Pricing options in jump-diffusion models: An extrapolation approach

Liming Feng*, Vadim Linetsky

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We propose a new computational method for the valuation of options in jump-diffusion models. The option value function for European and barrier options satisfies a partial integrodifferential equation (PIDE). This PIDE is commonly integrated in time by implicit-explicit (IMEX) time discretization schemes, where the differential (diffusion) term is treated implicitly, while the integral (jump) term is treated, explicitly. In particular, the popular IMEX Euler scheme is first-order accurate in time. Second-order accuracy in time can be achieved by using the IMEX midpoint scheme. In contrast to the above approaches, we propose a new high-order time discretization scheme for the PIDE based on the extrapolation approach to the solution of ODEs that also treats the diffusion term implicitly and the jump term explicitly. The scheme is simple to implement, can be added to any PIDE solver based on the IMEX Euler scheme, and is remarkably fast and accurate. We demonstrate our approach on the examples of Merton's and Kou's jump-diffusion models, the diffusion-extended variance gamma model, as well as the two-dimensional Duffie-Pan-Singleton model with correlated and contemporaneous jumps in the stock price and its volatility. By way of example, pricing a one-year double-barrier option in Kou's jump-diffusion model, our scheme attains accuracy of 10 -5 in 72 time steps (in 0.05 seconds). In contrast, it takes the first-order IMEX Euler scheme more than 1.3 million time steps (in 873 seconds) and the second-order IMEX midpoint scheme 768 time steps (in 0.49 seconds) to attain the same accuracy. Our scheme is also well suited for Bermudan options. Combining simplicity of implementation and remarkable gains in computational efficiency, we expect this method to be very attractive to financial engineering modelers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-325
Number of pages22
JournalOperations Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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