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Bright O. Osu^{ }, Samson O. Eggege, Emmanuel J. Ekpeyong

Published online: July 20, 2017

In this work, the Generalized Binomial Distribution (GBD) combined with some basic financial concepts is applied to generate a model for determining the prices of a European call and put options. To demonstrate the behavior of the option prices (call and put) with respect to variables, some numerical examples and graphical illustration have been given in a concrete setting to illustrate the application of the obtained result of the study. It was observed that when there is an increase in strike prices, it leads to decrease in calls option price *C*_{(0)} and increase in puts option price *P*_{(0)}. Decrease in interest rate leads to decrease in calls option price *P*_{(0)}, and increase in puts option price *P*_{(0)}, and decrease in expiration date leads to decrease in calls option price *C*_{(0)} and decrease in puts option price *P*_{(0)}. It was also found that the problem of option price can be approached using Generalized Binomial Distribution (GBD) associated with finance terms.

This paper focuses on a particular type of derivative security known as an option. A contract which gives a buyer the right but obligation to buy or sell an underlying asset or instrument at a specified strike price on a specified date is called an option. To determine its value at any given point in time; one would like to know the value at the time the option is created before the future behavior of the underlying assets is known. Determining an option value is commonly called option pricing. It is also known that both Black-Scholes, CRR model and Binomial model can be used to determine an option’s value under a certain conditions on their parameters. If the conditions on the parameters of the generalized Binomial distribution are satisfy, then the generalized Binomial distribution can be combined with financial terms to determine the option value .For example: Chandral et al ^{ 1} developed a model for the case of multi period Binomial model of the form

(1) |

where

Cheng – few lee et al ^{ 2} showed how the Binomial distribution is combined with some basic finance concepts to generate a model for determining the price of stock option to be of the form;

(2) |

Cox et al ^{ 3} gave a Binomial model for determining the call price of an option of the form.

(3) |

where is the interest rate, n is the number of years for the option to expire, is the payoff value and .

With a little additional effort Cox et al ^{ 3} gave a complete formula in more convenient way to be of the form below for all max = , where stand for the mimimum number of upward moves of the stock. That is

(4) |

where is the risk free rate and are the neutral probabilities, is the rate at which the stock prices go up and is the rate at which the stock prices go down, is the strike price and is a positive integer.

It can be seen clearly in equation (3) that the parameters satisfy the following conditions

I.

II.

III. .

If the above conditions on the parameters of Binomial model are also satisfied by the generalized Binomial distribution then the generalized Binomial can be combined with financial terms to determine the call price of an option.

In this paper we use a generalized Binomial distribution together with financial terms to evaluate and monitor the behavior of a call and put option with respect to variables in comparison with Cox et al ^{ 3}.

The proposed model is of the form

That is

(5) |

where

It should be noted that when , the proposed model reduces to Cox et al ^{ 3}, where is the risk free rate, and is the neutral probabilities, denote the pay off values and is a positive integer that denote the number of years to expiration of the option.

It can be seen below that the parameters in equation (5) satisfy the same conditions in equation (3) above.

i.

ii.

iii.

The tools for giving the result are the generalized Binomial distribution, Dwass identity with financial terms and Wealth Equation.

The Generalized Binomial distribution in this study was first presented by Dwass (1979). It is a discrete distribution that depends on four parameters , , N and ,where A and B are positive, N is a positive integer and is an arbitrary real number, satisfying . And Tereapabolan ^{ 1} gave Dwass identity of the form .

Let X be the generalized Binomial random variable. Then following Terepabolan ^{ 1}, its probability function is of the form

(6) |

Tereapabolan and Wongkasem ^{ 10} pointed out the three special cases of the distribution in (6) by

i. If , it reduces to Binomial distribution with parameters and

ii. If it reduces to hypergeometric distribution with parameters and and, some integers and .

iii. If the result of (6) is pòlya distribution with parameters and .

In finance the and are regarded as the neutral probabilities denoted by and , therefore Generalized Binomial distribution applied to finance is expressed in the form

(7) |

For Wealth Equation Stockbridge ^{ 7} introduced a powerful and general equation for replicating portfolios with the following assumptions:

i. The initial values of the stock is is the stock price at t=0).

ii. At the end of the period, the prices is either going up or down with factors and that is, with probability or with probability which satisfies where and are the factors of going up and down respectively.

iii. The movement can also be traced from a view point of tossing a die, which results to a head and tail. If it results to a head at a time we have and if it results to a tail at a time we have .

iv. One dollar invested in the money market at time zero will yield dollar at time one, where is the interest rate. Conversely one dollar borrowed from the money market at time zero will result in a debt of at time one.

v. The price either increases, by or will decrease by .

vi. The price of an option is dependent on the following variables:

a. The strike price K

b. The expire time T

c. The risk free rate r

d. The underlying price

**Lemma 2.1**: For , a risk neutral probability and no arbitrage principle exist if the following holds

a. , where denote the interest rate

b.

c.

