Pricing and hedging contingent claims with regime-switching risk

Robert J. Elliott*, Tak Kuen Siu

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We study the pricing and hedging of contingent claims in a Markov regime-switching market with a money market account, a zero-coupon bond, and an ordinary share. General contingent claims with payoffs depending on both the share price and the state of a Markov chain describing regime switching are considered. A general pricing kernel defined by the product of two density processes is used to explicitly take into account regime switching risk. Under some differentiability and boundedness conditions, a martingale representation result is established and the integrands in the representation are explicitly identified with respect to the general pricing kernel. We then determine a pricing kernel and a hedging strategy by minimizing the residual risk due to incomplete hedging. Our analysis is also extended to Asian-style and American-style general contingent claims.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-498
Number of pages22
JournalCommunications in Mathematical Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


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