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Numerical simulation of a strongly nonlinear Ait-Sahalia-type interest rate model

Szpruch, Lukasz and Mao, Xuerong and Higham, Desmond J. and Pan, Jiazhu (2011) Numerical simulation of a strongly nonlinear Ait-Sahalia-type interest rate model. BIT Numerical Mathematics, 51. pp. 405-425. ISSN 0006-3835

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Abstract

We are interested in the strong convergence of Euler-Maruyama type approximations to the solution of a class of stochastic differential equations models with highly nonlinear coefficients, arising in mathematical finance. Results in this area can be used to justify Monte Carlo simulations for calibration and valuation. The equations that we study include the Ait-Sahalia type model of the spot interest rate, which has a polynomial drift term that blows up at the origin and a diffusion term with superlinear growth. After establishing existence and uniqueness for the solution, we show that an appropriate implicit numerical method preserves positivity and boundedness of moments, and converges strongly to the true solution.