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Multiasset Option Pricing in an Uncertain Financial Market with Jump Risk
Journal of Uncertainty Analysis and Applications volume 4, Article number: 1 (2016)
Abstract
Multiasset options are created to accelerate investment among countries with the development of globalization and financial market integration. Considering the human uncertainty and the influence of sudden events such as wars and economic crisis, this paper proposes an uncertain model of multiasset price with uncertain jumps. Option pricing formulas for the Europeanstyle dualstrike option, product option, and quotient option are derived.
Introduction
Wiener process was used as the stock price process as early as 1900 by Bachelier. Since Wiener process allows negative value which is violating the reality, geometric Brownian motion with positive drift was proposed to describe the stock price by Samuelson [17]. In 1973, Black and Scholes [1] and Merton [16] developed the famous analytic option pricing formulas based on assuming the underlying stock price followed geometric Brownian motion. Since then, geometric Brownian motion has become the basic component part for option pricing and many studies have derived various option pricing formulas with different assumptions about the market.
When these option pricing models are dealt with, indeterminacy must be taken into account. We need a mass of data when constructing models based on probability or statistics. However, due to lack of observed data and the complexity of environment, when making decisions, people have to consult with domain experts. In this case, information and knowledge cannot be described well by random variables since human beings usually overweigh unlikely events. In order to model this type of human uncertainties, Liu [9] suggested to deal with it with uncertainty theory. Based on normality, duality, subadditivity, and product axioms, uncertainty theory was well developed in both theory aspect and practice aspect, see Liu [5–7].
Uncertain process was first introduced by Liu [14] to model the uncertain dynamic systems. Then, Liu [15] designed a canonical Liu process as the basic building block for uncertain calculus [15] and uncertain differential equation [14]. By assuming stock price followed a geometric canonical Liu process, Liu [14] derived the European option pricing formulas. Based on Liu’s framework, American option pricing formulas for uncertain stock market were derived by Chen [2].
However, more reasonable stock price model should include jumps. Liu [14] introduced an uncertain renewal process which has uncertain event occurrence times. Yao [18] defined an uncertain integral with respect to uncertain renewal process and proposed a concept of uncertain differential equation with jumps. After that, Yu [19] proposed an uncertain stock model with positive constant jumps. Ji and Zhou [4] developed an uncertain stock model with positive and negative jumps, but the jump sizes were still constant.
In this paper, we study the uncertain jump process which consists of two parts. The continuous part of this uncertain jump process refers to an integral with respect to canonical Liu process, and the discontinuous part finitely jumps in each finite time interval. We will present the definition of integral and differential with respect to uncertain jump process. And then, we propose an uncertain model of asset price which contains multiassets and uncertain jumps. The remainder of this paper is organized as follows. The next two sections introduce some results of uncertain variable and uncertain differential equation. In the “Uncertain Jump Process” section, uncertain jump process and uncertain integral with respect to uncertain jump process are proposed. In the “Multiasset Option Pricing Formulas” section, pricing formulas for three different exotic options with payoffs affected by at least two underlying asset prices are derived. Finally, a conclusion is drawn in the “Conclusions” section.
Uncertain Variable
Uncertainty theory is an axiomatic mathematical system founded by Liu [5] in 2007 and attracts many researchers to conduct studies on uncertain statistics [7], uncertain programming [6], uncertain risk analysis [10], uncertain finance [11], uncertain set [12], uncertain logic [13], and other application fields. To start with, some useful concepts about uncertain variables are introduced.
Let \((\Gamma, \mathscr{L}, \mathscr{M})\) be an uncertainty space where Γ is a nonempty set, \(\mathscr{L}\) is a σalgebra defined on Γ, and \(\mathscr{M}\) is an uncertain measure which was defined by Liu [5] as a set function satisfying the following axioms:
Axiom 1.
(Normality axiom) \(\mathscr{M}\{\Gamma \}=1\) for the Γ.
Axiom 2.
