Stochastic Volatility for Levy Processes
35 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2002
Date Written: April 2001
Three processes reflecting persistence of volatility are formulated by evaluating three Levy processes at a time change given by the integral of a square root process. A positive stock price process is then obtained by exponentiating and mean correcting these processes, or alternatively by stochastically exponentiating the processes. The characteristic functions for the log price can be used to yield option prices via the fast Fourier transform. Our empirical results on index options and single name options suggest advantages to employing higher dimensional Levy systems for index options and lower dimensional structures for single names. In general, mean corrected exponentiation performs better than employing the stochastic exponential. Martingale laws for the mean corrected exponential are also studied and two new concepts termed Levy and martingale marginals are introduced.
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