Review of Derivatives Research

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 183–201

American stochastic volatility call option pricing: A lattice based approach

  • Thomas J. Finucane
  • Michael J. Tomas

DOI: 10.1007/BF01531598

Cite this article as:
Finucane, T.J. & Tomas, M.J. Rev Deriv Res (1996) 1: 183. doi:10.1007/BF01531598


This study presents a new method of pricing options on assets with stochastic volatility that is lattice based, and can easily accommodate early exercise for American options. Unlike traditional lattice methods, recombination is not a problem in the new model, and it is easily adapted to alternative volatility processes. Approximations are developed for European C.E.V. calls and American stochastic volatility calls. The application of the pricing model to exchange traded calls is also illustrated using a sample of market prices. Modifying the model to price American puts is straightforward, and the approach can easily be extended to other non-recombining lattices.


Options Numerical Pricing 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas J. Finucane
    • 1
  • Michael J. Tomas
    • 2
  1. 1.Syracuse UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Chicago Board of TradeUSA

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