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Calculate the prices of at-the-money call and put options.

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asked Apr 13, 2016 in BUS 4028F - Financial Economics by Nokuphila (240 points)
edited Apr 13, 2016 by simon_rigby

Assume that a non-dividend-paying security with price \(S_t\) at time \(t\) can move to either \(S_t u\) or \(S_t d\)  at time \(t + 1\).  The continuously compounded rate of interest is \(r\), and \(u > e^r > d\).  A financial derivative pays \(\alpha\) if \(S_{t+1}\) = \(S_t u\) and \(\beta\) if \(S_{t+1} = S_t d\). 

 A portfolio of cash (amount \(x\)) and the underlying security (value \(y\)) at time \(t\) exactly replicates the payoff of the derivative at time \(t + 1\).


commented Apr 14, 2016 by Chris_Baker (430 points)

I have two comments before I answer:

Firstly, the title of your question doesn't really relate to the problem description. Let me clarify what I mean, an at-the-money call or put option is an option where the current underlying security price \( S_t \) is the same as the strike price \( K \) (i.e. \(S_t = K \) ). The question that you're beginning to ask looks like building a hedging portfolio (which is, I guess, a generalisation of pricing the puts and calls).

Secondly, you haven't asked a question. You've written the first half of a problem statement. Let us know what you want answered, what you have tried in order to solve the problem and then where you are getting stuck.

Help me help you. 

PS good luck with your test!

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answered May 30 by Richard van Gysen (2,600 points)
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As Chris mentioned previously, the info you have provided is not enough. If we assume the \( \alpha\) and \(\beta\) to be the payoffs in this one step binomial model, we need to know if they are above the strike price of the call or put options to see if they can be exercised. Generally the payoff of the derivative described by you though is:

\(= e^{-r}*E^Q[X]\)

\( = e^{-r}*(q*\alpha + (1-q)*\beta)\) where \(q = \dfrac{e^r - d}{u-d}\)