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Steven E.

Shreve

Stochastic Calculus for Finance I


Students Manual: Solutions to Selected Exercises
December 14, 2004

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Contents

The Binomial No-Arbitrage Pricing Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.7 Solutions to Selected Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Probability Theory on Coin Toss Space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.9 Solutions to Selected Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

State Prices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 3.7 Solutions to Selected Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

American Derivative Securities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 4.9 Solutions to Selected Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Random Walk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 5.8 Solutions to Selected Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Interest-Rate-Dependent Assets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 6.9 Solutions to Selected Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

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Exercise 1.2. Suppose in the situation of Example 1.1.1 that the option sells for 1.20 at time zero. Consider an agent who begins with wealth X0 = 0 and at time zero buys 0 shares of stock and 0 options. The numbers 0 and 0 can be either positive or negative or zero. This leaves the agent with a cash position of 40 1.200 . If this is positive, it is invested in the money market; if it is negative, it represents money borrowed from the money market. At time one, the value of the agents portfolio of stock, option and money market is X1 = 0 S1 + 0 (S1 5)+ 5 (40 + 1.200 ) . 4

Assume that both H and T have positive probability of occurring. Show that if there is a positive probability that X1 is positive, then there is a positive probability that X1 is negative. In other words, one cannot nd an arbitrage when the time-zero price of the option is 1.20. Solution. Considering the cases of a head and of a tail on the rst toss, and utilizing the numbers given in Example 1.1.1, we can write: 5 X1 (H) = 80 + 30 (40 + 1.200 ), 4 5 X1 (T ) = 20 + 0 0 (40 + 1.200 ) 4 Adding these, we get X1 (H) + X1 (T ) = 100 + 30 100 30 = 0, or, equivalently,

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In other words, either X1 (H) and X1 (T ) are both zero, or they have opposite signs. Taking into account that both p > 0 and q > 0, we conclude that if there is a positive probability that X1 is positive, then there is a positive probability that X1 is negative. Exercise 1.6 (Hedging a long position - one period.). Consider a bank that has a long position in the European call written on the stock price in Figure 1.1.2. The call expires at time one and has strike price K = 5. In Section 1.1, we determined the time-zero price of this call to be V0 = 1.20. At time zero, the bank owns this option, which ties up capital V0 = 1.20. The bank wants to earn the interest rate 25% on this capital until time one, i.e., without investing any more money, and regardless of how the coin tossing turns out, the bank wants to have 5 1.20 = 1.50 4 at time one, after collecting the payo from the option (if any) at time one. Specify how the banks trader should invest in the stock and money market to accomplish this. Solution. The trader should use the opposite of the replicating portfolio 1 strategy worked out in Example 1.1.1. In particular, she should short 2 share of stock, which generates $2 income. She should invest this in the money market. At time one, if the stock goes up in value, the bank has an option 5 worth $3, has $ 4 2 = $2.50 in the money market, and must pay $4 to cover the short position in the stock. This leaves the bank with $1.50, as desired. On the other hand, if the stock goes down in value, then at time one the bank has an option worth $0, still has $2.50 in the money market, and must pay $1 to cover the short position in stock. Again, the bank has $1.50, as desired. Exercise 1.8 (Asian option). Consider the three-period model of Example 1 1.2.1, with S0 = 4, u = 2, d = 1 , and take the interest rate r = 4 , so that 2 n 1 p = q = 2 . For n = 0, 1, 2, 3, dene Yn = k=0 Sk to be the sum of the stock prices between times zero and n. Consider an Asian call option that expires at time three and has strike K = 4 (i.e., whose payo at time three is + 1 ). This is like a European call, except the payo of the option is 4 Y3 4 based on the average stock price rather than the nal stock price. Let vn (s, y) denote the price of this option at time n if Sn = s and Yn = y. In particular, + 1 v3 (s, y) = 4 y 4 . (i) Develop an algorithm for computing vn recursively. In particular, write a formula for vn in terms of vn+1 . (ii) Apply the algorithm developed in (i) to compute v0 (4, 4), the price of the Asian option at time zero.

X1 (H) = X1 (T ).

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(iii) Provide a formula for n (s, y), the number of shares of stock which should be held by the replicating portfolio at time n if Sn = s and Yn = y. Solution. (i), (iii) Assume that at time n, Sn = s and Yn = y. Then if the (n + 1)-st toss results in H, we have Sn+1 = us, Yn+1 = Yn + Sn+1 = y + us.

If the (n + 1)-st toss results in T , we have instead Sn+1 = ds, Yn+1 = Yn + Sn+1 = y + ds.

Therefore, formulas (1.2.16) and (1.2.17) take the form vn (s, y) = 1 [vn+1 (us, y + us) + q vn+1 (ds, y + ds)], p 1+r vn+1 (us, y + us) vn+1 (ds, y + ds) n (s, y) = . us ds

(ii) We rst list the relevant values of v3 , which are v3 (32, 60) = (60/4 4)+ = 11, v3 (8, 36) = (36/4 4)+ = 5, v3 (8, 24) = (24/4 4)+ = 2, v3 (8, 18) = (18/4 4)+ = 0.50, v3 (2, 18) = (18/4 4)+ = 0.50, v3 (2, 12) = (12/4 4)+ = 0, v3 (2, 9) = (9/4 4)+ = 0, v3 (.50, 7.50) = (7.50/4 4)+ = 0. We next use the algorithm from (i) to compute the relevant values of v2 : v2 (16, 28) = v2 (4, 16) = v2 (4, 10) = v2 (1, 7) = 4 1 1 v3 (32, 60) + v3 (8, 36) 5 2 2 4 1 1 v3 (8, 24) + v3 (2, 18) 5 2 2 1 4 1 v3 (8, 18) + v3 (2, 12) 5 2 2 = 6.40, = 1, = 0.20,

4 1 1 v3 (2, 9) + v3 (.50, 7.50) = 0. 5 2 2

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We use the algorithm again to compute the relevant values of v1 : v1 (8, 12) = v1 (2, 6) =
4 5 4 5 1 2 v2 (16, 28) 1 2 v2 (4, 10) 1 + 2 v2 (4, 16) = 2.96, 1 + 2 v2 (1, 7)

= 0.08.

Finally, we may now compute v0 (4, 4) = 1 4 1 v1 (8, 12) + v1 (2, 6) 5 2 2 = 1.216.

Exercise 1.9 (Stochastic volatility, random interest rate). Consider a binomial pricing model, but at each time n 1, the up factor un (1 2 . . . n ), the down factor dn (1 2 . . . n ), and the interest rate rn (1 2 . . . n ) are allowed to depend on n and on the rst n coin tosses 1 2 . . . n . The initial up factor u0 , the initial down factor d0 , and the initial interest rate r0 are not random. More specically, the stock price at time one is given by S1 (1 ) = u0 S0 if 1 = H, d0 S0 if 1 = T,

and, for n 1, the stock price at time n + 1 is given by Sn+1 (1 2 . . . n n+1 ) = un (1 2 . . . n )Sn (1 2 . . . n ) if n+1 = H, dn (1 2 . . . n )Sn (1 2 . . . n ) if n+1 = T.

One dollar invested in or borrowed from the money market at time zero grows to an investment or debt of 1 + r0 at time one, and, for n 1, one dollar invested in or borrowed from the money market at time n grows to an investment or debt of 1 + rn (1 2 . . . n ) at time n + 1. We assume that for each n and for all 1 2 . . . n , the no-arbitrage condition 0 < dn (1 2 . . . n ) < 1 + rn (1 2 . . . n ) < un (1 2 . . . n ) holds. We also assume that 0 < d0 < 1 + r0 < u0 . (i) Let N be a positive integer. In the model just described, provide an algorithm for determining the price at time zero for a derivative security that at time N pays o a random amount VN depending on the result of the rst N coin tosses. (ii) Provide a formula for the number of shares of stock that should be held at each time n (0 n N 1) by a portfolio that replicates the derivative security VN . (iii) Suppose the initial stock price is S0 = 80, with each head the stock price increases by 10, and with each tail the stock price decreases by 10. In other words, S1 (H) = 90, S1 (T ) = 70, S2 (HH) = 100, etc. Assume the interest rate is always zero. Consider a European call with strike price 80, expiring at time ve. What is the price of this call at time zero?

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Solution. (i) We adapt Theorem 1.2.2 to this case by dening p0 = 1 + r 0 d0 , u0 d 0 q0 = u0 1 r 0 , u0 d 0

and for each and and for all 1 2 . . . n , pn (1 2 . . . n ) =

1 + rn (1 2 . . . n ) dn (1 2 . . . n ) , un (1 2 . . . n ) dn (1 2 . . . n ) un (1 2 . . . n ) 1 rn (1 2 . . . n ) . qn (1 2 . . . n ) = un (1 2 . . . n ) dn (1 2 . . . n ) 1 pn (1 2 . . . n )Vn+1 (1 2 . . . n H) 1+r +n (1 2 . . . n )Vn+1 (1 2 . . . n T ) , q

In place of (1.2.16), we dene for n = N 1, N 2, . . . , 1, Vn (1 2 . . . n ) =

and for the the case n = 0 we adopt the denition V0 = 1 p0 V1 (H) + q0 V1 (T ) . 1+r

(ii) The number of shares of stock that should be held at time n is still given by (1.2.17): n (1 . . . n ) = Vn+1 (1 . . . n H) Vn+1 (1 . . . n T ) . Sn+1 (1 . . . n H) Sn+1 (1 . . . n T )

The proof that this hedge works, i.e., that taking the position n in the stock at time n and holding it until time n + 1 results in a portfolio whose value at time n + 1 is Vn+1 , is the same as the proof given for Theorem 1.2.2. (iii) If the stock price at a particular time n is x, then the stock price at the next time is either x + 10 or x 10. That means that the up factor is un = x+10 and the down factor is dn = x10 . The corresponding riskx x neutral probabilities are pn = qn = 1 dn = un d n un 1 = un = d n
x+10 x

x10 x x10 x

= =

1 , 2 1 . 2

x+10 x 1 x+10 x10 x x

Because these risk-neutral probabilities do not depend on the time n nor on the coin tosses 1 . . . n , we can easily compute the risk-neutral prob1 1 5 ability of an arbitrary sequence 1 2 3 4 5 to be 2 = 32 .

