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LIBOR and swap market models and measures (*)

Farshid Jamshidian

Finance and Stochastics, 1997, vol. 1, issue 4, 293-330

Abstract: A self-contained theory is presented for pricing and hedging LIBOR and swap derivatives by arbitrage. Appropriate payoff homogeneity and measurability conditions are identified which guarantee that a given payoff can be attained by a self-financing trading strategy. LIBOR and swap derivatives satisfy this condition, implying they can be priced and hedged with a finite number of zero-coupon bonds, even when there is no instantaneous saving bond. Notion of locally arbitrage-free price system is introduced and equivalent criteria established. Stochastic differential equations are derived for term structures of forward libor and swap rates, and shown to have a unique positive solution when the percentage volatility function is bounded, implying existence of an arbitrage-free model with such volatility specification. The construction is explicit for the lognormal LIBOR and swap "market models", the former following Musiela and Rutkowski (1995). Primary examples of LIBOR and swap derivatives are discussed and appropriate practical models suggested for each.

Keywords: LIBOR and swap derivatives; self-financing trading strategies; homogenous payoffs; stochastic differential equations (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E43 G13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1997-09-30
Note: received: January 1996; final version received: May 1997
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