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1 Option Basics c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 153

2 The shift toward options as the center of gravity of finance [... ] Merton H. Miller ( ) c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 154

3 Calls and Puts A call gives its holder the right to buy a number of the underlying asset by paying a strike price. A put gives its holder the right to sell a number of the underlying asset for the strike price. How to price options? a a It can be traced to Aristotle s (384 B.C. 322 B.C.) Politics, if not earlier. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 155

4 Exercise When a call is exercised, the holder pays the strike price in exchange for the stock. When a put is exercised, the holder receives from the writer the strike price in exchange for the stock. An option can be exercised prior to the expiration date: early exercise. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 156

5 American and European American options can be exercised at any time up to the expiration date. European options can only be exercised at expiration. An American option is worth at least as much as an otherwise identical European option. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 157

6 C: call value. P : put value. X: strike price. S: stock price. D: dividend. Convenient Conventions c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 158

7 Payoff, Mathematically Speaking The payoff of a call at expiration is C = max(0, S X). The payoff of a put at expiration is P = max(0, X S). A call will be exercised only if the stock price is higher than the strike price. A put will be exercised only if the stock price is less than the strike price. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 159

8 Payoff 40 Long a call Payoff Short a call Price Price -40 Payoff 50 Long a put Payoff Short a put Price Price -50 c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 160

9 Payoff, Mathematically Speaking (continued) At any time t before the expiration date, we call max(0, S t X) the intrinsic value of a call. At any time t before the expiration date, we call max(0, X S t ) the intrinsic value of a put. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 161

10 Payoff, Mathematically Speaking (concluded) A call is in the money if S > X, at the money if S = X, and out of the money if S < X. A put is in the money if S < X, at the money if S = X, and out of the money if S > X. Options that are in the money at expiration should be exercised. a Finding an option s value at any time before expiration is a major intellectual breakthrough. a 11% of option holders let in-the-money options expire worthless. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 162

11 Call value Stock price Put value Stock price c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 163

12 Cash Dividends Exchange-traded stock options are not cash dividend-protected (or simply protected). The option contract is not adjusted for cash dividends. The stock price falls by an amount roughly equal to the amount of the cash dividend as it goes ex-dividend. Cash dividends are detrimental for calls. The opposite is true for puts. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 164

13 Stock Splits and Stock Dividends Options are adjusted for stock splits. After an n-for-m stock split, the strike price is only m/n times its previous value, and the number of shares covered by one contract becomes n/m times its previous value. Exchange-traded stock options are adjusted for stock dividends. Options are assumed to be unprotected. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 165

14 Example Consider an option to buy 100 shares of a company for \$50 per share. A 2-for-1 split changes the term to a strike price of \$25 per share for 200 shares. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 166

15 Short Selling Short selling (or simply shorting) involves selling an asset that is not owned with the intention of buying it back later. If you short 1,000 XYZ shares, the broker borrows them from another client to sell them in the market. This action generates proceeds for the investor. The investor can close out the short position by buying 1,000 XYZ shares. Clearly, the investor profits if the stock price falls. Not all assets can be shorted. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 167

16 Payoff of Stock Payoff 80 Long a stock Payoff Short a stock Price Price -80 c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 168

17 Covered Position: Hedge A hedge combines an option with its underlying stock in such a way that one protects the other against loss. Protective put: A long position in stock with a long put. Covered call: A long position in stock with a short call. a Both strategies break even only if the stock price rises, so they are bullish. a A short position has a payoff opposite in sign to that of a long position. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 169

18 Profit Protective put Stock price Profit Covered call Stock price Solid lines are profits of the portfolio one month before maturity assuming the portfolio is set up when S = 95 then. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 170

19 Covered Position: Spread A spread consists of options of the same type and on the same underlying asset but with different strike prices or expiration dates. We use X L, X M, and X H with X L < X M < X H. to denote the strike prices c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 171

20 Covered Position: Spread (continued) A bull call spread consists of a long X L call and a short call with the same expiration date. X H The initial investment is C L C H. The maximum profit is (X H X L ) (C L C H ). The maximum loss is C L C H. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 172

21 Profit Bull spread (call) 4 2 Stock price c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 173

22 Covered Position: Spread (continued) Writing an X H put and buying an X L put with identical expiration date creates the bull put spread. A bear spread amounts to selling a bull spread. It profits from declining stock prices. Three calls or three puts with different strike prices and the same expiration date create a butterfly spread. The spread is long one X L call, long one X H call, and short two X M calls. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 174

