The Performance of Alternative Valuation Models in the OTC Currency Options Market
Journal of International Money and Finance 22, p.33-64, 2003

Nicolas P.B. Bollen and Emma Rasiel

ABSTRACT
We compare option valuation models based on regime-switching, GARCH, and jump-diffusion processes to a standard “smile” model, in which Black and Scholes (1973) implied volatilities are allowed to vary across strike prices. The regime-switching, GARCH, and jump-diffusion models provide significant improvement over a fixed smile model in fitting GBP and JPY option prices both in-sample and out-of-sample. The jump-diffusion model achieves the tightest fit. A time-varying smile model, however, provides hedging performance that is comparable to the other models for the GBP options. This result suggests that standard option valuation techniques may provide a reasonable basis for trading and hedging strategies.