Extending the framework of Amin and Jarrow (J Int Money Financ 10:310–329, 1991) and Bo et al. (Insur Math Econ 46:461–469, 2010), this study provides a theoretical exploration of currency options pricing under the presence of interest-rate regime shifts and exchange-rate asymmetric jumps. Evidence of interest-rate regime shifts inferred from UK and US zero coupon bond yields provides support for the regime-switching specifications which we reflect upon the domestic and foreign forward rates. Results of statistical tests conducted on JPY/USD and EUR/USD FX rates provide further support the rationale behind using a double exponential jump diffusion process within a Markov modulated Heath–Jarrow–Morton economy. Our numerical results suggest that, the pricing performance of our model is closely comparable to the Bo-Wang-Yang model for at-the-money options, yet yields improvements in percentage root mean errors for in-the-money options.
Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, published online: 10 Sep 2014