Cutting Edge

Two curves, one price

The financial crisis has multiplied the yield curves used to price plain vanilla interest rate derivatives, making classic single-curve no-arbitrage relations and pricing formulas no longer valid. Marco Bianchetti shows that no-arbitrage can be recovered…

Factors on demand

Attilio Meucci introduces a multi-asset-class return decomposition framework that extends beyond the standard systematic-plus-idiosyncratic approach. This framework, which rests on the conditional link between flexible bottom-up estimation factor models…

A bottom-up model with top-down dynamics

Yadong Li proposes a flexible, tractable and arbitrage-free bottom-up dynamic correlation modelling framework with a consistent stochastic recovery specification for multi-name credit derivatives. In this framework, the model’s spread dynamics can be…

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…

A dynamic model for leveraged funds

Guido Giese derives a model for the performance and Sharpe ratio of leveraged and inverse index funds that follow a dynamic leveraged trading strategy, that is, they are rebalanced on a daily basis to ensure a constant degree of leverage with respect to…

Cutting Edge: Pure jump models for energy prices

Université de Lausanne’s Roberto Marfè investigates pure jump processes as modelling blocks for the distributions of energy returns under the pricing measure. An easy-to-implement option-implied approach is outlined, which circumvents most of the…

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