Review of Derivatives Research

Publisher: Springer Verlag

Journal description

The proliferation of derivative assets during the past two decades is unprecedented. With this growth in derivatives comes the need for financial institutions institutional investors and corporations to use sophisticated quantitative techniques to take full advantage of the spectrum of these new financial instruments. Academic research has significantly contributed to our understanding of derivative assets and markets. The growth of derivative asset markets has been accompanied by a commensurate growth in the volume of scientific research. The rapid growth of derivatives research combined with the current absence of a rigorous research journal catering to the area of derivatives and the long lead-times in the existing academic journals underlines the need for Review of Derivatives Research which provides an international forum for researchers involved in the general areas of derivative assets. The Review publishes high quality articles dealing with the pricing and hedging of derivative assets on any underlying asset (commodity interest rate currency equity real estate traded or non-traded etc.). Specific topics include but are not limited to: econometric analyses of derivative markets (efficiency anomalies performance etc.) analysis of swap markets market microstructure and volatility issues regulatory and taxation issues credit risk new areas of applications such as corporate finance (capital budgeting debt innovations) international trade (tariffs and quotas) banking and insurance (embedded options asset-liability management) risk-sharing issues and the design of optimal derivative securities risk management management and control valuation and analysis of the options embedded in capital projects valuation and hedging of exotic options new areas for further development (i.e. natural resources environmental economics. The Review has a double-blind refereeing process. In contrast to the delays in the decision making and publication processes of many current journals the Review will provide authors with an initial decision within nine weeks of receipt of the manuscript and a goal of publication within six months after acceptance. Finally a section of the journal is available for rapid publication on 'hot' issues in the market small technical pieces and timely essays related to pending legislation and policy.

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Website Review of Derivatives Research website
Other titles Review of derivatives research (Online)
ISSN 1380-6645
OCLC 41977963
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    ABSTRACT: We show that commonality in liquidity is priced in both the cross-section and time-series of credit default swap (CDS) premia. Protection buyers earn a statistically significant and economically important discount for bearing the risk of individual CDS illiquidity co-moving with CDS market illiquidity. The pricing of commonality in CDS liquidity is different for calm and crisis periods as we find liquidity risk to be a priced factor in CDS spreads only during the recent financial crisis. Additionally, we find evidence that liquidity seems to be more important for the pricing of CDS than fundamentals from structural models of default risk.
    Review of Derivatives Research 10/2015; 18(3). DOI:10.1007/s11147-015-9110-y
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    ABSTRACT: Prior research argues that pessimistic traders can use options as substitutes for short sales particularly when stocks are expensive to short. Motivated by this contention, we examine the relation between put-call ratios, short-selling activity, and constraints to short selling. Results show that (1) put-call ratios are inversely related, instead of directly related, to proxies for short-sale constraints and (2) the significant negative relation between current put-call ratios and future returns (Pan and Poteshman in Rev Financ Stud 19:871–908, 2006) is orthogonal to proxies for short-sale constraints. These results indicate that short-sale constraints do not influence bearish option activity. While prior studies show that short sellers are generally contrarian in contemporaneous and past returns, we find that put-call ratios follow periods of negative returns. However, any observed return predictability contained in put-call ratios is driven by ratios that follow periods of positive returns.
    Review of Derivatives Research 04/2015; 18(1). DOI:10.1007/s11147-014-9102-3
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    ABSTRACT: Correlated default factors and systemic risk are clearly priced in credit portfolio securities such as CDOs or index CDSs. In this paper we study an extensive CDX data set for evidence of whether correlated default factors are also present in the underlying CDS market. We develop a cash-flow-based top-down approach for modeling CDSs from which we can derive the following major contributions: (1) Correlated default factors did not matter for CDS prices prior to the financial crisis in 2008. During and after the crisis, however, their importance increased strongly. (2) We observe that correlated default factors primarily impact on the CDS prices of firms with an overall low CDS level. (3) Idiosyncratic risk factors for each single CDS play a major (minor) role when the CDS premia are high (low).
    Review of Derivatives Research 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11147-015-9109-4
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    ABSTRACT: We consider the valuation of collateralized derivative contracts such as interest rate swaps or forward FX contracts. We allow for posting securities or cash in different currencies. In the latter case, we focus on using overnight index rates on the interbank market. Using time varying haircuts, we provide an intuitive way to derive the basic discounting results, keeping in line with the most standard theoretical and market views. In a number of cases associated with margining with major central counterparties, pricing rules for collateralized trades remain linear, thus the use of (multiple) discount curves. We also show how to deal with partial collateralization, involving haircuts, asymmetric CSA, counterparty risk and funding costs. We therefore intend to provide a unified view. Mathematical or legal details are not dealt with and we privilege financial insights and easy to grasp concepts and tools.
