Memory-reduction method for pricing american-style options under exponential Lévy processes

Raymond H. CHAN*, Tao WU*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper concerns the Monte Carlo method in pricing American-style options under the general class of exponential Lévy models. Traditionally, one must store all the intermediate asset prices so that they can be used for the backward pricing in the least squares algorithm. Therefore the storage requirement grows like O (mn), where m is the number of time steps and n is the number of simulated paths. In this paper, we propose a simulation method where the storage requirement is only O (m + n). The total computational cost is less than twice that of the traditional method. For machines with limited memory, one can now enlarge m and n to improve the accuracy in pricing the options. In numerical experiments, we illustrate the efficiency and accuracy of our method by pricing American options where the log-prices of the underlying assets follow typical Lévy processes such as Brownian motion, lognormal jump-diffusion process, and variance gamma process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-34
Number of pages15
JournalEast Asian Journal on Applied Mathematics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • American options
  • Exponential Lévy processes
  • Memory reduction
  • Monte Carlo simulation


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