In recent years, interest-rate modeling has developed rapidly in terms of both practice and theory. The academic and practitioners' communities, however, have not always communicated as productively as would have been desirable. As a result, their research programs have often developed with little constructive interference. In this book, Riccardo Rebonato draws on his academic and professional experience, straddling both sides of the divide to bring together and build on what theory and trading have to offer.
Rebonato begins by presenting the conceptual foundations for the application of the LIBOR market model to the pricing of interest-rate derivatives. Next he treats in great detail the calibration of this model to market prices, asking how possible and advisable it is to enforce a simultaneous fitting to several market observables. He does so with an eye not only to mathematical feasibility but also to financial justification, while devoting special scrutiny to the implications of market incompleteness.
Much of the book concerns an original extension of the LIBOR market model, devised to account for implied volatility smiles. This is done by introducing a stochastic-volatility, displaced-diffusion version of the model. The emphasis again is on the financial justification and on the computational feasibility of the proposed solution to the smile problem. This book is must reading for quantitative researchers in financial houses, sophisticated practitioners in the derivatives area, and students of finance.
"Rebonato's writing style is probably the most elegant I have ever seen in a quantitative finance book. His ideas are conveyed in a brief and clear manner. . . . I thoroughly enjoyed this book since it allowed me to discover a whole new world in a fast and painless fashion. I would therefore recommend it to everyone who has any interest in the fascinating universe of fixed-income derivatives."--Alireza Javaheri, Quantitative Finance
"Dr. Rebonato has blended technical mastery with many years of practical experience to produce what should become the standard handbook for anyone wanting to value, hedge or control the risks of interest rate derivatives."--Ian Cooper, Professor of Finance, London Business School
"This eagerly awaited book fills an important need. It covers the pressing but technically difficult issues of how to implement 'market' models of the term structure for the purposes of valuing and hedging interest-rate-sensitive derivatives. Dr. Rebonato is a leading expert in the field. His treatment is exceptionally lucid as well as authoritative."--Stewart Hodges, University of Warwick
"Riccardo Rebonato succeeds admirably in combining an accessible exposition of the foundations of the LIBOR market model framework with extensive guidance on the calibration and implementation of the models in practice. The book's many insights into the dynamics of fixed income markets and models should provide industry professionals with valuable tools and offer academics a rare glimpse of the market as viewed by a practitioner-theorist, all presented in the author's elegant and lively style."--Paul Glasserman, Columbia University
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