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There are three ways for the call with strike 80 to expire in the money at time 5: either the ve tosses result in ve heads (S5 = 130), result in four heads and one tail (S5 = 110), or result in three heads and two tails 1 (S5 = 90). The risk-neutral probability of ve heads is 32 . If a tail occurs, it can occur on any toss, and so there are ve sequences that have four heads and one tail. Therefore, the risk-neutral probability of four heads 5 and one tail is 32 . Finally, if there are two tails in a sequence of ve tosses, there 10 ways to choose the two tosses that are tails. Therefore, the riskneutral probability of three heads and two tails is 10 . The time-zero price 32 of the call is V0 = 1 5 10 (130 80) + (110 80) + (90 80) = 9.375. 32 32 32

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Exercise 2.2. Consider the stock price S3 in Figure 2.3.1. (i) What is the distribution of S3 under the risk-neutral probabilities p = 1 , 2 q = 2. 1 (ii) Compute ES1 , ES2 , and ES3 . What is the average rate of growth of the stock price under P?
2 (iii) Answer (i) and (ii) again under the actual probabilities p = 3 , q = 1 . 3

Solution. (i) The distribution of S3 under the risk-neutral probabilities p and q is 32 8 2 .50 p3 32 q 3q 2 q 3 p p With p = 2 , q = 2 , this becomes 1 1 2 .50 32 8 .125 .375 .375 .125 (ii) By Theorem 2.4.4, E Therefore, S2 S1 S3 =E =E = ES0 = S0 = 4. 3 2 (1 + r) (1 + r) (1 + r)

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ES1 = (1 + r)S0 = (1.25)(4) = 5, ES2 = (1 + r)2 S0 = (1.25)2 (4) = 6.25, ES3 = (1 + r)3 S0 = (1.25)3 (4) = 7.8125. In particular, we see that ES3 = 1.25 ES2 , ES2 = 1.25 ES1 , ES1 = 1.25 S0 . Thus, the average rate of growth of the stock price under P is the same as the interest rate of the money market. (iii) The distribution of S3 under the probabilities p and q is 32 8 2 .50 3 2 p 3p q 3pq 2 q 3
2 1 With p = 3 , q = 3 , this becomes

8 2 .50 32 .2963 .4444 .2222 .0371 To compute the average rate of growth, we reason as follows: En Sn+1 = En Sn In our case, Sn+1 Sn = S n En Sn+1 Sn = (pu + qd)Sn .

2 1 2 + 12 = 1.5. 3 3 In other words, the average rate of growth of the stock price under the actual probabilities is 50%. Finally, taking expectations, we have pu + qd = ESn+1 = E En Sn+1 = 1.5 ESn , so that ES1 = 1.5 ES0 = 6,

ES2 = 1.5 ES1 = 9, ES3 = 1.5 ES2 = 13.50.

Exercise 2.3. Show that a convex function of a martingale is a submartingale. In other words, let M0 , M1 , . . . , MN be a martingale and let be a convex function. Show that (M0 ), (M1 ), . . . , (MN ) is a submartingale. Solution Let an arbitrary n with 0 n N 1 be given. By the martingale property, we have En Mn+1 = Mn ,

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and hence (En Mn+1 ) = (Mn ). On the other hand, by the conditional Jensens inequality, we have En (Mn+1 ) (En Mn+1 ). Combining these two, we get En (Mn+1 ) (Mn ), and since n is arbitrary, this implies that the sequence of random variables (M0 ), (M1 ), . . . , (MN ) is a submartingale. Exercise 2.6 (Discrete-time stochastic integral). Suppose M0 , M1 , . . . , MN is a martingale, and let 0 , 1 , . . . , N 1 be an adapted process. Dene the discrete-time stochastic integral (sometimes called a martingale transform) I0 , I1 , . . . , IN by setting I0 = 0 and
n1

In =
j=0

j (Mj+1 Mj ), n = 1, . . . , N.

Show that I0 , I1 , . . . , IN is a martingale. Solution. Because In+1 = In + n (Mn+1 Mn ) and In , n and Mn depend on only the rst n coin tosses, we may take out what is known to write En [In+1 ] = En In + n (Mn+1 Mn ) = In + n En [Mn+1 ] Mn . However, En [Mn+1 ] = Mn , and we conclude that En [In+1 ] = In , which is the martingale property. Exercise 2.8. Consider an N -period binomial model. (i) Let M0 , M1 , . . . , MN and M0 , M1 , . . . , MN be martingales under the riskneutral measure P. Show that if MN = MN (for every possible outcome of the sequence of coin tosses), then, for each n between 0 and N , we have Mn = Mn (for every possible outcome of the sequence of coin tosses). (ii) Let VN be the payo at time N of some derivative security. This is a random variable that can depend on all N coin tosses. Dene recursively VN 1 , VN 2 , . . . , V0 by the algorithm (1.2.16) of Chapter 1. Show that V0 , V1 VN 1 VN ,..., , 1+r (1 + r)N 1 (1 + r)N

is a martingale under P.

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(iii) Using the risk-neutral pricing formula (2.4.11) of this chapter, dene Vn = En Show that V0 , is a martingale. (iv) Conclude that Vn = Vn for every n (i.e., the algorithm (1.2.16) of Theorem 1.2.2 of Chapter 1 gives the same derivative security prices as the riskneutral pricing formula (2.4.11) of Chapter 2). Solution. (i) We are given that Mn = MN . For n between 0 and N 1, this equality and the martingale property imply Mn = En [MN ] = En [MN ] = Mn . (ii) For n between 0 and N 1, we compute the following conditional expectation: En Vn+1 (1 2 . . . n ) (1 + r)n+1 Vn+1 (1 2 . . . n T ) Vn+1 (1 2 . . . n H) +q =p n+1 (1 + r) (1 + r)n+1 Vn (1 2 . . . n ) = , (1 + r)n VN , n = 0, 1, . . . , N 1. (1 + r)N n

VN 1 VN V1 ,..., , N 1 (1 + r)N 1+r (1 + r)

where the second equality follows from (1.2.16). This is the martingal Vn property for (1+r)n .
n (iii) The martingale property for (1+r)n follows from the iterated conditioning property (iii) of Theorem 2.3.2. According to this property, for n between 0 and n 1,

En

Vn+1 (1 + r)n+1

1 VN En+1 (1 + r)n+1 (1 + r)N (n+1) 1 VN = En En+1 (1 + r)n (1 + r)N n VN 1 En = (1 + r)n (1 + r)N n Vn = . (1 + r)n = En

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(iv) Since the processes in (ii) and (iii) are martingales under the risk-neutral probability measure and they agree at the nal time N , they must agree at all earlier times because of (i).

S2 (HH) = 12 S1 (H) = 8 1 r1 (H) = 4 S0 = 4 r0 = 1 4 S1 (T ) = 2 r1 (T ) = 1 2 S2 (T T ) = 2 S2 (HT ) = 8 S2 (T H) = 8

Fig. 2.8.1. A stochastic volatility, random interest rate model.

Exercise 2.9 (Stochastic volatility, random interest rate). Consider a two-period stochastic volatility, random interest rate model of the type described in Exercise 1.9 of Chapter 1. The stock prices and interest rates are shown in Figure 2.8.1. (i) Determine risk-neutral probabilities P(HH), P(HT ), P(T H), P(T T ), such that the time-zero value of an option that pays o V2 at time two is given by the risk-neutral pricing formula V0 = E V2 . (1 + r0 )(1 + r1 )

(iii) Suppose an agent sells the option in (ii) for V0 at time zero. Compute the position 0 she should take in the stock at time zero so that at time one, regardless of whether the rst coin toss results in head or tail, the value of her portfolio is V1 . (iv) Suppose in (iii) that the rst coin toss results in head. What position 1 (H) should the agent now take in the stock to be sure that, regardless

(ii) Let V2 = (S2 7)+ . Compute V0 , V1 (H), and V1 (T ).

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of whether the second coin toss results in head or tail, the value of her portfolio at time two will be (S2 7)+ ? Solution.
1 (i) For the rst toss, the up factor is u0 = 2 and the down factor is d0 = 2 . Therefore, the risk-neutral probability of a H on the rst toss is

p0 =

1+ 1 1 + r 0 d0 4 = 1 u0 d 0 2 2 21 u0 1 r 0 = 1 u0 d 0 2 2

1 2

1 , 2

and the risk-neutral probability of T on the rst toss is q0 =


1 4

1 . 2

If the rst toss results in H, then the up factor for the second toss is u1 (H) = 12 3 S2 (HH) = = , S1 (H) 8 2

and the down factor for the second toss is d1 (H) = S2 (HT ) 8 = = 1. S1 (H) 8

It follows that the risk-neutral probability of getting a H on the second toss, given that the rst toss is a H, is p1 (H) = 1+ 1 1 1 1 + r1 (H) d1 (H) = 3 4 = , u1 (H) d1 (H) 2 2 1

and the risk-neutral probability of T on the second toss, given that the rst toss is a H, is q1 (H) = u1 (H) 1 r1 (H) = u1 (H) d1 (H)
3 2

1 3 2 1

1 4

1 , 2

If the rst toss results in T , then the up factor for the second toss is u1 (T ) = S2 (T H) 8 = = 4, S1 (T ) 2

and the down factor for the second toss is d1 (H) = 2 S2 (T T ) = = 1. S1 (T ) 2

It follows that the risk-neutral probability of getting a H on the second toss, given that the rst toss is a T , is

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p1 (T ) =

1+ 1 1 1 1 + r1 (T ) d1 (T ) 2 = = , u1 (T ) d1 (T ) 41 6

and the risk-neutral probability of T on the second toss, given that the rst toss is a T , is q1 (T ) = 41 u1 (T ) 1 r1 (T ) = u1 (T ) d1 (T ) 41
1 2

5 . 6

The risk-neutral probabilities are P(HH) = p0 p1 (H) = P(HT ) = p0 q1 (H) = P(T H) = q0 p1 (T ) = P(T T ) = q0 q1 (T ) = (ii) We compute V1 (H) = 1 p1 (H)V2 (HH) + q1 (H)V2 (HT ) 1 + r1 (H) 1 4 1 (12 7)+ + (8 7)+ = 5 2 2 = 2.40, 1 V1 (T ) = p1 (T )V2 (T H) + q1 (T )V2 (T T ) 1 + r1 (T ) 5 2 1 (8 7)+ + (2 7)+ = 3 6 6 = 0.111111, 1 V0 = [0 V1 (H) + q0 V1 (T )] p 1 + r0 4 1 1 = 2.40 + 0.1111 5 2 2 = 1.00444.
1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2

1 2 1 2 1 6 5 6

1 = 4, 1 = 4,

= =

1 12 , 5 12 .

