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Unformatted text preview: tree. 140 Multiple Periods in the Binomial Option Pricing Model ✟
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Note that we lost the “linkup” between nodes after the dividend.1 We want to price a
call option with an exercise price
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But what if the option is American? Then, next period, just before the ex dividend date,
we can exercise the option, receiving
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price goes up to 110 at time 1, we could exercise the option, earning
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better than the value of letting the option “stay alive,” which is calculated in the tree above
to be 7.14.
1 If the dividend had been proportional to the price, that would not have happened. Can
you see why? 15.5 Implementing the binomial option formula. ✟
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❍ The American feature of the call option has value, compare the price of an European call,
equal to 5.87, to the price of an American call, 7.875. 15.5 Implementing...
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