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Front. Appl. Math. Stat., 26 November 2020
Sec. Mathematical Finance
Volume 6 - 2020 |

A New Set of Financial Instruments

www.frontiersin.orgAbootaleb Shirvani1* www.frontiersin.orgStoyan V. Stoyanov2 www.frontiersin.orgSvetlozar T. Rachev1 www.frontiersin.orgFrank J. Fabozzi3
  • 1Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, United States
  • 2Charles Schwab Corporation, San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 3EDHEC Business School, Nice, France

In complete markets there are risky assets and a riskless asset. It is assumed that the riskless asset and the risky asset are traded continuously in time and that the market is frictionless. In this paper, we propose a new method for hedging derivatives assuming that a hedger should not always rely on trading existing assets that are used to form a linear portfolio comprised of the risky asset, the riskless asset, and standard derivatives, but rather should design a set of specific, most-suited financial instruments for the hedging problem. We introduce a sequence of new financial instruments best suited for hedging jump-diffusion and stochastic volatility market models. The new instruments we introduce are perpetual derivatives. More specifically, they are options with perpetual maturities. In a financial market where perpetual derivatives are introduced, there is a new set of partial and partial-integro differential equations for pricing derivatives. Our analysis demonstrates that the set of new financial instruments together with a risk measure called the tail-loss ratio measure defined by the new instrument’s return series can be potentially used as an early warning system for a market crash.

1. Introduction

In complete markets there are risky assets (such as stocks) and a riskless asset (such as government-guaranteed bond). The risky asset and the riskless asset are traded continuously in time and the market is assumed to be frictionless. These assets are referred to as “basic assets”. Given a derivative with underlying assets being the risky and riskless asset, the derivative price is spanned over the risky asset’s prices and the riskless asset’s price. That is, contingent pricing theory tells us that the derivative price process is replicated by the price process of a self-financing portfolio consisting of these existing assets.

In this paper we introduce new risky assets which we propose as trading assets (i.e., available for trade continuously in time). The proposed new risky assets will be new assets if they are accepted by the market as tradable assets. These new assets are perpetual options (i.e., options with perpetual maturities). Because the proposed perpetual derivatives incorporate information about the underlying risky asset, a riskless asset, and the underlying risky asset’s volatility, they could potentially be of greater interest to market participants than the underlying asset itself. In a way, our perpetual financial instruments are portfolios driven by the underlying risky asset, and we suggest it as a potentially tradable product. We believe that introducing this new set of financial instruments will contribute to enhancing market efficiency. Since real markets are not complete, the introduction of the proposed financial instruments would benefit real financial markets.

Of course, a natural question is that in complete markets there are already contingent claims traded (calls and puts), so why is it necessary to have new financial instruments for spanning? The answer is simple. This is because existing traded options have a time to maturity and their value depends critically on the time to maturity. A preferred hedging instrument should only depend on 1) the current time, 2) current value of the underlying asset, 3) the prevailing riskless interest rate, and 4) the current value of the asset’s volatility. It should not depend on the option’s time to maturity. That is the critical feature of the set of new financial instruments we propose here, options with infinite maturity. We believe that the new financial instruments we propose in this paper will motivate market participants to recommend to exchanges to design such contracts to help facilitate more efficient trading.

In creating the new financial instruments, we use the basic framework that any asset in a complete market can be replicated by existing assets. In the classical Black-Scholes-Merton (BSM) model (see Refs. 1 and 9), the price of a risky asset is driven by geometric Brownian motion and the riskless asset. In the classical BSM model, one set of basic assets is the riskless asset and the underlying risky asset. In this paper, we will show that our new financial instrument is a basic asset. The new financial instrument, together with the riskless asset and the underlying risky asset, span any derivative in the BSM model.

So our new financial instrument can and should be replicated by basic assets. Thus, if the new financial instrument is available for trade as is the underlying asset, the seller of our perpetual derivative can form a replicating portfolio so that a trader is constantly able to hedge the risk exposure by investing in the risky asset. That is why we view our new financial instrument (as any risky asset in a complete market) both as an asset to be bought (taking a long position) and at the same time to be sold (and thus replicated using a perfect hedged replicating portfolio).

Extensions of the classical BSM framework allow for stochastic volatility and jump risk in the price process which make the market incomplete. For example, Merton [10] introduces a jump-diffusion model and uses a short cut by averaging the jump risk noting that his model is not equivalent to an equilibrium model. Yet, we show that Merton’s model becomes complete if we introduce a special bond with a maturity being the first arrival (default time) of a Poisson process jump. In our paper we continue Merton’s line of research by discussing how this new special bond should be used for hedging and in doing so we derive a new partial differential equation for any contingent claim that will make the market complete.

