Asymptotic Behaviour of the Fractional Heston Model
15 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2014
Date Written: November 27, 2014
We consider here the fractional version of the Heston model originally proposed by Comte, Coutin and Renault. Inspired by some recent ground-breaking work by Gatheral, Jaisson and Rosenbaum, who showed that fractional Brownian motion with short memory allows for a better calibration of the volatility surface (as opposed to the classical econometric approach of long memory of volatility), we provide a characterisation of the short- and long-maturity asymptotics of the implied volatility smile. Our analysis reveals that the short-memory property precisely provides a jump-type behaviour of the smile for short maturities, thereby fixing the well-known standard inability of classical stochastic volatility models to fit the short-end of the volatility skew.
Keywords: Fractional Heston model, Asymptotics, Implied Volatility
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