Mathematical Programming

, Volume 106, Issue 3, pp 467-489

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Static arbitrage bounds on basket option prices

  • Alexandre d'AspremontAffiliated withORFE, Princeton University Email author 
  • , Laurent El GhaouiAffiliated withDepartment of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, Cory Hall, University of California

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We consider the problem of computing upper and lower bounds on the price of an European basket call option, given prices on other similar options. Although this problem is hard to solve exactly in the general case, we show that in some instances the upper and lower bounds can be computed via simple closed-form expressions, or linear programs. We also introduce an efficient linear programming relaxation of the general problem based on an integral transform interpretation of the call price function. We show that this relaxation is tight in some of the special cases examined before.


Arbitrage Linear Programming Radon Transform Basket Options Moment Problems

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)

44A12 44A60 90C05 90C34 91B28