23 Profit Butterfly Stock price c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 175

24 Covered Position: Spread (concluded) A butterfly spread pays off a positive amount at expiration only if the asset price falls between X L X H. and A butterfly spread with a small X H X L approximates a state contingent claim, a which pays \$1 only when a particular price results. The price of a state contingent claim is called a state price. a Alternatively, Arrow security. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 176

25 Covered Position: Combination A combination consists of options of different types on the same underlying asset, and they are either all bought or all written. Straddle: A long call and a long put with the same strike price and expiration date. Since it profits from high volatility, a person who buys a straddle is said to be long volatility. Selling a straddle benefits from low volatility. Strangle: Identical to a straddle except that the call s strike price is higher than the put s. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 177

26 Profit 10 Straddle Stock price c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 178

27 Profit Strangle Stock price c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 179

28 Arbitrage in Option Pricing c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 180

29 All general laws are attended with inconveniences, when applied to particular cases. David Hume ( ) c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 181

30 Arbitrage The no-arbitrage principle says there is no free lunch. It supplies the argument for option pricing. A riskless arbitrage opportunity is one that, without any initial investment, generates nonnegative returns under all circumstances and positive returns under some. In an efficient market, such opportunities do not exist (for long). The portfolio dominance principle: Portfolio A should be more valuable than B if A s payoff is at least as good under all circumstances and better under some. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 182

31 A Corollary A portfolio yielding a zero return in every possible scenario must have a zero PV. Short the portfolio if its PV is positive. Buy it if its PV is negative. In both cases, a free lunch is created. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 183

32 The PV Formula Justified Theorem 1 P = n i=1 C id(i) for a certain cash flow C 1, C 2,..., C n. Suppose the price P < P. Short the zeros that match the security s n cash flows. The proceeds are P dollars. Then use P of the proceeds to buy the security. The cash inflows of the security will offset exactly the obligations of the zeros. A riskless profit of P P dollars has been realized now. If P > P, just reverse the trades. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 184

33 P P C C 2 1 C 3 C 1 C2 C 3 C n C n security zeros c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 185

34 Two More Examples An American option cannot be worth less than the intrinsic value. Suppose the opposite is true. Now, buy the option, promptly exercise it, and close the stock position. The cost of buying the option is less than the payoff, which is the intrinsic value. a So there is an arbitrage profit. a max(0, S t X) or max(0, X S t ). c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 186

35 Two More Examples (concluded) A put or a call must have a nonnegative value. Otherwise, one can buy it for a positive cash flow now and end up with a nonnegative amount at expiration. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 187

36 Relative Option Prices These relations hold regardless of the model for stock prices. Assume, among other things, that there are no transactions costs or margin requirements, borrowing and lending are available at the riskless interest rate, interest rates are nonnegative, and there are no arbitrage opportunities. Let the current time be time zero. PV(x) stands for the PV of x dollars at expiration. Hence PV(x) = xd(τ) where τ is the time to expiration. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 188

37 Put-Call Parity (Castelli, 1877) C = P + S PV(X). (20) Consider the portfolio of one short European call, one long European put, one share of stock, and a loan of PV(X). All options are assumed to carry the same strike price X and time to expiration, τ. The initial cash flow is therefore C P S + PV(X). c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 189

38 The Proof (continued) At expiration, if the stock price S τ X, the put will be worth X S τ and the call will expire worthless. After the loan, now X, is repaid, the net future cash flow is zero: 0 + (X S τ ) + S τ X = 0. On the other hand, if S τ > X, the call will be worth S τ X and the put will expire worthless. After the loan, now X, is repaid, the net future cash flow is again zero: (S τ X) S τ X = 0. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 190

39 The Proof (concluded) The net future cash flow is zero in either case. The no-arbitrage principle implies that the initial investment to set up the portfolio must be nil as well. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 191

40 Consequences of Put-Call Parity There is only one kind of European option. The other can be replicated from it in combination with stock and riskless lending or borrowing. Combinations such as this create synthetic securities. S = C P + PV(X) says a stock is equivalent to a portfolio containing a long call, a short put, and lending PV(X). C P = S PV(X) implies a long call and a short put amount to a long position in stock and borrowing the PV of the strike price (buying stock on margin). c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 192

41 Intrinsic Value Lemma 2 An American call or a European call on a non-dividend-paying stock is never worth less than its intrinsic value. The put-call parity implies C = (S X) + (X PV(X)) + P S X. Recall C 0. It follows that C max(s X, 0), the intrinsic value. An American call also cannot be worth less than its intrinsic value (p. 186). c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 193

