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Numerical Optimisation Problems in Finance

Cui, Y; (2017) Numerical Optimisation Problems in Finance. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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This thesis consists of four projects regarding numerical optimisation and financial derivative pricing. The first project deals with the calibration of the Heston stochastic volatility model. A method using the Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm with the analytical gradient is developed. It is so far the fastest Heston model calibrator and meets the speed requirement of practical trading. In the second project, a triply-nested iterative method for the implementation of interior-point methods for linear programs is proposed. It is the first time that an interior-point method entirely based on iterative solvers succeeds in solving a fairly large number of linear programming instances from benchmark libraries under the standard stopping criteria. The third project extends the Black-Scholes valuation to a complex volatility parameter and presents its singularities at zero and infinity. Fractals that describe the chaotic nature of the Newton-Raphson calculation of the implied volatility are shown for different moneyness values. Among other things, these fractals visualise dramatically the effect of an existing modification for improving the stability and convergence of the search. The project studies scientifically an interesting problem widespread in the financial industry, while revealing artistic values stemming from mathematics. The fourth project investigates the consistency of a class of stochastic volatility models under spot rate inversion, and hence their suitability in the foreign exchange market. The general formula of the model parameters for the inversion rate is given, which provides basis for further investigation. The result is further extended to the affine stochastic volatility model. The Heston model, among the other members in the stochastic volatility family, is the only one that we found to be consistent under the spot inversion. The conclusion on the Heston model verifies the arbitrage opportunity in the variance swap.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Numerical Optimisation Problems in Finance
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1546217
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