Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica



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On the construction and complexity of the bivariate lattice with stochastic interest rate models

  • LecturerProf. Chuan-Ju Wang (Department of Computer Science, Taipei Municipal University of Education)
    Host: Dr. Jan-Ming Ho
  • Time2011-12-16 (Fri.) 14:00 – 16:00
  • LocationAuditorium 106 at new IIS Building

Complex nancial instruments with multiple state variables often have no analytical formulas and therefore must be priced by numerical methods, like lattice ones. For pricing convertible bonds and many other interest rate-sensitive products, research has focused on bivariate lattices for models with two state variables: stock price and interest rate. This paper shows that, unfortunately, when the interest rate component allows rates to grow in magnitude without bounds, those lattices generate invalid transition probabilities. As the overwhelming majority of stochastic interest rate models share this property, a solution to the problem becomes important. This paper presents the rst bivariate lattice that guarantees valid probabilities. The proposed bivariate lattice grows (super)polynomially in size if the interest rate model allows rates to grow (super)polynomially. Furthermore, we show that any valid constant-degree bivariate lattice must grow superpolynomially in size with log-normal interest rate models, which form a very popular class of interest rate models. Therefore, our bivariate lattice can be said to be optimal.