Quantitative Finance, Vol. 13, No. 11, 1801–1812, (2013)
26 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2012 Last revised: 23 Dec 2013
Date Written: July 6, 2013
Given bid-offer quotes for a set of listed vanilla options, a fundamental need of option market makers is to interpolate and extrapolate the available quotes to a full arbitrage-free surface. We propose a methodology which directly controls the trade-off between smoothness and bid-offer compliance of the resulting volatility surface. Unlike previous literature, the method applies simultaneously to all listed maturities and aims to smooth the implied risk neutral densities. Additionally, we consider asset dynamics which allow for general dividend streams - continuous, discrete yield and discrete cash - a modeling aspect of key importance in option markets.
Keywords: implied volatility surface, risk neutral density, discrete dividends
JEL Classification: C63, G13
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Bachem, Olivier and Drimus, Gabriel G. and Farkas, Walter, Smooth and Bid-Offer Compliant Volatility Surfaces Under General Dividend Streams (July 6, 2013). Quantitative Finance, Vol. 13, No. 11, 1801–1812, (2013); Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper No. 13-68. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2172256 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2172256