We can conrm this price by computing according to the risk-neutral pricing formula in part (i) of the exercise:

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V0 = E

V2 (1 + r0 )(1 + r1 ) V2 (HH) V2 (HT ) = P(HH) + P(HT ) (1 + r0 )(1 + r1 (H)) (1 + r0 )(1 + r1 (H)) V2 (T H) V2 (T T ) + P(T H) + P(T T ) (1 + r0 )(1 + r1 (T )) (1 + r0 )(1 + r1 (T )) (8 7)+ 1 1 (12 7)+ + = 1 1 1 1 4 (1 + 4 )(1 + 4 ) 4 (1 + 4 )(1 + 4 ) (2 7)+ (8 7)+ 1 5 1 1 1 12 + (1 + 4 )(1 + 2 ) (1 + 4 )(1 + 1 ) 12 2 = 0.80 + 0.16 + 0.04444 + 0 = 1.00444. +

(iii) Formula (1.2.17) still applies and yields 0 = V1 (H) V1 (T ) 2.40 0.111111 = = 0.381481. S1 (H) S1 (T ) 82

(iv) Again we use formula (1.2.17), this time obtaining 1 (H) = (12 7)+ (8 7)+ V2 (HH) V2 (HT ) = = 1. S2 (HH) S2 (HT ) 12 8

Exercise 2.11 (Putcall parity). Consider a stock that pays no dividend in an N -period binomial model. A European call has payo CN = (SN K)+ at time N . The price Cn of this call at earlier times is given by the risk-neutral pricing formula (2.4.11): Cn = En CN , n = 0, 1, . . . , N 1. (1 + r)N n

Consider also a put with payo PN = (K SN )+ at time N , whose price at earlier times is Pn = E n PN , n = 0, 1, . . . , N 1. (1 + r)N n

Finally, consider a forward contract to buy one share of stock at time N for K dollars. The price of this contract at time N is FN = SN K, and its price at earlier times is Fn = E n FN , n = 0, 1, . . . , N 1. (1 + r)N n

(Note that, unlike the call, the forward contract requires that the stock be purchased at time N for K dollars and has a negative payo if SN < K.)

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(i) If at time zero you buy a forward contract and a put, and hold them until expiration, explain why the payo you receive is the same as the payo of a call; i.e., explain why CN = FN + PN . (ii) Using the risk-neutral pricing formulas given above for Cn , Pn , and Fn and the linearity of conditional expectations, show that Cn = Fn + Pn for every n. (iii) Using the fact that the discounted stock price is a martingale under the K risk-neutral measure, show that F0 = S0 (1+r)N . (iv) Suppose you begin at time zero with F0 , buy one share of stock, borrowing money as necessary to do that, and make no further trades. Show that at time N you have a portfolio valued at FN . (This is called a static replication of the forward contract. If you sell the forward contract for F0 at time zero, you can use this static replication to hedge your short position in the forward contract.) (v) The forward price of the stock at time zero is dened to be that value of K that causes the forward contract to have price zero at time zero. The forward price in this model is (1 + r)N S0 . Show that, at time zero, the price of a call struck at the forward price is the same as the price of a put struck at the forward price. This fact is called putcall parity. (vi) If we choose K = (1 + r)N S0 , we just saw in (v) that C0 = P0 . Do we have Cn = Pn for every n? Solution (i) Consider three cases: Case I: SN = K. Then CN = PN = FN = 0; Case II: SN > K. Then PN = 0 and CN = SN K = FN ; In all three cases, we see that CN = FN + PN . Case III: SN < K. Then CN = 0 and PN = K SN = FN .

(ii) Cn = En = En (iii) F0 = E SN K FN =E N (1 + r) (1 + r)N SN K K . =E E = S0 N N (1 + r) (1 + r) (1 + r)N FN + P N CN = En N n (1 + r) (1 + r)N n FN PN + En = Fn + Pn . N n (1 + r) (1 + r)N n

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(iv) At time zero, your portfolio value is F0 = S0 + (F0 S0 ). At time N , the value of the portfolio is SN + (1 + r)N (F0 S0 ) = SN + (1 + r)N = SN K = F N . (v) First of all, if K = (1 + r)N S0 , then, by (iii), F0 = 0. Further, if F0 = 0, then, by (ii), C0 = F0 + P0 = P0 . (vi) No. This would mean, in particular, that CN = PN , and hence (SN K)+ = (K SN )+ , which in turn would imply that SN () = K for all , which is not the case for most values of . Exercise 2.13 (Asian option). Consider an N -period binomial model. An Asian option has a payo based on the average stock price, i.e., VN = f 1 Sn N + 1 n=0
N

K (1 + r)N

where the function f is determined by the contractual details of the option. (i) Dene Yn = k=0 Sk and use the Independence Lemma 2.5.3 to show that the two-dimensional process (Sn , Yn ), n = 0, 1, . . . , N is Markov. (ii) According to Theorem 2.5.8, the price Vn of the Asian option at time n is some function vn of Sn and Yn ; i.e., Vn = vn (Sn , Yn ), n = 0, 1, . . . , N. Give a formula for vN (s, y), and provide an algorithm for computing vn (s, y) in terms of vn+1 . Solution (i) Note rst that Sn+1 = Sn Sn+1 , Sn Yn+1 = Yn + Sn Sn+1 , Sn
n

n+1 and whereas Sn and Yn depend only on the rst n tosses, SSn depends only on toss n + 1. According to the Independence Lemma 2.5.3, for any function hn+1 (s, y) of dummy variables s and y, we have

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En [hn+1 (Sn+1 , Yn+1 )] = En hn+1 Sn = hn (Sn , Yn ), where hn (s, y) = Ehn+1 s

Sn+1 Sn+1 , Yn + Sn Sn Sn

Sn+1 Sn+1 ,y + s Sn Sn = phn+1 (su, y + su) + q hn+1 (sd, y + sd).

Because En [hn+1 (Sn+1 , Yn+1 )] can be written as a function of (Sn , Yn ), the two-dimensional process (Sn , Yn ), n = 0, 1, . . . , N , is a Markov process. (ii) We have the nal condition VN (s, y) = f
y N +1

we have from the risk-neutral pricing formula (2.4.12) and (i) above that Vn = where vn (s, y) = 1 pvn+1 (su, y + su) + q vn+1 (sd, y + sd) . 1+r 1 1 En Vn+1 = En vn+1 (Sn+1 , Yn+1 ) = vn (Sn , Yn ), 1+r 1+r

. For n = N 1, . . . , 1, 0,

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Exercise 3.1. Under the conditions of Theorem 3.1.1, show the following analogues of properties (i)(iii) of that theorem: (i ) P
1 Z

> 0 = 1;

1 (ii ) E Z = 1;

(iii ) for any random variable Y , EY = E 1 Y . Z

1 In other words, Z facilitates the switch from E to E in the same way Z facilitates the switch from E to E.

Solution (i ) Because P() > 0 and P() > 0 for every , the ratio 1 P() = Z() P() is dened and positive for every . 1 = Z 1 P() = Z() P()

(ii ) We compute E

P()

P() =

P() = 1.

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(iii ) We compute E 1 Y Z =

P() P()

Y ()P() =

Y ()P() = EY.

Exercise 3.3. Using the stock price model of Figure 3.1.1 and the actual 2 probabilities p = 3 , q = 1 , dene the estimates of S3 at various times by 3 Mn = En [S3 ], n = 0, 1, 2, 3. Fill in the values of Mn in a tree like that of Figure 3.1.1. Verify that Mn , n = 0, 1, 2, 3, is a martingale. Solution We note that M3 = S3 . We compute M2 from the formula M2 = E2 [S3 ]:
2 M2 (HH) = 3 S3 (HHH) + 1 S3 (HHT ) = 2 2 3 S3 (HT H) 2 3 S3 (T HH) 2 3 S3 (T HH) 1 3 S3 (HT T ) 1 3 S3 (T HT ) 1 2 S3 (T HT ) 2 1 3 32 + 3 8 2 1 3 8+ 3 2 2 1 3 8+ 3 2 2 1 3 2 + 3 0.50

= 24, = 6, = 6, = 1.50.

M2 (HT ) = M2 (T H) = M2 (T T ) =

+ + +

= = =

We next compute M1 from the formula M1 = E1 [S3 ]: M1 (H) = 4 2 2 1 S3 (HHH) + S3 (HHT ) + S3 (HT H) + S3 (HT T ) 9 9 9 9 4 2 2 1 = 32 + 8 + 8 + 2 9 9 9 9 = 18, 2 2 1 4 M1 (T ) = S3 (T HH) + S3 (T HT ) + S3 (T T H) + S3 (T T T ) 9 9 9 9 2 2 1 4 = 8 + 2 + 2 + 0.50 9 9 9 9 = 4.50.

Finally, we compute M0 = E[S3 ] 8 4 4 4 = S3 (HHH) + S3 (HHT ) + S3 (HT H) + S3 (T HH) 27 27 27 27 2 2 1 2 + S3 (HT T ) + S3 (T HT ) + S3 (T T H) + S3 (T T T ) 27 27 27 27 8 4 4 4 2 2 2 1 = 32 + 8+ 8+ 8+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 0.50 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 = 13.50.

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!!    
M0 = 13.50 M1 (H) = 18 M2 (HH) = 24

! !! aa

S3 (HHH) = 32

aa

Z Z  
M2 (HT ) = M2 (T H) = 6

aa S3 (HHT ) = S3 (HT H)  = S3 (T HH) = 8  Z Z S (HT T ) = S3 (T HT ) !! 3


= S3 (T T H) = 2

Z Z

M1 (T ) = 4.50

Z Z

!!
M2 (T T ) = 1.50

!! aa

aa

aa S3 (T T T ) = .50

Fig. 3.7.1. An estimation martingale.

We verify the martingale property. We have M2 = E2 [M3 ] because M3 = S3 and we used the formula M2 = E2 [S3 ] to compute M2 . We must check that M1 = E1 [M2 ] and M0 = E0 [M1 ] = E[M1 ], which we do below:
1 2 E1 [M2 ](H) = 3 M2 (HH) + 3 M2 (HT ) = 2 1 3 24 + 3 6 2 1 3 6 + 3 1.50 2 1 3 18 + 3 4.50

= 18 = M1 (H), = 4.50 = M1 (T ), = 13.50 = M0 .