With respect to volatility markets, such markets are incomplete markets in the sense that they too introduce two sets of risk: price risk and volatility risk. However, if the volatility of the asset is traded, the local volatility market becomes complete. Furthermore, if the volatility of volatility is traded, then we have four traded assets (underlying risks asset, volatility, volatility of volatility, and riskless asset) forming a complete market within the local volatility market model. Currently market participants employ the CBOE’s VIX1 (as volatility of SPDR2) and VVIX3 (as volatility of VIX) as traded assets (assets available for trade). In our paper we derive the partial differential equations for derivatives that will make the market complete.

Our general methodology, namely, to search for hedging instruments that are most suited for hedging problems is applied to three classical problems associated with option pricing models. First, we apply our model to continuous-time BSM markets. We derive a new set of perpetual derivatives which can be as a potentially tradable product. We also extend this approach to multi-asset markets (following general multivariate Itô processes). Further, we explain and evaluate market risk before and during the recent distressed market period by using the new perpetual derivative. We demonstrate that the new perpetual derivative, together with a risk measure which we refer to as the tail-loss ratio (TLR), was capable of explaining and evaluating market risk before and during the potential distressed market period. We present the TLR index for the new perpetual derivative and the SPDR S&P 500 index for the period from 2000–2018. We assess the forecasting performance of the new perpetual derivative by comparing the TLR index with the TLR index for the SPDR S&P 500 index. Our empirical evidence suggests that the TLR derived by the new financial instrument we propose performs well in predicting a real-world market crash.

The second problem associated with option pricing models that we tackle in this paper deals with hedging in Merton’s jump-diffusion option pricing model (see Ref. 10). Here the classical approach is to use a riskless asset and the stock, but since these two instruments cannot be used to hedge jump risk, this risk is left unhedged. Now we again apply our general framework to answer the following question: What kind of tradable (possibly non-linear) financial instrument is best suited for designing a hedging strategy to eliminate jump risk? Following the approach by Ref. 13; we answer the question and thus derive an analogue of Merton’s partial integro-differential equation (PIDE) for the derivative price of a fully hedged portfolio.

Our third application of the proposed approach is hedging in the presence of stochastic volatility. Here there are two sources of uncertainty: market risk and volatility risk. Although market risk is readily hedged by trading the underlying asset, attempting to hedge volatility risk requires an additional derivative with a longer maturity than the option that the hedger seeks to hedge. This approach creates a vicious circle in that the hedger is trying to hedge an option using another option for which the hedger does not know its contract value. Thus, an analogue of the market risk premium is introduced (generally understood as the volatility risk premium), which now enters the model as a parametric function which should be potentially calibrated. Instead, following the approach suggested by Ref. 4; we take a different approach by posing the question of the most suitable tradable instrument for that hedging problem and describe the nature of the volatility risk premium by applying the Consumption Capital Asset Pricing Model (CCAPM) formulated by Ref. 2.

This is the essence of our methodology: in an incomplete market, we do not leave the risk premia from different risk factors as unknown functions (which should be eventually estimated or calibrated). Rather we select the best suited financial instruments, that should be introduced as publicly traded assets. These new assets should make the underlying market complete. Furthermore, even if the market is complete, we identify various spanning bases of assets, best suitable for the hedging problem under consideration.

We can sum up our methodology based on the following idea: Every hedging problem has its own set of most-suited (“ideal”) set of hedging instruments. There is no universal hedging instrument, as there is no universal hedging problem.4 Furthermore, ideal hedging instruments cannot make a bad model good; an intrinsically bad model cannot be made acceptable with any enhancements.

The paper is organized as follows. In the next section, we introduce a new set of perpetual derivatives that will serve as the basis assets in hedging portfolios. In Section 3, we apply our general methodology to determine what kind of tradable financial instrument is best suited for the problem of eliminating the jump risk in Merton’s jump-diffusion model. The solution is to use a new financial instrument, which can be viewed as an interest-bearing bond where the interest payments occurr at Poisson arrivals. The next application of the general method is hedging within a stochastic volatility model. In Section 4 we show that volatility indexes should be used as desirable hedging instruments. In all applications, the corresponding analogues of the Black-Scholes and Merton’s equations are derived. In Section 5 the TLR indices of the new perpetual derivative and SPDR S&P 500 (an exchange-traded fund) index are presented and the results then compared. The proofs are given in the Appendix.

