I don't know if this question could be asked/answered here but since there is a "finance" tag...I'll give it a shot.

I am asked to show that the value of an option below obtained by 1. Risk-neutral 2. Risk-less portfolio argument are the same. I managed the value of the option calculated by the risk-neutral version.

Current price of a stock is $\$40$. It is known that it either increases of decreases by 12.5% every 3 months over the next 6 month period. The risk-free interest is $8%$ by continuous compounding. Verify that the values of a 6-month European put option on the stock with strike price $\$40$ obtained by the riskless portfolio and the risk-neutral arguments are the same.

Simply, my notes mention a super tiny bit of the pricing via risk-less portfolio method. And further, the example it goes through is of a binomial 1-period model, so it doesn't really help me much as I have to consider a 2-period model in this question.

If my calculations are correct, I have $\$1.87522...$ as my price for the option in risk-neutral arguments.

So my risk-less argument should give me the same value for the option but with the information I am given, and the scarce information found on the internet, I don't know what to do....

Can someone please tell me how this works for that part please? Thanks...

  • $\begingroup$ Which book are you using? To do binomial on 2 steps, just draw the tree for these two steps, and do this backwards. You know payoffs at the very end, for all (how many) possible different final stock prices. $\endgroup$ – Ilya Nov 13 '15 at 21:22
  • $\begingroup$ Hi, the notes are prepared by my prof, but he said that it is based on Tomas Bjork's "Arbitrage theory in continuous time." I did that method(tree backwards) for the risk-neutral bit. I find the option values at N=2(N is the period) for each nodes and then find the martingale probabilities denoted $q_u$ and $q_d$ in my notes, use them to find the price at N=1, and then N=0. My question for risk"LESS" version is, how exactly does this work? I used $q_u$, $q_d$ for the risk-neutral argument but what does this become in the risk-less argument? How exactly do I proceed? $\endgroup$ – Melba1993 Nov 13 '15 at 21:27
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    $\begingroup$ I thought, risk-neutral method is: get martingale measure, compute the expectation. Risk-less method is: compute which amount of Stock (Delta) you need to hold in each node to hedge, assume that you do this transaction, and see how much of initial capital is needed. $\endgroup$ – Ilya Nov 13 '15 at 21:30
  • $\begingroup$ For the $\Delta$ method, the example in my notes with N=1 assumes that the values at the nodes $S_1(u),S_1(d)$ gives $S_1(u)\Delta-\Phi(S_1(u))=S_1(d)\Delta-\Phi(S_1(d))$ and then solves for $\Delta$. How do I do this for N=2? I have $3$ nodes now, yes? $S_2(uu),S_2(ud),S_2(dd)$. I tried doing it separately, for $S_2(uu),S_2(ud)$ and $S_2(ud),S_2(dd)$ and got different $\Delta$s...and what would these 2 $\Delta$s do to calculate the final option price at N=0...? I'm sorry I am very very lost.... $\endgroup$ – Melba1993 Nov 13 '15 at 21:35

A similar example has been solved at this file. I used it to solve your problem and indeed the answers using both Risk Neutral and Riskless (No arbitrage) answers were identical. I have attached the image where it is easy to show the binomial tree and explain. Goodluck.


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