Quasi-Monte Carlo in Tree Pricing Models

13 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2017

Date Written: August 10, 2017


Quasi-Monte Carlo sampling methods for the pricing of path dependent derivatives have been shown to outperform random sampling when used in a variety of different interest rate models. In certain applications it is desirable to perform Monte Carlo simulations on a tree based interest rate model, however there is a lack of literature describing how to perform QMC on a tree. This paper describes a path compensation algorithm that allows QMC sampling based on the Sobol sequence in tree pricing applications. Solutions are provided for single factor Hull-White trinomial trees as well as the Black- Karasinski model. This algorithm can be adapted to binomial tree models. Path construction by the Brownian bridge is compared to a fast discrete cosine transform (DCT) approximation of principal component analysis (PCA). Both QMC methods are shown to outperform MC.

Keywords: PCA, QMC, Sobol

JEL Classification: C15

Suggested Citation

Zywina, Roy, Quasi-Monte Carlo in Tree Pricing Models (August 10, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3077402 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3077402

Roy Zywina (Contact Author)

TD Bank ( email )

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Toronto, ON M5K 1A2

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