2. A Class of “Ideal” Perpetual Derivatives

Consider the classical Black-Scholes-Merton BSM-framework.

a) a risky asset (stock) with price dynamics given by


on a stochastic basis (Ω,,{t}t0,)5 representing the natural world, μ is the instantaneous stock’s mean return, and σ is the stock’s volatility;

b) a riskless bond given by


where r is the risk-free rate;

c) A European contingent claim (ECC) with price process Yt=Y(St,t) at t[0,T], maturity T, terminal value YT=G(ST), and price dynamics given by the Itô process:


Under the equivalent martingale measure (EMM) the discounted price process Yt/βt is a martingale. In the real world ,the derivative is hedged by a self-financing strategy  Y(St,t)=atSt+btβt, with at=Y(St,t)/x. The riskless bond and the risky asset are not the only tradable assets that can be used to replicate the ECC price-dynamics. In hedging the ECC, the trader could use a perpetual derivative available for trading as shown in the next proposition:

Proposition 2.1. Let ς be a parameter and 𝕍(ς) is designated as the risky asset with price process Vt(ς)=Stςβtγ,t0, where γ=1ζ/r[r+(1/2)ζσ2]. Then the price process Vt(ς),t0, discounted by the riskless bond rate is a martingale under the EMM , and thus, security 𝕍(ς) can be traded within the BSM market model Eqs 1 and 2 (see Appendix A.1 for the proof).

We note that the assumption that Vt(ς)=Stςβtγ,t0 guarantees that the new perpetual derivative market model is arbitrage free and complete. The assumption, sufficient condition for market completeness, also shows that the new perpetual derivative’s log-return is a linear combination of the log-returns of the underlying risky asset and the riskless bond.

Of interest is the perpetual derivative 𝕍=𝕍(δ), where δ=2r/σ2, with price process Vt=Vt(δ)=Stδ, which arises with γ=0 and is not a function of the bond price. Currently the existing “basic” traded assets are a bond (designated as basic asset of order 0, shortly 𝕎(0)) and the risky asset (designated as basic asset of order 1, shortly, 𝕎(1)). For a given ς , let 𝕎(ς) be a derivative with price process Wt(ς):=Vt(ς) defined in Proposition 2.1. Then 𝕎(ς),ς(*)6 can be publicly traded, as Wt(ς) discounted by the risk-free rate will be a -martingale. We designate 𝕎(ς) as a basic asset of order ς.

Consider now the multidimensional case7: 𝔹t=(Bt(1),,Bt(d))T,t0 is a d-dimensional standard Brownian motion and the d-dimensional price process 𝕊t=(St(1),,St(d))T is an Itô-process with


on a stochastic basis (Ω,,{t}t0,) generated by 𝔹t,t0. The market (𝕊t,βt) with bond price


is assumed complete.

Proposition 2.2 Assume that Eqs 4 and 5 hold. Let Vt(i)=(St(i))δt(i)t0, i=1,d, then Vt(i)t0 is a risky asset, that could be publicly traded, if and only if δt(i)=2rt/j=1d(σt(i,j))2. The self-financing replication of Vt(i) is given by Vt(i)=at(i)St(i)+bi(i)βt, where at(i)=δt(i)(St(i))δt(i)1 (see Appendix A.2 for the proof).

3. Eliminating Jump Risk in Merton’s Jump-Diffusion Pricing Model

Consider Merton’s jump diffusion model [10] in which there is a stock and riskless bank account with stock price dynamics


defined on a stochastic basis (Ω,,{t}t0,) generated by

• a standard Brownian motion Btt0;

• a homogeneous Poisson process Ntt0, with intensity λ, and

• independent of Bt, t0, and Ntt0, independent identically distributed jumps of size J(l)J{lnψ  w.p. p(0,1)0   w.p.  1p,l8, that is, in Eq. 6,

yt1y1{ψ1 w.p.   p0   w.p.1p(7)

where yt=y(l),t[τ(l),τ(l+1)), τ(l):=inf{t:Nt=l},l, and 𝔼(y(l)1)=(ψ1)p=:κ. The riskless bank account dynamics are given by Eq. (2).

Consider a ECC with a contract value Yt=Y(St,t) at t[0,T], maturity T, and terminal value YT=G(ST).

Proposition 3.1. [10]: Y(x,t), x>0, t[0,T) satisfies the following jump-diffusion PIDE (see Appendix A.3 for the proof)


We derive Eq. 8 by applying the CCAPM as a simple illustration of the methodology that we will apply in more general cases as shown in the Appendix. We believe that this proof is well-known, but could not find it in the literature.

