Local Variance Gamma and Explicit Calibration to Option Prices
43 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2017
Date Written: January 2017
In some options markets (e.g., commodities), options are listed with only a single maturity for each underlying. In others (e.g., equities, currencies), options are listed with multiple maturities. In this paper, we analyze a special class of pure jump Markov martingale models and provide an algorithm for calibrating such models to match the market prices of European options with multiple strikes and maturities. This algorithm matches option prices exactly and only requires solving several one‐dimensional root‐search problems and applying elementary functions. We show how to construct a time‐homogeneous process which meets a single smile, and a piecewise time‐homogeneous process which can meet multiple smiles.
Keywords: exact calibration, implied smile, local variance gamma
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