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Efficient Pricing of Derivatives on Assets with Discrete Dividends

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  • M. H. Vellekoop
  • J. W. Nieuwenhuis
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    It is argued that due to inconsistencies in existing methods to approximate the prices of equity options on assets which pay out fixed cash dividends at future dates, a new approach to this problem may be useful. Logically consistent methods which are guaranteed to exclude arbitrage exist, but they are not very popular in practice due to their computational complexity. An algorithm is defined which is easy to understand, computationally efficient, and which guarantees to generate prices which exclude arbitrage possibilitites. It is shown that for the method to work a mild uniform convergence condition must be satisfied and this condition is indeed satisfied for standard European and American options. Numerical results testify to the accuracy and flexibility of the method.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Mathematical Finance.

    Volume (Year): 13 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 265-284

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:apmtfi:v:13:y:2006:i:3:p:265-284

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    Keywords: Equity option; pricing dividends; numerical methods;

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    1. Black, Fischer & Scholes, Myron S, 1973. "The Pricing of Options and Corporate Liabilities," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 81(3), pages 637-54, May-June.
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    Cited by:
    1. Martina Nardon & Paolo Pianca, 2008. "An efficient binomial approach to the pricing of options on stocks with cash dividends," Working Papers 178, Department of Applied Mathematics, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia.
    2. Marcellino Gaudenzi & Antonino Zanette, 2009. "Pricing American barrier options with discrete dividends by binomial trees," Decisions in Economics and Finance, Springer, vol. 32(2), pages 129-148, November.
    3. Katarzyna Toporek, 2012. "Simple is better. Empirical comparison of American option valuation methods," Ekonomia journal, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw, vol. 29.
    4. Martina Nardon & Paolo Pianca, 2012. "Extracting information on implied volatilities and discrete dividends from American options prices," Working Papers 2012_25, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".

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