Mathematical and Computational Finance Seminar

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26 April 2018
Zorana Grbac

In this talk we present a framework for discretely compounding
interest rates which is based on the forward price process approach.
This approach has a number of advantages, in particular in the current
market environment. Compared to the classical Libor market models, it
allows in a natural way for negative interest rates and has superb
calibration properties even in the presence of persistently low rates.
Moreover, the measure changes along the tenor structure are simplified
significantly. This property makes it an excellent base for a
post-crisis multiple curve setup. Two variants for multiple curve
constructions will be discussed.

As driving processes we use time-inhomogeneous Lévy processes, which
lead to explicit valuation formulas for various interest rate products
using well-known Fourier transform techniques. Based on these formulas
we present calibration results for the two model variants using market
data for caps with Bachelier implied volatilities.

  • Mathematical and Computational Finance Seminar
3 May 2018
Beatrice Acciaio

Title: Generalized McKean-Vlasov stochastic control problems.

Abstract: I will consider McKean-Vlasov stochastic control problems 
where the cost functions and the state dynamics depend upon the joint 
distribution of the controlled state and the control process. First, I 
will provide a suitable version of the Pontryagin stochastic maximum 
principle, showing that, in the present general framework, pointwise 
minimization of the Hamiltonian with respect to the control is not a 
necessary optimality condition. Then I will take a different 
perspective, and present a variational approach to study a weak 
formulation of such control problems, thereby establishing a new 
connection between those and optimal transport problems on path space.

The talk is based on a joint project with J. Backhoff-Veraguas and R. Carmona.

  • Mathematical and Computational Finance Seminar
17 May 2018

High-frequency realized variance approaches offer great promise for 
estimating asset prices’ covariation, but encounter difficulties 
connected to the Epps effect. This paper models the Epps effect in a 
stochastic volatility setting. It adds dependent noise to a factor 
representation of prices. The noise both offsets covariation and 
describes plausible lags in information transmission. Non-synchronous 
trading, another recognized source of the effect, is not required. A 
resulting estimator of correlations and betas performs well on LSE 
mid-quote data, lending empirical credence to the approach.

  • Mathematical and Computational Finance Seminar
7 June 2018
Goncalo dos Reis

We discuss two Freidlin-Wentzell large deviation principles for McKean-Vlasov equations (MV-SDEs) in certain path space topologies. The equations have a drift of polynomial growth and an existence/uniqueness result is provided. We apply the Monte-Carlo methods for evaluating expectations of functionals of solutions to MV-SDE with drifts of super-linear growth.  We assume that the MV-SDE is approximated in the standard manner by means of an interacting particle system and propose two importance sampling (IS) techniques to reduce the variance of the resulting Monte Carlo estimator. In the "complete measure change" approach, the IS measure change is applied simultaneously in the coefficients and in the expectation to be evaluated. In the "decoupling" approach we first estimate the law of the solution in a first set of simulations without measure change and then perform a second set of simulations under the importance sampling measure using the approximate solution law computed in the first step. 

  • Mathematical and Computational Finance Seminar
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