volatility with deterministic rates. Performing variance-covariance analysis on the logarithm of the underlying price together with the domestic and foreign spot rates we estimate that bias by calculating the variances of the logarithm of the underlying price with and without stochastic rates at fixed points in time and in space. Equating the resulting variances we express the local volatility with stochastic rates in terms of the one with deterministic rates plus a bias obtaining an exact, fast and robust way of calibrating any local volatility with stochastic rates to market prices. We calculate it by using a bootstrapping method requiring solving a quadratic equation at each maturity and strike and present results on the Japanese market.
Keywords: Local Volatility, Cross-Currency, Stochastic Rates, FX options, Malliavin Calculus, Calibration
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