Chapter 26 Exotic Options

Derivatives such as European and American call and put options are what are termed plain vanilla products. They have standard well-defined properties and trade actively. Their prices or implied volatilities are quoted by exchanges or by interdealer brokers on a regular basis. One of the exciting aspects of the over-the-counter derivatives market is the number of nonstandard products that have been created by financial engineers. These products are termed exotic options, or simply exotics. Although they usually constitute a relatively small part of its portfolio, these exotics are important to a derivatives dealer because they are generally much more profitable than plain vanilla products.

Exotic products are developed ...

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