(Duality axiom) \(\mathscr{M}\{\Lambda \}+ \mathscr{M}\{\Lambda ^{c}\}=1\) for any \(\Lambda \in \mathscr{L}\).
Axiom 3.
(Subadditivity axiom) For every countable sequence of \(\{\Lambda _{i}\}\subset \mathscr{L}\), we have
Axiom 4.
(Product axiom) Let \((\Gamma _{k}, \mathscr{L}_{k}, \mathscr{M}_{k})\)be uncertainty spaces for k=1,2,⋯ The product uncertain measure \(\mathscr{M}\) is an uncertain measure satisfying
where \(\Lambda _{k}\in \mathscr{L}_{k}\) for k=1,2,⋯, respectively.
Following the concept of uncertainty space, uncertain variable ξ is defined as a measurable function from an uncertainty space to the set of real numbers. For describing an uncertain variable ξ, uncertainty distribution \(\Phi (x)=\mathscr{M}\{\xi \leq x\}\ (x\in \Re, \Re \ \textrm {is the set of real numbers})\) is proposed, and if its inverse function Φ ^{−1}(α) exists and is unique for each α∈(0,1), Φ(x) is said to be regular.
Note that product axiom is the main difference between uncertainty theory and probability theory which implies that uncertain variable and random variable obey different operational laws.
Definition 1.
(Liu [ 15 ]) The uncertain variables ξ _{1},ξ _{2},⋯,ξ _{ n } are said to be independent if
for any Borel sets B _{1},B _{2},⋯,B _{ n } of real numbers.
Theorem 1.
(Liu [ 7 ], operational law) Let ξ _{1},ξ _{2},⋯,ξ _{ n } be independent uncertain variables with continuous uncertainty distributions Φ _{1},Φ _{2},⋯,Φ _{ n }, respectively. If the function f(x _{1},x _{2},⋯,x _{ n }) is strictly increasing with respect to x _{1},x _{2},⋯,x _{ m }, and strictly decreasing with respect to x _{ m+1},x _{ m+2},⋯,x _{ n }, then,
has an uncertainty distribution
Definition 2.
(Liu [ 5 ]) Let ξ be an uncertain variable. Then, the expected value of ξ is defined by
provided that at least one of the two integrals is finite.
For exploring more details and recent developments of uncertainty theory, readers can consult the book by Liu [8].
Uncertain Differential Equation
In this section, we introduce the concepts of uncertain integral and uncertain differential equation driven by canonical Liu process.
Definition 3.
(Liu [ 15 ]) An uncertain process C _{ t }(t∈T, T is a time set) is said to be a canonical Liu process if

(i) C _{0}=0 and almost all sample paths are Lipschitz continuous,

(ii) C _{ t } has stationary and independent increments,

(iii) every increment C _{ s+t }−C _{ s } is a normal uncertain variable with expected value 0 and variance t ^{2}, whose uncertainty distribution is
Definition 4.
(Liu [ 15 ]) Let X _{ t } be an uncertain process and let C _{ t } be a canonical Liu process. For any partition of closed interval [a,b] with a=t _{1}<t _{2}<⋯<t _{ k+1}=b, the mesh is written as
Then, Liu integral of X _{ t } with respect to C _{ t } is defined as
provided that the limit exists almost surely and is finite. In this case, the uncertain process X _{ t } is said to be integrable.
Definition 5.
(Liu [ 14 ]) Suppose C _{ t } is a canonical Liu process, and f and g are some given functions. Then,
is called an uncertain differential equation. A solution is an uncertain process Z _{ t } that satisfies (8) identically in t.
Theorem 2.
(Chen and Ralescu [ 3 ]) Suppose C _{ t } is a canonical Liu process, and μ _{ t } and σ _{ t } are two uncertain processes. Let Z _{ t } be an uncertain process that satisfies the following uncertain differential equation
Assume G(t,x) is a continuously differentiable function. Then, the uncertain process G(t,Z _{ t }) satisfies
In differential form:
There is a twodimensional version of Theorem 2 as follows.