E1 [M2 ](T ) = M0 =

1 2 M2 (T H) 2 3 M1 (H)

+ +

1 2 M2 (T T ) 1 3 M1 (T )

= =

Exercise 3.5 (Stochastic volatility, random interest rate). Consider the model of Exercise 2.9 of Chapter 2. Assume that the actual probability measure is P(HH) = 2 2 1 4 , P(HT ) = , P(T H) = , P(T T ) = . 9 9 9 9

The risk-neutral measure was computed in Exercise 2.9 of Chapter 2. (i) Compute the Radon-Nikodm derivative Z(HH), Z(HT ), Z(T H) and y Z(T T ) of P with respect to P (ii) The Radon-Nikodm derivative process Z0 , Z1 , Z2 satises Z2 = Z. Comy pute Z1 (H), Z1 (T ) and Z0 . Note that Z0 = EZ = 1. (iii) The version of the risk-neutral pricing formula (3.2.6) appropriate for this model, which does not use the risk-neutral measure, is

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V1 (H) = = V1 (T ) = = V0 =

Z2 1 + r0 E1 V2 (H) Z1 (H) (1 + r0 )(1 + r1 ) 1 E1 [Z2 V2 ](H), Z1 (H)(1 + r1 (H)) Z2 1 + r0 E1 V2 (T ) Z1 (T ) (1 + r0 )(1 + r1 ) 1 E1 [Z2 V2 ](T ), Z1 (T )(1 + r1 (T )) Z2 V2 . E (1 + r0 )(1 + r1 )

Use this formula to compute V1 (H), V1 (T ) and V0 when V2 = (S2 7)+ . Compare to your answers in Exercise 2.6(ii) of Chapter 2. Solution (i) In Exercise 2.9 of Chapter 2, the risk-neutral probabilities are P(HH) = 1 1 1 5 , P(HT ) = , P(T H) = , P(T T ) = . 4 4 12 12

Therefore, the Radon-Nikodm derivative is y Z(HH) = 1 9 9 P(HH) = = , P(HH) 4 4 16 P(T H) 1 9 3 = = , P(T H) 12 2 8 Z(HT ) = P(HT ) 1 9 9 = = , P(HT ) 4 2 8 P(T T ) 5 9 15 = = , P(T T ) 12 1 4

Z(T H) = (ii)

Z(T T ) =

Z1 (H) = E1 [Z2 ](H) = Z2 (HH)P{2 = H given that 1 = H} +Z2 (HT )P{2 = T given that 1 = H} P(HT ) P(HH) + Z2 (HT ) = Z2 (HH) P(HH) + P(HT ) P(HH) + P(HT ) = 9 16 3 = , 4
4 9 4 9

2 9

9 8

2 9 4 9

2 9

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Z1 (T ) = E1 [Z2 ](T ) = Z2 (T H)P{2 = H given that 1 = T }

+Z2 (T T )P{2 = T given that 1 = T } P(T T ) P(T H) + Z2 (T T ) = Z2 (T H) P(T H) + P(T T ) P(T H) + P(T T )
1 9

2 3 2 9 8 9+ 3 = , 2 Z0 = E0 [Z1 ]

15 4

1 9 2 9

1 9

= E[Z1 ] = Z1 (H) P(HH) + P(HT ) + Z1 (T ) P(T H) + P(T T ) 3 4 = 1. = 4 2 + 9 9 + 3 2 2 1 + 9 9

We may also check directly that EZ = 1, as follows: EZ = Z(HH)P(HH) + Z(HT )P(HT ) + Z(T H)P(T H) + Z(T T )P(T T ) 9 4 9 2 3 2 15 1 + + + = 16 9 8 9 8 9 4 9 1 5 1 1 + = 1. = + + 4 4 12 12 (iii) We recall that V2 (HH) = 5, V2 (HT ) = 1, V2 (T H) = 1, V2 (T T ) = 0. We computed in part (ii) that P{2 = H given that 1 = H} = P{2 = T given that 1 = H} = P{2 = H given that 1 = T } = P{2 = T given that 1 = T } = Therefore,
4 9 4 +2 9 9 2 9 4 +2 9 9 2 9 2 +1 9 9 1 9 2 1 9+9

2 , 3 1 = , 3 2 = , 3 1 = . 3 =

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V1 (H) = =

1 E1 [Z2 V2 ](H) Z1 (H) 1 + r1 (H) 3 5 4 4


1

Z2 (HH)V2 (HH)P{2 = H given that 1 = H} +Z2 (HT )V2 (HT )P{2 = T given that 1 = H}

16 9 2 9 1 5 + 1 15 16 3 8 3 = 2.40, 1 V1 (T ) = E1 [Z2 V2 ](T ) Z1 (T ) 1 + r1 (T ) = = 3 3 2 2


1

Z2 (T H)V2 (T H)P{2 = H given that 1 = T } +Z2 (T T )V2 (T T )P{2 = T given that 1 = T }

4 3 2 15 1 = 1 + 0 9 8 3 4 3 = 0.111111, and V0 = E

Z 2 V2 (1 + r0 )(1 + r1 ) Z2 (HT )V2 (HT ) Z2 (HH)V2 (HH) P(HH) + P(HT ) = (1 + r0 )(1 + r1 (H)) (1 + r0 )(1 + r1 (H)) Z2 (T T )V2 (T T ) Z2 (T H)V2 (T H) P(T H) + P(T T ) + (1 + r0 )(1 + r1 (T )) (1 + r0 )(1 + r1 (T )) 5 5 4 4 +
1

9 4 5 + 16 9
1

5 5 4 4

9 2 1 + 8 9

5 3 4 2

3 2 1 8 9

5 3 15 1 0 4 2 4 9 8 1 16 5 16 1 + + = 25 4 25 4 15 12 = 1.00444. Exercise 3.6. Consider Problem 3.3.1 in an N -period binomial model with the utility function U (x) = ln x. Show that the optimal wealth process cor0 responding to the optimal portfolio process is given by Xn = Xn , n = 0, 1, . . . , N , where n is the state price density process dened in (3.2.7). Solution From (3.3.25) we have XN = I Z (1 + r)N = I(N ).

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1 y.

When U (x) = ln x, U (x) = Therefore,

1 x

and the inverse function of U is I(y) = XN = 1 N

We must choose to satisfy (3.3.26), which in this case takes the form X0 = E N I(N ) = 1 .

Substituting this into the previous equation, we obtain XN = Because


Xn (1+r)n

X0 . N

is a martingale under the risk-neutral measure P, we have = 1 Z N XN En Zn (1 + r)N = 1 X0 En [N XN ] = . Zn Zn

Xn XN = En (1 + r)n (1 + r)N Therefore,

Xn =

(1 + r)n X0 X0 = . Zn n

Exercise 3.8. The Lagrange Multiplier Theorem used in the solution of Problem 3.3.5 has hypotheses that we did not verify in the solution of that problem. In particular, the theorem states that if the gradient of the constraint function, which in this case is the vector (p1 1 , . . . , pm m ), is not the zero vector, then the optimal solution must satisfy the Lagrange multiplier equations (3.3.22). This gradient is not the zero vector, so this hypothesis is satised. However, even when this hypothesis is satised, the theorem does not guarantee that there is an optimal solution; the solution to the Lagrange multiplier equations may in fact minimize the expected utility. The solution could also be neither a maximizer nor a minimizer. Therefore, in this exercise, we outline a dierent method for verifying that the random variable XN given by (3.3.25) maximizes the expected utility. We begin by changing the notation, calling the random variable given by (3.3.25) XN rather than XN . In other words,
XN = I

Z , (1 + r)N

(3.6.1)

where is the solution of equation (3.3.26). This permits us to use the notation XN for an arbitrary (not necessarily optimal) random variable satisfying (3.3.19). We must show that
EU (XN ) EU (XN ).

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(i) Fix y > 0, and show that the function of x given by U (x)yx is maximized by y = I(x). Conclude that U (x) yx U (I(y)) yI(y) for every x. (3.6.3)

(ii) In (3.6.3), replace the dummy variable x by the random variable XN Z and replace the dummy variable y by the random variable (1+r)N . Take expectations of both sides and use (3.3.19) and (3.3.26) to conclude that (3.6.2) holds. Solution (i) Because U (x) is concave, and for each xed y > 0, yx is a linear function of x, the dierence U (x) yx is a concave function of x. The derivative of this function is U (x) y, and this is zero if and only if U (x) = y, which is equivalent to x = I(y). A concave function has its maximum at the point where its derivative is zero. The inequality (3.6.2) is just this statement. (ii) Making the suggested replacements, we obtain U (XN ) ZXN U (1 + r)N I Z (1 + r)N Z I (1 + r)N Z (1 + r)N .

Taking expectations under P and using the fact that Z is the RadonNikodm derivative of P with respect to P, we obtain y EU (XN ) E EU XN (1 + r)N I Z (1 + r)N E Z I (1 + r)N Z (1 + r)N .

From (3.3.19) and (3.3.26), we have E XN Z = X0 = E I (1 + r)N (1 + r)N Z (1 + r)N .

Cancelling these terms on the left- and right-hand sides of the above equation, we obtain (3.6.2).

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Exercise 4.1. In the three-period model of Figure 1.2.2 of Chapter 1, let the 1 interest rate be r = 4 so the risk-neutral probabilities are p = q = 1 . 2 (i) Determine the price at time zero, denoted V0P , of the American put that expires at time three and has intrinsic value gP (s) = (4 s)+ . (ii) Determine the price at time zero, denoted V0C , of the American call that expires at time three and has intrinsic value gC (s) = (s 4)+ .

