Yes, Libor Models Can Capture Interest Rate Derivatives Skew: A Simple Modelling Approach

27 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2005

Date Written: February 18, 2005

Abstract

We introduce a simple extension of a shifted geometric Brownian motion for modelling forward LIBOR rates under their canonical measures. The extension is based on a parameter uncertainty modelled through a random variable whose value is drawn at an infinitesimal time after zero. The shift in the proposed model captures the skew commonly seen in the cap market, whereas the uncertain volatility component allows us to obtain more symmetric implied volatility structures.

We show how this model can be calibrated to cap prices. We also propose an analytical approximated formula to price swaptions from the cap calibrated model. Finally, we build the bridge between caps and swaptions market by calibrating the correlation structure to swaption prices, and analyzing some implications of the calibrated model parameters.

Keywords: Libor models, caps, swaptions

JEL Classification: C51, C63

Suggested Citation

Errais, Eymen and Mercurio, Fabio, Yes, Libor Models Can Capture Interest Rate Derivatives Skew: A Simple Modelling Approach (February 18, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=680621 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.680621

Eymen Errais (Contact Author)

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Fabio Mercurio

Bloomberg L.P. ( email )

731 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
United States

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