Lookback option


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Lookback option

An option that allows the buyer to choose as the option strike price any price of the underlying asset that has occurred during the life of the option. For a call option, the buyer will choose the minimum price; for a put option, the buyer will choose the maximum price. This option will always be in the money.

Lookback Option

An option contract where the holder is permitted to choose the strike price. That is, the buyer of a lookback call may choose a low strike price and the buyer of a lookback put may choose a high one. A lookback option is always in the money.
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The initial cost of delta hedging, on the other hand, does not change with the frequency of rebalancing; it equals the unique initial lookback option price.
To determine a delta hedge one needs to first choose a risk aversion parameter and then evaluate the risk adjusted lookback option values V(S, t).
The lookback option was analyzed by Goldman, Sosin, and Gatto (1979).
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2] and F values in Table VII suggest that the average-strike put option model performs relatively better (worse) on the noninformation-intensive (information-intensive) subsample and that the lookback option model does the reverse.
Therefore, we make use of the probability density function for discrete lookback options in AitSahlia and Lai (1998) to develop our pricing and hedging formulas for the discrete dynamic guaranteed fund.
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