The option pricing model I am referring to is this one:

I calibrated that model by using a set of European options, now I have a set of 5 parameters per maturity that allow to draw volatility skews.

As these curves can be used to price options, I am looking for the best way to get Greeks from that: is it possible to use SVI's output to have Greeks that are more accurate and "realistic" than Black & Scholes' ones?

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    $\begingroup$ Your question is unclear. Greeks wrt to what instrument? $\endgroup$
    – Quantuple
    Aug 12, 2016 at 15:31
  • $\begingroup$ Greeks? You mean European option's price sensitivity with respect to the parameters for the SVI surface? $\endgroup$
    – Mats Lind
    Aug 12, 2016 at 17:57
  • $\begingroup$ Now it should be quite better... $\endgroup$
    – Lisa Ann
    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:49
  • $\begingroup$ 5 params per matutity, so it is not the raw (maturity independent) SVI parametrisation then? What of the parametrisations in the paper are you using? $\endgroup$
    – Mats Lind
    Aug 14, 2016 at 10:51

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The SVI is simply a function (empirically fit to the data) which given a maturity and a strike price K, computes a BS implied volatility $\sigma$. Once you have that implied volatility you can plug it into a Black Scholes routine which can compute the BS price and the Black Scholes greeks.

Note that if an option is actually traded with that strike and maturity you could have directly observed the price, and computed the volatility and greeks directly from that.

So the SVI technique helps compute Greeks in 2 circumstances: (1) if there is no option traded for the strike and maturity you have in mind (you could call this a "what if" calculation of the greeks), (2) if you think the price of the option is somehow noisy or distorted, in which case the SVI based calculation might be more accurate because it is fit to multiple options, not just the one you are interested in. However IMHO the market prices of options are pretty accurate.


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