Thanks for visiting. This site provides supplementary material for the “Option Valuation under Stochastic Volatility” books: material that you won’t find at Amazon or other selling sites.
For the latest book,
“Option Valuation under Stochastic Volatility II”, you can find:
- the full Table of Contents (try the Latest Book link)
- Abstracts for the first 12 chapters (try the 5-min Book Tour link)
- code files
In addition, you will find a blog by Alan L. Lewis, the author.
A featured chart from the latest book
What is it? This chart shows early exercise boundaries for the American-style put under discrete dividend models. The models are associated to Black-Scholes (geometric Brownian motion, or GBM) stock price evolution. How to handle discrete dividends is, remarkably (even in this basic GBM case), still a contentious issue more than 40 years after Black and Scholes’ seminal publication.
Two general approaches are: (i) piecewise GBM, using various dividend policies , and (ii) escrowed dividends. The first two rows of the chart show the early exercise boundary in the plane under piecewise GBM and various . The last row shows the same in the plane under the escrowed dividend model, where is the risky part of the stock price. More details are found in Chapter 9 of the latest book.
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