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Volume , Issue Pages 1–84 Every issue we bring you original material from some of the best columnists, educators and cutting-edge researchers. Volume , Issue Pages 1– Every issue we bring you original material from some of the best columnists, educators and cutting-edge. with a book publisher to create a new magazine, Wilmott ' and the probability density function (PDF) of ST at K. Hence, the initial option value satisfies.

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The algorithms have the same variance, hence their MC convergence rates first one is known as the standard discretization algorithm.

Its construction are the same but QMC algorithms have different efficiencies with the follows directly from the definition of W t. The second one is the alterna- Brownian bridge algorithm having a much higher convergence rate tive discretization algorithm which is based on the use of conditional dis- Caflisch et.

The standard discretization algorithm for stochastic differential equa- tion 3. Here P S t , K is a payoff function, K is the strike price, T is the time to 2 maturity, r is a constant interest rate. A European call option provides In the standard discretization algorithm the evolution of an asset value is the holder of the option with the right to download the underlying asset by a generated by normal variates with equal weights.

The components fi xi are called first order terms, where ST is the asset price at the maturity. This method is presented in the next section. All Si Many practical problems deal with functions of a very complex structure. It corresponds to a fraction of the total variance given by to the variation of the input variables. For example, S1 is the main effect of a variable x1 , S12 is a Consider an integrable function f x defined in the unit hypercube Hn.

An analysis of Si For functions of an additive structure, only the low order sensitivity indices are important.

In an extreme case in which there is no interaction Expansion 4. Their The threshold 0. Condition 4. The effective dimension in 2n integral evaluations of the summands fi For high dimensional problems such an approach is impractical.

Consider two complementary subsets of variables y and z: The value dS does not depend on the order in which the input variables are sampled, while dT does. The variance although no formal proof was given. By reducing the effective dimension, corresponding to y is defined as a higher efficiency of QMC integration can be achieved.

One example of such an approach is a simulation driven by Brownian motion. Owen introduced the dimension distribution for a square integrable function Owen, The simulations are performed to show the difference between the convergence of MC and QMC methods with the standard and the Brownian Bridge discretization schemes. Stot 2 2 5. Their knowledge in price is 6. The use of Si and Stoti only need to simulate the terminal asset price. However, here we simu- reduces the number of index calculations from O 2n to just O 2n.

SobolSeq, Let u be a cardinality of a set u. Then the effective dimension of highly oscillating. In the case of QMC method with the Brownian bridge construction convergence is much faster than that for the standard discretization; however, the type of dis- 4.

Analytical value The results show the superior performance of the QMC approach with 3 0 the Brownian Bridge discretization. The points are linked for clarity by broken lines. For the case of an Asian call option we analyzed the payoff functions is An important factor in the comparison of methods is the overall computation time.

It is important steps. For the Brownian bridge discretization the total numbers by known generators. Sum of the first order sensitivity indices for 0. As follows from global SA for the Brownian bridge discretization 1 the low index variables are much more important than higher index Standard Approximation variables. The Brownian bridge discretization uses low well distributed Brownian Bridge coordinates from each n-dimensional LDS vector point to determine most of the structure of a path and reserves the later coordinates to fill 0.

All rights reserved. A barrier exchange option In the standard complete market setting of financial economics, market prices of options are calculated as conditional expected discounted cashflows, often involving cumbersome calcula- tions. E-mail addresses: snorre. Lindset , svein-arne.

Lindset, S. One class of exotic options is so-called barrier options, typically in- volving the use of the reflection principle or computational demanding numerical methods, see, e.

Assume the existence of a complete and arbitrage free financial market with continuous and frictionless trading possibilities. There are two risky assets. Time T is the maturity date for the options analyzed below. The first time At hits Lt from above, the option is knocked out. We can think of Lt as a random floor which knocks out the option. Alternatively and equivalently , we can think of At as a random ceiling that knocks out the option if it is hit by Lt from below. Proposition 1. Consider a portfolio consisting of a long position of one unit of At and a short position of one unit of Lt.

Both the option and the portfolio have identical market values equal to zero also in this case. As such, the pricing formula is remarkably simple. In fact, it cannot get much simpler than this and it is also valid for rather general price processes for the underlying assets, requiring only that the processes have continuous sample paths.

The op- tion formulas by Fischer and Margrabe , where barriers are not included and that depend critically on the assumed log-normality of the underlying price processes, are also more complicated than the formula presented here. Replicating the exchange option in the case with no 1 For simplicity we sometimes use the market prices A and L also to refer to the two risky assets.

It may seem surprising that including a barrier and allowing for more general price processes ac- tually simplify the pricing formula for the option, but the fact is that by including the barrier, the option element in the exchange option has disappeared.

Also, the replicating strategy is simpler because it only consists of a download-and-hold strategy, a fact which explains why our formula does not depend on the price dynamics for the risky assets.

Possible applications and implications Although a variety of barrier exchange options and other exotic derivatives are traded in real world financial markets, one could always ask which investors would trade the option treated above. Let u be a cardinality of a set u.

Then the effective dimension of highly oscillating. In the case of QMC method with the Brownian bridge construction convergence is much faster than that for the standard discretization; however, the type of dis- 4.

Analytical value The results show the superior performance of the QMC approach with 3 0 the Brownian Bridge discretization. A low dimensional case: The points are linked for clarity by broken lines. The situation is very different for the Brownian bridge discretization: For the case of an Asian call option we analyzed the payoff functions is An important factor in the comparison of methods is the overall computation time.

It is important steps. For the Brownian bridge discretization the total numbers by known generators. Sum of the first order sensitivity indices for 0. In the superposition sense it is larger time step number than 1 as interactions between variables are somewhat important: As follows from global SA for the Brownian bridge discretization 1 the low index variables are much more important than higher index Standard Approximation variables.

The Brownian bridge discretization uses low well distributed Brownian Bridge coordinates from each n-dimensional LDS vector point to determine most of the structure of a path and reserves the later coordinates to fill 0. It results in a significantly im- 0. In contrast, the standard construc- tion does not account for the specifics of LDSs distribution properties. Global SA offers an efficient and general approach for time step number analysis and reduction of problem complexity.

It reveals that the variance of the samples generated for the Brownian path slowly decreases with time Fig. Therefore, the effective dimensions for this discretisation is close to the of the subsequent variables.

They also decrease more rapidly than total real dimension. In accordance with For the Brownian bridge discretisation the sensitivity indices of the first 3. It results in par- Application of the Brownian bridge discretization greatly reduces the effec- ticular in the much higher value of the sum of the first order sensitivity tive dimension in the truncation sense and consequently increases the effi- indices for the Brownian bridge discretization than that for the stan- ciency of QMC.

Its efficiency does not depend on the problem dard discretization Table 1.

Although the standard discretisation with QMC sampling Results presented in Table 1 also show that the contribution of the first is superior to MC, the convergence rate of the QMC method is much lower order terms in the ANOVA representation for the standard discretization is than that of the Brownian bridge discretisation and it decreases as dimen- small and it decreases with the increase of the number of steps n.

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