Seasonality and the Valuation of Commodity Options
Marcel Prokopczuk () and
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Janis Back: WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management
Markus Rudolf: WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management
ICMA Centre Discussion Papers in Finance from Henley Business School, University of Reading
Price movements in many commodity markets exhibit significant seasonal patterns. In this paper, we study the effects of seasonal volatility on models' option pricing performance. In terms of options pricing, a deterministic seasonal component at the price level can be neglected. In contrast, this is not true for the seasonal pattern observed in the volatility of the commodity price. Analyzing an extensive sample of soybean and heating oil options, we find that seasonality in volatility is an important aspect to consider when valuing these contracts. The inclusion of an appropriate seasonality adjustment significantly reduces pricing errors and yields more improvement in valuation accuracy than increasing the number of stochastic factors.
Keywords: Commodities; Seasonality; Options Pricing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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