42 Intrinsic Value (concluded) A European put on a non-dividend-paying stock may be worth less than its intrinsic value (p. 163). Lemma 3 For European puts, P max(pv(x) S, 0). Prove it with the put-call parity. Can explain the right figure on p. 163 why P < X S when S is small. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 194

43 Early Exercise of American Calls European calls and American calls are identical when the underlying stock pays no dividends. Theorem 4 (Merton (1973)) An American call on a non-dividend-paying stock should not be exercised before expiration. By an exercise in text, C max(s PV(X), 0). If the call is exercised, the value is the smaller S X. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 195

44 Remarks The above theorem does not mean American calls should be kept until maturity. What it does imply is that when early exercise is being considered, a better alternative is to sell it. Early exercise may become optimal for American calls on a dividend-paying stock. Stock price declines as the stock goes ex-dividend. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 196

45 Early Exercise of American Calls: Dividend Case Surprisingly, an American call should be exercised only at a few dates. Theorem 5 An American call will only be exercised at expiration or just before an ex-dividend date. In contrast, it might be optimal to exercise an American put even if the underlying stock does not pay dividends. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 197

46 A General Result Theorem 6 (Cox and Rubinstein (1985)) Any piecewise linear payoff function can be replicated using a portfolio of calls and puts. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 198

47 Convexity of Option Prices Lemma 7 For three otherwise identical calls or puts with strike prices X 1 < X 2 < X 3, C X2 ωc X1 + (1 ω) C X3 P X2 ωp X1 + (1 ω) P X3 Here ω (X 3 X 2 )/(X 3 X 1 ). (Equivalently, X 2 = ωx 1 + (1 ω) X 3.) c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 199

48 The Intuition behind Lemma 7 a Consider ωc X1 + (1 ω) C X3 C X2. This is a butterfly spread (p. 174). It has a nonnegative value as ω max(s X 1, 0)+(1 ω) max(s X 3, 0) max(s X 2, 0) 0. Therefore, ωc X1 + (1 ω) C X3 C X2 0. In the limit, 2 C/ X 2 0. a Contributed by Mr. Cheng, Jen-Chieh (B ) on March 17, c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 200

49 Option on a Portfolio vs. Portfolio of Options Consider a portfolio of non-dividend-paying assets with weights ω i. Let C i denote the price of a European call on asset i with strike price X i. All options expire on the same date. An option on a portfolio is cheaper than a portfolio of options. Theorem 8 The call on the portfolio with a strike price X i ω ix i has a value at most i ω ic i. The same result holds for European puts. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 201

50 Option Pricing Models c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 202

51 If the world of sense does not fit mathematics, so much the worse for the world of sense. Bertrand Russell ( ) Black insisted that anything one could do with a mouse could be done better with macro redefinitions of particular keys on the keyboard. Emanuel Derman, My Life as a Quant (2004) c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 203

52 The Setting The no-arbitrage principle is insufficient to pin down the exact option value. Need a model of probabilistic behavior of stock prices. One major obstacle is that it seems a risk-adjusted interest rate is needed to discount the option s payoff. Breakthrough came in 1973 when Black ( ) and Scholes with help from Merton published their celebrated option pricing model. a Known as the Black-Scholes option pricing model. a The results were obtained as early as June c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 204

53 Terms and Approach C: call value. P : put value. X: strike price S: stock price ˆr > 0: the continuously compounded riskless rate per period. R eˆr : gross return. Start from the discrete-time binomial model. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 205

54 Binomial Option Pricing Model (BOPM) Time is discrete and measured in periods. If the current stock price is S, it can go to Su with probability q and Sd with probability 1 q, where 0 < q < 1 and d < u. In fact, d < R < u must hold to rule out arbitrage. Six pieces of information will suffice to determine the option value based on arbitrage considerations: S, u, d, X, ˆr, and the number of periods to expiration. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 206

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56 Call on a Non-Dividend-Paying Stock: Single Period The expiration date is only one period from now. C u is the call price at time one if the stock price moves to Su. C d is the call price at time one if the stock price moves to Sd. Clearly, C u = max(0, Su X), C d = max(0, Sd X). c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 208

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58 Call on a Non-Dividend-Paying Stock: Single Period (continued) Set up a portfolio of h shares of stock and B dollars in riskless bonds. This costs hs + B. We call h the hedge ratio or delta. The value of this portfolio at time one is either hsu + RB or hsd + RB. Choose h and B such that the portfolio replicates the payoff of the call, hsu + RB = C u, hsd + RB = C d. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 210

