MATLAB Examples

# cf2call

Compute call option prices from characteristic function. Part of the CFH Toolbox.

Syntax

[C K] = CF2CALL(CF)
[C K] = CF2CALL(CF,AUX)

Given a characteristic function CF, returns call option prices C and corresponding strikes K.

Input Arguments

The characteristic function CF should expect the real argument u and return the corresponding characteristic function

AUX is a structure containing optional parameters for the Fourier transform.

• aux.N denotes the number of points for FRFT evaluation, default 8192
• aux.uMax is the range of integration of the characteristic function, default 200
• aux.damp is the damping parameter required by the Carr/Madan approach, default 1.5
• aux.dx is the discretization of the log strike range, default value 2/N
• aux.x0 contains the log of spot underlying, default zero
• aux.K is a vector of strike evaluation points

## Example 1: Black Scholes

In the Black Scholes model, the risk neutral dynamics of the logarithmic spot process are:

resulting in the characteristic function

where .

The FFT option pricing approach of Carr/Madan rapipdly evaluates the option price as an Fourier transform of the underlying characteristic function, where the logarithm of the strike price:

The characteristic function of the Black Scholes model is also included in cflib, using the argument type='BS'.

rf          = 0.05;
tau         = 1;
sigma       = 0.25;
S0          = 100;
x0          = log(S0);
cfBS        = @(u) exp(-rf*tau + i*u*x0 + i*u*(rf-1/2*sigma^2)*tau - 1/2*u.^2*sigma^2*tau);

Within the discretely spaced strike range K=[40:160], we obtain

K           = [40:160]';
aux.K       = K;
aux.x0      = x0;
CBS         = cf2call(cfBS,aux);

As a check, we test whether the option price obeys the no-arbitrage bound

bounds  = max(S0-K*exp(-rf*tau),0);
plot(K,[bounds CBS]);
title('Black Scholes option prices');
legend('Arbitrage bounds','Black Scholes prices');
xlim([80 120]);
xlabel('Strike');
ylabel('Option Price');

## Example 2: Heston's stochastic volatility model

In Heston's stochastic volatility model, the risk neutral dynamics of the logarithmic spot process and the variance process are

where

The corresponding characteristic function is included in cflib using argument type='Heston'.

Let us assume in addition to example 1

v0          = 0.25^2;
kappaV      = 0.85;
thetaV      = 0.30^2;
sigmaV      = 0.1;
rho         = -0.7;

Translating this into the fields of the par structure required by cflib, we obtain

par.x0      = x0;
par.v0      = v0;
par.rf      = rf;
par.q       = 0;
par.kappa   = kappaV;
par.theta   = thetaV;
par.sigma   = sigmaV;
par.rho     = rho;
aux.x0      = x0;
cfHes       = @(u) cflib(u,tau,par,'Heston');
CHes        = cf2call(cfHes,aux);
bounds      = max(S0-aux.K*exp(-par.rf*tau),0);
plot(K,[bounds CBS CHes]);
title('Comparison of Heston and Black Scholes option prices');
legend('Arbitrage bounds','Black Scholes','Heston');
xlim([80 120]);
xlabel('Strike');
ylabel('Option Price');

## Example 3: Bates' model with stochastic intensity

Here, we assume the spot asset volatility to be of the Heston type and that the spot asset jumps log-exponentially with stocahstic intensity.

where

,

and

The corresponding characteristic function can be recovered using cfaffine. Let us assume in addition to examples 1 and 2

lambda0     = 0.10;
kappaL      = 0.45;
thetaL      = 0.15;
sigmaL      = 0.1;
muJ         = -0.25;
sigmaJ      = 0.30;
jump        = @(c) exp(c(1,:)*muJ + 1/2*c(1,:).^2*sigmaJ^2);
m           = jump(1)-1;

Transforming these parameters into the AJD coefficients required by cfaffine, we obtain

X0          = [log(S0) ; v0 ; lambda0];
K0          = [rf ; kappaV*thetaV ; kappaL*thetaL];
K1          = [0 -1/2 -m ; 0 -kappaV 0 ; 0 0 -kappaL];
H1          = zeros(3,3,3);
H1(:,:,2)   = [1 rho*sigmaV 0 ; rho*sigmaV sigmaV^2 0 ; 0 0 0];
H1(3,3,3)   = sigmaL^2;
R0          = rf;
L1          = [0 0 1]';
cfBates     = @(u) cfaffine(u,X0,tau,K0,K1,[],H1,R0,[],[],L1,jump);
[CBates]    = cf2call(cfBates,aux);
plot(K,[bounds CBS CHes CBates]);
title('Comparison of SV/SJ, Heston and Black Scholes option prices');
legend('Arbitrage bounds','Black Scholes','Heston','SV/SJ');
xlim([80 120]);
xlabel('Strike');
ylabel('Option Price');