(iii) Determine the price at time zero, denoted V0S , of the American straddle that expires at time three and has intrinsic value gS (s) = gP (s) + gC (s). (iv) Explain why V0S < V0P + V0C . Solution (i) The payo of the put at expiration time three is V3P (HHH) = (4 32)+ V3P (HHT ) = V3P (HT H) V3P (HT T ) = V3P (T HT ) V3P (T T T ) = (4 0.50)+ Because
1 1 2 1+r p = 1+r q = 5 ,

= 0, = V3P (T HH) = (4 8)+ = 0, = V3P (T T H) = (4 2)+ = 2, = 3.50.

the value of the put at time two is

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V2P (HH) = max

2 2 , V3P (HHH) + V3P (HHT ) 5 5 2 2 = max (4 16)+ , 0 + 0 5 5 = max{0, 0} = 0, 2 + 2 V2P (HT ) = max 4 S2 (HT ) , V3P (HT H) + V3P (HT T ) 5 5 2 2 = max 4 4)+ , 0 + 2 5 5 = max{0, 0.80} = 0.80, 2 + 2 V2P (T H) = max 4 S2 (T H) , V3P (T HH) + V3P (T HT ) 5 5 2 2 = max 4 4)+ , 0 + 2 5 5 = max{0, 0.80} 4 S2 (HH)
+

= 0.80, V2P (T T ) = max 2 2 , V3P (T T H) + V3P (T T T ) 5 5 2 2 = max (4 1)+ , 2 + 3.50 5 5 = max{3, 2.20} 4 S2 (T T )
+

= 3. At time one the value of the put is V1P (H) = max 2 2 , V2P (HH) + V2P (HT ) 5 5 2 2 = max (4 8)+ , 0 + 0.80 5 5 = max{0, 0.32} = 0.32, 2 + 2 V1P (T ) = max 4 S1 (T ) , V2P (T H) + V2P (T T ) 5 5 2 2 = max (4 2)+ , 0.80 + 3 5 5 = max{2, 1.52} 4 S1 (H)
+

= 2. The value of the put at time zero is

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2 2 V0P = max (4 S0 )+ , V1P (H) + V1P (T ) 5 5 2 2 = max (4 4)+ , 0.32 + 2 5 5 = max{0, 0.928} = 0.928. (ii) The payo of the call at expiration time three is V3C (HHH) = (32 4)+ V3C (HHT ) = V3C (HT H) V3C (HT T ) = V3C (T HT ) V3C (T T T ) = (0.50 4)+ Because
1 1 2 1+r p = 1+r q = 5 ,

= 28, = V3C (T HH) = (8 4)+ = 4, = V3C (T T H) = (2 4)+ = 0, = 0.

the value of the call at time two is


+

V2C (HH) = max

2 2 , V3C (HHH) + V3C (HHT ) 5 5 2 2 = max (16 4)+ , 28 + 4 5 5 = max{12, 12.8} S2 (HH) 4 = 12.8,
+

V2C (HT ) = max

2 2 , V3C (HT H) + V3C (HT T ) 5 5 2 2 = max 4 4)+ , 4 + 0 5 5 = max{0, 1.60} S2 (HT ) 4 = 1.60,
+

V2C (T H) = max

2 2 , V3C (T HH) + V3C (T HT ) 5 5 2 2 = max 4 4)+ , 4 + 0 5 5 = max{0, 1.60} = 1.60, 2 + 2 V2C (T T ) = max S2 (T T ) 4 , V3C (T T H) + V3C (T T T ) 5 5 2 2 = max (1 4)+ , 0 + 0 5 5 = max{0, 0} S2 (T H) 4 = 0.

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V1C (H) = max

2 2 , V2C (HH) + V2C (HT ) 5 5 2 2 = max (8 4)+ , 12.8 + 1.60 5 5 = max{4, 5.76} = 5.76, 2 + 2 V1C (T ) = max S1 (T ) 4 , V2C (T H) + V2C (T T ) 5 5 2 2 = max (2 4)+ , 1.60 + 0 5 5 = max{0, 0.64} = 0.64. S1 (H) 4
+

The value of the call at time zero is 2 2 V0C = max (S0 4)+ , V1C (H) + V1C (T ) 5 5 2 2 = max (4 4)+ , 5.76 + 0.64 5 5 = max{0, 2.56} = 2.56. (iii) Note that gS (s) = |s 4|. The payo of the straddle at expiration time three is V3S (HHH) = |32 4| = 28, V3S (HHT ) = V3S (HT H) = V3S (T HH) = |8 4| = 4, V3S (HT T ) = V3S (T HT ) = V3S (T T H) = |2 4| = 2, V3S (T T T ) = |0.50 4| = 3.50. We see that the payo of the straddle is the payo of the put given in the solution to (i) plus the payo of the call given in the solution to (ii). 1 1 Because 1+r p = 1+r q = 2 , the value of the straddle at time two is 5 V2S (HH) = max 2 2 S2 (HH) 4 , V3S (HHH) + V3S (HHT ) 5 5 2 2 = max |16 4|, 28 + 4 5 5 = max{12, 12.8} = 12.8, V2S (HT ) = max 2 2 , V3S (HT H) + V3S (HT T ) 5 5 2 2 = max 4 4)+ , 4 + 2 5 5 = max{0, 2.40} S2 (HT ) 4
+

= 2.40,

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V2S (T H) = max

2 2 , V3S (T HH) + V3S (T HT ) 5 5 2 2 = max 4 4)+ , 4 + 2 5 5 = max{0, 2.40} = 2.40, 2 2 V2S (T T ) = max S2 (T T ) 4 , V3S (T T H) + V3S (T T T ) 5 5 2 2 = max |1 4|, 2 + 3.50 5 5 = max{3, 2.20} = 3. S2 (T H) 4
+

One can verify in every case that V2S = V2P + V2C . At time one the value of the straddle is V1S (H) = max 2 2 S1 (H) 4 , V2S (HH) + V2S (HT ) 5 5 2 2 = max |8 4|, 12.8 + 2.40 5 5 = max{4, 6.08} = 6.08, 2 2 V1S (T ) = max S1 (T ) 4 , V2S (T H) + V2S (T T ) 5 5 2 2 = max |2 4|, 2.40 + 3 5 5 = max{2, 2.16} = 2.16. We have V1S (H) = 6.08 = 0.32 + 5.76 = V1P (H) + V1C (H), but V1S (T ) = 2.16 < 2 + 0.64 = V1P (T ) + V1C (T ). The value of the straddle at time zero is 2 2 V0S = max |S0 4|, V1S (H) + V1S (T ) 5 5 2 2 = max |4 4|, 6.08 + 2.16 5 5 = max{0, 3.296} = 3.296. We have V0S = 3.296 < 0.928 + 2.56 = V0P + V0C .

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(iv) For the put, if there is a tail on the rst toss, it is optimal to exercise at time one. This can be seen from the equation V1P (T ) = max 2 2 , V2P (T H) + V2P (T T ) 5 5 2 2 = max (4 2)+ , 0.80 + 3 5 5 = max{2, 1.52} = 2, 4 S1 (T )
+

which shows that the intrinsic value at time one if the rst toss results in T is greater than the value of continuing. On the other hand, for the call the intrinsic value at time one if there is a tail on the rst toss is (S1 (T ) 4)+ = (2 4)+ = 0, whereas the value of continuing is 0.64. Therefore, the call should not be exercised at time one if there is a tail on the rst toss. The straddle has the intrinsic value of a put plus a call. When it is exercised, both parts of the payo are received. In other words, it is not an American put plus an American call, because these can be exercised at dierent times whereas the exercise of a straddle requires both the put payo and the call payo to be received. In the computation of the straddle price V1S (T ) = max 2 2 S1 (T ) 4 , V2S (T H) + V2S (T T ) 5 5 2 2 = max |2 4|, 2.40 + 3 5 5 = max{2, 2.16} = 2.16,

we see that it is not optimal to exercise the straddle at time one if the rst toss results in T . It would be optimal to exercise the put part, but not the call part, and the straddle cannot exercise one part without exercising the other. Greater value is achieved by not exercising both parts than would be achieved by exercising both. However, this value is less than would be achieved if one could exercise the put part and let the call part continue, and thus V1S (T ) < V1P (T ) + V1C (T ). This loss of value at time one results in a similar loss of value at the earlier time zero: V0S < V0P + V0C . Exercise 4.3. In the three-period model of Figure 1.2.2 of Chapter 1, let the interest rate be r = 1 so the risk-neutral probabilities are p = q = 1 . Find 4 2 the time-zero price and optimal exercise policy (optimal stopping time) for the path-dependent American derivative security whose intrinsic value at each
1 time n, n = 0, 1, 2, 3, is 4 n+1 j=0 Sj . This intrinsic value is a put on the average stock price between time zero and time n. n +

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Solution The intrinsic value process for this option is G0 = G1 (H) = G1 (T ) = G2 (HH) = 4 G2 (HT ) = 4 G2 (T H) = G2 (T T ) = 4 4 (4 S0 )
+ + + + + + +

= = =

S0 +S1 (H) 2 S0 +S1 (T ) 2

4 4 4 r

(4 4)+

= 0, = 0, = 1, = 0, = 0, = 0.6667, = 1.6667.

4+8 + 2 4+2 + 2

S0 +S1 (H)+S2 (HH) 3 S0 +S1 (H)+S2 (HT ) 3 S0 +S1 (T )+S2 (T H) 3 S0 +S1 (T )+S2 (T T ) 3

= 4 = = 4 =

4+8+16 + 3 4+8+4 3 4+2+4 + 3 4+2+1 3

At time three, the intrinsic value G3 agrees with the option value V3 . In other words, V3 (HHH) = G3 (HHH) = = 4 4 S0 + S1 (H) + S2 (HH) + S3 (HHH) 4 4 + 8 + 16 + 32 4
+ +

= 0, V3 (HHT ) = G3 (HHT ) = = 4 4 S0 + S1 (H) + S2 (HH) + S3 (HHT ) 4 4 + 8 + 16 + 8 4


+ +

= 0, V3 (HT H) = G3 (HT H) = = 4 4 S0 + S1 (H) + S2 (HT ) + S3 (HT H) 4 4+8+4+8 4


+ +

= 0, V3 (HT T ) = G3 (HT T ) = = 4 4 S0 + S1 (H) + S2 (HT ) + S3 (HT T ) 4 4+8+4+2 4


+ +

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V3 (T HH) = G3 (T HH) = = 4 4 S0 + S1 (T ) + S2 (T H) + S3 (T HH) 4 4+2+4+8 4


+ +

= 0, V3 (T HT ) = G3 (T HT ) = = 4 4 S0 + S1 (T ) + S2 (T H) + S3 (T HT ) 4 4+2+4+2 4
+ +

= 1, V3 (T T H) = G3 (T T H) = = 4 4 S0 + S1 (T ) + S2 (T T ) + S3 (T T H) 4 4+2+1+2 4
+ +

= 1.75, V3 (T T T ) = G3 (T T T ) = = 4 4 S0 + S1 (T ) + S2 (T T ) + S3 (T T T ) 4 4 + 2 + 1 + 0.50 4
+ +

= 2.125. We use the algorithm of Theorem 4.4.3, noting that


p 1+r

q 1+r

2 = 5 , to obtain

2 2 V2 (HH) = max G2 (HH), V3 (HHH) + V3 (HHT ) 5 5 2 2 = max 0, 0 + 0 5 5 = 0, 2 2 V2 (HT ) = max G2 (HT ), V3 (HT H) + V3 (HT T ) 5 5 2 2 = max 0, 0 + 0 5 5 = 0,

