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  1. Option Market Basics An Introduction to Project 2 Richard Cangelosi February 27, 2003

  2. What Will be Discussed • The Language of options • Payoff diagrams • Put-call parity • Option pricing • Basic assumptions • Simple model • Requirements for Preliminary Report

  3. Objective To Price a European Call Option Using Excel-Based Simulations and Bootstrapping methods

  4. Markets and Instruments • Money Markets • Capital Markets • Longer-term fixed income markets • Equity markets • Option markets • Futures markets

  5. Equity Markets • Common stock, also known as equity securities or equities, represent ownership shares in a corporation • One share – one vote • Residual claim • Limited liability • Primary versus Secondary Markets

  6. Derivative Markets These instruments provide payoffs that depend on the values of other assets such as commodity prices, bond and stock prices, or market index values.

  7. Why Buy Stock? • What is the opportunity? • What is the risk? • If you buy a stock for $100 today and sell it one year later for $100, did you break even? • Is there a way to change the risk/reward profile of buying stocks?

  8. Stock and T-bill Payoffs

  9. Some Options Strategy Payoffs

  10. What Are Options? Options are: • Contracts • Giving the buyer the right to buy or sell • An underlying asset (e.g., 100 shares of specified common stock) • At a fixed price (the strike price) • On or before a given date

  11. Terminology • Holder: Buyer (has a “long” position) Option buyers have rights • Long Calls: the right to buy • Long Puts: the right to sell • Writer: Seller (has a “short” position) Option writers have obligations • Short Calls: the obligation to sell • Short Puts: the obligation to buy

  12. Important Terminology • Underlying Typically 100 shares of the stock on which the right or obligation exists. Example: XYZ December 80 Call @ 5.50 100 shares of XYZ stock is the “underlying” of this option

  13. Important Terminology • Strike or Exercise Price Price at which the underlying may be bought or sold Example: XYZ December 80 Call @ 5.50 $80 per share is the price at which the buyer of this call has the right to buy 100 shares of XYZ stock.

  14. Important Terminology • Expiration Date The day on which the option ceases to exist. Typically, the expiration date is the Saturday following the third Friday of the expiration month. Example: XYZ December 80 Call @ 5.50 The Saturday following the third Friday in December is the expiration date of this option.

  15. Important Terminology • PremiumThe price of an option that is paid by the buyer and received by the seller. Example: XYZ December 80 Call @ 5.50 $5.50 per share, or $550 per option, not including commissions, is paid by the option buyer and received by the option writer.

  16. Important Terminology • ExerciseBuyers invoke their rights • Call Exercise: Call buyers choose to buy stock at the strike price (from the call seller) • Put Exercise: Put buyers choose to sell stock at the strike price (to the put seller)

  17. Important Terminology • Exercise Styles • European style exercise – option can be exercised only on the expiration date • American style exercise – the option can be exercised on any day up and including the expiration date.

  18. Important Terminology AssignedBeing called upon to fulfill an obligation. Call AssignmentCall sellers are randomly chosen and are required to sell stock at the strike price to the call buyer. Put AssignmentPut sellers are randomly chosen and are required to buy stock at the strike price from the put buyer.

  19. Intrinsic Value and Time Value Stock Price = $56.00 Price of 50-strike Call Option = 8.00 Time Value = 2.00 Stock Price = 56 Option Premium (or Price) = 8.00 Intrinsic Value = 6.00 Strike Price = 50

  20. Intrinsic Value • Intrinsic value of a call with a strike price = K is • Intrinsic value of a put with a strike price = K is

  21. Intrinsic / Time Value Quiz

  22. The In’s and Out’s of Options In-The-Money Calls: • Stock price is above strike price • In-the-money calls have intrinsic value Example: With a stock price of $63, the 60 Call is in-the-money. Specifically, it is in-the-money by $3, and it has $3 (per share) of intrinsic value.

  23. The In’s and Out’s of Options Out-of-The-Money Calls • Stock price below strike price • Out-of-the-money calls do not have intrinsic value Example: With a stock price of $63, the 65 Call is out-of-the-money. Specifically, it is out-of-the-money by $2, and it has no intrinsic value.

  24. The In’s and Out’s of Options At-The-Money Calls: • Stock price equal to strike price • At-the-money calls do not have intrinsic value Example: With a stock price of $60, the 60 Call is at-the-money.

