BFS 2002

Contributed Talk

A mean-reverting stochastic volatility option-pricing model with an analytic solution

Henrik Andersson

In this paper we derive a closed form approximation to a stochastic volatility option-pricing model and propose a variant of EGARCH for parameter estimation. The model thereby provides a consistent approach to the problem of option pricing and parameter estimation. Using Swedish stocks, the model provides a good fit to the heteroscedasticity prevalent in the time-series. The stochastic volatility model also prices options on the underlying stock more accurately than the traditional Black-Scholes formula. This result holds for both historic and implied volatility. A large part of the volatility smile that is observed for options of different maturity and exercise prices is thereby explained.