    Review of Derivatives Research 10/2014; 17(3):261-286. DOI:10.1007/s11147-014-9098-8
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    ABSTRACT: This paper will demonstrate how European and American option prices can be computed under the jump-diffusion model using the radial basis function (RBF) interpolation scheme. The RBF interpolation scheme is demonstrated by solving an option pricing formula, a one-dimensional partial integro-differential equation (PIDE). We select the cubic spline radial basis function and adopt a simple numerical algorithm (Briani et al. in Calcolo 44:33–57, 2007) to establish a finite computational range for the improper integral of the PIDE. This algorithm reduces the truncation error of approximating the improper integral. As a result, we are able to achieve a higher approximation accuracy of the integral with the application of any quadrature. Moreover, we a numerical technique termed cubic spline factorisation (Bos and Salkauskas in J Approx Theory 51:81–88, 1987) to solve the inversion of an ill-conditioned RBF interpolant, which is a well-known research problem in the RBF field. Finally, our numerical experiments show that in the European case, our RBF-interpolation solution is second-order accurate for spatial variables, while in the American case, it is second-order accurate for spatial variables and first-order accurate for time variables.
    Review of Derivatives Research 07/2014; 17(2). DOI:10.1007/s11147-013-9095-3
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    ABSTRACT: Can the credit spreads of one and the same issuer differ in two different currencies? If so, can an investor exploit this situation? To answer these questions and to contribute to the existing literature, we extend the Jarrow/Turnbull-model with a second currency, price a quanto option, and test the theoretical results with an extensive empirical study. A major result of the study was the key insight that the credit spreads, and therefore the cumulated implied default probabilities of nearly all bonds denominated in USD in comparison to EUR denominated bonds, are significantly higher for all terms, and are mostly driven by the correlation between default risk and exchange rate.
    Review of Derivatives Research 07/2014; 18(2):107-143. DOI:10.1007/s11147-014-9106-z
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    ABSTRACT: Access to information is necessary for market transparency. However, contrary to trading volume and open interest, information related to day trading activities is rarely available. By incorporating unexplored day trading volume in the literature, this paper demonstrates that both the expected open interest and expected day trading volume are consistently and positively correlated with returns, but that one-lagged day trading volume is negatively correlated with futures returns. Meanwhile, both expected and unexpected day trading volume are negatively correlated with volatility, suggesting that arbitrage activities related to unexpected day trading volume may accelerate the movement of futures prices to a new equilibrium. Moreover, open interest provides liquidity but increases volatility. Finally, we strongly suggest that day trading transaction information be released by futures exchanges to achieve greater transparency.
    Review of Derivatives Research 07/2014; 17(2):217-239. DOI:10.1007/s11147-014-9096-x
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    ABSTRACT: It is well known that market prices of risk play an important role in commodity derivative valuation. There is an extensive literature showing that market prices of risk vary through time. Based on these results, a factor model, with two long- and short-term factors, with market prices of risk depending on these underlying asset factors is proposed and estimated, using data from crude oil, heating oil, unleaded gasoline and natural gas futures prices traded at NYMEX. The valuation results obtained with an extensive sample of commodity American options traded at NYMEX show that this model with time-varying market prices of risk outperforms standard models with constant market prices of risk.
    Review of Derivatives Research 04/2014; 18(1):75-93. DOI:10.1007/s11147-014-9104-1
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    ABSTRACT: We consider the valuation of options with stressed-beta in a reduced form model. Under this two-state beta model, we provide the analytic pricing formulae for the European options and American options as the integral forms. Specifically, we provide the integral representation of the early exercise premium of an American put option. We use the quadrature method to evaluate the integral forms and we measure the performance of our pricing framework comparing the benchmarks set by the trinomial tree method. It turns out that our pricing framework with the quadrature methods are computationally efficient and accurate. We also calibrate the market data successfully.
    Review of Derivatives Research 04/2014; 18(1):29-50. DOI:10.1007/s11147-014-9103-2
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    ABSTRACT: The game option, which is also known as Israel option, is an American option with callable features. The option holder can exercise the option at any time up to maturity. This article studies the pricing behaviors of the path-dependent game option where the payoff of the option depends on the maximum or minimum asset price over the life of the option (i.e., the game option with the lookback feature). We obtain the explicit pricing formula for the perpetual case and provide the integral expression of pricing formula under the finite horizon case. In addition, we derive optimal exercise strategies and continuation regions of options in both floating and fixed strike cases.