**Proof: **For implies and

Defining

and

Now

Defining

and we have

And

Now it can be clearly seen that

**Lemma 2.2: **If no arbitrage principle hold then

**Lemma 2.3: **Let and , such that where are the number of shares of the stock and the unit of the bond respectively.

Then the following holds.

(8) |

(9) |

**Lemma 2.3: **Letwith and Let be a derivative security paying off at . We deduce the following equation called Wealth Equation

for then .

The following theorem present a generalized Binomial distribution model for option pricing in term of and

**Theorem 3.1: **For , where is the number of shares of stock and is the unit of the bond at time , then there exist value of and such that the wealth of the portfolio at time and , is

(10) |

And for equation hold and also for equation hold

(11) |

(12) |

Here denote the replicating portfolio at t = 0, and denote the replicating portfolio at maturity, for

**Proof**

Taking it gives = then

Letting and then

(13) |

Solving the equations (13) smultaneously, we obtain

(14) |

And substituting into equation (13) which is the number of shares of stock at , we further obtain

Which implies that

(15) |

which gives the unit of the bond at .

From the fact that = where and denote the price of the stock and Bond respectively at

or

(16) |

where and substituting into equation (16) we have

(17) |

Since no arbitrage principle holds, it implies = by lemma 2.1. Thus

(18) |

Now we are interested in the case where there is more than one period for the option to expire and for the call to be exercised. After one period, the stock price can either be or between the first and second periods.

The stock price can once again go up by or down by , so the possible prices of the stock for the two periods are or , .

We can also trace the movement of the stock price from to from the perspective of tossing a coin, and the outcome of the coin toss determines the price of the stock at .

We assume the coin toss need not to be fair which implies the probability of head need not to be half .We assume only that the probability of head, which we take to be and the probability of getting a tail take to be Now if we repeatedly toss the coin and whenever we get the head the stock price moves up by the factor whereas whenever we get a tail, the stock price moves down by a factor .

When is the initial value of the stock, is the possible stock value at time when the price goes up, denote the value of the stock at time . When the stock price gets to the peak, is the value of the stock when the price goes down at time and is the value of the stock when the price goes down to the lowest price at time

Where is the unknown call price.

Hence and are payoff call at expiration .

Hence can be determined by defining and with one period to expiration when the stock price is either or .

Cox et al ^{ 3} and Chandra et al ^{ 6} gave expression for respectively as

(19) |

(20) |

Herein, we try to make use of Wealth equation to derive the expression for .Thus

By lemma 2.3 Wealth equation gives

(21) |

for …

Then

Thus

(22) |

which implies that

(27) |

Where is the hedging formula.

Substitute (27) in (23) gives

(28) |

Now solving also equation (25) and (26) we obtain the value of and as

(29) |

and Substituting into (25) we have

(30) |

Where

which are called risk neutral probabilities.

Substituting equation (28) and (30) into equation (18) we have

or

(31) |

where are the payoff of the stock at .

Using the Dwass identity to generalized the payoff values of the stock as follows

where and depends on the factor .

Now

Since R we have

By Binomial theory expansion, we have that

Better still

Therefore

Which implies

(32) |

**Remark 3.1: **** **and used in this paper is in extension with used in Cox et al ^{ 4} and Chandral et al ^{ 2}, and satisfies the property of a probability which implies that

gives the chance of the up and down movement of the stock and call prices.

The European put option follows exactly the same derivation as the European call option, by induction method we obtain

(33) |

with the following pay-off values

Generally for all T =2 and .

The following illustrative examples are used to validate the theoretical results

**Example 4.1:** Let . Also set R = , then

Given also the payoff to be of the form

where , then 44, 0, and 0.

Using the above information, we obtain

and values are the possible prices of the option before the expiration .

Using the same information to find the price of European call and put option as follows

per year and time to expiry .

Using the model for call option which is as given as

with a little simplification we obtain

Let

Then the possible ending values for the call option after 2; = Max where are 44, 0, 0 and = .

Now for the price of a European put option using the same data per year and time to expiry T=2. Let R +1 = 1.1. Then

with following pay-off values 0, 4 and . Given the model of the form

then $3.10.

**Example 4.2: **Now assume that and in addition to example 4.1 above.

Then the possible ending values for the call option after 3 are 33.10, 8.90, 0 and 0.

By (32) = $18.96.

Now for the price of a European put option using the same data we have; , and , R= 1.07, and Then following pay-off values are obtained 0, 0, , and . By (33), $0.68.

**Example 4.3:** Given that , = 100, and we obtain and Then the possible ending values for the call option after 3 are given as; 38.40, 0, 0, and 0. By (32) . For the price of a European put option using the same data, we obtain the following; , = 100, and , with following pay-off values 0, 7.84, , and . And by (33), $7.28.

