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CFA Practice Question

A stock is worth $60 today. In a year the stock price can rise or fall by 15 percent. The interest rate is 6%. A put option expires in two years and has an exercise price of $60.

Use the two-period binomial model to calculate the put option price.
Correct Answer: $1.83

The risk-neutral probability is π = (1.06 - 0.85) / (1.15 - 0.85) = 0.7, and 1 - π = 0.3.

Stock prices in the binomial tree one and two years from now are:
  • S+ = 60 (1.15) = $69
  • S- = 60 (0.85) = $51
  • S++ = 60 (1.15) (1.15) = $79.35
  • S+- = S-+ = 60 (1.15) (0.85) = $58.65
  • S-- = 60 (0.85) (0.85) = $43.35
Put option values at expiration two years from now are:
  • p++ = Max (0, 60 - 79.35) = $0
  • p+- = p-+ = Max (0, 60 - 58.65) = $1.35
  • p-- = Max (0, 60 - 43.35) = $16.65
The option prices at the end of year 1:
p+ = (0.7 x 0 + 0.3 x 1.35)/(1.06) = $0.3821
p- = (0.7 x 1.35 + 0.3 x 16.65)/(1.06) = $5.60

The put price today is p = (0.7 x 0.3821 + 0.3 x 5.6)/1.06 = $1.83.

User Contributed Comments 2

User Comment
rhardin I guess we are to assume that this put is a European?
Debashree @rhardin yes seems like that..
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