    Review of Derivatives Research 01/2014; DOI:10.1007/s11147-013-9092-6
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    ABSTRACT: This study extends the GARCH pricing tree in Ritchken and Trevor (J Financ 54:366–402, 1999) by incorporating an additional jump process to develop a lattice model to value options. The GARCH-jump model can capture the behavior of asset prices more appropriately given its consistency with abundant empirical findings that discontinuities in the sample path of financial asset prices still being found even allowing for autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity. With our lattice model, it shows that both the GARCH and jump effects in the GARCH-jump model are negative for near-the-money options, while positive for in-the-money and out-of-the-money options. In addition, even when the GARCH model is considered, the jump process impedes the early exercise and thus reduces the percentage of the early exercise premium of American options, particularly for shorter-term horizons. Moreover, the interaction between the GARCH and jump processes can raise the percentage proportions of the early exercise premiums for shorter-term horizons, whereas this effect weakens when the time to maturity increases.
    Review of Derivatives Research 10/2013; 16(3). DOI:10.1007/s11147-012-9087-8
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    ABSTRACT: This study examines the spillover effects in international financial markets with respect to implied volatility indices. The use of the latter as the basis of integration analysis means that we test market participants’ expectations and not the actual price fluctuations. The empirical analysis, which includes all publicly available implied volatility indices, employs the dynamic conditional correlation model of Engle (2002) and its findings suggest that there is significant integration of investors’ expectations about future uncertainty. Furthermore, by accounting for the dynamic volatility of implied volatility inter-dependencies, we are able to reveal possible shifts in conditional correlations of market expectations over time. More specifically, our findings show a slight increase in the conditional correlations for all the volatility indices under review over the years and prove that in periods of turbulence in the financial markets the conditional correlations across implied volatility indices increase.
    Review of Derivatives Research 10/2013; 16(3). DOI:10.1007/s11147-012-9085-x
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    ABSTRACT: The potential influence of accounting regulations on hedging strategies and the use of financial derivatives is a research topic that has attracted little attention in both the finance and the accounting literature. However, recent surveys suggest that company hedging can be substantially influenced by the accounting for financial instruments. In this study, we illustrate not only why but also how the accounting regulations may affect hedging behavior. We find that under mark-to-market accounting, most firms concerned with earnings smoothness adopt myopic hedging strategies relative to the benchmark, cash flow hedging. The specific influence of the accounting regulations depends on market and firm-specific characteristics, but, in general, the firms dramatically reduce the extent of hedging addressing price risk in future accounting periods. We illustrate that the change in hedging behavior significantly dampens the increase in earnings volatility stemming from fair value accounting of derivatives. However, the adjusted hedging strategies may substantially increase the firms’ cash flow volatility.
    Review of Derivatives Research 07/2013; 16(2). DOI:10.1007/s11147-012-9084-y
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    ABSTRACT: This paper concerns barrier options of American type where the underlying asset price is monitored for barrier hits during a part of the option’s lifetime. Analytic valuation formulas of the American partial barrier options are provided as the finite sum of bivariate normal distribution functions. This approximation method is based on barrier options along with constant early exercise policies. In addition, numerical results are given to show the accuracy of the approximating price. Our explicit formulas provide a very tight lower bound for the option values, and moreover, this method is superior in speed and its simplicity.
    Review of Derivatives Research 07/2013; 16(2). DOI:10.1007/s11147-012-9081-1
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    ABSTRACT: We derive closed form European option pricing formulae under the general equilibrium framework for underlying assets that have an \(N\) -mixture of transformed normal distributions. The component distributions need not belong to the same class but must all be transformed normal. An important implication of our results is that the mixture of distributions is consistent with a “what appears to be abnormal” non-monotonic (asset specific) pricing kernel for the S&P 500 and that the representative agent has a “logical” monotonic decreasing marginal utility. We show that a mixture of two lognormal distributions is sufficient to produce this result and also implied volatility smiles of a wide variety of shapes.
    Review of Derivatives Research 07/2013; 17(2):241-259. DOI:10.1007/s11147-013-9093-5
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    ABSTRACT: This paper proposes a way to quantify expected profits and risk to model based trading strategies. A positive portfolio weight is assigned to assets which market prices exceed the price of a theoretical asset pricing model. The position is smaller, ceteris paribus, if the theoretical asset price is sensitive to model parameters subject to estimation uncertainty. Standard mean-variance analysis is used to construct optimal model based portfolio weights. In essence, these portfolio rules allow estimation risk, as well as price risk to be approximately hedged. The strategy is applied to S&P 500 index options. The model based hedging strategy generate Sharpe ratios close to one -twice that of simply writing options. The difference is still only marginally statistically significant.. I wish to thank Tim Bollerslev and George Tauchen, as well as seminar participants in the Duke Financial Econometrics workshop, for helpful comments. The usual disclaimer applies.
    Review of Derivatives Research 04/2013; 16(1). DOI:10.1007/s11147-012-9079-8