LSM Reloaded - Differentiate xVA on your iPad Mini

8 June 2017
Antoine Savine

This document reviews the so called least square methodology (LSM) and its application for the valuation and risk of callable exotics and regulatory value adjustments (xVA). We derive valuation algorithms for xVA, both with or without collateral, that are particularly accurate, efficient and practical. These algorithms are based on a reformulation of xVA, designed by Jesper Andreasen and implemented in Danske Bank's award winning systems, that hasn't been previously published in full. We then investigate the matter of risk sensitivities, in the context of Algorithmic Automated Differentiation (AAD). A rather recent addition to the financial mathematics toolbox, AAD is presently generally acknowledged as a vastly superior alternative to the classical estimation of risk sensitivities through finite differences, and the only practical means for the calculation of the large number of sensitivities in the context of xVA. The theory and implementation of AAD, the related check-pointing techniques, and their application to Monte-Carlo simulations are explained in numerous textbooks and articles, including Giles and Glasserman's pioneering Smoking Adjoints. We expose an extension to LSM, and, in particular, we derive an original algorithm that resolves the matters of memory consumption and efficiency in differentiating simulations together with the LSM step.

  • Mathematical and Computational Finance Seminar