Table 1 above shows how well the generalized Binomial distribution associate with finance terms, can be used to evaluate call and put options, using equation (32) and (33) for range of values of , and

Table 2 below summarizes the variable and their predicted effect on call and put prices from the application point of view, by keeping other variables constant.

**Cas****e 1****: Varying interest rates****: **Keeping the following variables constant and .

Figure 1 and Table 2 above show that decrease in interest rate leads to decrease in calls price, and increase in puts price.

**Case 2: Varying the Strick price: **Keeping the following variables constant, .

Figure 2 and Table 3 Show that increase in strike prices will leads to decrease in calls price and increase in puts price.

**Case 3****: Varying the Expiration date: **Keeping also the following variables constant

Figure 3 and Table 4 show that decrease in expiration date leads to decrease in calls price and a slight decrease in puts price.

**Case 4**: **Varying the Stock price**: Keeping also the following variables constant

Figure 4 and Table 5 show that increase in stock price leads to increase in calls price and decrease in puts price.

It is found that the problem of option price can be approached using generalized Binomial distribution associating it with finance terms which gives the same numerical results with Chandral et al ^{ 2} using the same information.

Table 1, It is clear that when the call option is in-the-money implies and the call option gets higher value, when the put option is in-the-money, implies and get higher value.When the call option is out-of –the money, implie s and it loses value, put option is out –of –the money, implies and also loses value. This is in agreement with Adam ^{ 1} options that are in-the-money have a higher value compared to options that are out-of-the money.

Figure 1 and Table 2, show that increase in interest rate leads to increase in calls price and decrease in puts price .It is also observed that as the interest rate tends to zero, there will be a point of intersection of the prices, which will make both call and put of equal price. Which implies .This agrees with Adam ^{ 1} when interest rate rise, a call option value will also rise and put option value will fall.

For Figure 2 and Table 3; when there is increase in stock price, call price decreases and put price will increase. It is also observed that as the strike price keeps increasing, there will be an equal price thereby having a point of intersection of prices. Chandral et al ^{ 2} have it that is a non increasing and is a non-decreasing function of . Clearly from Table 3 and Figure 2 .

Figure 3 and Table 4, shows that decrease in expiration will lead to decrease in both calls and puts price. This is in agreement with Nyustern ^{ 7} both calls and puts become more valuable as the time to expiration increase and loses more value as time decreases. It is observed in Figure 3 that the prices will always be in a parallel price form, meaning there will be no point of intersection of price. Implies .

Figure 4 and Table 5 show that increase in stock prices leads to increase in calls price and decrease in puts price. From Figure 4, it is clear that when there is increase in stock prices there will be an equal price of call and put. (point of intersection), such that . In general . Nystern ^{ 7} an increase in the asset will increase the alue of the calls, puts on the other hand, becomes less valuable as the value of the asset increases. which agrees with the study.

Whenever stock price movement is confirmed to be discrete, in movement, the price of the option can be evaluated using generalized Binomial distribution (GBD). And the behaviour of the price of an option (call and put) is influence and dependent on the following.

i. The strike price K

ii. The expire time T

iii. The risk free rate r

iv. The underlying price

Sincere thanks to Professor Francis Ogbonnaya Otunta. The erudite Vice Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria.

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[1] | B. Adam (2015). Factors that affect an option’s price, (online) Available at http://the option prophet .com. | ||

In article | |||

[2] | S. Chandral, S. D. A. Mehra and R. Khemchandani (2013). An introduction to Financial Mathematics, pp 49-75, Narosa publishing house, New Delhi. | ||

In article | |||

[3] | F. I. Cheng and C. I. Alice (2010). Application of Binomial distribution to evaluate call option (finance).Springer link,pp1-10. | ||

In article | |||

[4] | J. C. Cox, S. A. Ross and M. Rubinson (1979). Option pricing journal of financial Economics pp1-11. | ||

In article | |||

[5] | L. Diderik. (2011). Financial theory,ECON4510. | ||

In article | |||

[6] | P. Jan, (2012). Stochastic calculus in finance Rostock, pp 25-296. | ||

In article | |||

[7] | A. D. Nyustern (2015). Binomial option pricing and model chapter5 pp1-5, www. stern.nyu.edu/adamodar/pdfiles/.option. | ||

In article | |||

[8] | R. Stockbridge (2008). The distcrete Binomial model for option pricing, program in Applied Mathematics, university of Arizona. | ||

In article | |||

[9] | K. Teerapabolan (2012). A pointwise approximation of generalized Binomial Applied mathematics V0l6. | ||

In article | |||

[10] | N. Teddy (2012). The discrete time Binomial Asset pricing model. Available online. | ||

In article | View Article | ||

[11] | K.Teerapabolan, and P. Wongkasem (2008). Approximating a generalized Binomial by Binomial and poisson distribution, international journal of statistics and system. vol 3, pp113-124. | ||

In article | |||