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Two volatility processes yield a higher flexibility of the model. This is of greater importance if one tries to price derivatives with different maturities in one single model. A additional volatility component helps to capture the term structure of volatility, which can depend greatly on time to maturity. See for example the VIX term structure from CBOE: ...


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I think,the additional volatility factor,$v_2(t)$, provides more flexibility in modeling the volatility surface.We know $\rho$ controls the slope of the implied volatility.In the single-factor Heston model, $\rho$ is constant over maturities,In deed $$Corr[{dS}/{S\,,\,dv]}\;=\rho \,$$ which means that model has trouble providing an adequate fit to market ...



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