Let $r$ a random process defined by :

$$dr_t=\theta(t)dt + \sigma dW_t$$

$\theta$ is deterministic in $t$ and $W$ a brownian motion.

I don't know where my calculation below is going wrong :

Let $R=\int r(s)ds$

then : $$\frac{d}{dt}\mathop{\mathbb{E}}\left[ e^{-\int_t^Tr(s)ds}|\mathscr{F}_t \right] = \mathop{\mathbb{E}}\left[ \frac{d}{dt} e^{-(R_T - R_t)}|\mathscr{F}_t \right] = \mathop{\mathbb{E}}\left[ r(t) e^{-(R_T - R_t)}|\mathscr{F}_t \right] = r(t) \mathop{\mathbb{E}}\left[ e^{-\int_t^Tr(s)ds}|\mathscr{F}_t \right]$$

But regarding this question Bond dynamics in Ho Lee model my computation is not correct

Any help please?

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    $\begingroup$ What is your problem ? $\endgroup$
    – Ezy
    Commented Feb 14, 2019 at 11:30
  • $\begingroup$ Regarding this question quant.stackexchange.com/questions/44002/… my computation is not correct $\endgroup$
    – JohnLord
    Commented Feb 14, 2019 at 12:06
  • $\begingroup$ Your first equality is wrong. It is true that you can bring the derivative inside the expectation operator due to Lebesgue dominated convergence theorem (the function is bounded). However, you need to find the solution of the SDE for $r_t$ and then compute the mean of this Gaussian variable. $\endgroup$
    – FunnyBuzer
    Commented Feb 14, 2019 at 12:37
  • $\begingroup$ @JohnLord then update your question to clarift. Also your notation is bad: do you wish to calculate partial derivative or total derivative ? Those are not the same. $\endgroup$
    – Ezy
    Commented Feb 14, 2019 at 12:45
  • $\begingroup$ @FunnyBuzer why do you need the solution of $r_t$ SDE? after the derivative, the resulting $r_t$ is know given $F_t$ and we can simply take it out of the expectation. No? $\endgroup$
    – JohnLord
    Commented Feb 14, 2019 at 13:42

1 Answer 1


You can use the stochastic integration by parts to solve the integral inside the expectation: $$\int_t^Tr_sds=Tr_T-tr_t-\int_t^Tsdr_s=(T-t)r_t+\int_t^T(T-s)\underbrace{dr_s}_{:=\theta(s)ds+\sigma dW_s}$$ Solve this integral and then take the expectation and solve the derivative. For a complete answer see Ho and lee derivation for short rates model.


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