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Unformatted text preview: T he BlackScholesMerton Model In the early 1970s, Fischer Black, Myron Scholes, and Robert Merton made a major
breakthrough in the pricing of stock options. I This involved the development of what
has become known as the BlackScholes (or BlackScholesMerton) model. The model
has had a huge influence on the way that traders price and hedge options. It has also
been pivotal to the growth and success of financial engineering in the last 20 years. In
1997, the importance of the model was recognized when Robert Merton and Myron
Scholes were awarded the Nobel prize for economics. Sadly, Fischer Black died in 1995,
otherwise he too would undoubtedly have been one of the recipients of this prize.
This chapter shows how the BlackScholes model for valuing European call and put
options on a nondividendpaying stock is derived. It explains how volatility can be
either estimated from historical data or implied from option prices using the model. It
shows how the riskneutral valuation argument introduced in Chapter 11 can be used.
It also shows how the BlackScholes model can be extended to deal with European call
and put options on dividendpaying stocks and presents some results on the pricing of
American call options on dividendpaying stocks. 13.1 LOGNORMAL PROPERTY OF STOCK PRICES
The model of stock price behavior used by Black, Scholes, and Merton is the model we
developed in Chapter 12. It assumes that percentage changes in the stock price in a
short period of time are normally distributed. We define
fJ..: Expected return on stock per year
0: Volatility of the stock price per year The mean of the percentage change in the stock price in time .6.t is J.L.6.t and the
1 See F. Black and M. Scholes, "The Pricing of Options and Corporate Liabilities," JOllmal oj Political
Economy, 81 (May/June 1973): 63759; R.C. Merton, "Theory of Rational Option Pricing," Bell Journal oj
Economics and Managemelll Science, 4 (Spring 1973): 14183. 281 282 CHAPTER 13 standard deviation of this percentage change is O'.;;s:i, so that
(13.1) where /::;.S is the change in the stock price S in time
distribution with mean 111 and standard deviation s.
As shown in Section 12.6, the model implies that
InST lnSo /::;.t, and ¢(111, s) denotes a normal ~ ¢[ (tL  ~2)T, o'vT ] From this, it follows that ~: ~ ¢[ (tL  ~2) T, o'vT ] (13.2) ~ ¢[In So + (tL  ~2) T, o'vT ] (13.3) In
and
In ST where ST is the stock price at a future time T and So is the stock price at time O.
Equation (13.3) shows that In ST is normally distributed, so that ST has a lognormal
O'2 /2)T and the standard deviation
distribution. The mean of In ST is In So +
is o'vT. (tL  Example 13.1 Consider a stock with an initial price of $40, an expected return of 16% per
annum, and a volatility of 20% per annum. Fr()m equation (13.3), the probability
distribution of the stock price ST in 6 months' time is given by
In ST ~ ¢[ln40 + (0.16  0.2 2 /2) x 0.5, 0.2.JQ.5]
InST ~ ¢(3.759, 0.141) There is a 95% probability that a normally distributed variable has a value within
1.96 standard deviations of its mean. Hence, with 95% confidence,
3.759  1.96 x 0.141 < In ST < 3.759 + 1.96 x 0.141
This can be written
e3.7591.96xO.141 < ST < e3.759+1.96xO.141 or
32.55 < ST < 56.56
Thus, there is a 95% probability that the stock price in 6 months will lie between
32.55 and 56.56.
A variable that has a lognormal distribution can take any value between zero and
infinity. Figure 13.1 illustrates the shape of a lognormal distribution. Unlike the normal
distribution, it is skewed so that the mean, median, and mode are all different. From
equation (13.3) and the properties of the lognormal distribution, it can be shown that
the expected value E(ST) of ST is given by
E(ST) = SoellT (13.4) 283 T he BlackScholesNlerton Nlodel
Figure 13.1 Lognormal distribution. o
This fits in with the definition of Jt as the expected rate of return. The variance var(ST)
of ST, can be shown to be given by 2
(13.5)
Example 13.2 Consider a stock where the current price is $20, the expected return is 20% per
annum, and the volatility is 40% per annum. The expected stock price, E(ST), and
the variance of the stock price, var(ST), in 1 year, are given by
E(ST) = 20eO. 2xl = 24.43 and var(ST) = 400e2xO.2XI(e°.41xl  1) = 103.54 The standard deviation of the stock price in 1 year is .)103.54, or 10.18. 13.2 THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE RATE OF RETURN
The lognormal property of stock prices can be used to provide information on the
probability distribution of the continuously compounded rate of return earned on a
stock between times 0 and T. If we define the continuously compounded rate of return
per annum realized between times 0 and T as x, it follows that
ST = Soe xT so that
1 ST
x=lnT So (13.6) From equation (13.2), it follows that
(13.7)
See Technical Note 2 on the author's website for a proof of the results in equations (13.4) and (13.5). For a
more extensive discussion of the properties of the lognormal distribution, see J. Aitchison and J. A. C. Brown,
The Lognormal Distribution. Cambridge University Press, 1966. 2 284 CHAPTER
Thus, the continuously compounded rate of return per annum is normally distrit)ut(~d
with mean fL  (i /2 and standard deviation a /.JT. As T increases,
deviation of x declines. To understand the reason for this, consider two cases: T =
and T = 20. We are more certain about the average return per year over 20 years
we are about the return in anyone year.
Example 13.3 Consider a stock with an expected return of 17% per annum and a volatility
20% per annum. The probability distribution for the average rate of return
tinuously compounded) realized over 3 years is normal, with mean
0.17  o·t = 0.15 or 15% per annum, and standard deviation ~= 0.1155
or 11.55% per annum. Because there is a 95% chance that a normally dlsltntlUt(~d
variable will lie within 1.96 standard deviations of its mean, we can be
confident that the average return realized over 3 years will be between
and +37.6% per annum. 13.3 THE EXPECTED RETURN
The expected return, fL, required by investors from a stock depends on the riskiness
the stock. The higher the risk, the higher the expected return. It also depends on
level of interest rates in the economy. The higher the level of interest rates, the
the expected return required on any given stock. Fortunately, we do not have to corlcer'n
ourselves with the determinants of fL in any detail. It turns out that the value of a
option, when expressed in terms of the value of the underlying stock, does not
on fL at all. Nevertheless, there is one aspect of the expected return from a stock
frequently causes confusion.
Equation (13.1) shows that fL!::lt is the expected percentage change in the stock
in a very short period of time, !::It. It is natural to assume from this that fL is the eXI)ected
continuously compounded return on the stock. However, this is not the case.
continuously compounded return, x, actually realized over a period of time of length
is given by equation (13.6) as
x = .!.In ST
T So and, as indicated in equation (13.7), the expected value E(x) of x is fL  a 2 /2.
The reason why the expected continuously compounded return is different from fL
subtle, but important. Suppose we consider a very large number of very short periods
time of length !::It. Define Sj as the stock price at the end of the ith interval and !::lSj
Sj+1  Sj. Under the assumptions we are making for stock price behavior, the ave:ra!~e
of the returns on the stock in each interval is close to fL. In other words, fL !::It is close
the arithmetic mean of the !::lS;/ Sj. However, the expected return over the whole 285 T he BlackScholesJ.1/[erton Nlodel Business Snapshot 13.1 covered by the data, expressed with a compounding interval of i3.t, is close to fL  a 2 /2,
not fL. 3 Business Snapshot 13.1 provides a numerical example concerning the mutual
fund industry to illustrate the point being made here. For a mathematical explanation of
what is going on, we start with equation (13.4): Taking logarithms, we get
In[E(ST)] = In(So) + fLT It is now tempting to set In[E(ST)] = E[ln(ST)]' so that E[ln(ST)] In(So) = fLT, or
E[ln(Sri So)] = fLT, which leads to E(R) = fL. However, we cannot do this because In
The arguments in this section show that the term "expected return" is ambiguous. It can refer either to JL or
to JL  02/2. Unless otherwise stated, it will be used to refer to fL throughout this book. J CHAPTER 13 286 is a nonlinear function. In fact, In[E(ST)] > E[ln(ST)]' so that E[ln(SrlSo)] < J1T, which
leads to E(x) < J1. (As pointed out above, E(x) = J1  (J2/2.) 13.4 VOLATILITY
The volatility (J of a stock is a measure of our uncertainty about the returns provided by
the stock. Stocks typically have a volatility between 15% and 60%.
