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A New Approach for Solving Boundary Value Problem in Partial Differential Equation Arising in Financial Market

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Received 1 April 2016; accepted 23 May 2016; published 26 May 2016

1. Introduction

An option is a contract that gives the right (not an obligation) to its holder to buy or sell some amount of the underlying asset at a future date for a prescribed price. The underlying assets include stocks, stock indices, debt instruments, commodities and foreign currency. A call option gives its holder the right to buy the underlying asset, whereas a put option gives its holder the right to sell. Vanilla options are actively traded on organized exchanges. They are also subject to certain regularity and standardization conditions. Vanilla options can be classified as American options and European options. An American option gives a financial agent the right, but not obligation to buy or to sell the underlying assets on or prior to the expiry date at the specified price called the exercise price. European option is an option that can be exercised only at the expiry date with linear payoff. European option comes in two forms namely European call and put options.

A European call option is an option that can be exercised only at expiry and has a linear payoff given by the difference between underlying asset price at maturity and the exercise price. The payoff for the European call option is given by

. (1)

A European put option is an option that can be exercised only at expiry and has a linear payoff given by the difference between the exercise price and underlying asset price at maturity. The payoff for the European put option is given by

. (2)

The revolution on derivative securities both in exchange markets and in academic communities began in the early 1970’s. How to rationally price an option was not clear until 1973, when Black and Scholes published their seminal work on option pricing in which they described a mathematical frame work for finding the fair price of a European option (see [1] ).

Moreover, in the same year, [2] extended the Black-Scholes model in several important ways. Since its invention, the Black-Scholes formula has been widely used by traders to determine the price of an option. However this famous formula has been questioned after the 1987 crash.

One of the main concerns about financial options is what the exact values of options are. For the simplest model in the case of constant coefficients, an exact pricing formula was derived by Black and Scholes, known as the Black-Scholes formula. However, in the general case of time and space dependent coefficients the exact pricing formula is not yet established, and thus numerical solutions have been used (see [3] ).

There are many exhaustive texts and literatures in this subject area such as [4] - [10] , just to mention a few.

In this paper, we present a new approach for solving boundary value problem in partial differential equation arising in financial market via the Laplace transform. The rest of the paper is organized as follows: Section 2 presents the Black-Scholes-Merton partial differential equation for the price of European call option which pays a dividend yield. In Section 3, we consider the Laplace transform and some of its fundamental properties. Section 4 presents the Laplace transform for solving boundary value problem in partial differential equation arising in financial market. We also show that our result reduces to Black-Scholes-Merton like formula. Section 5 concludes the paper.

2. The Black-Scholes-Merton Partial Differential Equation

We consider a market where the underlying asset price is governed by the stochastic differential equation of the form

(3)

where is the volatility, r is the riskless interest rate, d is the dividend yield and is a one-dimensional Wiener process. Standard arbitrage arguments show that any derivative written on must satisfy the partial differential equation of the form

. (4)

Setting in (4), then we have the Black-Scholes-Merton partial differential equation for the price of European call option given by

(5)

with boundary conditions

(6)

(7)

and final time condition given by

. (8)

Equation (7) states that the option is worthless when the stock price is zero.

3. The Laplace Transform and Its Fundamental Properties

Let be a piece-wise continuous function on every closed interval there exists such that. Then is called the Laplace transform of and is defined as

(9)

whenever the integral exists. Conversely, the inverse Laplace transform of is defined as

. (10)

Let be a piece-wise continuous with the Laplace transform. The fundamental properties of the Laplace transform hold.

1) Linearity of the Laplace Transform

. (11)

Equation (11) is intermediate from the definition and the linearity of the definite integral.

2) Scaling Property

(12)

3) Shifting Property

(13)

4) Commutativity Property

The Laplace transform is commutative. i.e.

(14)

5) The Laplace Transforms on Differentiation

Let be a differentiable function with the derivative being continuous. Suppose that

there exist constant M and X such that then

. (15)

Note that the condition

. (16)

6) Convolution Property

Theorem 1: Convolution Theorem

Let denote the Laplace transforms of, respectively. Then the

product given by is the Laplace transform of the convolution of

is denoted by and the integral representation

(17)

We present some of the results on the existence and uniqueness of the Laplace transform below.

Theorem 2: Existence of Laplace Transform

Let be a piecewise continuous function on (for every) and have an exponential order

at infinity with. Then, the Laplace transform is defined for, i.e.

.

Theorem 3: Uniqueness of Laplace Transform Let be two piecewise continuous func-

tions with an exponential order at infinity. Assume that, then

for every, except may be for a finite set of points.