Theorem 3.
(Chen and Ralescu [ 3 ]) Suppose \(C_{t}^{(i)}(i=1,2)\) are canonical Liu processes, and \(\mu ^{(i)}_{t}\) and \(\sigma ^{(i)}_{t}(i=1,2)\)are uncertain process. Let \(Z^{(i)}_{t}(i=1,2)\) be Liu processes that satisfy the following uncertain differential equations
G(t,x _{1},x _{2}) is a continuously differentiable function, then the uncertain process \(G\left (t,Z^{(1)}_{t},Z^{(2)}_{t}\right)\) satisfies
In differential form:
Uncertain Jump Process
In this section, we consider the jump process in Ha et al. (Ha, MH, Gao, ZC, Wang, XS: Managing water supply risk through an option contract in uncertain environment, submitted) as follows
where C _{ t } is a canonical Liu process, and μ _{ t } and σ _{ t } are two integrable uncertain processes. J _{ t } is a rightcontinuous pure jump uncertain process which has only finite jumps on each finite interval and is constant between jumps.
Definition 6.
A process Z _{ t } described above is called a jump process. \({Z^{c}_{t}}=Z_{0}\,+\,{\int _{0}^{t}}\mu _{s}\mathrm {d} s \,+{\int _{0}^{t}}\sigma _{s}\mathrm {d} C_{t}\) is called the continuous part of this process.
Definition 7.
Let Z _{ t } be an uncertain jump process defined by (15), X _{ t } be an uncertain process. Then, the uncertain integral of X _{ t } with respect to Z _{ t } is defined to be
where Δ J _{ s } is the jump size at time s. In differential notation:
Theorem 4.
Let Z(t)be a jump process and G(t,x) be a continuously differentiable function. Then,
Proof.
Let Y _{ t }=G(t,Z _{ t }) and T _{ i } (i=1,⋯,N _{ t }) denote the jump times of Z. Let u,v be in the same (T _{ i },T _{ i+1}). In [ u,v], Z evolves according to
By applying Theorem 2, we obtain
Let u ↓ T _{ i } and v ↑ T _{ i+1}. We have
If there is a jump at T _{ i+1}, then the resulting change in Y is \(G\left (t,Z_{T_{i+1}}\right)G\left (t,Z_{T_{i+1}^{}}\right)\). Summing over these two contributions, we obtain
Hence, the theorem is proved.
Following the same method, we give the twodimensional version of Theorem 4. □
Theorem 5.
Let \(Z^{(1)}_{t}\) and \(Z^{(2)}_{t}\) be two jump processes and G(t,x _{1},x _{2}) be a continuously differentiable function. Then
Multiasset Option Pricing Formulas
With the development of globalization and crossmarket integration, multiasset options are created. In this section, we suppose that the asset price follows uncertain jump processes whose rightcontinuous pure jump part is determined by an uncertain renewal reward process. Let r denote the riskfree interest rate, e be the log drift, σ be the log diffusion, and C _{ t } be a canonical Liu process. \(R_{t}=\sum _{i=1}^{N_{t}}Y_{i}\) is an uncertain renewal reward process where N _{ t } is the number of renewals in (0,t] with independent and identically distributed (i.i.d) uncertain interarrival times X _{1},X _{2},⋯ and Y _{1},Y _{2},⋯ are i.i.d uncertain variables. We assume that X _{1},Y _{1},X _{2},Y _{2},⋯ are also independent. Then, the underlying uncertain model of asset price is given by
Let Y _{ i }>−1,i=1,2,⋯. This assumption guarantees that the asset price can jump down but it cannot jump from positive to negative or to zero. The solution to (20) is
To check if (21) satisfies the uncertain differential Eq. (20), we define the continuous part
and the pure jump part
Then, \(Z_{t}={Z_{t}^{c}}J_{t}\). By using Theorem 2, we have
And the jump size of J _{ t } at time t is
By using Theorem 5 and the above equations, we obtain
This verifies that (21) is the solution to (20).
