Early Exercise Decision in American Options with Dividends, Stochastic Volatility and Jumps

74 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2016 Last revised: 16 Mar 2018

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Antonio Cosma

Université du Luxembourg

Stefano Galluccio

BNP Paribas Fixed Income

Paola Pederzoli

University of Houston - C.T. Bauer College of Business

O. Scaillet

Swiss Finance Institute - University of Geneva

Date Written: December 9, 2016

Abstract

Using a fast numerical technique, we investigate a large database of investor suboptimal nonexercise of short maturity American call options on dividend-paying stocks listed on the Dow Jones. The correct modelling of the discrete dividend is essential for a correct calculation of the early exercise boundary as confirmed by theoretical insights. Pricing with stochastic volatility and jumps instead of the Black-Scholes-Merton benchmark cuts by a quarter the amount lost by investors through suboptimal exercise. The remaining three quarters are largely unexplained by transaction fees and may be interpreted as an opportunity cost for the investors to monitor optimal exercise.

Suggested Citation

Cosma, Antonio and Galluccio, Stefano and Pederzoli, Paola and Scaillet, Olivier, Early Exercise Decision in American Options with Dividends, Stochastic Volatility and Jumps (December 9, 2016). Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper No. 16-73, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2883202 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2883202

Antonio Cosma

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Stefano Galluccio

BNP Paribas Fixed Income ( email )

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Paola Pederzoli

University of Houston - C.T. Bauer College of Business ( email )

Houston, TX 77204-6021
United States

Olivier Scaillet (Contact Author)

Swiss Finance Institute - University of Geneva ( email )

Geneva
Switzerland

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