Relation to the Mellin and the Fourier Transformations

Laplace transformation is closely related to an extended form of other popular transforms, particularly Mellin and Fourier. Both can be obtained through a change of variables. By setting

. (18)

The Laplace transform (9) yields

(19)

where denote the Mellin transform, the Fourier transform and the Laplace transform respectively

4. Laplace Transform for Solving Boundary Value Problems in Partial Differential Equation Arising in Financial Market

By change of variables, (5) becomes

(20)

with boundary conditions

(21)

(22)

and final time condition given by

. (23)

Let the Laplace transform for the price of the European call option be defined as

(24)

and the inverse Laplace transform for the price of the European call option be given by

(25)

where is the Laplace operator and is the Laplace transform with parameter w.

Taking the Laplace transform of (5) using (24) we have that

(26)

where

(27)

(28)

(29)

. (30)

Substituting (27), (28), (29) and (30) into (26) yields

. (31)

Simplifying further and rearranging terms in (31) we have that

. (32)

We consider the following two cases as follows.

CASE I

For, (32) becomes

. (33)

The general solution to (33) can be obtained as

(34)

where are the complementary solution to the homogeneous part of (33) which is of the form

(35)

and the particular solution respectively.

We assume that the solution to (33) is of the form

. (36)

The first and the second derivatives of (36) are obtained as

(37)

and

. (38)

Substituting (36), (37) and (38) into (35), and simplifying further, we have that

. (39)

Solving (39), we obtain the following roots

(40)

Hence the complementary solution to the homogeneous part of (33) is obtained as

(41)

where are given by (40).

For the particular solution of (33), we assume that

. (42)

Using (42) and (33), and equating the coefficients of terms, we obtain

(43)

. (44)

Substituting (43) and (44) into the particular solution, we have that

. (45)

Substituting (41) and (45) into (34)

. (46)

Equation (46) is the general solution to (33) for.

CASE II

For, (33) becomes

.

Following the above procedures, the general solution to the last equation is obtained as

(47)

with

Equation (47) coincides with the complementary solution of (33) given by (41).

In the case of, we set to ensure the boundedness of the derivative. In the case of

to ensure that the option’s value approaches zero as the stock price goes to zero. The solutions for the two cases equations (46) and (47) become

(48)

. (49)

We want the option pricing function to be continuous and differentiable at the transition point, Therefore, the values of the function and their first derivatives from (48) and (49) must equal to each other. These conditions can be used to solve for and. The function values and derivatives at from (48) and (49) are given by

(50)

(51)

(52)

. (53)

Setting (50) = (52) and (51) = (53) and solving further, we obtain

(54)

and

. (55)

Substituting (54) and (55) into (49) and (48), we have

(56)

and

(57)

respectively. Equations (56) and (57) can also be written as

(58)

Equation (58) is the Laplace transform of the price of European call option which pays a dividend yield.

Theorem 4

If, then the Laplace transform of the price of European call option with dividend yield given by

(58a)

reduces to the Black-Scholes-Merton valuation formula

(58b)

with

by means of the Laplace transform of the form

(58c)

where

(58d)

and and and g are arbitrary constants.

Proof: From (57) and (58a) we can write that

. (59)

Setting

(60)

. (61)

Therefore, (59) becomes

. (62)

Let us first consider the term

. (63)

Using the values of

and

.

Therefore (63) yields

Thus,

(64)

Substituting the value of into (64) and simplifying further, we obtain

(65)

Comparing (65) with (58c), we have that

(66)

Taking the inverse Laplace transform of (65), we obtain

(67)

where

. (68)

We also consider the term

. (69)

Substituting the values of into (69) yields

. (70)

Simplifying (70) further, we obtain

. (71)

Once again we compare (71) with (58c), we deduce that

(72)

Taking the Laplace transform of (72), we have that

(73)

where

. (74)

The inverse Laplace transform of (62) is obtained as

. (75)

Substituting (67), (68), (73) and (74) into (75) yields

This completes the proof.

Theorem 5

If, then the Laplace transform of the price of European call option with dividend yield given by

(76)

reduces to the Black-Scholes-Merton valuation formula given by

(76a)

with

by means of the Laplace transform given by

(76b)

where

(76c)

and and and g are arbitrary constants.

Remark 1

1) The proof of Theorem 5 follows from Theorem 4, since (56) and (57) have the same inverse Laplace transforms.

2 The above results show that the prices of European call option with dividend yield given by (56) and (57) coincide with the Black-Scholes-Merton model given by (58b) by means of (58c).

5. Conclusion

Finance is one of the fastest developing areas in the modern corporate and banking world. In this paper, we have considered the boundary value problem in partial differential equation arising in financial market. We used a new approach for solving the Black-Scholes-Merton partial differential equation for the price of European call option which pays a dividend yield by means of the Laplace transform. The same approach can be used for European put option with dividend paying stock. The results show that the Laplace transform for the price of the European call option with dividend paying stock coincides with the Black-Scholes-Merton model; it is very effective and is a good tool for solving partial differential equations arising in financial market and other areas such as engineering and applied sciences.

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