From equation (13.7), the volatility of a stock price can be defined as the standard
deviation of the return provided by the stock in 1 year when the return is 'expressed
using continuous compounding.
When T is small, equation (13.1) shows that (JJT is approximately equal to the
standard deviation of the percentage change in the stock price in time T. Suppose that
(J = 0.3, or 30%, per annum and the current stock price is $50. The standard deviation
of the percentage change in the stock price in 1 week is approximately
30 x f£ = 4.16% A onestandarddeviation move in the stock price in 1 week is therefore 50 x 0.0416,
or $2.08.
Equation (13.1) shows that our uncertainty about a future stock price, as measured
by its standard deviation, increasesat least approximatelywith the square root of
how far ahead we are looking. For example, the standard de;viation of the stock price in
4 weeks is approximately twice the standard deviation in 1 week. Estimating Volatility from Historical Data
To estimate the volatility of a stock price empirically, the stock price is usually observed
at fixed intervals of time (e.g., every day, week, or month).
.
Define:
n + 1: Number of observations
Si: Stock price at end of ith interval, with i = 0, 1, ... , n
r: Length of time interval in years and let
Ui = In (.!i)
Sil for i = 1, 2, ... , n.
The usual estimate, s, of the standard deviation of the
S = 1 1
n L:1I. I (Ui  1= Ui is given by _? u) or
S= where it is the mean of the lL:lI?
u":"  n 1
Ui. i=l 1 1
n(n _ 1) (L:1I)2
u·
i=[ 1 287 T he BlackScholes.lVIertoll .lVIodel From equation (13.2), the standar~ deviation of the Ui is a,Jr. The variable s is
therefore an estimate of a,Jr. It follows that a itself can be estim~ted as 8, where
,f'" ~ s a= ,Jr The standard error of this estimate can be shown to be approximately 8/.,fiii.
Choosing an appropriate value for 12 is not easy. More data generally lead to more
accuracy, but a does change over time and data that are too old may not be relevant for
predicting the future volatility. A compromise that seems to work reasonably well is to
use closing prices from daily data over the most recent 90 to 180 days. An oftenused
rule of thumb is to set n equal to the number of days to which the volatility is to be
applied. Thus, if the volatility estimate is to be used to value a 2year option, daily data
for the last 2 years are used. More sophisticated approaches to estimating volatility
involving GARCH models are discussed in Chapter 19.
Example 13.4 Table 13.1 shows a possible sequence of stock prices during 21 consecutive trading
days., In this case,
I>i = 0.09531 and I>f = 0.00326 Table 13.1 Day 0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20 Computation of volatility. Closing stock price
(dollars) Price relative
S;/Sil 20.00
20.10
19.90
20.00
20.50
20.25
20.90
20.90
20.90
20.75
20.75
21.00
21.10
20.90
20.90
21.25
21.40
21.40
21.25
21.75
22.00 1.00500
0.99005
1.00503
1.02500
0.98780
1.03210
1.00000
1.00000
0.99282
1.00000
1.01205
1.00476
0.99052
1.00000
1.01675
1.00706
1.00000
0.99299
1.02353
1.01149 Daily return
= In(S;/ Sid Ui 0.00499
0.01000
0.00501
0.02469
0.01227
0.03159
0.00000
0.00000
0.00720
0.00000
0.01198
0.00475
0.00952
0.00000
0.01661
0.00703
0.00000
0.00703
0.02326
0.01143 288 CHAPTER 13
and the estimate of the standard deviation of the daily return is
0.00326
19
or 1.216%. Assuming that there are 252 trading days per year, r = 1/252 and the
data give an estimate for the volatility per annum of 0.01216J252 =0.193, or
19.3%. The standard error of this estimate is
0.193 = 0.031 ..j2 x 20
or 3.1 % per annum.
The foregoing analysis assumes that the stock pays no dividends, but it can be adapted
to. accommodate dividendpaying stocks. The return, lei> during a time interval that
includes an exdividend day is given by
lei S·+D
=In'Si_1 where D is the amount of the dividend. The return in other time intervals is still
lei = 1n SSi iI . However, as tax factors playa part in determining returns around an exdividend date, it
is probably best to discard altogether data for intervals that include an exdividend date. Trading Days vs. Calendar Days
An important issue is whether time should be measured in calendar days or trading
days when volatility parameters are being estimated and used. As shown in Business
Snapshot 13.2, research shows that volatility is much higher when the exchange is open
for trading than when it is closed. As a result, practitioners tend to ignore days when the
exchange is closed when estimating volatility from historical data and when calculating
the life of an option. The volatility per annum is calculated from the volatility per
trading day using the formula
Volatility
per annum Volatility = per trading day x Number of trading days
per annum This is what we did in Example 13.4 when calculating volatility from the data in
Table 13.1. The number of trading days in a year is usually assumed to be 252 for stocks.
The life of an option is also usually measured using trading days rather than calendar
days. It is calculated as T years, where
T Number of trading
=          '    ' daysuntil 'option maturity
'  = "252 T he BlackScJlOlesJ.l!lertoll J.l!lodel 289 Business Snapshot 13.2 It is natural to assume that the volatility of a stock is caused by new information
reaching the market. This new information causes people to revise their.opinions
about the value of the stock. The price of the stock changes and vol 'ty results.
This view of what causes volatility is not supported by researcli: With
1years of
daily stock price data,. researchers can calculate: 1. The variance of stock price returns between the close 0 tradin", on one day
and the close of trading on the next day. when there. are no intervening
nontrading days
2. The variance of the stock price returns between t
and the close of trading on Monday
The second variance is the variance of returns over a 3day perio
e fi
sa
variance over a Iday period. We might reasonably expect the second variance to be
three times as great as the first variance. Fama (1965), F
0), a
ch and
Roll (1986) show that this is not the case. These thre
studie
te the
second variance to be, respectively, 22%, 19%, and 1
her than the first
variance.
.
At this stage you might be tempted to argue that these resul
more news reaching the market when the market is open for trad'
Roll (1984) does not support tIus explanation. Roll looked at t
juice futures. By far the most important news for orange juice fu
s prices is news
about the weather and news about the weather is equally likely to arrive at any time.
When Roll did a similar analysis to that just described for stocks, he found that the
second (FridaytoMonday) variance is only 1.54 times the first variance.
The only reasonable conclusion from all "this is that volatility is to a la '" ' tent
caused by trading itself. (Traders usually have no difficulty accepting this conclusion!) 13.5 CONCEPTS UNDERLYING THE BLACKSCHOLESMERTON
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATION
The BlackScholesMerton differential equation is an equation that must be satisfied by
the price of any derivative dependent on a nondividendpaying stock. The equation is
derived in the next section. Here we consider the nature of the arguments we will use.
