Barrier Option Pricing by Branching Processes
International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance, Vol. 12, No. 7, pp. 1055-1073, 2009
Posted: 21 Apr 2010
Date Written: November 2009
This paper examines the pricing of barrier options when the price of the underlying asset is modeled by a branching process in a random environment (BPRE). We derive an analytical formula for the price of an up-and-out call option, one form of a barrier option. Calibration of the model parameters is performed using market prices of standard call options. Our results show that the prices of barrier options that are priced with the BPRE model deviate significantly from those modeled assuming a lognormal process, despite the fact that for standard options, the corresponding differences between the two models are relatively small.
Keywords: Barrier option, up-and-out call option, Bienayme-Galton-Watson branching process, branching process in a random environment
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