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2 2 V2 (T H) = max G2 (T H), V3 (T HH) + V3 (T HT ) 5 5 2 2 = max 0.6667, 0 + 1 5 5 = max{0.6667, 0.40} = 0.6667, 2 2 V2 (T T ) = max G2 (T T ), V3 (T T H) + V3 (T T T ) 5 5 2 2 = max 1.6667, 1.75 + 2.125 5 5 = max{1.6667, 1.55} = 1.6667. Continuing, we have 2 2 V1 (H) = max G1 (H), V2 (HH) + V2 (HT ) 5 5 2 2 = max 0, 0 + 0 5 5 = 0, 2 2 V1 (T ) = max G1 (T ), V2 (T H) + V2 (T T ) 5 5 2 2 = max 1, 0.6667 + 1.6667 5 5 = max{1, 0.9334} = 1, 2 2 V0 = max G0 , V1 (H) + V1 (T ) 5 5 2 2 = max 0, 0 + 1 5 5 = max{0, 0.40} = 0.40. To nd the optimal exercise time, we work forward. Since V0 > G0 , one should not exercise at time zero. However, V1 (T ) = G1 (T ), so it is optimal to exercise at time one if there is a T on the rst toss. If the rst toss results in H, the option is destined always be out of the money. With the intrinsic value Gn = 4
1 n+1 n j=1

Sj

dened in the exercise, it does not matter what


n

1 exercise rule we choose in this case. If the payo were 4 n+1 j=1 Sj , so that exercising out of the money is costly (as one would expect in practice), then one should allow the option to expire unexercised.

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Exercise 4.5. In equation (4.4.5), the maximum is computed over all stopping times in S0 . List all the stopping times in S0 (there are 26), and from among those, list the stopping times that never exercise when the option is out of the money (there are 11). For each stopping time in the latter set, 4 compute E I{ 2} 5 G . Verify that the largest value for this quantity is given by the stopping time of (4.4.6), the one which makes this quantity equal to the 1.36 computed in (4.4.7). Solution A stopping time is a random variable, and we can specify a stopping time by listing its values (HH), (HT ), (T H), and (T T ). The stopping time property requires that (HH) = 0 if and only if (HT ) = (T H) = (T T ) = 0. Similarly, (HH) = 1 if and only if (HT ) = 1 and (T H) = 1 if and only if (T T ) = 1. The 26 stopping times in the two-period binomial model are tabulated below. Stopping Time HH HT TH TT 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 1 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 0 1 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 2

The intrinsic value process for this option is given by

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G0 = 1, G1 (H) = 3, G1 (T ) = 3, G2 (HH) = 11, G2 (HT ) = G2 (T H) = 1, G2 (T T ) = 4. The stopping times that take the value 1 when there is an H on the rst toss are mandating an exercise out of the money (G1 (H) = 3). This rules out 2 6 . Also, the stopping times that take the value 2 when there is an HH on the rst two tosses are mandating an exercise out of the money (G2 (HH) = 11). This rules out 7 16 . For all other exercise situations, G is positive, so the option is in the money. This leaves us with 1 and the ten stopping times 17 26 . We evaluate the risk-neutral expected payo of these eleven stopping times. E I{1 2} E I{17 2} 4 5 4 5

G1 = G0 = 1,

G17 =

E I{18 2}

4 5

G18

E I{19 2}

4 5

G19

E I{20 2}

4 5

G20

E I{21 2}

4 5

G21

E I{22 2}

4 5

G22

E I{23 2}

4 5

G23

1 16 1 4 G2 (HT ) + G1 (T ) 4 26 2 5 4 2 = 1 + 3 = 1.36, 25 5 1 16 1 16 1 16 = G2 (HT ) + G2 (T H) + G2 (T T ) 4 26 4 25 4 25 4 4 4 1+ 1+ 4 = 0.96, = 25 25 25 1 16 1 16 = G2 (HT ) + G2 (T H) 4 26 4 25 4 4 = 1+ 1 = 0.32, 25 25 1 16 1 16 = G2 (HT ) + G2 (T T ) 4 26 4 25 4 4 = 1+ 4 = 0.80, 25 25 1 16 = G2 (HT ) 4 26 4 = 1 = 0.16, 25 1 4 = G1 (T ) 2 5 2 = 3 = 1.20, 5 1 16 1 16 = + G2 (T H) + G2 (T T ) 4 25 4 25 4 4 = 1+ 4 = 0.80, 25 25

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E I{24 2}

E I{25 2}

E I{26 2}

1 16 G24 = + G2 (T H) 4 25 4 1 = 0.16, = 25 4 1 16 G25 = + G2 (T T ) 5 4 25 4 = + 4 = 0.64, 25 4 G26 = 0. 5 4 5

The largest value, 1.36, is obtained by the stopping time 17 . Exercise 4.7. For the class of derivative securities described in Exercise 4.6 whose time-zero price is given by (4.8.3), let Gn = Sn K. This derivative security permits its owner to buy one share of stock in exchange for a payment of K at any time up to the expiration time N . If the purchase has not been made at time N , it must be made then. Determine the time-zero value and optimal exercise policy for this derivative security. (Assume r 0.)
1 Solution Set Yn = (1+r)n (Sn K), n = 0, 1, . . . , N . We assume r 0. Because the discounted stock price is a martingale under the risk-neutral K measure and (1+r)n+1 is not random, we have

En [Yn+1 ] = En

Sn+1 K En n+1 (1 + r) (1 + r)n+1 Sn K = (1 + r)n (1 + r)n+1 K Sn . (1 + r)n (1 + r)n

This shows that Yn , n = 0, 1, . . . , N , is a submartingale. According to Theorem 4.3.3 (Optional SamplingPart II), EYN EYN whenever is a stopping time. If is a stopping time satisfying () N for every sequence of coin tosses , this becomes EY EYN , or equivalently, E Therefore, V0 =
S0 , N

1 1 G E GN . (1 + r) (1 + r)N 1 1 G E GN . (1 + r) (1 + r)N

max

On the other hand, because the stopping time that is equal to N regardless of the outcome of the coin tossing is in the set of stopping times over which the above maximum is taken, we must in fact have equality:

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V0 =

S0 , N

max

1 1 G =E GN . (1 + r) (1 + r)N

Hence, it is optimal to exercise at the nal time N regardless of the outcome of the coin tossing.

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Exercise 5.2. (First passage time for random walk with upward drift) Consider the asymmetric random walk with probability p for an up step and probability q = 1 p for a down step, where 1 < p < 1 so that 2 1 0 < q < 2 . In the notation of (5.2.1), let 1 be the rst time the random walk starting from level 0 reaches the level 1. If the random walk never reaches this level, then 1 = . (i) Dene f () = pe + qe . Show that f () > 1 for all > 0. (ii) Show that when > 0, the process Sn = eMn is a martingale. (iii) Show that for > 0, e = E I{1 <} Conclude that P{1 < } = 1. 1 f ()
1 n

1 f ()

(v) Compute E1 . Solution.

(iv) Compute E1 for (0, 1).

(i) The function f () satises f (0) = 1 and f () = pe qe , f () = f (). Since f is always positive, f is always positive and f is convex. Under the assumption p > 1/2 > q, we have f (0) = p q > 0, and the convexity of f implies that f () > 1 for all > 0.

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(ii) We compute En [Sn+1 ] = = = 1 f () 1 f () 1 f ()


n+1

En e(Mn +Xn+1 )
n+1

eMn E eXn+1
n+1

eMn pe + qe 1 f ()
n

= eMn

= Sn .

(iii) Because Sn1 is a martingale starting at 1, we have 1 = ESn1 = EeMn1 1 f ()


n1

(5.8.1)

For > 0, the positive random variable eMn1 is bounded above by e , and 0 < 1/f () < 1. Therefore, lim eMn1 1 f ()
n1

= I{1 <} e

1 f ()

Letting n in (5.8.1), we obtain 1 = E I{1 <} e or equivalently, e = E I{1 <} 1 f () 1 f ()


1

(5.8.2)

This equation holds for all positive . We let 0 to obtain the formula 1 = EI{1 <} = P{1 < }. (iv) We now introduce (0, 1) and solve the equation = This equation can be written as pe + qe = 1, which may be rewritten as q e and the quadratic formula gives
2 1 f ()

for e .

e + p = 0,

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e =

1 42 pq . 2q

(5.8.3)

We want to be positive, so we need e to be less than 1. Hence we take the negative sign, obtaining e = 1 1 42 pq . 2q

Substituting this into (5.8.2), we obtain the formula E1 = 1 1 42 pq . 2q (5.8.4)

(v) Dierentiating (5.8.4) with respect to leads to E 1 = 1 1 42 pq ,

22 q

1 42 pq

and letting 1, we obtain 1 (1 2q)2 1 1 1 (1 2q) 1 1 4pq = = = . = E1 = 2 2q(1 2q) 1 2q pq 2q 1 4pq 2q (1 2q) Exercise 5.4 (Distribution of 2 ). Consider the symmetric random walk, and let 2 be the rst time the random walk, starting from level 0, reaches the level 2. According to Theorem 5.2.3, E
2

1 2

for all (0, 1).

Using the power series (5.2.21), we may write the right-hand side as 1 1 2
2

2 1 1 2 1

= 1 +

j=1

2j2

(2j 2)! j!(j 1)!

=
j=2

2 2

2j2

(2j 2)! j!(j 1)!

=
k=1

2k

(2k)! . (k + 1)!k!

(i) Use the above power series to determine P{2 = 2k}, k = 1, 2, . . . .

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(ii) Use the reection principle to determine P{2 = 2k}, k = 1, 2, . . . . Solution (i) Since the random walk can reach the level 2 only on even-numbered steps, P{2 = 2k 1} = 0 for k = 1, 2, . . . . Therefore,

E2 =
k=1

2k P{2 = 2k} =
k=1

2k

(2k)! . (k + 1)!k!

Equating coecients, we conclude that P{ = 2k} = (2k)! (k + 1)!k! 1 2


2k

, k = 1, 2, . . . .

