Exotic options

Expanded smiles

Implementing models with stochastic as well as deterministic local volatility can be challenging. Here, Jesper Andreasen and Brian Huge describe an expansion approach for such models that avoids the high-dimensional partial differential equations usually…

Maximum draw-down and directional trading

Maximum draw-down measures the worst drop in a market in a given time period. Jan Vecer shows how to price and replicate this event. Replication can be naturally linked to existing popular trading strategies, such as momentum or contrarian trading

Maximum draw-down and directional trading

Maximum draw-down measures the worst drop in a market in a given time period. Jan Vecer shows how to price and replicate this event. Replication can be naturally linked to existing popular trading strategies, such as momentum or contrarian trading

Variance swaps and non-constant vega

Variance swaps have gained in popularity due to their ability to provide investors with purevolatility exposure – a fairly stable gamma exposure despite changes in the value of theunderlying. The vega exposure of this product, however, varies linearly…

Smile dynamics

Traditionally, smile models have been assessed according to how well they fit market option prices across strikes and maturities. However, the pricing of most recent exotic structures, such as reverse cliquets or Napoleons, is more dependent on the…