The arguments are similar to the noarbitrage arguments we used to value stock
options in Chapter 11 for the situation where stock price movements are binomial. They
involve setting up a riskless portfolio consisting of a position in the derivative and a
position in the stock. In the absence of arbitrage opportunities, the return from the
portfolio must be the riskfree interest rate, r. This leads to the BlackScholesMerton
differential equation.
The reason a riskless portfolio can be set up is that the stock price and the derivative
price are both affected by the same underlying source of uncertainty: stock price
movements. In any short period of time, the price of the derivative is perfectly
correlated with the price of the underlying stock. When an appropriate portfolio of
the stock and the derivative is established, the gain or loss from the stock position 290 CHABTER 13
Figure 13.2 Relationship between call price and stock price. Current stock price is So. Call
price Stock price
So always offsets the gain or loss from the derivative position so that the overall value of
the portfolio at the end of the short period of time is known with certainty/
Suppose, for example, that at a particular point in time the relationship between a
small change f:.S in the stock price and the resultant small change f:.c in the price of a
European call option is given by
f:.c = O.4f:.S This means that the slope of the line representing the relationship between c and Sis 0.4,
as indicated in Figure 13.2. The riskless portfolio would consist of:
1. A long position in 0.4 shares 2. A short position in one call option There is one important difference between the BlackScholesMerton analysis and our
analysis using a binomial model in Chapter 11. In BlackScholesMerton, the position
in the stock and the derivative is riskless for only a very short period of time.
(Theoretically, it remains riskless only for an instantaneously short period of time.)
To remain riskless, it must be adjusted, or rebalanced, frequently.4 For example, the
relationship between f:.c and t::.S in our example might change from t::.c = 0.4 t::.S today
to t::.c = 0.5 t::.S in 2 weeks. This would mean that, in order to maintain the riskless
position, an extra 0.1 share would have to be purchased for each call option sold. It is
nevertheless true that the return from the riskless portfolio in any very short period of
time must be the riskfree interest rate. This is the key element in the BlackScholes
analysis and leads to their pricing formulas. Assumptions
The assumptions we use to derive the BlackScholesMerton differential equation are
as follows:
1. The stock price follows the process developed in Chapter 12 with f.L and (J constant. 2. The short selling of securities with full use of proceeds is permitted.
4 We discuss the rebalancing of portfolios in more detail in Chapter 15. 291 The BlackS choleslVIertOll lv[odel 3.
4.
5.
6.
7. There are no transactions costs or taxes. All securities are perfectly divisible.
There are no dividends during the life of the derivative.
There are no riskless arbitrage opportunities.
Security trading is continuous.
The riskfree rate of interest, r, is constant and the same for all maturities. As we discuss in later c4apters, some of these assumptions can be relaxed. For example,
a and r can be known functions of t. We can even allow interest rates to be stochastic . provided that the stock price distribution at maturity of the option is stil110gnormal. 13.6 DERIVATION OF THE BLACKSCHOLESMERTON
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATION
The stock price process we are assuming is the one we developed in Section 12.3:
dS = JLS dt + as dz (13.8) Suppose that f is the price of a call option or other derivative contingent on S. The
variable f must be some function of Sand t. Hence, from equation (12.14),
(13.9) The discrete versions of equations (13.8) and (13.9) are !:is = JLS !:it + as !:iz (13.10) and
(13.11) where !:is and !:if are the changes in f and S in a small time interval !:it. Recall from
the discussion of Ito's lemma in Section 12.5 that the Wiener processes underlying f
and S are the same. In other words, the !:iz (= E.jl;i) in equations (13.10) and (13.11)
are the same. It follows that, by choosing a portfolio of the stock and the derivative, the
Wiener process can be eliminated.
The appropriate portfolio is
1: derivative
+a fI as: shares
The holder of this portfolio is short one derivative and long an amount
shares. Define IT as the value of the portfolio. By definition af IT = f+S as aflas of (13.12) 292 CHAPTER 13
The change 6.TI in the value of the portfolio in the time interval 6.t is given by
af (13.13) 6.TI = 6.f +6.S as Substituting equations (13.10) and (13.11) into equation (13.13) yields 11) 2 af
Iaf
6.TI= ( O'S 6.t
at 2 as 2 (13.14) Because this equation does not involve 6.z, the portfolio must be riskless during time 6.t.
The assumptions listed in the preceding section imply that the portfolio must instantaneously earn the same rate of return as other shortterm riskfree securities. If it earned
more than this return, arbitrageurs could make a riskless profit by borrowing money to
buy the portfolio; if it earned less, they could make a riskless profit by shorting the
portfolio and buying riskfree securities. It follows that
(13.15) 6.TI = rTI 6.t where t is the riskfree interest rate. Substituting from equations (13.12) and (13.14) into
(13.15), we obtain 1a
f  f
S
(a 28s 2 2) 6.t=r (aas ) 6.t·
at
2 f
f+   0 ' S
2 so thal
(13.16) Equation (13.16) is the BlackScholesMerton differential equation. It has many
solutions, corresponding to all the different derivatives that can be defined with S as
the underlying variable. The particular derivative that is obtained when the equation is
solved depends on the boundary conditions that are used. These specify the values of the
derivative at the boundaries of possible values of Sand t. In the case of a European call
option, the key boundary condition is f = max(S  K, 0) when t= T In the case of a European put option, it is f = max(K  S, 0) when t = T
One point that should be emphasized about the portfolio used in the derivation of
equation (13.16) is that it is not permanently riskless. It is riskless only for an
infinitesimally short period of time. As Sand t change, 8f/aS also changes. To keep
the portfolio riskless, it is therefore necessary to frequently change the relative proportions of the derivative and the stock in the portfolio.
Example 13.5 A forward contract on a nondividendpaying stock is a derivative dependent on
the stock. As such, it should satisfy equation (13.16). From equation (5.5), we
.know that the value of the forward contract, f, at a general time t is given in terms T he BlqckS(:holesIvlertoll Ivlodel 293 of the stock price S at this time by f =. S  Ker(TI) where K is the delivery price. This means that
of
at = _rKer(Ttl, of 1 as =, 02 f
0 as 2  When these are substituted into the lefthand side of equation (13.16), we obtain
_rKer(Tt) + rS This equals rf, showing that equation (13.16) is indeed satisfied. The Prices of Tradeable Derivatives
Any function f(S, t) that is a solution of the differential equation (13.16) is the
theoretical price of a derivative that could be traded. If a derivative with that price
existed, it would not create any arbitrage opportunities. Conversely, if a function f(S, t)
does not satisfy the differential equation (13.16), it cannot be the price of a derivative
without creating arbitrage opportunities for traders.
To illustrate this point, consider first the function eS • This does not satisfy the
differential equation (13.16). It is therefore not a candidate for being the price of a
derivative dependent on the stock price. If an instrument whose price was always e S
existed, there would be an arbitrage opportunity. As a second example, consider the
function
e(ci 2r)(TI) S This does satisfy the differential equation, and so is, in theory, the price of a tradeable
security. (It is the price of a derivative that pays off 1/ ST at time T.) For other examples
of tradeable derivatives, see Problems 13.11, 13.12, 13.23, and 13.28. 13.7 RISKNEUTRAL VALUATION
We introduced riskneutral valuation in connection with the binomial model in
Chapter 11. It is without doubt the single most important tool for the analysis of
derivatives. It arises from one key property of the BlackScholesMerton differential
equation (13.16). This property is that the equation does not involve any variables that
are affected by the risk preferences of investors. The variables that do appear in the
equation are the current stock price, time, stock price volatility, and the riskfree rate of
interest. All are independent of risk preferences.
