Options give the owner the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell an underlying asset or instrument.
Discuss the different factors that influence the value of an option
Differentiate the different types of options
Random, randomly determined, relating to stochastics.
A call option with a strike price that is higher than the market price of the underlying asset, or a put option with a strike price that is lower than the market price of the underlying asset.
For a call option, when the option's strike price is below the market price of the underlying asset. For a put option, when the strike price is above the market price of the underlying asset.
Options are a type of derivative that give the owner the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell an underlying asset or instrument at a specified strike price on or before a specified date. The seller incurs a corresponding obligation to fulfill the transaction, that is to sell or buy, if the long holder elects to "exercise" the option prior to expiration. The buyer pays a premium to the seller for this right. An option that conveys the right to buy something at a specific price is referred to as a call; an option that conveys the right to sell something at a specific price is called a put.
The value of an option is commonly deconstructed into two parts. The first of these is the "intrinsic value," which is defined as the difference between the market value of the underlying asset and the strike price of the given option. The second part depends on a set of other factors which, through a multi-variable, non-linear interrelationship, reflect the discounted expected value of that difference at expiration. Today, many options are created in a standardized form and traded through clearinghouses on regulated options exchanges, while other over-the-counter options are written as bilateral, customized contracts between a single buyer and seller - one or both of which may be a dealer or market-maker.
Every financial option is a contract between two counterparties with the terms of the option specified in a term sheet. Option contracts may be quite complicated; however, at minimum, they usually contain the following specifications:
Naming conventions are used to help identify properties common to many different types of options. These include:
Nearly all stock and equity options are American options, while indexes are generally represented by European options.
The value of an option can be estimated using a variety of quantitative techniques based on the concept of risk neutral pricing and using stochastic calculus. In general, standard option valuation models depend on the following factors:
More advanced models can require additional factors, such as an estimate of how volatility changes over time and for various underlying price levels, or the dynamics of stochastic interest rates.
In 1973, Fischer Black and Myron Scholes made a major breakthrough by deriving a differential equation that must be satisfied by the price of any derivative dependent on a non-dividend-paying stock. By employing the technique of constructing a risk neutral portfolio that replicates the returns of holding an option, Black and Scholes produced a closed-form solution for a European option's theoretical price. At the same time, the model generates hedge parameters necessary for effective risk management of option holdings. The application of the model in actual options trading can be clumsy because of the assumptions of continuous (or no) dividend payment, constant volatility, and a constant interest rate. Nevertheless, the Black-Scholes model is still one of the most important methods and foundations for the existing financial market in which the result is within the reasonable range.
European Call Surface
A European call valued using the Black-Scholes pricing equation for varying asset price S and time-to-expiry T. In this particular example, the strike price is set to unity, the risk-free rate is 0.04 and the volatility is 0.2.
The Black–Scholes equation is a partial differential equation that describes the price of the option over time. The key idea behind the equation is that one can perfectly hedge the option by buying and selling the underlying asset in just the right way and consequently "eliminate risk. " This hedge, in turn, implies that there is only one right price for the option.
Valuation of a Call Option
Where: N is the cumulative distribution function of the standard normal distribution; T - t is the time to maturity; S is the spot price of the underlying asset; K is the strike price; r is the risk free rate; and omega is the volatility of returns of the underlying asset.
Value of a Put Option
Where: N is the cumulative distribution function of the standard normal distribution; T - t is the time to maturity; S is the spot price of the underlying asset; K is the strike price; r is the risk free rate; and omega is the volatility of returns of the underlying asset.
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