(ii) For k = 1, 2, . . . , the number of paths that reach or exceed level 2 by time 2k is equal to the number of paths that are at level 2 at time 2k plus the number of paths that exceed level 2 at time 2k plus the number of paths that reach the level 2 before time 2k but are below level 2 at time 2k. A path is of the last type if and only if its reected path exceeds level 2 at time 2k. Thus, the number of paths that reach or exeed level 2 by time 2k is equal to the number of paths that are at level 2 at time 2k plus twice the number of paths that exeed level 2 at time 2k. For the symmetric random walk, every path has the same probability, and hence P{2 2k} = P{M2k = 2} + 2P{M2k 4} = P{M2k = 2} + P{M2k 4} + P{M2k 4} = 1 P{M2k = 0} P{M2k = 2} = 1 Consequently, P{2 = 2k} = P{2 2k} P{2 2k 2} = 1 2
2k2

(2k)! k!k!

1 2

2k

(2k)! (k + 1)!(k 1)!

1 2

2k

= 1 2
2k

1 2

(2k 2)! (2k 2)! + (k 1)!(k 1)! k!(k 2)!


2k

1 2

4(2k 2)! (2k)! (k 1)!(k 1)! k!k!


2k

(2k)! (2k)! + k!k! (k + 1)!(k 1)!

4(2k 2)! (2k)! k!(k 2)! (k + 1)!(k 1)!

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1 2

2k

2k 2k(2k 2)! 2k(2k 1)(2k 2)! k!k! 1 2


2k

+ = 1 2
2k

4k 2 (2k 2)! (4k 2 2k)(2k 2)! k!k! 1 2


2k

(2k + 2)(2k 2)(2k 2)! 2k(2k 1)(2k 2)! (k + 1)!(k 1)!

+ = 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2
2k

2k(2k 2)! 2(k 2)(2k 2)! + k!k! (k + 1)!(k 1)! (2k 2)! (2k(k + 1) + 2(k 2)k (k + 1)!k! (2k 2)! 2k(2k 1) (k + 1)!k! (2k)! . (k + 1)!k!

(4k 2 4)(2k 2)! (4k 2 2k))(2k 2)! (k + 1)!(k 1)!

2k

= = =

2k

2k

Exercise 5.7. (Hedging a short position in the perpetual American put). Suppose you have sold the perpetual American put of Section 5.4 and are hedging the short position in this put. Suppose at the current time the stock price is s and the value of your hedging portfolio is v(s). Your hedge is to rst consume the amount c(s) = v(s) and then take a position (s) = v(2s) v s 2s 2
s 2

1 s 4 1 v(2s) + v 5 2 2 2

(5.7.3)

(5.7.4)

in the stock. (See Theorem 4.2.2 of Chapter 4. The processes Cn and n in that theorem are obtained by replacing the dummy variable s by the stock price Sn in (5.7.3) and (5.7.4); i.e., Cn = c(Sn ) and n = (Sn ).) If you hedge this way, then regardless of whether the stock goes up or down on the next step, the value of your hedging portfolio should agree with the value of the perpetual American put. (i) Compute c(s) when s = 2j for the three cases j 0, j = 1 and j 2.

(ii) Compute (s) when s = 2j for the three cases j 0, j = 1 and j 2.

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(iii) Verify in each of the three cases s = 2j for j 0, j = 1 and j 2 that the hedge works (i.e., regardless of whether the stock goes up or down, the value of your hedging portfolio at the next time is equal to the value of the perpetual American put at that time). Solution (i) Throughout the following computations, we use (5.4.6): v(2j ) = For j 0, we have c(2j ) = v(2j ) 4 5 2 = 4 2j 5 2 = 4 2j 5 4 = . 5 1 1 v(2j+1 ) + v(2j1 ) 2 2 4 2j+1 + 4 2j1 8 5 2j1 4 2j , if j 1, 4 , if j 1. 2j

For j = 1, we have c(2) = v(2) 1 4 1 v(4) + v(1) 5 2 2

2 = 2 [1 + 3] 5 2 = . 5 Finally, for j 2, c(2j ) = v(2j ) 4 2 j 2 5 2 4 = j 2 5 = 0. = (ii) For j 0, we have (2j ) = 4 2j+1 4 2j1 v(2j+1 ) v(2j1 ) = = 1. j+1 2j1 2 2j+1 2j1 4 1 1 v(2j+1 ) + v(2j1 ) 5 2 2 4 4 + j1 2j+1 2 16 4 + j+1 j+1 2 2

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For j = 1, we have (2) = Finally, for j 2, (2j ) = v(2j+1 ) v(2j1 ) 2j+1 2j1 4 4 j1 2j+1 2 = j+1 2 2j1 4 16 1 = j+1 2 (4 1)2j1 4 = 2j . 2 13 2 v(4) v(1) = = . 41 41 3

(iii) If the stock price is 2j , where j 0, then we have a portfolio valued at v(2j ) = 4 2j . We consume c(2j ) = 4 and short one share of stock 5 ((2j ) = 1). This creates a cash position of 4 2j 4 16 + 2j = , 5 5

which is invested in the money market. When we go to the next period, 5 the money market investment grows to 4 16 = 4. If the stock goes up to 5 j+1 2 , our short stock position has value 2j+1 , so our portfolio is valued at 4 2j+1 , which is the option value in this case. If the stock goes down to 2j1 , our portfolio is valued at 4 2j1 , which is the option value also in this case. When the stock price is 2j with j 0, the owner of the option should exercise, and we are prepared for that by being short one share of stock. When she exercises, she will deliver the share of stock, which will cover our short position. But when she exercises, we must pay her 4, so we are maintaining a cash position of 4. At the beginning of any period in which she fails to exercise, we get to consume the present value of the interest that will accrue to this cash position over the next period. If the stock price is 2, then we have a portfolio valued at v(2) = 2. We 2 2 consume c(2) = 2 and short 3 of a share of stock ((2) = 3 ). This 5 creates a cash position of 2 44 2 2 + 2= , 5 3 15

which is invested in the money market. When we go to the next period, 5 the money market investment grows to 4 44 = 11 . If the stock goes up 15 3

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2 to 4, the short stock position has value 3 4 = 8 , so the portfolio is 3 8 11 valued at 3 3 = 1, which is the option value in this case. If the stock 2 goes down to 1, the short stock position has value 3 1 = 2 , so the 3 2 11 portfolio is valued at 3 3 = 3, which is the option value also in this case.

Finally, if the stock price is 2j , where j 2, then we have a portfolio valued 4 at 2j . We consume c(2j ) = 0 and short 24 shares of stock ((2j ) = 24 ). 2j 2j This creates a cash position of 4 8 4 + 2j 2j = j , 2j 2 2 which is invested in the money market. When we go to the next period, the money market investment grows to 5 8 10 j = j. 4 2 2 If the stock goes up to 2j+1 , the short stock position has value so the portfolio is valued at 10 8 2 4 j = j = j+1 , j 2 2 2 2 which is the option value in this case. If the stock goes down to 2j1 , the short stock position has value so the portfolio is valued at 10 2 8 4 j = j = j1 , j 2 2 2 2 which is the option value also in this case. Exercise 5.9. (Provided by Irene Villegas.) Here is a method for solving equation (5.4.13) for the value of the perpetual American put in Section 5.4. (i) We rst determine v(s) for large values of s. When s is large, it is not optimal to exercise the put, so the maximum in (5.4.13) will be given by the second term, 1 s 4 1 v(2s) + v 5 2 2 2 = 2 s 2 v(2s) + v . 5 5 2 2 4 2j1 = j , 22j 2 8 4 2j+1 = j , 22j 2

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We thus seek solutions to the equation v(s) = 2 s 2 . v(2s) + v 5 5 2 (5.7.5)

All such solutions are of the form sp for some constant p, or linear combinations of functions of this form. Substitute sp into (5.7.5), obtain a 1 quadratic equation for 2p , and solve to obtain 2p = 2 or 2p = 2 . This leads to the values p = 1 and p = 1, i.e., v1 (s) = s and v2 (s) = 1 are s solutions to (5.7.5). (ii) The general solution to (5.7.5) is a linear combination of v1 (s) and v2 (s), i.e., B (5.7.6) v(s) = As + . s For large values of s, the value of the perpetual American put must be given by (5.7.6). It remains to evaluate A and B. Using the second boundary condition in (5.4.15), show that A must be zero. (iii) We have thus established that for large values of s, v(s) = B for some s constant B still to be determined. For small values of s, the value of the put is its intrinsic value 4 s. We must choose B so these two functions coincide at some point, i.e., we must nd a value for B so that, for some s > 0, B fB (s) = (4 s) s equals zero. Show that, when B > 4, this function does not take the value 0 for any s > 0, but, when B 4, the equation fB (s) = 0 has a solution.

(iv) Let B be less than or equal to 4 and let sB be a solution of the equation fB (s) = 0. Suppose sB is a stock price which can be attained in the model (i.e., sB = 2j for some integer j). Suppose further that the owner of the perpetual American put exercises the rst time the stock price is sB or smaller. Then the discounted risk-neutral expected payo of the put is vB (S0 ), where vB (s) is given by the formula vB (s) = 4 s, if s sB , B if s sB . s, (5.7.7)

Which values of B and sB give the owner the largest option value? (v) For s < sB , the derivative of vB (s) is vB (s) = 1. For s > sB , this B derivative is vB (s) = s2 . Show that the best value of B for the option owner makes the derivative of vB (s) continuous at s = sB (i.e., the two formulas for vB (s) give the same answer at s = sB ).

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Solution (i) With v(s) = sp , (5.7.5) becomes sp = Mulitplication by


2p sp

2 p p 2 1 p 2 s + ps , 5 5 2

leads to 2p = 2 p 2 2 (2 ) + , 5 5

and we may rewrite this as (2p )


2

5 p 2 + 1 = 0, 2

a quadratic equation in 2p . The solution to this equation is 2p = 1 2 5 2 25 4 4 = 1 2 5 3 2 2 .

(ii) With v(s) = As + B , we have lims v(s) = unless A = 0. The s boundary condition lims v(s) = 0 implies therefore that A is zero. (iii) Since v(s) is positive, we must have B > 0. We note that lims0 fB (s) = lims fB (s) = . Therefore, fB (s) takes the value zero for some s (0, ) if and only if its minimium over (0, ) is less than or equal to zero. To nd the minimizing value of s, we set the derivative of fB (s) equal to zero: B 2 + 1 = 0. s This results in the critical point sc = B. We note that the second derivative, 2B , is positive on (0, ), so the function is convex, and hence fB s3 attains a minimum at sc . The minimal value of fB on (0, ) is fB (sc ) = 2 B 4. This is positive if B > 4, in which case fB (s) = 0 has no solution in (0, ). If B = 4, then fB (sc ) = 0 and sc is the only solution to the equation fB (s) = 0 in (0, ). If 0 < B < 4, then fB (sc ) < 0 and the equation fB (s) = 0 has two solutions in (0, ).