In Proposition 3.1 the jump-risk is left unhedged. This is because Merton’s jump-diffusion framework lacks a security that is publicly available for trading (designated as M(m),m>0) with which the market will be pricing the jump-occurrences.

Here we again illustrate our approach to achieving market completeness: i) find the most suitable hedge instruments in the market for the hedging problem under consideration, and ii) if the market does not provide such special hedging instruments, then introduce them as publicly traded assets and let the market price them.

In the context of asset price models, Ref. 13 showed that completed market models with a unique martingale measure are complete also in the sense of hedging, if there are only a finite number of marks for the jumping component (there is a finite number of sources of randomness). However, if there are an infinite number of marks (an infinite number of sources of randomness), Ref. 13 showed that the completed market models with a unique martingale measure are only approximately complete in the sense of hedging.

Following the approach in Ref. 13; we introduce the dynamic price process of M(m) as a pure jump process with drift m:


We view M(r) as a “riskless bond with jumps”. To remove portfolio’s jump-risk, the trader should form a jump-free self-financing portfolio P(0) with price process Pt=MtStStMt and price dynamics given by dPt=MtdStStdMt=(αλκm)StMtdt+σStMtdBt.

Having the bond, the stock and the new asset P(0), a trader could apply Merton’s Intertemporal Capital Asset Pricing Model (ICAPM) in search of optimizing his or her wealth portfolio (see Ref. 5; section 9B).

Consider then an ECC written against the stock, with price process Yt=Y(St,Mt,t), 0tT, terminal value YT=Y(ST,y,T)=G(ST), for all y0. We assume that Y(x,y,t), x0, y0 is i) sufficiently smooth with respect to x, and t, and ii) with respect to y, Y(x,y,t), y>0, is left-continuous with right limits as well as continuously differentiable in the points of y-continuity.

Proposition 3.2. Under assumptions Eqs 6, 8, and 9, Y(x,y,t), x>0, y>0, satisfies the following differential equation with solutions having jumps (see Appendix A.4 for the proof):


For r=m, (10) becomes the BSM equation for all y>0.

As a corollary of Proposition 3.2, it follows that asset M=M(r) with price process: dMt=rMtdt+(yt1)MtdNtt0 could be introduced as a publicly traded asset, along with 𝕍=𝕍(δ) with price process Vt=Vt(δ)=Stδ, where δ=2r/σ2. Hedging strategies involving M and 𝕍 will be presented in Proposition 3.3.

A natural extension of Merton’s model is to assume that the jump dynamics can be potentially dependent on the stock price itself


defined on a stochastic basis (Ω,,{t}t0,) as in Eqs 6 and 7. The risk-free bond dynamics is given by Eq. 2.

Consider a ECC with price process Yt=Y(St,zt,t), where the function Y(x,z,t), x>0, z>0, t0, is sufficiently smooth. Our goal is to apply a self-financing replicating portfolio which will include i) the riskless bond, ii) the stock, iii) basic asset 𝕍=𝕍(δ), with price process Vt=Vt(δ)=Stδ, where δ=2r/σ2, and iv) basic asset M=M(r) with price process: dMt=rMtdt+(yt1)MtdNtt0. Then the dynamics of the hedging -portfolio is given by


Proposition 3.3. Under the assumptions (11), (12), and (12), Y(x,z,t), x>0, z>0, t0 satisfies the PDE (see Appendix A.5 for the proof):


4. Hedging Volatility Risk in a Stochastic Volatility Option Pricing Model

To demonstrate how to hedge the volatility risk in a stochastic volatility option pricing model, we use the same setting as in Section 2. However, in this case we assume that he publicly traded stock price dynamic are determined by a stochastic volatility model with mean-reverting Ornstein–Uhlenbeck process given by9


where V0>0, α>0, m>0, φ>0, ρ(1,1). We assume that St,Vtt0 is defined on a stochastic basis (Ω,,{t}t0,) generated by the correlated Brownian motions (Bt,Wt)t0. The price of the riskless bond is


Let Yt=Y(St,Vt,t)t0, be the price process of an ECC with maturity T>0 and terminal value Y(ST,VT,T)=G(ST). In the standard stochastic volatility model an additional derivative is needed in the replicating portfolio. Then the PDE for the derivative Yt=Y(St,Vt,t) is given by


for all x>0, y, t[0,T), with boundary condition: Y(x,y,T)=G(x) for all x>0,y, and γ(x,y,t) being an arbitrary function representing the risk premium factor from the second source of randomness Wtt0.

