The Heston model with stochastic elasticity of variance

Sun Yong Choi, Jeong Hoon Kim, Ji Hun Yoon

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Empirical evidence suggests that single factor models would not capture the full dynamics of stochastic volatility such that a marked discrepancy between their predicted prices and market prices exists for certain ranges (deep in-the-money and out-of-the-money) of time-to-maturities of options. On the other hand, there is an empirical reason to believe that volatility skew fluctuates randomly. Based upon the idea of combining stochastic volatility and stochastic skew, this paper incorporates stochastic elasticity of variance running on a fast timescale into the Heston stochastic volatility model. This multiscale and multifactor hybrid model keeps analytic tractability of the Heston model as much as possible, while it enhances capturing the complex nature of volatility and skew dynamics. Asymptotic analysis based on ergodic theory yields a closed form analytic formula for the approximate price of European vanilla options. Subsequently, the effect of adding the stochastic elasticity factor on top of the Heston model is demonstrated in terms of implied volatility surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)804-824
Number of pages21
JournalApplied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 1

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Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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