Theorem 6.
Assume C _{ t } has distribution Φ _{ t }(x), Y _{1},Y _{2},⋯ and X _{1},X _{2},⋯ have distributions F(x)and H(x), respectively. Then, Z _{ t } has an uncertainty distribution
Proof.
Because Y _{ i } has distribution F(x), ln(1+Y _{ i }) has distribution F(exp(x)−1). \(\prod _{i=1}^{N_{t}}(1+Y_{i})\) has an uncertainty distribution
On the other hand, exp{e t+σ C _{ t }} has uncertainty distribution \(\Phi \left (\frac {\ln xet}{\sigma }\right)\). By the operational law of uncertain variables, Z _{ t } has an uncertainty distribution
The theorem is proved. □
DualStrike Options
A dualstrike option is an option which has two strike prices written on two underlying financial assets. In an uncertain environment, suppose the two assets \(Z_{t}^{(1)}\) and \(Z_{t}^{(2)}\) both follow the uncertain jump process given by (20) and are independent. Then, the payoff of a European dualstrike option is \(\max \left \{\omega _{1}\left (Z_{1}^{(1)}K_{1}\right), \omega _{2}\left (Z_{1}^{(2)}K_{2}\right), 0\right \}\) where K _{1} and K _{2} are the strike prices, ω _{1} and ω _{2} are 1 for a call option and −1 for a put option. By discounting the expected payoff at expiration date T, the price of the dualstrike option is
In the following, we derive the pricing formula for dualstrike option with ω _{1}=ω _{2}=1.
Theorem 7.
The price of a European dualstrike option is
where
Proof.
By the definition of expected value
Using (27), we know that
Hence, the dealstrike option pricing formula is verified. □
Product Options
A product option is an option which is written on the product of two financial assets. Let \(Z_{t}^{(1)}\) and \(Z_{t}^{(2)}\) be uncertain jump processes which satisfy (20) and (1). Then, the price of a Europeanstyle product option with strike price K and expiration date T is
where ω is 1 for a call option and −1 for a put option. In the following, we consider the product call option.
Theorem 8.
The price of a European product option is
where
Proof.
By the operational law, we can obtain the distribution of \(Z_{T}^{(1)}Z_{T}^{(2)}\)
where \(\Psi _{T}^{(1)}\) and \(\Psi _{T}^{(2)}\) are distribution functions of \(Z_{t}^{(1)}\) and \(Z_{t}^{(2)}\). Then, by the definition of expected value,
Thus, the product option pricing formula is verified. □
Quotient Options
A quotient option is an option which is written on the ratio of two financial assets. Let \(Z_{t}^{(1)}\) and \(Z_{t}^{(2)}\) be uncertain jump processes which satisfy (20) and (1). Then, the price of a Europeanstyle quotient option with strike price K and expiration date T is
where ω is 1 for a call option and −1 for a put option. In the following, we derive the pricing formula for quotient call option.
Theorem 9.
The price of a European quotient option is
where
Proof.
By the operational law, we can obtain the distribution of \({Z_{T}^{(1)}}/{Z_{T}^{(2)}}\),
where \(\Psi _{T}^{(1)}\) and \(\Psi _{T}^{(2)}\) are distribution functions of \(Z_{t}^{(1)}\) and \(Z_{t}^{(2)}\). Then, by the definition of expected value,
The quotient option pricing formula is verified. □
Conclusions
More realistic stock model should consider jumps in the price process. This paper proposed an uncertain jump process and an uncertain model of multiasset price with jumps. Option pricing formulas for Europeanstyle dualstrike option, product option, and quotient option were derived. In the future, various other multiasset options in uncertain environment can be studied.
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This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61073121), Natural Science Foundation of Hebei Province (Nos. F2012402037 and G2013402063), and Social Science Foundation of Hebei Province (No. HB15GL119).
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 Multiasset option
 Uncertain calculus
 Uncertain differential equation
 Uncertain jump process