We thus have either 2p = 2 or 2p = 1 , and hence either p = 1 or p = 1. 2

(iv) Since vB (s) = B for all large values of s, we maximize this by choosing s B as large as possible, i.e., B = 4. For values of B < 4, the curve B lies s below the curve 4 (see Figure 5.8.1), and values of B > 4 are not possible s because of part (iii).

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(iv) We see from the tangency of the curve y = 4 with the intrinsic value s y = 4 s at the point (2,2) in Figure 5.8.1 that y = 4 and y = 4 s have s the same derivative at s = 2. Indeed, d 4 ds s = 4 s2 = 1,

s=2

s=2

and as noted in the statement of the exercise, d (4 s) = 1. ds


y

(2, 2)

y=

4 s

y =4s 1 2 3
B s

y=

3 s

4 for B = 3 and B = 4.

Fig. 5.8.1. The curve y =

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Exercise 6.1. Prove parts (i), (ii), (iii) and (v) of Theorem 2.3.2 when conditional expectation is dened by Denition 6.2.2. (Part (iv) is not true in the form stated in Theorem 2.3.2 when the coin tosses are not independent.) Solution We take each of parts (i), (ii), (iii) and (v) of Theorem 2.3.2 in turn. (i) Linearity of conditional expectations. According to Denition 6.2.2, En [c1 X + c2 Y ]( 1 . . . n ) =
n+1 ,..., N

c1 X( 1 . . . n n+1 . . . N ) + c2 Y ( 1 . . . n n+1 . . . N ) P{n+1 = n+1 , . . . , N = N |1 = 1 , . . . , n = n } X( 1 . . . n n+1 . . . N )


n+1 ,..., N

= c1

+c2

P{n+1 = n+1 , . . . , N = N |1 = 1 , . . . , n = n } Y ( 1 . . . n n+1 . . . N )


n+1 ,..., N

= c1 En [X]( 1 . . . n ) + c2 En [Y ]( 1 . . . n ).

P{n+1 = n+1 , . . . , N = N |1 = 1 , . . . , n = n }

(ii) Taking out what is known. If X depends only on the rst n coin tosses, then

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En [XY ]( 1 . . . n ) =
n+1 ,..., N

X( 1 . . . n )Y ( 1 . . . n n+1 . . . N ) P{n+1 = n+1 , . . . , N = N |1 = 1 , . . . , n = n } Y ( 1 . . . n n+1 . . . N )


n+1 ,..., N

= X( 1 . . . n )

= X( 1 . . . n )En [Y ]( 1 . . . n )

P{n+1 = n+1 , . . . , N = N |1 = 1 , . . . , n = n }

(iii) Iterated conditioning. If 0 n m N , then because Em [X] depends only on the rst m coin tosses and P{n+1 = n+1 , . . . , m = m , m+1 = m+1 , . . . , N = N
m+1 ,..., N

|1 = 1 , . . . , n = n } we have En Em [X] ( 1 . . . n ) =
n+1 ,..., N

= P{n+1 = n+1 , . . . , m = m |1 = 1 , . . . , n = n },

Em [X]( 1 . . . m ) P{n+1 = n+1 , . . . , m = m , m+1 = m+1 , . . . , N = N |1 = 1 , . . . , n = n } Em [X]( 1 . . . m )


n+1 ,..., m m+1 ,..., N

P{n+1 = n+1 , . . . , m = m , m+1 = m+1 , . . . , N = N =


n+1 ,... m

|1 = 1 , . . . , n = n } Em [X]( 1 . . . m )

P{n+1 = n+1 , . . . , m = m |1 = 1 , . . . , n = n } X( 1 . . . m m+1 . . . N )


n+1 ,..., m m+1 ,..., N

P{n+1 = n+1 , . . . , m = m |1 = 1 , . . . , n = n }, where we have used the denition

P{m+1 = m+1 , . . . , N = N |1 = 1 , . . . , m = m }

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Em [X]( 1 . . . m ) =
m+1 ,..., N

X( 1 . . . m m+1 . . . N ) P{m+1 = m+1 , . . . , N = N |1 = 1 , . . . , m = m }

in the last step. Using the fact that P{m+1 = m+1 , . . . , N = N |1 = 1 , . . . , m = m } = P{n+1 = n+1 , . . . , m = m , m+1 = m+1 , . . . , N = N |1 = 1 , . . . , n = n } = P{n+1 = n+1 , . . . , N = N |1 = 1 , . . . , n = n },

P{n+1 = n+1 , . . . , m = m |1 = 1 , . . . , n = n }

we may write the last term in the above formula for En Em [X] ( 1 . . . n ) as En Em [X] ( 1 . . . n ) =
n+1 ,..., m m+1 ,..., N

X( 1 . . . m m+1 . . . N ) P{n+1 = n+1 , . . . , N = N |1 = 1 , . . . , n = n } X( 1 . . . N )


n+1 ,..., N

= En [X]( 1 . . . n ).

P{n+1 = n+1 , . . . , N = N |1 = 1 , . . . , n = n }

(iv) Conditional Jensens inequality. This follows from part (i) just like the proof of part (v) in Appendix A. Exercise 6.2. Verify that the discounted value of the static hedging portfolio constructed in the proof of Theorem 6.3.2 is a martingale under P. Solution The static hedging portfolio in Theorem 6.3.2 is, at time n, to short Sn Bn,m zero coupon bonds maturing at time m and to hold one share of the asset with price Sn . The value of this portfolio at time k, where n k m, is Sn Xk = S k Bk,m , k = n, n + 1, . . . , m. Bn,m For n k m 1, we have Ek [Dk+1 Xk+1 ] = Ek [Dk+1 Sk+1 ] Sn Ek [Dk+1 Bk+1,m ] . Bn,m

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Using the fact that the discounted asset price is a martingale under the risk-neutral measure and also using (6.2.5) rst in the form Dk+1 Bk+1,m = Ek+1 [Dm ] and then in the form Dk Bk,m = Ek [Dm ], we may rewrite this as Ek [Dk+1 Xk+1 ] = Dk Sk Sn Ek Ek+1 [Dm ] Bn,m Sn = D k Sk Ek [Dm ] Bn,m Sn = D k Sk Dk Bk,m Bn,m = D k Xk .

This is the martingale property. Exercise 6.4. Using the data in Example 6.3.9, this exercise constructs a 1 hedge for a short position in the caplet paying (R2 3 )+ at time three. We observe from the second table in Example 6.3.9 that the payo at time three of this caplet is 2 , V3 (HT ) = V3 (T H) = V3 (T T ) = 0. 3 Since this payo depends on only the rst two coin tosses, the price of the caplet at time two can be determined by discounting: V3 (HH) = V2 (HH) = 1 1 V3 (HH) = , 1 + R2 (HH) 3 V2 (HT ) = V2 (T H) = V2 (T T ) = 0.

Indeed, if one is hedging a short position in the caplet and has a portfolio valued at 1 at time two in the event 1 = H, 2 = H, then one can simply 3 1 invest this 3 in the money market in order to have the 2 required to pay o 3 the caplet at time three.
2 21

In Example 6.3.9, the time-zero price of the caplet is determined to be (see (6.3.10)).

(i) Determine V1 (H) and V1 (T ), the price at time one of the caplet in the events 1 = H and 1 = T , respectively.
2 (ii) Show how to begin with 21 at time zero and invest in the money market and the maturity two bond in order to have a portfolio value X1 at time one that agrees with V1 , regardless of the outcome of the rst coin toss. Why do we invest in the maturity two bond rather than the maturity three bond to do this?

(iii) Show how to take the portfolio value X1 at time one and invest in the money market and the maturity three bond in order to have a portfolio value X2 at time two that agrees with V2 , regardless of the outcome of the rst two coin tosses. Why do we invest in the maturity three bond rather than the maturity two bond to do this?

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Solution. (i) We determine V1 by the risk-neutral pricing formula. In particular, V1 (H) = 1 E1 [D2 V2 ](H) D1 (H)

= P{2 = H|1 = H}D2 (HH)V2 (HH) +P{2 = T |1 = H}D2 (HT )V2 (HT ) 2 6 1 1 6 4 = + 0 = , 3 7 3 3 7 21 1 E1 [D2 V2 ](T ) = 0. V1 (T ) = D1 (T ) (ii) We compute the number of shares of the time-two maturity bond by the usual formula: 0 = V1 (H) V1 (T ) = B1,2 (H) B1,2 (T )
4 21 0 6 5 7 7

4 . 3
2 21

It is straight-forward to verify that this works. Set X0 = V0 =

and compute

X1 (H) = 0 B1,2 (H) + (1 + R0 )(X0 0 B0,2 ) 2 4 11 4 4 6 = = V1 (H), = + 3 7 21 3 14 21 X1 (T ) = 0 B1,2 (T ) + (1 + R0 )(X0 0 B0,2 ) 4 5 2 4 11 = + = 0 = V1 (T ). 3 7 21 3 14 We do not use the maturity three bond because B1,3 (H) = B1,3 (T ), and this bond therefore provides no hedge against the rst coin toss. (iii) In the event of a T on the rst coin toss, the caplet price is zero, the hedging portfolio has zero value, and no further hedging is required. In the event of a H on the rst toss, we hedge by taking in the maturity three bond the position 1 (H) = V2 (HH) V2 (HT ) = B2,3 (HH) B2,3 (HT )
1 3 1 2

0 2 = . 3 1

It is straight-forward to verify that this works. We compute X2 (HH) = 1 (H)B2,3 (HH) + (1 + R1 (H))(X1 (H) 1 (H)B1,3 (H)) 2 4 2 1 7 4 1 + = V2 (HH), = + = 3 2 6 21 3 7 3 X2 (HT ) = 1 (H)B2,3 (HT ) + (1 + R1 (H))(X1 (H) 1 (H)B1,3 (H)) 2 7 4 2 4 = 1+ + = 0 = V2 (HT ). 3 6 21 3 7

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We do not use the maturity two bond because B2,2 (HH) = B2,2 (HT ), and this bond therefore provides no hedge against the second coin toss.