The BlackScholesMerton differential equation would not be independent of risk
preferences if it involved the expected return, fL, on the stock. This is because the value
of f.L does depend on risk preferences. The higher the level of risk aversion by investors,
the higher fL will be for any given stock. It is fortunate that fL happens to drop out in
the derivation of the differential equation.
Because the BlackScholesMerton differential equation is independent of risk
preferences, an ingenious argument can be used. If risk preferences do not enter the 294 CHAPTER 13
equation, they cannot affect its solution. Any set of risk preferences can, therefore, be
used when evaluating f. In particular, the very simple assumption that all investors are
risk neutral can be made.
In a world where investors are risk neutral, the expected return on all investment
assets is the riskfree rate of interest, r. The reason is that riskneutral investors do not
require a premium to induce them to take risks. It is also true that the present value of
any cash flow in a riskneutral world can be obtained by discounting its expected value
at the riskfree rate. The assumption that the world is risk neutral does, therefore,
considerably simplify the analysis of derivatives.
Consider a derivative that provides a payoff at one particular time. It can be valued
using riskneutral valuation by using the following procedure:
1. Assume that the expected return from the underlying asset is the riskfree interest
rate, r (i.e., assume JL = r).
_ 2. Calculate the expected payoff from the derivative.
3. Discount the expected payoff at the riskfree interest rate.
It is important to appreciate that riskneutral valuation (or the assumption that all investors are risk neutral) is merely an artificial device for obtaining solutions to the
BlackScholes differential equation. The solutions that are obtained are valid in all
worlds, not just those where investors are risk neutral. When we move from a riskneutral world to a riskaverse world, two things happen. The expected growth rate in
the stock price changes and the discount rate that must be used for any payoffs from the
deri~ative changes. It happens that these two changes always offset each other exactly. Application to Forward Contracts on a Stock
We valued forward contracts on a nondividendpaying stock in Section 5.7. In
Example 13.5, we verified that the pricing formula satisfies the BlackScholes differential
equation. In this section we derive the pricing formula from riskneutral valuation. We
make the assumption that interest rates are constant and equal to r. This is somewhat
more restrictive than the assumption in Chapter 5.
Consider a long forward contract that matures at time T with delivery price, K. As
indicated in Figure 1.2, the value of the contract at maturity is
STK where ST is the stock price at time T. From the riskneutral valuation argument, the
value of the forward contract at time 0 is its expected value at time T in a riskneutral
world discounted at the riskfree rate of interest. Denoting the value of the forward
contract at time zero by f, this means that f = e rT E(ST  K)
where E denotes the expected value in a riskneutral world. Since K is a constant, this
equation becomes
(13.17) The expected return JL on the stock becomes r in a riskneutral world. Hence, from T he BlackScholesl1Ifertoll 1Vlodel 295 equation (13.4), we have
~ E(ST) = Soe rT (13.18) Sub?tituting equation (13.18) into equation (13.17) gives f= So  Ke rT (13.19) This is in agreement with equation (5.5). 13.8 BLACKSCHOLES PRICING FORMULAS
The BlackScholes formulas for the prices at time 0 of a European call option on a
nondividendpaying stock and a European put option on a nondividendpaying stock
are
(13.20) and
(13.21) where
_In(SolK)+(r+O'212)T
d1 O'IT
2
_ In (Sol K) + (r  O' /2)T _ d
;;;;
d7 ;;;;
IO'yT
O'yT The function N(x) is the cumulative probability distribution function for a standardized
normal distribution. In other words, it is the probability that a variable with a standard
normal distribution, ¢(O, 1), will be less than x. It is illustrated in Figure 13.3. The
remaining variables should be familiar. The variables c and p are the European call and
European put price, So is the stock price at time zero, K is the strike price, r is the
Figure 13.3 Shaded area represents N(x). 296 CHAPTER 13 continuously compounded riskfree rate, a is the stock price volatility, and T is the time
to maturity of the option.
One way of deriving the BlackScholes formulas is by solving the differential equation (13.16) subject to the boundary condition mentioned in Section 13.6. 5 Another
approach is to use riskneutral valuation. Consider a European call option. The
expected value of the option at maturity in a riskneutral world is
E[max(ST  K, 0)] where, as before, E denotes the expected value in a riskneutral world. From the riskneutral valuation argument, the European call option price c is this expected value
discounted at the riskfree rate of interest, that is,
c = e rT E[max(ST  K, 0)] (13.22) The appendix at the end of this chapter shows that this equation leads to the result in
equation ( 1 3 . 2 0 ) . "
To provide an interpretation of the terms in equation (13.20), we note tqat it can be
written
.
(13.23) The expression N(d2 ) is the probability that the option will be exercised in a riskneutral
world, so that KN(d2 ) is the strike price times the probability that the strike price will be
paid. The expression SoN(d\)erT is the expected value of a variable that is equal to ST if
ST > K and to zero otherwise in a riskneutral world.
Since the European price equals the American price when there are no dividends (see
Section 9.5), equation (13.20) also gives the value of an American call option on a nondividendpaying stock. Unfortunately, no exact analytic formula for the value of an
American put option on a nondividendpaying stock has been produced. Numerical
procedures for calculating American put values are discussed in Chapter 17.
When the BlackScholes formula is used in practice the interest rate r is set equal to
the zerocoupon riskfree interest rate for a maturity T. As we show in later chapters,
this is theoretically correct when r is a known function of time. It is also theoretically
correct when the interest rate is stochastic provided that the stock price at time T is
lognormal and the volatility parameter is chosen appropriately. As mentioned earlier,
time is normally measured as the number of trading days left in the life of the option
divided by the number of trading days in I year. Properties of the BlackScholes Formulas
We now show that the BlackScholes formulas have the right general properties by
considering what happens when some of the parameters take extreme values.
When the stock price, So, becomes very large, a call option is almost certain to be
exercised. It then becomes very similar to a forward contract with delivery price K.
5 The differential equation gives the call and put prices at a general time t. For example, the call price that
satisfies the differential equation is c = SN(d l )  Ker(Tr)N(d2), where d
l and d2 ;, = In(S/ K) + (r + a2 /2)(T u.;r:::t t) dl  ulT  t. See Problem 13.17 to prove that the differential equation is satisfied. T he BlackScholes}YIertoll lVIodel 297 From equation (5.5), we expect the call price to be This is, in fact, the call price given by equation (13.20) because, when So becomes very
large, both d l and d2 become very large, and N(d l ) and N(d2) are both close to 1.0.
When the stock price becomes very large, the price of a European put option, p,
approaches zero. This is consistent with equation (13.21) because N( d l ) and N( d2)
are both close to zero ..