The objective in this section is to derive a PDE for the price of an ECC in which together with market risk, volatility risk is also expressed in tradeable volatility indexes, and thus the function γ(x,y,t) is removed.

Next, we follow our basic approach of introducing an additional security as a publicly traded asset to achieve market completeness. Following the approach by Ref. 4; we assume that in the stochastic volatility market model, defined by Eqs 1517, and consisting of a stock and riskless bond, an additional security V, which we label the “volatility index”, and designated asMvol is introduced and publicly traded. The price process, V, is the publicly traded price process Vt. We assume that V, is a tradable financial instrument such as, for example, the futures contract where the underlying is the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) as a proxy (see Ref. 3).

A trader, having available a traded asset, the bond, the stock and V,can form a traded portfolio with constant volatility and then apply the ICAPM to optimize his or her wealth process.

First, for a better understanding of the stochastic volatility model we shall prove Eq. 18 using the CCAPM:


where rt(M) is the market instantaneous return.10 We assume that from the available data for stock volatility, the trader estimates the one-factor model for the volatility index security ν:


Proposition 4.1. Under the assumptions Eqs 15171921, the ECC-price process Yt=Y(St,Vt,t)t0, has price dynamics determined by the following PDE for Y(x,y,t), x>0, z>0, t0:


where θt(M)=𝔼trt(Mvol)r is the market risk premium, and θt(V)=𝔼trt(Mvol)r is the volatility risk premium (see Appendix A.6 for the proof).

First, it should be noted, that if the stock’s volatility is a security V with publicly traded price process Vt, then a trader should apply a self-financing strategy




Proposition 4.2 [4]. Under the assumptions Eqs 1517, 23, and 24, the ECC-price process Yt=Y(St,Vt,t)t0 has price dynamics determined by the following PDE for Y(x,y,t), x>0, y>0, t0:


The proof of the proposition follows the same arguments as Proposition 3.311 and thus is omitted.

Within the stochastic volatility model suggested by Ref. 7; if V is a publicly traded asset, that will allow the trader to form a synthetic self-financing portfolio P(S,V)of the stock and V so that P(S,V) has constant volatility. As a second step the investor can use Merton’s ICAPM to form an dynamically optimal wealth portfolio.

Proposition 4.1 leads to the following generalization of the stochastic volatility model. Let us remark here that trading volatility options is gaining popularity, and involves models for volatility options in which the “volatility of the volatility” (designated as vol-of-vol, or shortly, VoV) must be modeled. We now introduce a stock-price model (designated as VoV-model) in which the volatility and the VoV are Itô processes:


The VoV-model is sufficiently flexible to capture volatility clustering of the returns and a second-order volatility clustering (“volatility clustering of the volatility”, or what can be called the roughness of the price process).

Let Yt=Y(St,Vt,vt,t), t0, be the price process of ECC with maturity T>0 and terminal value Y(ST,VT,T)=G(ST). We first assume that security V with price process Vtt0, is publicly traded. Second, following our approach toward market completeness, we assume that the market has introduced VoV. The security VoV is publicly traded with price process vt, t0, having price dynamics given in Eq. 6.12 Then applying Itô’s formula and considering the self-financing strategy Yt=Y(St,Vt,vt,t)=Δt(S)dSt+Δt(V)dVt+Δt(v)dvt+btdβt, where βt=ert, t0, is the riskless bond, results in


Following standard no-arbitrage arguments leads to the PDE for the ECC-price process:


 Next we can extend the example of the use of CCAPM in the previous section by applying CCAPM not only to the stock, derivative, and the volatility security V, but to the new security VoV as well:


 Applying the same arguments as in the previous section results in the following PDE:


where θt(M)=𝔼trt(Mvol)r is the market risk premium, θt(V)=𝔼trt(Mvol)r is the volatility risk premium, and θt(v)=𝔼trt(Vvol)r is the vol-of-vol premium.

It is natural to seek an extension of stochastic volatility models Eq. 30 allowing for jumps in the stock price. We suggest the following one:

{dSt=(αλκ)Stdt+ σ(Vt)StdBt+zt(yt1)StdNt,dzt=a(z)ztdt+b(z)ztdBt,dVt=α(mVt)dt+φdWt,dBtdWt=ρdt,t0,a(z)R,b(z)>0,V0>0,α>0,m>0,φ>0,ρ(1,1).(31)

The triplet (St,zt,Vt),t0,is defined on a stochastic basis (Ω,,{t}t0,) generated by the correlated Brownian motions BtWt and Poisson process Nt and an independent of (Bt,Wt,Nt), jump-amounts (jump-sizes)

J(l)J{lnψ  w.p. p(0,1)0   w.p.  1p(32)

The riskless bond dynamics are given by Eq. 2.

