Pricing and hedging exotic options in stochastic volatility models.
PhD thesis, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
This thesis studies pricing and hedging barrier and other exotic options in continuous stochastic volatility models.
Classical put-call symmetry relates the price of puts and calls under a suitable dual market transform. One well-known application is the semi-static hedging of path-dependent barrier options with European options. This, however, in its classical form requires the price process to observe rather stringent and unrealistic symmetry properties. In this thesis, we provide a general self-duality theorem to develop pricing and hedging schemes for barrier options in stochastic volatility models with correlation. A decomposition formula for pricing barrier options is then derived by Ito calculus which provides an alternative approach rather than solving a partial differential equation problem. Simulation on the performance is provided. In the last part of the thesis, via a version of the reflection principle by Desire Andre, originally proved for Brownian motion, we study its application to the pricing of exotic options in a stochastic volatility context.
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