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1 HW: 4 Course: M339D/M389D - Intro to Financial Math Page: 1 of 6 University of Texas at Austin HW Assignment 4 Arbitrage. Put options. Parallels between put options and homeowner s insurance. Digital options. Forwards prices Digital options. Problem 4.1. (2 points) What do we call an option in which the holder has a claim that pays one share of stock if S(T ) K, and nothing otherwise? (a) A cash-or-nothing call (b) An asset-or-nothing call (c) A forward contract (d) An asset-or-nothing put (e) None of the above. (b) 4.2. Arbitrage. Problem 4.2. (5 points) Provide the definition of an arbitrage portfolio. A portfolio is called an arbitrage portfolio if its profit is non-negative in all states of the world, and strictly positive in at least one state of the world. Problem 4.3. Samantha plans to travel to Japan and acquires 100,000 Japanese yen. The exchange rate at time of purchase is GBP per yen. (i) (2 points) How many GBP does Samantha have to spend? (ii) (2 points) Samantha keeps the 100,000 yen safe in a drawer. In two weeks, Samantha decides against going to Japan after all and proceeds to exchange her 100,000 yen back to GBP. At that time, the exchange rate is GBP per yen. How many GBP does Samantha receive? (iii) (2 points) Based on your responses above, do you think that Samantha inadvertently discovered an arbitrage oportunity? (i) 100, = (ii) 100, = (iii) Of course not! She could not have known that the exchange rate would move in her favor (unless she is a soothsayer, but we do not allow for that).

3 HW: 4 Course: M339D/M389D - Intro to Financial Math Page: 3 of 6 (ii) (5 points) Is the above portfolio s payoff bounded from below? If you believe it is not, substantiate your claim. If you believe that it is, provided the lower bound. The payoff of the portfolio, i.e., the floor, expressed in terms of the final asset price S(T ) is V (T ) = S(T ) + (K S(T )) + = min[k, S(T )] = K S(T ). (i) The floor s payoff is not bounded from above since the stock price S(T ) may be arbitrarily large. (ii) The floor s payoff is bounded from below by the put option s exercise price K. This means that there is a guarantee of the minimum price the owner of the floor can fetch for the underlying asset. One might conclude this is the reasoning for using the term floor. Covered puts. The writer of a put option might want to hedge his/her exposure to risk by shorting the underlying asset. The position consisting of the short risky asset, and a written put on that asset is commonly referred to as the covered put. Provide your final answer only for the following problem. Problem 4.7. (2 points) Source: Dr. Jim Daniel (personal communication). Which of the following constitutes a one-year, \$100-strike covered put? (a) Write a one-year, \$100-strike call and buy the underlying. (b) Write a one-year, \$100-strike put and short the underlying. (c) Write a one-year, \$100-strike put and buy the underlying. (d) Write a one-year, \$100-strike put and write a one-year, \$100-strike call. (e) None of the above. (b) 4.4. Parallels between put options and classical insurance. Consider homeowner s insurance. An insurance policy is there to compensate the homeowner in case there is a financial loss due to physical damage to the home (fire, e.g.). At the time the insurance policy is issued the home is apraised and its initial value becomes part of the insurance policy. If the property is damaged, the insurance company is liable to make a benefit payment to the policyholder in the amount needed to bring the home back to its original state. In order for this to happen, however, the policyholder needs to initiate a claim. The homeowner is not required to file a claim, but should the claim be filed, the insurance company is required to proceed according to the contract and make the benefit payment. So far, we have discussed the use of derivative securities (forward contracts, call options and put options) for hedging. If we draw parallels between classical insurance and use of options, we get the following correspondence: Classical homeowner s insurance Home Value of home Insurance company Policyholder Benefit payment Hedging with derivative securities Risky asset Market price of the risky asset Option writer Option buyer Payoff If we specify the features of the insurance policy, we can see even more precise connections. Most insurance policies include a type of cost-sharing between the insurer and the insured. Most commonly, homeowner s insurance includes a deductible. The deductible d is the monetary amount up to which the policyholder pays for the damages. Once the loss exceeds d, the insurer pays for the excess of the loss over the deductible. So, if we denote the loss amount by the random variable X, the amount paid by the insurer and received by the policyholder is (X d) +.

4 HW: 4 Course: M339D/M389D - Intro to Financial Math Page: 4 of 6 The loss X can be understood as the reduction in the home s value due to physical damage. If we denote the home s value at time t by S(t), we see that X = S(0) S(T ) with T denoting the end of the insurance period, say. Having observed this, we see that the amount received by the policyholder is (X d) + = (S(0) S(T ) d) + = ((S(0) d) S(T )) + The expression above is exactly the payoff of a put option with strike price S(0) d. With this observation, our analogy is complete. Please, provide the final solution only to the following problem(s): Problem 4.8. (2 points) Source: Sample FM(DM) Problem #27. The position consisting of one long homeowners insurance contract benefits from falling prices in the underlying asset. TRUE FALSE TRUE Recall our comparison of the homeowner s insurance policy to the put option. The payoff of the put option is decreasing in the price of the underlying asset. Problem 4.9. (2 points) The owner of a house worth \$180, 000 purchases an insurance policy at the beginning of the year for a price of \$1, 000. The deductible on the policy is \$5, 000. If after 6 months the homeowner experiences a casualty loss valued at \$50, 000, what is the homeowner s net loss? Assume that the continuously compounded interest rate equals 4.0%. (a) \$6,020 (b) \$11,020 (c) \$50,000 (d) \$51,020 (e) None of the above. (a) The homeowner had to give up the insurance premium of \$1, 000, and six months later he/she also had to pay the \$5, 000 deductible. Taking into account the interest that the initial premium would have earned over the six-month period, the homeowner s total loss is 1, 000(1.04) 1/2 + 5, 000 6, 020. Problem (8 points) Draw the profit diagram for the homeowner s complete position consisting of both the propery and the insurance policy. There are two variations of the graph which I am accepting as correct. The first one goes along with a homeowner who has had the property for a while, so that one can choose his/her initial investment in the house to be \$0. It is shown in Figure 1. The second one is the version in which the house is purchased at a price whose time-value at the end of the insurance term equals \$200,000.

5 HW: 4 Course: M339D/M389D - Intro to Financial Math Page: 5 of Figure 1. Inherited house Figure 2. House purchased in the beginning of the insurance period 4.5. Forward prices. Annualized forward premium. As usual, let F0,T (S) denote the forward price for the delivery of asset S at time T. Then, the forward premium is defined as F0,T (S). S(0) The annualized forward premium (rate) is defined as F0,T (S) 1 ln. T S(0) Provide a complete solution to the following problem: Problem (5 points) Instructor: Milica C udina

6 HW: 4 Course: M339D/M389D - Intro to Financial Math Page: 6 of 6 The current price of a stock is S(0) = \$100 per share. Let the stock pay continuous dividends with the dividend yield δ = The forward price for delivery of the above stock in two years is \$ Calculate the annualized forward premium (rate). With r denoting the continuously compounded, risk-free interest rate, the answer equals We use the provided forward price to calculate r r δ = r F 0,T (S) = S(0)e r δt r δ = 1 T ln ( F0,T (S) S(0) So, our final answer equals ) = 1 ( ) ln

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