Path dependent option pricing: the path integral partial averaging method

15 May 2000

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In this paper I develop a new computational method for pricing path dependent options. Using the path integral representation of the option price, I show that in general it is possible to perform analytically a partial averaging over the underlying risk-neutral diffusion process. This result greatly eases the computational burden placed on the subsequent numerical evaluation. For short-medium term options it leads to a general approximation formula that only requires the evaluation of a one dimensional integral. I illustrate the application of the method to Asian options and occupation time derivatives.

Authors

Andrew Matacz