Which GARCH Model for Option Valuation?
46 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2002 Last revised: 16 Jun 2008
Date Written: May 27, 2004
Characterizing asset return dynamics using volatility models is an important part of empirical finance. The existing literature on GARCH models favors some rather complex volatility specifications whose relative performance is usually assessed through their likelihood based on a time-series of asset returns. This paper compares a range of GARCH models along a different dimension, using option prices and returns under the risk-neutral as well as the physical probability measure. We judge the relative performance of various models by evaluating an objective function based on option prices. In contrast with returns-based inference, we find that our option-based objective function favors a relatively parsimonious model. Specifically, when evaluated out-of-sample, our analysis favors a model that besides volatility clustering only allows for a standard leverage effect.
Keywords: option pricing, GARCH, risk-neutral pricing, parsimony, forecasting, out-of-sample
JEL Classification: G12
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