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Option Prices as Probabilities

A New Look at Generalized Black-Scholes Formulae

Profeta, Christophe, Roynette, Bernard, Yor, Marc

2010, XXI, 270 p. 3 illus.

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  • To the best of our knowledge this book discusses in a unique way last passage times

The Black-Scholes formula plays a central role in Mathematical Finance; it gives the right price at which buyer and seller can agree with, in the geometric Brownian framework, when strike K and maturity T are given. This yields an explicit well-known formula, obtained by Black and Scholes in 1973.

The present volume gives another representation of this formula in terms of Brownian last passages times, which, to our knowledge, has never been made in this sense.

The volume is devoted to various extensions and discussions of features and quantities stemming from the last passages times representation in the Brownian case such as: past-future martingales, last passage times up to a finite horizon, pseudo-inverses of processes... They are developed in eight chapters, with complements, appendices and exercises.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Azéma supermartingale - Black-Scholes - Black-Scholes Formulae - Finite Horizon - Last passages times - Martingale - Pseudo-inverses

Related subjects » Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes - Quantitative Finance

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Reading the Black-Scholes Formula in Terms of First and Last Passage Times.- Generalized Black-Scholes Formulae for Martingales, in Terms of Last Passage Times.- Representation of some particular Azéma supermartingales.- An Interesting Family of Black-Scholes Perpetuities.- Study of Last Passage Times up to a Finite Horizon.- Put Option as Joint Distribution Function in Strike and Maturity.- Existence and Properties of Pseudo-Inverses for Bessel and Related Processes.- Existence of Pseudo-Inverses for Diffusions.

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