Implied volatility expansion under the generalized Heston model

University essay from Mälardalens högskola/Akademin för utbildning, kultur och kommunikation; Mälardalens högskola/Akademin för utbildning, kultur och kommunikation

Abstract: In this thesis, we derive a closed-form approximation to the implied volatility for a European option, assuming that the underlying asset follows the generalized Heston model. A new para- meter is added to the Heston model which constructed the generalized Heston model. Based on the results in Lorig, Pagliarani and Pascucci [11], we obtain implied volatility expansions up to third-order. We conduct numerical studies to check the accuracy of our expansions. More specifically we compare the implied volatilities computed using our expansions to the results by Monte Carlo simulation method. Our numerical results show that the third-order implied volatility expansion provides a very good approximation to the true value.

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