Consider next what happens when the volatility a approaches zero. Because the stock
is virtually riskless, its price will grow at rate r to SoerT at time T and the payoff from a
call option is
max(Soe rT  K, 0) Discounting at rate r, the value of the call today is
erT max(SoerT  K, 0) = max(So  Ke rT , 0) To. show that this is consistent with equation (13.20), consider first the case where
So > Ke rT • This implies that In (Sol K) + rT > O. As a tends to zero, d l and d2 tend to
+00, so that N(d l ) arid N(d2 ) tend to 1.0 and equation (13.20) becomes
c = So  Ke rT
When So < Ke rT , it follows that In(Sol K) + rT < O. As a tends to zero, d l and d2 tend
to 00, so that N(d() and N(d2 ) tend to zero and equation (13.20) gives a call price of
zero. The call price is therefore always max(So  Ke rT , 0) as a tends to zero. Similarly,
it can be shown that the put price is always max(KerT  So, 0) as a tends to zero. 13.9 CUMULATIVE NORMAL DISTRIBUTION FUNCTION
The only problem in implementing equations (13.20) and (13.21) is in calculating the
cumulative normal distribution function, N(x). Tables for N(x) are provided at the end
of this book. The NORMSDIST function calculates N(x) in Excel. A polynomial
approximation that gives sixdecimalplace accuracy is 6
N(x) = !1NI(X)(a(k+a2k2+a3k3+a4k4+askS) whenx~O
1N(x) . whenx<O where
1
1 +yx k=,
a( = 0.319381530,
a3
6 = 1.781477937, a4 y=0.2316419
a2 = 0.356563782 = 1.821255978, as = 1.330274429 See M. Abramowitz and 1. Stegun, Handbook of Mathematical Functions. New York: Dover Publications, 1972. CHAPTER 13 2 98
and Example 13.6 The stock price 6 months from the expiration of an option is $42, the exercise
price of the option is $40, the riskfree interest rate is 10% per annum, and the
volatility is 20% per annum. This means that So = 42, K = 40, r = 0.1, a = 0.2,
T=0.5,
d 1 = In(42/40) + (0.1 + 0.22 /2) x 0.5 = 0.7693
0.2..)[5 d = In(42/40)
7 + (0.1  . 2 0.2 /2) x 0.5 = 0.6278
0.2..)[5 and
Ke rT = 40eO.05 = 38.049 Hence, if the option is a European call, its value c is given by
c = 42N(0.7693)  38.049N(0.6278) If the option is a European put, its value p is given by
p = 38.049N(0.6:?78)  42N(0.7693) Using the polynomial approximation,
N(0.7693) = 0.7791, N( 0.7693) = 0.2209 = 0.7349, N(0.6278) = 0.2651 N(0.6278) so that
c = 4.76, p = 0.81 Ignoring the time value of money, the stock price has to rise by $2.76 for the
purchaser of the call to break even. Similarly, the stock price has to fall by $2.81
for the purchaser of the put to break even. 13.10 WARRANTS AND EXECUTIVE STOCK OPTIONS
The exercise of a regular call option on a company has no effect on the number of the
company's shares outstanding. If the writer of the option does not own the company's
shares, he or she must buy them in the market in the usual way and then sell them to the
option holder for the strike price. As explained in Chapter 8, warrants and executive
stock options are different from regular call options in that exercise leads to the
company issuing more shares and then selling them to the option holder for the strike
price. As the strike price is less than the market price, this dilutes the interest of the
existing shareholders.
How should potential dilution affect the way we value outstanding warrants and
executive stock options? The answer is that it should not! Assuming markets are 299 T he BlackScholesl\!Iertoll l\!Iodel Business Snapshot 13.3 WarraI~ts, Executive 'Stock Options, and Dilu Consider a company with 100,000 shares each worth $50. It su
an announcement that it is granting 100,000 stock optionst
strike price of $50 and a vesting period of 3 years. If the marke
the shareholders from the employee stock options in the form
more highly motivated managers, the stock price will declin
iatel
announcement of the employee stock options. If the stock price declines
dilution cost to the current shareholders is $5. per share or $500,000
ota!.
Suppose that the company does well during the vesting period so
the vesting period the share price is $100. Suppose further that a
exercised at this point. The payoff to the employees is $50 per opti
to argue that there will be further dilution in that 100,000 share
share are now merged with 100,000 shares for which only $50 is al
share price reduces to $75 and (b) the payoff to the option hoI
option. However, this argument is flawed. The exercise of t
by the market and already reflected in the share pri
exercised is $50.
This example illustrates the general point that w
inlpact of dilution from executive stock options or wa
price as soon as they are announced and does not need
again when the options are valued.
efficient the stock price will reflect potential dilution from all outstanding warrants and
executive stock options. This is explained in Business Snapshot 13.3. 7
Consider next the situation a company is in when it is contemplating a new issue of
warrants (or executive stock options). We suppose that the company is interested in
calculating the cost of the issue assuming that there are no compensating benefits. We
assume that the company has N shares worth So each and the number of new options
contemplated is M, with each option giving the holder the right to buy one share for K.
The value of the company today is NSo. This value does not change as a result of the
warrant issue. Suppose that without the warrant issue the share price will be ST at the
warrant's maturity. This means that (with or without the warrant issue) the total value
of the equity and the warrants at time Twill NST • If the warrants are exercised, there is a
cash inflow from the strike price increasing this to NS T + MK. This value is distributed
among N + M shares, so that the share price immediately after exercise becomes
NST+MK
N+M Therefore the payoff to an option holder if the option is exercised is
NST+MK K
N+M
Analysts sometimes assume that the.sum of the values of the warrants and the equity (rather than just the
value of the equity) is lognormal. The result is a BlackScholes type of equation for the value of the warrant
in terms of the value of the warrant. See Technical Note 3 on the author's website for an explanation of this
model.
7 300 CHAPTER 13
or N (STK) N+M This shows that the value of each option is the value of
N N+M
regular call options on the company's stock. Therefore the total cost of the options is
M times this.
, Example 13.7 A company with 1 million shares worth $40 each is considering issuing 200,000
warrants each giving holder the right to buy one share with a strike price of $60 in
5 years. It wants to know the cost of this. The interest rate is 3% per annum, and
the volatility is 30% per annum. The company pays no dividends. From equation (13.20), the value of a 5year European call option on the stock is $7.04. In
this case, N = 1,000,000 and M = 200,000, so that the value of each warrant is
1,000,000
1,000,000 + 200,000 x 7.04 = 5.87
or $5.87. The total cost of the warrant issue is 200,000 x 5.87 = $1.17 million.
Assuming the market perceives no benefits from the warrant issue, we expect the
. stock price to decline by $1.17 to $38:83. 13.11 IMPLIED VOLATILITIES
The one parameter in the BlackScholes pncmg formulas that cannot be directly
observed is the volatility of the stock price. In Section 13.4, we discussed how this
can be estimated from a history of the stock price. In practice, traders usually work with
what are known as implied volatilities. These are the volatilities implied by option prices
observed in the market.
To illustrate how implied volatilities are calculated, suppose that the value of a
European call option on a nondividendpaying stock is 1.875 when So = 21, K = 20,
r = 0.1, and T = 0.25. The implied volatility is the value of u that, when substituted
into equation (13.20), gives c = 1.875. Unfortunately, it is not possible to invert equation (13.20) so that u is expressed as a function of So, K, r, T, and c. However, an
iterative search procedure can be used to find the implied u. For example, we can start
by trying u = 0.20. This gives a value of c equal to 1.76, which is too low. Because c is
an increasing function of u, a higher value of u is required. We can next try a value of
0.30 for u. This gives a value of c equal to 2.10, which is too high and means that u
must lie between 0.20 and 0.30. Next, a value of 0.25 can be tried for u. This also proves
to be too high, showing that u lies between 0.20 and 0.25. Proceeding in this way, we
can halve the range for u at each iteration and the correct value of a can be calculated
to any required accuracy.s In this example, the implied volatility is 0.235, or 23.5%, per
This method is presented for illustration. Other more powerful methods, such as the NewtonRaphson
method, are often used in practice (see footnote 5 of Chapter 4). DerivaGem can be used to calculate implied
volatilities_ 8 T he B lackScholesIV!ertOll lV!odel 301 annum. A similar procedure can be used in conjunction with binomial trees to find
implied volatilities for American options.
