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On a Markov chain approximation method for option pricing with regime switching

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  • In this paper, we discuss a Markov chain approximation method to price European options, American options and barrier options in a Markovian regime-switching environment. The model parameters are modulated by a continuous-time, finite-state, observable Markov chain, whose states represent the states of an economy. After selecting an equivalent martingale measure by the regime-switching Esscher transform, we construct a discrete-time, inhomogeneous Markov chain to approximate the dynamics of the logarithmic stock price process. Numerical examples and empirical analysis are used to illustrate the practical implementation of the method.
    Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 91G20, 91G60; Secondary: 60J10.


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