A Weak Convergence for Approximation of American Option Prices

34 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2010

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Weiping Li

Civil Aviation Flight University of China ; Oklahoma State University

Mei Xing

Oklahoma State University

Date Written: February 8, 2010

Abstract

Based on a sequence of discretized American option price processes under the multinomial model proposed by Maller, Solomon and Szimayer (2006), the sequence converges to the counterpart under the original Lévy process in distribution for almost all time. We prove a weak convergence in this case for American put options for all time. By adapting Skorokhod representation theorem, a new sequence of approximating processes with the same laws with the multinomial tree model defined by Maller, Solomon and Szimayer (2006) is obtained. The new sequence of approximating processes satisfies Aldous' criterion for tightness. And, the sequence of filtrations generated by the new approximation converges to the filtration generated by the representative of Lévy process weakly. By using results of Coquet and Toldo (2007), we give a complete proof of the weak convergence for the approximation of American put option prices for all time.

Keywords: American option, convergence in distribution, Lévy process, Skorokhod representation theorem

Suggested Citation

Li, Weiping and Xing, Mei, A Weak Convergence for Approximation of American Option Prices (February 8, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1549627 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1549627

Weiping Li (Contact Author)

Civil Aviation Flight University of China ( email )

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Oklahoma State University ( email )

Stillwater, OK
United States

Mei Xing

Oklahoma State University ( email )

Stillwater, OK
United States
405-744-8275 (Fax)

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