Basic Black-Scholes Option Pricing and Trading by Timothy Falcon Crack

By Timothy Falcon Crack

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Prior to maturity, the option value is discounted expected payoff. 2. The "intrinsic value" of an option at time t is what it would be worth if someone waved a magic wand and forced the option to expire today. That is, if exercise value is positive, so too is intrinsic value; but if exercise value is negative, intrinsic value is zero. Intrinsic value is max[5(t) - X , OJ for· a call, and max[X - 5(t), OJ for a put. a If intrinsic value is positive, the option is "inthe-money"; exercising it today would give you a positive payoff- ignoring T-costs.

R J c r - . r.. p ! 1 r r" 1a , b I" r r 1 ra r J T (lThis assumes D = O. bThis requires r > O. 1. Uppercase letters denote Americanstyle options; lowercase letters denote European-style options. For X, the natural comparison is across option series, because X does not change for a given option. likely to far outweigh the effect on option price caused solely by interest rates rising. Similarly, news of a dividend increase often pushes stock prices up, which in turn increases the value of a call (contrary to the first "1" in the last row).

E. , effective) rates of return. All good fin a ncial hand-held calculators have eX a nd In keys for manipulating continuously compounded returns. Suppose that you have $1,000 to invest and that a bank offers you a CD (i. , cert ificate of deposit) or term deposit with an annual percentage rate (APR) of 12% compounded m t imes per year for one year. The terminal value of your investment depends upon how ma ny times per year the compounding takes place. 4 for a range of values of m . The last row in the table shows what happens if you compound one billion times a second- effectively continuous compounding.

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