Implied volatilities are used to monitor the market's opinion ab»ut the volatility of a
particular stock. Traders like to calculate implied volatilities from actively traded
options on a certain asset and interpolate between them to calculate the appropriate
volatility for pricing a less actively traded option on the same stock. We explain this
procedure in Chapter 16. It is important to note that the prices of deepinthemoney
and deepoutofthemoney options are relatively insensitive· to volatility. Implied
volatilities calculated from these options, therefore, tend to be unreliable. 13.12 DIVIDENDS
Up to now, we have assumed that the stock upon which the option is written pays no
dividends. In this section, we modify the BlackScholes model to take account of
dividends. We assume that the amount and timing of the dividends during the life of an
option can be predicted with certainty. For shortlife options this is not an unreasonable assumption. For longlife options it is usual to assume that the dividend yield
rather the cash dividend payments are known. Options can then be valued as will be
described in the next chapter. The date on which the dividend is paid should be
assumed to be the exdividend date. On this date the stock price declines by the amount
of the dividend. 9 European Options
European options can be analyzed by assuming that the stock price is the sum of two
components: a riskless component that corresponds to the known dividends during the
life of the option and a risky component. The riskless component, at any given time, is
the present value of all the dividends during the life of the option discounted from the
exdividend dates to the present at the riskfree rate. By the time the option matures, the
dividends will have been paid and the riskless component will no longer exist. The
BlackScholes formula is therefore correct if So is equal to the risky component of the
stock price and (j is the volatility of the process followed by the risky component. IO
Operationally, this means that the BlackScholes formula can be used provided that the
stock price is reduced by the present value of all the dividends during the life of the
option, the discounting being done from the exdividend dates at the riskfree rate. A
dividend is counted as being during the life of the option only if its exdividend date
occurs during the life of the option.
For tax reasons the stock price may go down by somewhat less than the cash amount of the dividend. To
take account of this phenomenon, we need to interpret the word 'dividend' in the context of option pricing as
the reduction in the stock price on the exdividend date caused by the dividend. Thus, if a dividend of SI per
share is anticipated and the share price normally goes down by 80% of the dividend on the exdividend date,
the dividend should be assumed to be SO.80 for the purposes of the analysis. 9 10 In theory, this is not quite the same as the volatility of the stochastic process followed by the whole stock
price. The volatility of the risky component is approximately equal to the volatility of the whole stock price
multiplied by So/(So  D), where D is the present value of the dividends. However, an adjustment is only
necessary when volatilities are estimated using historical data. An implied volatility is calculated after the
present value of dividends have been subtracted from the stock price and is the volatility of the risky
component. 302 CHAPTER 13
Example 13.8 Consider a European call option on a stock when there are exdividend dates in
two months and five months. The dividend on each exdividend date is expected
to be $0.50. The current share price is $40, the exercise price is $40, the stock price
volatility is 30% per annum, the riskfree rate of interest is 9% per annum, and
the time to maturity is six months. The present value of the dividends is
0.5eO.1667xO.09 + 0.5e 0.4167xO.09 = 0.9741 The bption price can therefore be calculated from the BlackScholes· formula,
with So = 40  0.9741 = 39.0259, K = 40, r = 0.09, (J" = 0.3, and T = 0.5:
d = In(39.0259/40)
I d?
 + (0.09 + 0.3 2 /2) x 0.5 = 0.2017
0.3.JQ.5 = In(39.0259/40) + (0.09  2 0.3 /2) x 0.5 = 0.0104 0.3.JQ.5 Using the polynomial approximation in Section 13.9 gives us
N(d l ) = 0.5800, N(d2 ) = 0.4959 and, from equation (13.20), the call price is
39.0259 x 0.5800  40eO.09xO.5 x 0.4959 = 3.67 or $3.67. American Options
Consider next American call options. In Section 9.5, we showed that in the absence of
dividends American options should never be exercised early. An extension to the
argument shows that when there are dividends, it is optimal to exercise only at a time
immediately before the stock goes exdividend. We assume that n exdividend dates are
anticipated and that they are at times tlo t2,"" tn, with tI < t2 < ... < tn' The
dividends corresponding to these times will be denoted by Db D 2 , .•. , DID respectively.
We start by considering the possibility of early exercise just prior to the final
exdividend date (i.e., at time t n ). If the option is exercised at time tn' the investor
receives sCtn)  K where Set) denotes the stock price at time t. If the option is not exercised, the stock price
drops to sCtn)  Dn. As shown by equation (9.5), the value of the option is then greater
than
It follows that, if that is,
(13.24) The BlackScllOles1YIerton lVlodel 303 it cannot be optimal to exercise at time tIl' On the other hand, if
(13.25) for any reasonable assumption about the stochastic process followed by the stock price,
it can be shown that it is always optimal to exercise at time til for a sufficiently high
value of set,,). The inequality in (13.25) will tend to be satisfied when the final exdividend date is fairly close to the maturity of the option (i.e., T  tIl is small) and the
dividend is large.
Consider next time t,,I> the penultimate exdividend date. If the option is exercised
immediately prior to time t,,I> the investor receives S(t,,_I)  K. If the option is not
exercised at time t,,I> the stock price drops to S(t,,_I)  D,,_I and the earliest subsequent time at which exercise could take place is tIl' Hence, from equation (9.5), a
lower bound to the option price if it is not exercised at time t,,_1 is
It follows that if or
it is not optimal to exercise immediately prior to time t,,I. Similarly, for any i < n, if
(13.26) it is not optimal to exercise immediately prior to time t i .
The inequality in (13.26) is approximately equivalent to
Di :;:;;; Kr(t i+ 1  t i ) Assuming that K is fairly close to the current stock price, the dividend yield on the
stock has to be either close to or above the riskfree rate of interest for this inequality
not to be satisfied. This is often not the case.
We can conclude from this analysis that, in many circumstances, the most likely time
for the early exercise of an American call is immediately before the final exdividend
date, til" Furthermore, if inequality (13.26) holds for i = 1,2, ... ,n  1 and inequality
(13.24) holds, we can be certain that early exercise is never optimal. Black's Approximation
Black suggests an approximate procedure for taking account of early exercise in call
options. II This involves calculating, as described earlier in this section, the prices of
European options that mature at times T and til' and then setting the American price
equal to the greater of the two. This approximation seems to work well in most cases. 12
See F. Black, "Fact and Fantasy in the Use of Options," Financial Analysts JOl/1'1lal, 31 (July/August
1975): 3641, 6172. II 12 For an exact formula, suggested by Roll, Geske, and Whaley, for valuing calls when there is only one exdividend date, see Technical Note 4 on the author's website. This involves the cumulative bivariate normal
distribution function. A procedure for calculating this function is given in Technical Note 5 also on the
author's website. 3 04 CHAPTER 13
Example 13.9 Consider the situation in Example 13.8, but suppose that the option is American
rather than European. In this case Dl = D2 = 0.5, So = 40, K = 40, r = 0.09,
tl = 2/12, and t2 =5/12. Since
K[l  e r (r1 t \l] = 40(1  eO.09xO.25) = 0.89 is greater than 0.5, it follows (see inequality (13.26)) that the option should never
be exercised immediately before the first exdividend date. In addition, since
K[l  e r (Tt 1l ] = 40(1 _ [O.09xO.0833) = 0.30 is less than 0.5, it follows (see inequality (13.25)) that, when it is sufficiently deep
in the money, the option should be exercised immediately before the second exdividend date.
We now use Black's approximation to value the option. The present value of
the first dividend is
0.5eO.1667xO.09 = 0.4926
so that the value of the option, on the assumption that it expires just before the
final exdividend date, can be calculated using the BlackScholes formula with
So = 40  0.4926 = 39.5074, K = 40, r = 0.09, II = 0.30, and T = 0.4167. It is
$3.52. Black's approximation involves taking the greater of this and the value
,of the option when it can only be exercised at the end of 6 months. From Example
13.8, we know that the latter is $3.67. Black's approximation, therefore, gives the
value of the American call as $3.67.
