Calibration of Local Correlation Models to Basket Smiles

51 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2016

Date Written: November 17, 2016


Allowing correlation to be local, i.e., state-dependent, in multi-asset models allows better hedging by incorporating correlation moves in the Delta. When options on a basket - be it a stock index, a cross-foreign exchange rate or an interest rate spread - are liquidly traded, one may want to calibrate a local correlation to these option prices. Only two particular solutions have been suggested so far in the literature. Both impose a particular dependency of the correlation matrix on the asset values that one has no reason to undergo. They may also fail to be admissible, i.e., positive semi-definite. We explain how, by combining the particle method presented in "The smile calibration problem solved" by Guyon and Henry-Labordère (2011) with a simple affine transform, we can build all the calibrated local correlation models. The two existing models appear as special cases (if admissible). For the first time, one can now choose a calibrated local correlation in order to fit a view on the correlation skew, or reproduce historical correlation, or match some exotic option prices, thus improving the pricing, hedging and risk-management of multi-asset derivatives. This technique is generalized to calibrate models that combine stochastic interest rates, stochastic dividend yield, local stochastic volatility and local correlation. Numerical results show the wide variety of calibrated local correlations and give insight into a difficult (still unsolved) problem: finding lower bounds/upper bounds on general multi-asset option prices given the whole surfaces of implied volatilities of a basket and its constituents.

Keywords: local correlation; calibration; particle method;McKean nonlinear stochastic differential equation (SDE); path-dependent correlation

Suggested Citation

Guyon, Julien, Calibration of Local Correlation Models to Basket Smiles (November 17, 2016). Journal of Computational Finance, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN:

Julien Guyon (Contact Author)

Ecole des Ponts ParisTech ( email )


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