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Introduction to Binomial

Trees
Chapter 12

Fundamentals of Futures and Options Markets, 8th Ed, Ch 12, Copyright John C. Hull 2013

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stock price is currently \$20

In three months it will be either \$22 or \$18
Stock Price = \$22
Stock price = \$20
Stock Price = \$18

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A Call Option (Figure 12.1, page 274)

A 3-month call option on the stock has a strike price of
21.
Up
Move

Option Price=?
Down
Move

Stock Price = \$22

Option Price = \$1

Stock Price = \$18

Option Price = \$0

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For a portfolio that is long shares and a short 1 call

option values are
Up
Move

is riskless when 22
2211 = 18
or = 0.25

Portfolio

Down
Move

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Valuing the Portfolio

(Risk-Free Rate is 12%)
The

riskless portfolio is:

long 0.25 shares
short 1 call option
The value of the portfolio in 3 months is
22 0.25 1 = 4.50
The value of the portfolio today is
4.5e 0.120.25 = 4.3670
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2013

Valuing the Option

The

portfolio that is
long 0.25 shares
short 1 option
is worth 4.367
The value of the shares is
5.000 (= 0.25 20 )
The value of the option is therefore
0.633 (= 5.000 4.367 )
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2013

Generalization (Figure 12.2, page 275)

A derivative lasts for time T and is
dependent on a stock

Up
Move

Su
u

Down
Move

Sd
d

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Generalization (continued)

derivative:
Up
Move

S0u u

Down
Move

S0d d

The portfolio is riskless when S0u u = S0d d or

u f d

S 0u S 0 d

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2013

Generalization
(continued)
Value

Su u

Value

(Su u )erT

Another

expression for the

portfolio value today is S f
Hence = S (Su u )erT
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2013

Generalization
(continued)

Substituting for we obtain

= [ pu + (1 p)d ]erT
where

e rT d
p
ud

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p as a Probability

It is natural to interpret p and 1p as the probabilities

of up and down movements
The value of a derivative is then its expected payoff in
discounted at the risk-free rate

S0

p
(1

p)

S0u
u
S0d
d

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Risk-Neutral Valuation
When the probability of an up and down
movements are p and 1-p the expected stock
price at time T is S0erT
This shows that the stock price earns the riskfree rate
Binomial trees illustrate the general result that to
value a derivative we can assume that the
expected return on the underlying asset is the
risk-free rate and discount at the risk-free rate
This is known as using risk-neutral valuation

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Irrelevance of Stocks Expected

Return
When we are valuing an option in terms of
the underlying stock the expected return
on the stock is irrelevant

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Original Example Revisited

p

(1
p)

Su = 22
u = 1
Sd = 18
d = 0

e rT d e 0.120.25 0.9
p

0.6523
ud
1.1 0.9

Since p is a risk-neutral probability

20e0.12
0.25 = 22p + 18(1 p ); p = 0.6523
Alternatively, we can use the formula

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S

3
2
5
6
0.
0.34
77

Su = 22
u = 1
Sd = 18
d = 0

The value of the option is

e0.120.25 [0.65231 + 0.34770]
= 0.633
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A Two-Step Example
Figure 12.3, page 280

24.2
22
19.8

20
18

16.2

Each

time step is 3 months

K=21, r =12%
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Valuing a Call Option

Figure 12.4, page 280
D

22
20
1.2823

2.0257
18
0.0

19.8
0.0

C
F

24.2
3.2

16.2
0.0

Value at node B
= e0.120.25(0.65233.2 + 0.34770) = 2.0257
Value at node A
= e0.120.25(0.65232.0257 + 0.34770)
= 1.2823

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A Put Option Example

Figure 12.7, page 283

50
4.1923

60
1.4147
40
9.4636

72
0
48
4
32
20

K = 52, time step =1yr

r = 5%, u =1.32, d = 0.8, p = 0.6282

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What Happens When the Put

Option is American (Figure 12.8, page 284)
72
0

60
50
5.0894
The American feature
increases the value at node
C from 9.4636 to 12.0000.

48
4

1.4147
40
12.0

C
32
20

This increases the value of

the option from 4.1923 to
5.0894.
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Delta
Delta

() is the ratio of the change

in the price of a stock option to the
change in the price of the
underlying stock
The value of varies from node to
node

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Choosing u and d
One way of matching the volatility is to set
u e

d 1 u e

where is the volatility andt is the length

of the time step. This is the approach used
by Cox, Ross, and Rubinstein (1979)
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Paying Stocks
For

options on stock indices, currencies

and futures the basic procedure for
constructing the tree is the same except
for the calculation of p

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p

ud

a e rt for a nondividen d paying stock

a e ( r q ) t for a stock index where q is the dividend
yield on the index
( r r ) t

ae f
for a currency where r f is the foreign
risk - free rate
a 1 for a futures contract
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In

practice at least 30 time steps are

necessary to give good option values
DerivaGem allows up to 500 time steps to
be used

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The

BSM model can be derived by looking

at what happens to the price of a
European call option as the time step
tends to zero
See Appendix to Chapter 12

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