The value of the option given by DerivaGem using "Binomial American" with
500 time steps is $3.72. There are two reasons for differences between the Binomial
Model (BM) and Black's approximation (BA). The first concerns the timing of the
early exercise decision; the second concerns the way volatility is applied. The timing
of the early exercise decision tends to make BM greater than BA. In BA, the
assumption is that the holder has to decide today whether the option will be
exercised after 5 months or after 6 months; BM allows the decision on early exercise
at the 5month point to depend on the stock price. The way in which volatility is
applied tends to make BA greater than BM. In BA, when we assume exercise takes
place after 5 months, the volatility is applied to the stock price less the present value
of the first dividend; when we assume exercise takes place after 6 months, the
volatility is applied to the stock price less the present value of both dividends. SUMMARY
We started this chapter by examining the properties of the process for stock prices
introduced in Chapter 12. The process implies that the price of a stock at some future
time, given its price today, is lognormal. It also implies that the continuously compounded return from the stock in a period of time is normally distributed. Our
uncertainty about future stock prices increases as we look further ahead. The standard
deviation of the logarithm of the stock price is proportional to the square root of how
far afiead we are looking. T he Black~ScholeslVlertonlVlodel 305 To estimate the volatility a of a stock price empirically, the stock price is observed at
fixed intervals of time (e.g., every day', every week, or every month). For each time
period, the natural logarithm of the ratio of the stock price at the end of the time period
to the stock price at the beginning of the time period is calculat€d. The volatility is
estimated as the standard deviation of these numbers divided by the square root of the
length of the time period in years. Usually, days when the exchanges are closed are
ignored in measuring time for the purposes of volatility calcula~ions.
The differential equation for the price of any derivative dependent on a stock can be
obtained by creating a riskless position in the option and the stock. Because the
derivative and the stock price both depend on the same underlying source of uncertainty, this can always be done. The position that is created remains riskless for only a
very short period of time. However, the return on a riskless position must always be the
riskfree interest rate if there are to be no arbitrage opportunities.
The expected return on the stock does not enter into the BlackScholes differential
equation. This leads to a useful result known as riskneutral valuation. This result states
that when valuing a derivative dependent on a stock price, we can assume that the
world is risk neutral. This means that we can assume that the expected return from the
stock is the riskfree interest rate, and then discount expected payoffs at the riskfree
interest rate. The BlackScholes equations for European call and put options can be
derived by either solving their differential equation or by using riskpeutral valuation.
An implied volatility is the volatility that, when used in conjunction with the BlackScholes option pricing formula, gives the market price of the option. Traders monitor
implied volatilities and commonly use the implied volatilities from actively traded
options to estimate the appropriate volatility to use to price a less actively traded
option on the same asset. Empirical results show that the volatility of a stock is much
higher when the exchange is open than when it is closed. This suggests that, to some
extent, trading itself causes stock price volatility.
The BlackScholes results can be extended to cover European call and put options on
dividendpaying stocks. The procedure is to use the BlackScholes formula with the
stock price reduced by' the present value of the dividends anticipated during the life of
the option, and the volatility equal to the volatility of the stock price net of the present
value of these dividends.
In theory, American call options are liable to be exercised early, immediately before
any exdividend date. In practice, only the final exdividend date usually needs to be
considered. Fischer Black has suggested an approximation. This involves setting the
American call option price equal to the greater of two European call option prices. The
first European call option expires at the same time as the American call option; the
second expires immediately prior to the final exdividend date. FURTHER READING
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86180. Questions and Problems (Answers in Solutions Manual)
13.1. What does the BlackScholes stock option pricing model assume about the probability
distribution of the stock price in one year? What does it assume about the continuously
compounded rate of return on the stock during the year?
13.2. The volatility of a stock price is 30% per annum. What is the standard deviation of the
percentage price change in one trading day?
13.3. Explain the principle of riskneutral valuation.
13.4. Calculate the price of a 3month European put option on a nondividendpaying stock
with a strike price of $50 when the current stock price is $50, the riskfree interest rate is
10% per annum, and the volatility is 30% per annum.
13.5. What difference does it make to your calculations in Problem 13.4 if a dividend of $1.50
is expected in 2 months?
.
13.6. What is implied volatility? How can it be calculated?
13.7. A stock price is currently $40. Assume that the expected return from the stock is 15%
and that its volatility is 25%. What is the probability distribution for the rate of return
(with continuolls compounding) earned ovei'a 2year period? T he BlackScllOles1VIertoll 1VIodel 307 13.8. A stock price follows geometric Brownjan motion with an expected return of 16% and a
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volatility of 35%. The current price is $38.
(a) What is the probability that a European call option on the stock with an exercise
'price of $40 and a maturity date in 6 months will be exercised?
(b) What is the probability that a European put option on the stock with the same
exercise price and maturity will be exercised?
13.9. Using the notation in this chapter, prove that a 95% confidence interval for
between ST is 13.10. A portfolio manager announces that the average of the returns realized in each year of
the last 10 years is 20% per annum. In what respect is this statement misleading?
13.11. Assume that a nondividendpaying stock has an expected return of JL and a volatility
of (J. An innovative financial institution has just announced that it will trade a security
that pays off a dollar amount equal to In ST at time T, where ST denotes the value of the
stock price at time T.
(a) Use riskneutral valuation to calculate the price of the security at time t in terms of
the stock price, S, at time t.
(b) Confirm that your price satisfies the differential equation (13.16).
13.12. Consider a derivative that pays off Sf} at time T, where ST is the stock price at that time.
When the stock price follows geometric Brownian motion, it can be shown that its price
at time t (t ~ T) has the form
h(t, T)S" where S is the stock price at time t and h is a function only of t and T.
(a) By substituting into the BlackScholesMerton partial differential equation, derive
an ordinary differential equation satisfied by h(t, T).
(b) What is the boundary condition for the differential equation for h(t, T)?
(c) Show that
h(t, T) = 13.13. 13.14. 13.15. 13.16. 13.17. e[0.5,,211 (1I1)+r(1l1)](T c) where r is the riskfree interest rate and (J is the stock price volatility.
What is the price of a European call option on a nondividendpaying stock when the
stock price is $52, the strike price is $50, the riskfree interest rate is 12% per annum, the
volatility is 30% per annum, and the time to maturity is 3 months?
What is the price of a European put option on a nondividendpaying stock when the
stock price is $69, the strike price is $70, the riskfree interest rate is 5% per annum, the
volatility is 35% per annum, and the time to maturity is 6 months?
Consider an American call option on a stock. The stock price is $70, the time to maturity
is 8 months, the riskfree rate of interest is 10% per annum, the exercise price is $65, and
the volatility is 32%. A dividend of $1 is expected after 3 months and again after
6 months. Show that it can never be optimal to exercise the option on either of the two
dividend dates. Use DerivaGem to calculate the price of the option.
A call option on a nondividendpaying stock has a market price of $2t. The stock price
is $15, the exercise price is $13, the time to maturity is 3 months, and the riskfree
interest rate is 5% per annum. What is the implied volatility?
With the notation used in this chapter:
(a) What is N'(x)? 308 CHAPTER 13
(b) Show that SN'(dd = Ker(Tt)N'(d2 ), where S is the stock price at time
d
1 = In(S/ K) + (r + O' t and 2 /2)(T  t)
o'~
2 d, = In(S/ K) + (r  O' /2)(T  t)
O'vlT  t (c) Calculate adl/aS and ad2 /aS.
(d) Show that when
c = SN(d l )  Ker(Tt)N(d2)
, it follows that aaC = _rKer(Tt) N(d2)  SN'(d 1) ~
t
2 Tt
where c is the price of a call option on a nondividendpaying stock.