  25. The In’s and Out’s Quiz

  26. Ticker Symbol Example M S Q J L The underlying Strike Type and Expiration Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec CALLS A B C D E F G H I J K L PUTS M N O P Q R S T U V W X

  27. Four Basic Positions CALL PUT Buyer (long) Right to buy Right to sell Obligation to sell Obligation to buy Seller (short)

  28. I’m Long, Now What? • Exercise it • Let it expire • Sell it

  29. I’m Short, Now What • Live with assignment • Let it expire • Buy it back

  30. +5 0 55 60 65 Long Stock @ 60 -5 Call Payoff at Expiration 60-strike Call @ 3

  31. +5 0 55 60 65 Long Stock @ 60 -5 Put Payoff at Expiration 60-strike Put @ 3

  32. +5 0 55 60 65 Long Stock @ 60 -5 Straddle Payoff at Expiration 60-strike Straddle @ 5

  33. Arbitrage Table • An arbitrage table describes the returns of a specially constructed portfolio of securities associated with the same underlying stock. • The Future value of the portfolio is calculated for each possible level of the stock price at option expiration. • A portfolio yielding zero returns must have zero current value to prevent riskless profitable arbitrage.

  34. Symbols S = current market price of underlying stock C = current value of an associated call P = current value of an associated put K = strike price S* = market price of underlying on x-date t = time to expiration r = one plus the rate of interest on a default-free loan over a given period

  35. Arbitrage Table Illustrating Put-call Parity Relationship

  36. Put-call Parity Relationship The put-call parity relationship on European options on stock that pay no dividends is

  37. The Mystery • ABC three-month 60 call @ 3 • SMB three-month 55 call @ 2 • XYZ three-month 35 put @ 2.25 • XXYZ three-month 45 put @ 2.75 What determines these prices?

  38. Premiums Options can be considered insurance policies • Put options can insure stock holdings - puts allow you to fix a selling price • Call options can insure cash holdings - calls allow you to fix a buying price

  39. Car Insurance DRIVER ADRIVER B $25,000 Car Price $25,000 $500 Deductible $500 6 months Time 6 months 5% Interest Rate 5% $450 Premium $650

  40. Premiums STOCK ASTOCK B 48 Stock Price 48 45 Strike Price 45 3 months Time 3 months 5% Interest Rate 5% $100 Premium $275

  41. Insurance Premium asset value deductible term of policy cost of money (interest) risk assessment Stock Option Premium current stock price strike price time to expiration cost of money (interest & dividends) volatility forecast Pricing Components

  42. Option Pricing Inputs: • Stock price • Strike price • Time until expiration • Cost of money (interest rates less dividends) • Volatility (a measure of risk) Outputs: • Call and Put Premiums

  43. Types of Volatility • Historicalactual volatility during a specified time period • Future actual volatility from present to option expiration • Implied volatility that justifies an option’s current market price • Forecasted estimate of future volatility used in computer models to calculate theoretical values

  44. Changes Affect Premiums 51 8% (No Dividend) 60 32% $1.08 $1.45 $1.62 $1.89

  45. Basic Ideas About Option Pricing We when attempt to model physical phenomena (in this case, option prices), we usually must make simplifying assumptions, otherwise, our model is likely to be so unwieldy as to make it of little value. However, if our model is too simplistic, it made not provide an adequate description of the phenomena that we wish to study.

  46. Assumptions 1. Past history cannot be used to predict the future price of a stock. If this could be done, all investors would move their money to the stock with the best predicted return. This would drive up the price of that stock, destroying its potential value. 2. The past history of prices for a given stock can be used to predict the amount of future variation in the price of that stock. Market history indicates that stocks whose price has fluctuated widely in the past will continue to show such fluctuation, those with limited variability will retain that trait. The extent of a stock price’s variability is called its volatility.

  47. Assumptions 3. All investments, whosevaluescanbepredictedprobabilistically, are assumed to give the same rate of return. If this was not so, then all smart investors would switch their money to the investment with the highest predicted rate of return. Such movement of capital is called arbitrage. This would raise the cost of the chosen investment, and destroy its predicted rate of return. 4. We will assume that the common growth rate for all investments whose future values can be predicted is the rate of return on a United States Treasury Bill. Since the rate for this investment is guaranteed by the federal government, it is called the risk-free rate. 5. All investments with the same expected rate of growth are considered to be of equal value to investors. Obviously, some people will prefer one type of investment over another. However, tastes will vary, so we will ignore it in our pricing. This is called the risk neutral assumption.

  48. Basic Idea Behind Option Pricing Suppose the following prices exist: • Current stock price is S=$50 • Price at end of a period of time is S*=$25 or S*=100 • Call with strike price K = $50, expiring at the end of the period • Rate, r =25% Can We Determine C ?

  49. Basic Idea Behind Option Pricing Consider the hedge portfolio • Write three calls at C each • Buy two shares at $50 each • Borrow $40 at 25%, to be paid back at the end of the period

  50. Arbitrage Table for Leveraged Hedge Portfolio