Then following the definitions of the new publicly traded assets introduced in this and the previous section, we define a hedging portfolio with the following dynamics:


where dMt=dMt=rMtdt+(yt1)MtdNtt0.

The corresponding PDE for Y(x,z,t), x>0, z>0, t0, can be readily derived following the same arguments as the proof of Proposition 3.3.

5. Empirical Analysis

In this section we apply the new trading instrument we proposed in this paper to explain and evaluate market risk before and during an actual distressed market period. A standard risk measure must be employed to measure financial industries and market risk. The two measures we selected are Value at Risk (VaR) and Conditional VaR (CVaR) because they are the two most popular risk measures used in the finance industry. CVaR, also called expected tail risk, is the average of VaRs less than the VaR for a given tail probability. CVaR satisfies all attributes of a coherent risk measure and is consistent with performance relations of risk-averse investors (see Ref. 11).

TLR has been adapted as the risk measure to determine financial market behavior before and during the high volatility period we study later in this paper. For a given tail probability α, we define TLR(α) as follows


The idea of the tail-loss ratio is that the tail behavior of the return-distribution measured by the tail-loss can be used as a predictor of future market crashes. Ref. 8 discussed a particular dynamic model, ARMA (1,1)-GARCH (1,1) with tempered stable innovations (ARMA-GARCH-TS), for the stock price. They defined tail loss as the differences between 99% CVaR for the ARMA-GARCH-normal and 99% CVaR for the ARMA-GARCH-TS models and found that tail-losses can be used as an early warning system for a forthcoming sharp market downturn. We decided to use a model-free tail loss by using historical returns only for the stock price and the new security. We want to see whether the tail-losses provide some early insight about a future crash.

Of interest is the perpetual derivative 𝕍=𝕍(δ), where δ=2r/σ2, with price process Vt=Vt(δ)=Stδ. To form the price process of Vtt0 , we use market indices by the triplet (St,σt,rt)t0 where: i) Stt0 as the price process of the SPDR S&P 500 index; ii) σtt0 as the cumulative VIX (i.e., σt represent the cumulative of VIX in [0,t]), and iii) rtt0 is the 10-year Treasury yield published by the US Treasury on its website The database to form the time series of Vt covers the period from January 1993 to June 2019. There were 6,661 observations collected from Yahoo Finance. We selected a broad-based market index, the S&P 500, as measured by the SPDR S&P 500 (St,t0) which is an exchange-traded index as a benchmark to compare it with our new financial instrument during the market financial crisis. We evaluate the market risk prior to the distressed period investigated and then assess whether the tail-losses provide some early insight about the actual market crash.

In Figure 1 the price process of the perpetual derivative Vt(n) (defined in Proposition 2.1) for n={1,0,1,2} is plotted. We designated V(0) as a basic asset of order 0 (riskless asset) and V(1) as a basic asset of order 1 (risky asset). V(1) and V(1) would be viewed as a basic asset of order −1 and 1, respectively.


FIGURE 1. Daily time series process for the period from January 1993 to June 2019 for (A)Vt(1) the basic asset of order –1; (B)Vt(0) the riskless bond; (C)St the risky asset (S&P 500 index closing price, and; (D)Vt(1) the basic asset of order 1.

Figure 2 shows the time series price process of Vt corresponding to daily price process for the St index and VIX index based on the closing price and the 10-year Treasury yield. The stable and small volatility values of Vt observed for a few months preceding the 2008 market crash indicated an early warning for a pending market crash. The volatility of Vt increases while the VIX index falls. The apparent volatility of Vt is higher in the prior four years than in the years preceding the financial crisis.


FIGURE 2. Daily time series process for the period from January 1993 to June 2019 for (A) the SPDR S&P 500 index closing price (St); (B) the VIX index closing price (σt); (C) 10-years Treasury yield (rt), and; (D) the perpetual derivative (Vt).

Next we calculate CVaR and VaR at α=99% confidence level and thereafter obtain the TLR at 99% confidence level for log-return of Vt and St indices. We then analyze the market before and during the 2008 market crash.

Empirical daily VaR and CVaR are estimated by using rolling windows time series analysis for a time period of eight years (i.e., 2016 trading days). Then, the TLR index for the daily log-return of St and Vt are calculated. The TLR indices associated with St and Vt are shown in Figures 3, 4, respectively.