(e) Show that ac/as = N(d l ).
(f] Show that c satisfies the BlackScholes differential equation.
(g) Show that c satisfies the boundary condition for a European call option, i.e., that
c = max(S  K, 0) as t 7 T.
. 13.18. Show.that the BlackScholes formulas for call and put options satisfy put'Call parity.
13.19. A stock price is currently $50 and the riskfree interest rate is 5%. Use the DerivaGem
software to translate the following table of European call options on the stock into a
table of implied volatilities, assuming no dividends. Are the option prices <:;onsistent with
the assumptions underlying BlackScholes?  Maturity (months)
Strike price ($) 3 6 12 45
50
55 7.0
3.7
1.6 8.3
5.2
2.9 10.5
7.5
5.1 13.20. Explain carefully why Black's approach to evaluating an American call option on a
dividendpaying stock may give an approximate answer even when only one dividend is
anticipated. Does the answer given by Black's approach understate or overstate the true
option value? Explain your answer.
13.21. Consider an American call option on a stock. The stock price is $50, the time to maturity
is 15 months, the riskfree rate of interest is 8% per annum, the exercise price is $55, and
the volatility is 25%. Dividends of $1.50 are expected in 4 months and 10 months. Show
that it can never be optimal to exercise the option on either of the two dividend dates.
Calculate the price of the option.
13.22. Show that the probability that a European call option will be exercised in a riskneutral
world is, with the notation introduced in this chapter, N(d2). What is an expression for
the value of a derivative that pays off $100 if the price of a stock at time T is greater
than K?
1 13.23. Show that S2r/a could be the price of a traded security.
13.24. A corp.pany has an issue of executive stock options outstanding. Should dilution be
taken into account when the options are valued? Explain your answer. T he BlackScholes111ertoll 1110del 309 13.25. A company's stock price is $50 and 1.0 million shares are outstanding. The company is
considering giving its employees 3 million atthemoney 5year . call options. Option
exercises will be handled by issuing more shares. The stock pric{ volatility is 25%, the
5year riskfree rate is 5% and the company does not pay dividends. Estimate the cost to
the company of the employee stock option issue. Assignment Questions
13.26. A stock price is currently $50. Assume that the expected return from the stock is 18%
and its volatility is 30%. What is the probability distribution for the stock price in
2 years? Calculate the mean and standard deviation of the distribution. Determine the
95% confidence interval.
13.27. Suppose that observations on a stock price (in dollars) at the end of each of 15 consecutive
weeks are as follows:
30.2, 32.0, 31.1, 30.1, 30.2, 30.3, 30.6, 33.0, 32.9, 33.0, 33.5, 33.5, 33.7, 33.5, 33.2
13.28. 13.29. 13.30. 13.31. Estimate the stock price volatility. What is the standard error of your estimate?
A financial institution plans to offer a security that pays off a dollar amount equal to slat time T.
(a) Use riskneutral valuation to calculate the price of the security at time t in terms of
the stock price S at time t. (Hint: The expected value of sl can be calculated from
the mean and variance of ST given in Section 13.1.)
(b) Confirm that your price satisfies the differential equation (13.16).
Consider an option on a nondividendpaying stock when the stock price is $30, the
exercise price is $29, the riskfree interest rate is 5%, the volatility is 25% per annum,
and the time to maturity is 4 months.
(a) What is the price of the option if it is a European call?
(b) What is the price ~f the option if it is an American call?
(c) What is the price of the option if it is a European put?
(d) Verify that puteall parity holds.
Assume that the stock in Problem 13.29 is due to go exdividend in I,} months. The
expected dividend is 50 cents.
(a) What is the price of the option if it is a European call?
(b) What is the price of the option if it is a European put?
(c) If the option is an American call, are there any circumstances under which it will be
exercised early?
Consider an American call option when the stock price is $18, the exercise price is $20,
the time to maturity is 6 months, the volatility is 30% per annum, and the riskfree
interest rate is 10% per annum. Two equal dividends are expected during the life of the
option with exdividend dates at the end of 2 months and 5 months. Assume the
dividends are 40 cents. Use Black's approximation and the DerivaGem software to
value the option. How high can the dividends be without the American option being
worth more than the corresponding European option? 310 CHAPTER 13 APPENDIX
PROOF OF THE BLACKSCHOLESMERTON FORMULA
We will prove the BlackScholes result by first proving another key result that will also
be useful in future chapters. Key Result
If V is lo~ormally distributed and the standard deviation of In V is w, then
(13A.l) E[max(V  K, 0)] = E(V)N(d])  KN(d2 ) where
d] = In[E(V)/ K] + w 2 /2 W
2 In[E(V)/ K]  w /2
d? = .::.::..::..' W and 1j: denotes the expected value. Proof of Key Result
Define g(V) as the probability density function of V. It follows that
E[max(V  K, 0)] = J: (13A.2) (V  K)g(V) dV The variable In V is normally distributed with standard deviation w. From the properties of the lognormal distribution, the mean of In V is m, where]3
m = In[E(V)]  w2 /2 (13A.3) Define a new variable
In Vm
Q=w (13AA) This variable is normally distributed with a mean of zero and a standard deviation
of 1.0. Denote the density function for Q by !z(Q) so that
1 _Q2 j ?
!z(O) =  e
  rr;= yL.1L Using equation (BAA) to convert the expression on the righthand side of equation (l3A.2) from an integral over V to an integral over Q, we get
E[max(V  K, 0)] = Joo (e Qw +1II  K)lz(Q)dQ (InKIII)jw . or
E[max(V  K, 0)]
. 13 = Joo eQw+lII lz(Q)dQ  KJoo (lnKIII)jw Fo~ a proof of this, see Technical Note 2 OIi'lhe author's website. (lnKIII)jw lz(Q)dQ (13A.5) 311 T he BlackScholeslYlerton lYlodel Now 2 = em+w /2 eHQw)2j/2
.j2ii = em+w2 / 21z(Q _ w) This means that equation (13A.5) becomes
E[max(V  K, 0)] ,
= em+w/2 Joo h(Q  w)dQ  K Joo (In Km)/w h(Q)dQ (13A.6) (In Km)/w If we define N(x) as the probability that a variable with a mean of zero and a standard
deviation of 1.0 is less than x, the first integral in equation (13A.6) is
1 N[(1nK  m)jw  w] or
N[(lnK+m)jw+w] Substituting for m from equation (l3A.3) leads to Similarly the second integral in equation (13A.6) is N(d2 ). Equation (13A.6), therefore,
becomes Substituting for m from equation (13A.3) gives the key result. The BlackScholesMerton Result
We now consider a call option on a nondividendpaying stock maturing at time T. The
strike price is K, the riskfree rate is r, the current stock price is So, and the volatility is a.
As shown in equation (13.22), the call price c is given by
c = erT E[max(ST  K, 0)] (13A.7) where ST is the stock price at time T and E denotes the expectation in a riskneutral
world. Under the stochastic process assumed by BlackScholes, ST is lognormal. Also,
from equations (13.3) and (13.4), E(ST) = Soe rT and the standard deviation of In ST
is a/T.
From the key result just proved, equation (l3A.7) implies
c = erT[Soe rT N(d[)  KN(d2 )] or 312 CHAPTER 13
where
d _In[E(ST)/ K] . d? =
 In(So/ K) + (r + O' /2)T
O'.JT O'.JT I and 2 + O'2T /2 h? In[E(ST)/ K]  O'T /2 O'.JT = In(So/ K) + (r  ? 0' /2)T :..."'=,' O'.JT ...
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