TY - JOUR
T1 - On Pricing Asian Options under Stochastic Volatility
JF - The Journal of Derivatives
SP - 7
LP - 19
DO - 10.3905/jod.2016.23.4.007
VL - 23
IS - 4
AU - Russo, Emilio
AU - Staino, Alessandro
Y1 - 2016/05/31
UR - http://jod.iijournals.com/content/23/4/7.abstract
N2 - American exercise presents difficulties for option valuation. For an in-the-money option, it becomes necessary at each point in time to consider whether to exercise or to hold on, based on expectations about the stock price at option expiration and also about the optionality value of potential exercise on every date when exercise will be possible in the future. An “Asian” option payoff presents its own valuation problems because the payoff is based on the arithmetic average of correlated lognormal prices, which is not lognormal. Adding stochastic volatility makes both of these problems much harder. But in this article, Russo and Staino are able to develop a lattice technique that deals with all three of these difficulties. The stochastic variable that the tree is built around is the variance, while both the current asset price and the running average of past prices to be included in calculating the payoff at expiration are carried along as auxiliary variables, in the form of sets of values at each node that span the range of possible values along all of the paths that lead to that node. Although there are several approximations in the procedure, accuracy is excellent, and execution is relatively fast.
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