Analytical Solvability and Exact Simulation of Stochastic Volatility Models with Jumps
51 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2021 Last revised: 13 Sep 2021
Date Written: August 13, 2021
We perform a thorough investigation on the analytical solvability of general stochastic volatility (SV) models with Levy jumps and propose a unified, accurate, and efficient almost exact simulation method to price various financial derivatives. Our theoretical results lay a foundation for a range of valuation, calibration, and econometric problems. Our almost exact simulation method is applicable to a broad class of models and enables effective pricing of path-dependent financial derivatives, whereas the traditional exact simulation method is always tailor-made for some specific models and is generally time-consuming, which limits its use in the case of path-dependent financial derivatives. More specifically, by combining a decomposition technique with a change of measure approach, we first develop a simple probabilistic method to derive a unified formula for the conditional characteristic function of the log-asset price under general SV models with Levy jumps and show under which conditions this new formula admits a closed-form expression. The conditional and unconditional joint characteristic functions of the log-asset price and the integrated variance can be easily obtained as byproducts. Second, we take advantage of our main theoretical result, the Hilbert transform method, the interpolation technique, and the dimension reduction technique to construct unified and efficient almost exact simulation schemes. Finally, we apply our almost exact simulation method to price European options, discretely monitored weighted variance swaps, and discretely monitored variance options under a wide variety of SV models with Levy jumps. Extensive numerical examples demonstrate the high level of accuracy and efficiency of our almost exact simulation method in terms of bias, root-mean-squared error (RMS error), and CPU time.
Keywords: stochastic volatility models with Levy jumps; conditional characteristic function; Hilbert transform method; interpolation; enhanced Hilbert interpolation method; almost exact simulation; weighted variance swaps; variance options
JEL Classification: G
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