59 Call on a Non-Dividend-Paying Stock: Single Period (concluded) Solve the above equations to obtain h = C u C d Su Sd 0, (21) B = uc d dc u (u d) R. (22) By the no-arbitrage principle, the European call should cost the same as the equivalent portfolio, a C = hs + B. As uc d dc u < 0, the equivalent portfolio is a levered long position in stocks. a Or the replicating portfolio, as it replicates the option. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 211

60 American Call Pricing in One Period Have to consider immediate exercise. C = max(hs + B, S X). When hs + B S X, the call should not be exercised immediately. When hs + B < S X, the option should be exercised immediately. For non-dividend-paying stocks, early exercise is not optimal by Theorem 4 (p. 195). So C = hs + B. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 212

61 Put Pricing in One Period Puts can be similarly priced. The delta for the put is (P u P d )/(Su Sd) 0, where Let B = up d dp u (u d) R. P u = max(0, X Su), P d = max(0, X Sd). The European put is worth hs + B. The American put is worth max(hs + B, X S). Early exercise is always possible with American puts. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 213

62 Risk Surprisingly, the option value is independent of q. a Hence it is independent of the expected gross return of the stock, qsu + (1 q) Sd. It therefore does not directly depend on investors risk preferences. The option value depends on the sizes of price changes, u and d, which the investors must agree upon. Note that the set of possible stock prices is the same whatever q is. a More precisely, not directly dependent on q. Thanks to a lively class discussion on March 16, c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 214

63 Pseudo Probability After substitution and rearrangement, ( ) R d u d C u + hs + B = R Rewrite it as where ( u R u d hs + B = pc u + (1 p) C d R p R d u d. As 0 < p < 1, it may be interpreted as a probability. ) C d,. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 215

64 Risk-Neutral Probability The expected rate of return for the stock is equal to the riskless rate ˆr under p as psu + (1 p) Sd = RS. The expected rates of return of all securities must be the riskless rate when investors are risk-neutral. For this reason, p is called the risk-neutral probability. The value of an option is the expectation of its discounted future payoff in a risk-neutral economy. So the rate used for discounting the FV is the riskless rate in a risk-neutral economy. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 216

65 Binomial Distribution Denote the binomial distribution with parameters n and p by ( ) n b(j; n, p) p j (1 p) n j n! = j j! (n j)! pj (1 p) n j. n! = 1 2 n. Convention: 0! = 1. Suppose you toss a coin n times with p being the probability of getting heads. Then b(j; n, p) is the probability of getting j heads. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 217

66 Option on a Non-Dividend-Paying Stock: Multi-Period Consider a call with two periods remaining before expiration. Under the binomial model, the stock can take on three possible prices at time two: Suu, Sud, and Sdd. There are 4 paths. But the tree combines. At any node, the next two stock prices only depend on the current price, not the prices of earlier times. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 218

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68 Option on a Non-Dividend-Paying Stock: Multi-Period (continued) Let C uu is Suu. Thus, be the call s value at time two if the stock price C uu = max(0, Suu X). C ud and C dd can be calculated analogously, C ud = max(0, Sud X), C dd = max(0, Sdd X). c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 220

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70 Option on a Non-Dividend-Paying Stock: Multi-Period (continued) The call values at time 1 can be obtained by applying the same logic: C u = pc uu + (1 p) C ud R C d = pc ud + (1 p) C dd R Deltas can be derived from Eq. (21) on p. 211., (23). For example, the delta at C u is C uu C ud Suu Sud. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 222

71 Option on a Non-Dividend-Paying Stock: Multi-Period (concluded) We now reach the current period. Compute as the option price. pc u + (1 p) C d R The values of delta h and B can be derived from Eqs. (21) (22) on p c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 223

72 Early Exercise Since the call will not be exercised at time 1 even if it is American, C u Su X and C d Sd X. Therefore, hs + B = pc u + (1 p) C d R = S X R > S X. [ pu + (1 p) d ] S X R The call again will not be exercised at present. a So C = hs + B = pc u + (1 p) C d R. a Consistent with Theorem 4 (p. 195). c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 224

