An integral equation approach for pricing American put options under regime-switching model

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International Journal of Computer Mathematics


Regime-switching models have been heavily studied recently, as they have some clear advantages of over other non-constant volatility model to resolve the so-called smirk effect displayed when constant volatility models are used to price financial derivatives such as options. However, due to the increased model complexity, the associated computational effort usually increases as well, particularly when they are used to price American-style options. In this paper, a novel computational approach based on integral equations is presented. A distinctive feature of our approach, in comparison with other numerical approaches, is that the coupled partial differential equations (PDEs) in a PDE system have been decoupled in the Fourier space, resulting in a completely decoupled integral equation for each economical states, and thus has greatly reduced computational effort. Some examples with preliminary results for a two-state regime-switching model are used to demonstrate our approach.

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