Journal of Risk Model Validation

Does hedging with implied volatility factors improve the hedging efficiency of barrier options?

Szymon Borak, Matthias R. Fengler and Wolfgang K. Härdle


The price of a barrier option depends on the shape of the entire implied volatility surface which is a high-dimensional dynamic object. Barrier options are hence exposed to non-trivial volatility risk. We extract the key risk factors of implied volatility surface fluctuations by means of a semiparametric factor model. Based on the factors we define a practical hedging procedure within a local volatility framework. The hedging performance is evaluated using DAX index options.

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