FIGURE 3. Daily time series process for the period from January 2001 to June 2019 for (A) the price process of SPDR S&P 500 index; (B) the log-return of SPDR S&P 500 index with emperical VaR(0.99), and; (C) the TLR index for SPDR S&P 500 index.


FIGURE 4. Daily time series process for the period from January 2001 to June 2019 for (A) the price process of the perpetual derivative index; (B) the log-return of the perpetual derivative index with emperical VaR(0.99), and; (C) the TLR index for the perpetual derivative index.

Comparing Figures 3, 4, one can graphically check the difference between the two TLR indices. In particular, the TLR index of St seems to be more volatile during the 2008 market crash. The index has low volatility from July 2007 to May 2008 and starts slowly declining thereafter. Finally, it sharply increases in September 2008. Because no specific pattern is observed, we cannot observe any early warning indicator of a pending market crash based on the TLR index of St.

The TRS index of Vt begins to stabilize with low volatility a few months preceding the market crash of 2008. It remains stable during the market crash, while it can be seen that there is high volatility in the TRS index of St during the 2008 market crash. We consider this low volatility as an early warning indicator of a pending market crash. Due to the presence of long memory in the stock market, the volatility of the TLR remains stable after the market crash. Hence, we consider the low volatility of the TLR index for Vt as a good measure to indicate a forthcoming sharp market downturn.

As further empirical support of the predictive power of the TLR index for Vt as a good measure to indicate a forthcoming sharp market downturn, we selected another broad-based market index, FTSE 10013, as a benchmark to compare it with our new financial instrument during the financial market crisis. We again evaluated the market risk before and during the 2008 market crash to make a stronger argument and reveal the universality of the TLR index for Vt in predicting a market crash. The TLR indices associated with the FTSE 100 index and its perpetual derivative are shown in Figures 5, 6, respectively. Comparing Figures 5, 6, we can observe that the TLR index of the FTSE has no specific pattern, while the TLR of the new instrument begins to stabilize a few months preceding and during the market crash of 2008. This observed pattern again indicates the power of the TLR index for Vt in predicting a future sharp market downturn.


FIGURE 5. Daily time series process for the period from January 2001 to June 2019 for (A) the price process of FTSE 100 index; (B) the log-return of FTSE 100 index with emperical VaR(0.99), and; (C) the TLR index for FTSE 100 index.


FIGURE 6. Daily time series process for the period from January 2001 to June 2019 for (A) the FTSE 100 price process of the perpetual derivative index; (B) the log-return of the FTSE 100 perpetual derivative index with emperical VaR(0.99), and; (C) the TLR index for the FTSE 100 perpetual derivative index.

6. Conclusions

In this paper, we developed a novel approach to hedging derivatives by proposing the creation of a set of specially designed (“ideal”) publicly available perpetual derivatives. The set of new proposed assets - perpetual options - allow the option writer to form a hedging portfolio which 1) reduces the trading costs in markets with frictions; 2) removes the jump risk when the underlying price process is a jump-diffusion process, and; 3) removes the volatility risk when the underlying price process exhibits stochastic volatility. The corresponding PIDE and PDE for the derivative price processes are derived. The tail-loss ratio is used as the risk measure to determine financial market behavior prior to the market high volatility period we study in this paper. We demonstrate that the new financial instruments, together with the tail-loss ratio, have potential power in predicting and evaluating market risk before a distressed market period. Our findings suggest that the tail-loss ratio can be potentially used as a metric for an early warning system.

Data Availability Statement

Publicly available datasets were analyzed in this study. This data can be found here:

Author Contributions

This work was carried out in collaboration among all authors. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.


This manuscript has been released as a pre-print at Social Science Research Network [14] and arXiv [15].


A.1. Proof of Proposition 2.1

Let Vt=g(St,βt) where g(x,y), x0, y0 is a sufficiently smooth function. Then Vt/βt is a martingale if and only if /xg(x,y)rx+/yg(x,y)ryrg(x,y)+1/2(2/x2)g(x,y)σ2x2=0, which is satisfied for g(x,y)=xζyγ.

