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Seasonal stochastic volatility: implications for the pricing of commodity options

Arismendi, J. C., Back, J., Prokopczuk, M., Paschke, R. and Rudolf, M. (2016) Seasonal stochastic volatility: implications for the pricing of commodity options. Journal of Banking and Finance, 66. pp. 53-65. ISSN 0378-4266

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2016.02.001

Abstract/Summary

Many commodity markets contain a strong seasonal component not only at the price level, but also in volatility. In this paper, the importance of seasonal behavior in the volatility for the pricing of commodity options is analyzed. We propose a seasonally varying long-run mean variance process that is capable of capturing empirically observed patterns. Semi-closed-form option valuation formulas are derived. We then empirically study the impact of the proposed Seasonal Stochastic Volatility Model on the pricing accuracy of natural gas futures options traded at the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) and corn futures options traded at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). Our results demonstrate that allowing stochastic volatility to fluctuate seasonally significantly reduces pricing errors for these contracts.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > ICMA Centre
ID Code:66555
Publisher:Elsevier

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