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A Direct Approach to Arbitrage-Free Pricing of Credit Derivatives

Sanjiv R. Das, Rangarajan K. Sundaram

NBER Working Paper No. 6635
Issued in July 1998
NBER Program(s):Asset Pricing

This paper develops a model for the pricing of credit derivatives using observables. The model (i) is arbitrage-free, (ii) accommodates path-dependence, and (iii) handles a range of securities, even with American features. The computer implementation uses a recursive scheme that is convenient and seamlessly processes forward induction and backward recursion, needed to compute more complicated derivative securities.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w6635

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