A.2. Proof of Proposition 2.2

For simplicity of the exposition we will consider the bivariate case only. First let us recall the Black-Scholes Equation in the bivariate case: The stocks dynamics is given by dXt=μt(X)Xtdt+σt(X,B)XtdBt+σt(X,W)XtdWt, dYt=μt(Y)Ytdt+σt(Y,B)YtdBt+σt(Y,W)YtdWt, and given an ECC with price process Ct=C(Xt,Yt,t). We replicate Ct=C(Xt,Yt,t) by a self-financing strategy C(Xt,Yt,t)=at(X)Xt+at(Y)Yt+btβt. Then


Equating the terms for dC(Xt,Yt,t) leads to at(X)=C(Xt,Yt,t)/x, at(Y)=C(Xt,Yt,t)/y, and the no-arbitrage assumption holds if and only if δ=2r/[σt(X,B)]2+[σt(X,W)]2, and γ=2r/[σt(Y,B)]2+[σt(Y,W)]2, which completes the proof of the proposition.

A.3. Proof of Proposition 3.1

Applying CCAPM and making use of Merton’s assumption.

𝔼trt(S)=rβt(S,M)(𝔼trt(M)r), 𝔼trt(Y)=rβt(Y,M)(𝔼trt(M)r),


we have two expressions for 𝔼tdYt=Yt𝔼trt(Y)dt:


and 𝔼tdYt=rYtdtY(St,t)xStβt(S,M)(𝔼trt(M)r)dt. Equating 𝔼tdYt terms and setting St=x completes the proof of the proposition.

A.4. Proof of Proposition 3.2

Consider the self-financing trading strategy Y(St,Mt,t)=atSt+ctMt+btβt. Equating the terms for dY(St,Mt,t) leads to: at=Y(St,Mt,t)x, and ct=Y(St,Mt,t)zStMtY(St,Mt,t)xY(St,Mt,t)Y(St,Mt,t)(ψ1)Mt. Comparing the term ()dt completes the proof of the proposition.

A.5. Proof of Proposition 3.3

We seek a self-financing portfolio of the form Y(St,zt,t)=ct(1)St+ct(2)Stδ+mtMt+btβt with dYt=dY(St,zt,t)=ct(1)dSt+ct(2)dStδ+mtdMt+btdβt. To capture the dzt-risk, we use the replicating portfolio the representation: dSt={(αλκ)StσSta(z)b(z)1zt}dt+σSt1b(z)1ztdzt+zt(yt1)StdNt in the term ct(1)dSt. Thus


with similar expressions for ct(1) and ct(2). Then equalizing the terms with ()dt results in the required PDE, completing the proof of the proposition.

A.6. Proof of Proposition 4.1

Combining the expressions for.

𝔼tdYt={Y(St,Vtt)t+122Y(St,Vtt)x2(σ(Vt)St)2+2Y(St,Vtt)xyσ(Vt)Stφρ+122Y(St,Vtt)y2φ2}dt +







which proves the proposition.


1VIX is an index created by the CBOE, representing 30-day implied volatility calculated from S&P500 options (see

2See SPDR S&P 500 ETF Indices,

3The VVIX is an index created by the CBOE (see It is a volatility of volatility (vol-of-vol) measure, and represents 30-day implied volatility calculated from VIX options.

4It is interesting to note that the renowned Russian mathematician Andrey N. Kolmogorov used to comment that every approximation problem in functional analyses and probability theory requires a specially designed distance measure (best-suited metric) in its solution [12]. Similarly, in hedging problems, the choice of the hedging instruments should not necessarily be the standard ones (the stock and the riskless asset), but the ones that best reflect the nature of the hedging problem.

5(Ω,,{t}t0,) is generated by the Brownian motion Bt,t0.

6We denote :=(,) and (*)={}.

7See Sections 5.I and 6.I in Ref. 5 for the regularity and market completeness conditions.

8``'', stands for “equal in distribution”, :={1,2,}.

9See section 2.4 in Ref. 6.

10This approach was initially used in Refs. 1 and 5, Section 6.D).

11See Ref. 4.

12We view VIX (an index created by the CBOE, representing 30-day implied volatility calculated from S&P 500 options) as a proxy for publicly traded security V (see As for VoV we do not have an existing market proxy. However, the financial industry is already trying to construct a synthetic security which mimics VoV-dynamics, and, it is our belief, that it should not be long before such a “vol-of-vol-index” is introduced as a publicly traded asset.



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Keywords: option pricing, hedging, Merton’s jump diffusion model, stochastic volatility model, tail-loss ratio risk measure

Citation: Shirvani A, Stoyanov SV, Rachev ST and Fabozzi FJ (2020) A New Set of Financial Instruments. Front. Appl. Math. Stat. 6:606812. doi: 10.3389/fams.2020.606812

Received: 15 September 2020; Accepted: 14 October 2020;
Published: 26 November 2020.

Edited by:

Young Shin Aaron Kim, Stony Brook University, United States

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