A Novel Pricing Method for European Options Based on Fourier-Cosine Series Expansions

F. Fang, C. W. Oosterlee
2009 SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing  
Here we develop an option pricing method for European options based on the Fourier-cosine series, and call it the COS method. The key insight is in the close relation of the characteristic function with the series coefficients of the Fourier-cosine expansion of the density function. In most cases, the convergence rate of the COS method is exponential and the computational complexity is linear. Its range of application covers different underlying dynamics, including Lévy processes and the Heston
more » ... stochastic volatility model, and various types of option contracts. We will present the method and its applications in two separate parts. The first one is this paper, where we deal with European options in particular. In a follow-up paper we will present its application to options with early-exercise features.
doi:10.1137/080718061 fatcat:nwtfrv6e5bbvthldnegcjqlkpu