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Article

Minimax theorems for American options without time-consistency

Finance and Stochastics. 2019. Vol. 23. P. 209-238.
Belomestny D., Kraetschmer V., Hübner T., Nolte S.

In this paper, we give sufficient conditions guaranteeing the validity of the well-known minimax theorem for the lower Snell envelope. Such minimax results play an important role in the characterisation of arbitrage-free prices of American contingent claims in incomplete markets. Our conditions do not rely on the notions of stability under pasting or time-consistency and reveal some unexpected connection between the minimax result and path properties of the corresponding process of densities. We exemplify our general results in the case of families of measures corresponding to diffusion exponential martingales.