73 Backward Induction of Zermelo ( ) The above expression calculates C from the two successor nodes C u and C d and none beyond. The same computation happened at C u demonstrated in Eq. (23) on p and C d, too, as This recursive procedure is called backward induction. C equals [ p 2 C uu + 2p(1 p) C ud + (1 p) 2 C dd ](1/R 2 ) = [ p 2 max ( 0, Su 2 X ) + 2p(1 p) max (0, Sud X) +(1 p) 2 max ( 0, Sd 2 X ) ]/R 2. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 225

74 S 0 1 S 0 u p S 0 d 1 p S 0 u 2 p 2 S 0 ud 2p(1 p) S 0 d 2 (1 p) 2 c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 226

75 Backward Induction (concluded) In the n-period case, ( n j) p j (1 p) n j max ( 0, Su j d n j X ) C = n j=0 R n. The value of a call on a non-dividend-paying stock is the expected discounted payoff at expiration in a risk-neutral economy. Similarly, P = n j=0 ( n j) p j (1 p) n j max ( 0, X Su j d n j) R n. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 227

76 Risk-Neutral Pricing Methodology Every derivative can be priced as if the economy were risk-neutral. For a European-style derivative with the terminal payoff function D, its value is e ˆrn E π [ D ]. E π means the expectation is taken under the risk-neutral probability. The equivalence between arbitrage freedom in a model and the existence of a risk-neutral probability is called the (first) fundamental theorem of asset pricing. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 228

77 Delta changes over time. Self-Financing The maintenance of an equivalent portfolio is dynamic. The maintaining of an equivalent portfolio does not depend on our correctly predicting future stock prices. The portfolio s value at the end of the current period is precisely the amount needed to set up the next portfolio. The trading strategy is self-financing because there is neither injection nor withdrawal of funds throughout. Changes in value are due entirely to capital gains. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 229

78 Can You Figure Out u, d without Knowing q? a Yes, you can, under BOPM. Let us observe the time series of past stock prices, e.g., u is available { }} { S, Su, Su 2, Su 3, Su 3 d,... } {{ } d is available So with sufficiently long history, you will figure out u and d without knowing q. a Contributed by Mr. Hsu, Jia-Shuo (D ) on March 11, c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 230

79 The Binomial Option Pricing Formula The stock prices at time n are Su n, Su n 1 d,..., Sd n. Let a be the minimum number of upward price moves for the call to finish in the money. So a is the smallest nonnegative integer such that Su a d n a X, or, equivalently, a = ln(x/sd n ). ln(u/d) c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 231

80 The Binomial Option Pricing Formula (concluded) Hence, = C = S = S n j=a n j=a X R n ( n j) p j (1 p) n j ( Su j d n j X ) R n (24) ( ) n (pu) j [ (1 p) d ] n j j R n n j=a ( ) n p j (1 p) n j j n b (j; n, pu/r) Xe ˆrn j=a n j=a b(j; n, p). c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 232

81 Numerical Examples A non-dividend-paying stock is selling for \$160. u = 1.5 and d = 0.5. r = % per period (R = e = 1.2). Hence p = (R d)/(u d) = 0.7. Consider a European call on this stock with X = 150 and n = 3. The call value is \$ by backward induction. Or, the PV of the expected payoff at expiration: (1.2) 3 = c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 233

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83 Numerical Examples (continued) Mispricing leads to arbitrage profits. Suppose the option is selling for \$90 instead. Sell the call for \$90 and invest \$ in the replicating portfolio with shares of stock required by delta. Borrow = dollars. The fund that remains, = dollars, is the arbitrage profit as we will see. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 235

84 Numerical Examples (continued) Time 1: Suppose the stock price moves to \$240. The new delta is Buy = more shares at the cost of = dollars financed by borrowing. Debt now totals = dollars. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 236

85 Numerical Examples (continued) Time 2: Suppose the stock price plunges to \$120. The new delta is Sell = shares. This generates an income of = dollars. Use this income to reduce the debt to dollars = 12.5 c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 237

86 Numerical Examples (continued) Time 3 (the case of rising price): The stock price moves to \$180. The call we wrote finishes in the money. For a loss of = 30 dollars, close out the position by either buying back the call or buying a share of stock for delivery. Financing this loss with borrowing brings the total debt to = 45 dollars. It is repaid by selling the 0.25 shares of stock for = 45 dollars. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 238

87 Numerical Examples (concluded) Time 3 (the case of declining price): The stock price moves to \$60. The call we wrote is worthless. Sell the 0.25 shares of stock for a total of = 15 dollars. Use it to repay the debt of = 15 dollars. c 2012 Prof. Yuh-Dauh Lyuu, National Taiwan University Page 239

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