Turbo-Charged Local Stochastic Volatility Models
12 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2013 Last revised: 11 Mar 2013
Date Written: February 4, 2010
This article presents an alternative formulation of the standard Local Stochastic Volatility model (LSV) widely used for the pricing and risk-management of FX derivatives and to a lesser extent of equity derivatives. In the standard model, calibration is achieved by solving a non-linear two-factor Kolmogorov forward PDE, where a minimum number of vol points is required to achieve convergence of a finite difference implementation. In contrast, we propose to model the volatility process by a Markov chain defined over an arbitrary small number of states, so that calibration and pricing are achieved by solving a coupled system of one-factor PDEs. The practical benefits are twofolds: existing one-factor PDE solvers can be recycled to model stochastic volatility, while the reduction in number of discretisation points implies a speedup in execution time that enables real-time risk-management of large derivatives position.
Keywords: derivatives, LSV models, stochastic volatility, local volatility, calibration, pricing, PDE, Markov chain
JEL Classification: G13
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