FX Options in Target Zone

Quantitative Finance 17(10) (2017) 1477-1486, Featured Article

25 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2015 Last revised: 16 Sep 2017

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Peter Carr

New York University Finance and Risk Engineering

Zura Kakushadze

Quantigic Solutions LLC; Free University of Tbilisi

Date Written: June 21, 2016


In this note we discuss - in what is intended to be a pedagogical fashion - FX option pricing in target zones with attainable boundaries. The boundaries must be reflecting. The no-arbitrage requirement implies that the differential (foreign minus domestic) short-rate is not deterministic. When the band is narrow, we can pick the functional form of the FX rate process based on computational convenience. With a thoughtful choice, the FX option pricing problem can be solved analytically. The European option prices are expressed via (fast converging) series of elementary functions. We discuss the general approach to solving the pricing PDE and explicit examples, including analytically tractable models with (non-Ornstein-Uhlenbeck) mean-reversion.

Keywords: FX, options, target zone, attainable boundaries, Brownian motion, volatility, drift, reflecting barriers

JEL Classification: G00

Suggested Citation

Carr, Peter P. and Kakushadze, Zura, FX Options in Target Zone (June 21, 2016). Quantitative Finance 17(10) (2017) 1477-1486, Featured Article, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2699250 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2699250

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