A Family of Density Expansions for Lévy-Type Processes
Pagliarani, S., A. Pascucci, and C. Riga (2013). Adjoint expansions in local lévy models. SIAM J. Finan. Math. 4(1), 265–296.
30 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2013 Last revised: 28 Dec 2013
Date Written: December 27, 2013
We consider a defaultable asset whose risk-neutral pricing dynamics are described by an exponential Lévy-type martingale subject to default. This class of models allows for local volatility, local default intensity, and a locally dependent Lévy measure. Generalizing and extending the novel adjoint expansion technique of Pagliarani, Pascucci, and Riga (2013), we derive a family of asymptotic expansions for the transition density of the underlying as well as for European-style option prices and defaultable bond prices. For the density expansion, we also provide error bounds for the truncated asymptotic series. Additionally, for pure diffusion processes, we derive an asymptotic expansion for the implied volatility induced by European calls/puts. Our method is numerically efficient; approximate transition densities and European option prices are computed via Fourier transforms; approximate bond prices are computed as finite series. Additionally, as in Pagliarani et al. (2013), for models with Gaussian-type jumps, approximate option prices can be computed in closed form. Numerical examples confirming the effectiveness and versatility of our method are provided, as is sample Mathematica code.
Keywords: Local volatility, Lévy-type process, Asymptotic expansion, Pseudo-differential calculus, Defaultable asset
JEL Classification: C00
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