Understanding financial derivatives during the South Sea Bubble: the case of the South Sea subscription shares
AbstractSouth Sea Company subscription shares were compound call options on the firm’s own original shares. From the description of shares found in 6 Geo. 1, c.4, a theory of their pricing is developed. A method for computing subscription share values is also developed. Calculated theoretical values for subscription shares are compared to the shares’ historical values and a close correspondence between the two is demonstrated. The pricing of the subscriptions appears to have been quite rational and explainable using simple financial economic theory.
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South Sea Company; financial revolution; bubble act; compound options; partly-paid shares.;
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- N23 - Economic History - - Financial Markets and Institutions - - - Europe: Pre-1913
- G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing
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