## Example 4 Option Greeks

In this example, we will compute the greeks of options, i.e. change in the option price for a small change in an underlying variable. Let us begin with the of an option, which is given by

A close look at the Carr/Madan option pricing formula from example 1 reveals that the derivative of the option price with respect to the underlying is

$= \frac{\exp(-\alpha k)}{S\pi}\int_0^{\infty}\exp(-ivk) \frac{i*(v-(\alpha+1)i)*\phi(v-(\alpha+1)i)}{\alpha^2+\alpha-v^2+i(2\alpha+1)v}dv$

thus we can employ the call option pricing function cf2call to evaluate the option delta by simply handing a different characteristic function

:

cfDelta     = @(u) exp(-x0)*i*u.*cfBS(u);

Within the discretely spaced strike range K=[40:160], we obtain

Delta       = cf2call(cfDelta,aux);

Just to make sure, compare the result with the theoretical

plot(K,Delta,'ro',K,blsdelta(S0,K,rf,tau,sigma,0),'b');

In the same way, we can compute the option's , which is

using the corresponding characteristic function:

cfGamma     = @(u) -exp(-2*x0)*(i*u+u.^2).*cfBS(u);
Gamma       = cf2call(cfGamma,aux);

Just to make sure, compare the result with the theoretical

plot(K,Gamma,'ro',K,blsgamma(S0,K,rf,tau,sigma,0),'b');

## Example 5: Greeks of Bates Model with stochastic intensity

Let us come back to example 3 above, where we assumed stochastic volatility and normally distributed return jumps with stochastic jump intensity. We are interested in the derivative of the option price with respect to

• the spot price
• the spot variance level
• the spot intensity

In the spirit of example 4, we note that all we have to do is to pre-multiply the characteristic function with that component that corresponds to our variable of interest. If we are interested in , we have to divide by to obtain the final greek.

Here we require a simple function that returns the first derivatives of our characteristic function with respect to the spot levels:

function out = cfTemp(cf,u,k)
[out1, ~, out2]  = cf(u);
out = out1.*out2(k,:);
end

cfTemp knows that cf returns three outputs: the characterstic function cf(u) and the corresponding exponential constant the vector . See Theory for details.

Let us now evaluate the resulting greeks:

DeltaSBates     = cf2call(@(u) cfTemp(cfBates,u,1),aux)/S0;
DeltaVBates     = cf2call(@(u) cfTemp(cfBates,u,2),aux);
DeltaLBates     = cf2call(@(u) cfTemp(cfBates,u,3),aux);
subplot(3,1,1);
plot(K,DeltaSBates);
title('Bates Model \Delta');
subplot(3,1,2);
plot(K,DeltaVBates);
title('Bates Model Derivative with respect to the spot variance level');
subplot(3,1,3);
plot(K,DeltaLBates);
title('Bates Model Derivative with respect to the spot intensity level');

## Example 6: Multiple strikes / maturities

In this example, we show how to compute option prices for different strike-maturity combinations in one go. Assume that the underlying security is valued at 100 USD today, and we are interested in call option prices for the following strike-maturity set:

 Strikes\Maturity 1M 3M 6M 12M 24M 95 94 93 92 90 100 100 100 100 100 105 108 110 110 105

For our underlying process, we assume a Heston model with the parameters from Example 2. For the time to maturity and the strikes we introduce the following arrays:

tau         = [1 3 6 12 24]/12;
K           = [95 94 93 92 90 ;
100 100 100 100 100 ;
105 108 110 110 105];

Using the additional argument K in the aux structure of cf2call, we can compute all option prices in one go:

C           = cf2call(@(u) cflib(u,tau,par,'Heston'), ...
struct('x0',par.x0,'K',K))
C =

6.3311    9.3630   12.6840   17.5476   25.3953
3.1068    5.7038    8.5326   12.9880   20.0154
1.1938    2.4975    4.3447    8.5270   17.6624