We present a solution to the problem posed by Zhang et al.  regarding Call Option price CT under linear investment hedging for the stochastic interest rate modeled by a CIR Process. A closed form representation for CT by expected value of the path-integral along a square functional of n-dimensional Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process is derived. The method is suitable for Monte-Carlo simulation and illustrated by an example.

European Call Option Linear Stock Investment Strategy Cox-Ingersoll-Ross Model Ornstein-Uhlenbeck Process Numeraire and Martingale Measure
1. Introduction

In recent years, thanks to steady growth of financial derivatives market, various generalizations of the classical option pricing model were developed. Namely, a combination of stochastic interest rates along with dynamic investing strategies in the underlying security prior to option expiration has been proposed for the purpose of hedging the investment risks. It turned out that selling a security proportionally to its dropping price for Put Option and buying the security proportionally to its rising price for Call Option (both under European Black -Scholes Model) resulted in lower Option price as shown by Wang and Wang  . Zhang et al.  extended the result for Call Option to stochastic interest rates following the Vasicek model and asked whether Call Option price can be established for stochastic interest rates under the Cox-Ingersoll-Ross (CIR) model . An extensive background and the literature on the subject can be found in .

The main obstacle in solving the problem for CIR is the fact that the closed form solution to the stochastic differential equation (SDE) is no longer available (in general), unlike in Vasicek interest rate given explicitly by the gaussian process.

This paper is concerned with the derivation of the Call Option price for the linear investment under CIR interest rate. A key benefit of CIR process is that in some economies the interest rates always stay positive, and consequently the Vasicek model is not applicable due to allowing the interest rates to become negative. In what follows we adopt the model setup and notation from .

European Call Option under the linear investment strategy triggers stock buying whenever the stock price exceeds the strike price. The investment fraction is defined by:

Q ( S ) = { 0 S ≤ K β α K ( S − K ) K ≤ S ≤ ( 1 + α ) K β S ≥ ( 1 + α ) K (1.1)

where

S is stock price.

Q ( S ) is the stock investment proportion, which is equal to the value of the stock investment divided by A, where A is the entire investment amount.

K is strike price of the option.

α is the investment strategy index, indicating the stock investment occurs during the period in which the stock price increases from K to ( 1 + α ) K .

β is the maximum value of the stock investment proportion.

It was found in  that the Call Option value VT based on the linear investment with parameters α , β , strike price K, and the terminal stock price ST reads as follows:

V T = { 0 S T ≤ K ( 1 + β α ) ( S T − K ) − β S T α ln ( S T K ) K ≤ S T ≤ ( 1 + α ) S T − K − β S T α ln ( 1 + α ) + K β S T > ( 1 + α ) K (1.2)

We will use the above formula for the stock price that satisfies SDE with drift depending on the random interest rate, whose SDE follows CIR.

2. The Market ModelNotations

Consider the stock price St dynamics

d S t = r t S t d t + σ 1 S t d W 1 , t , S ( 0 ) = S 0 > 0 ,     0 ≤ t ≤ T . (2.1)

By Ito lemma, the stock price at time T can be expressed as

S T = S 0 e ∫ 0 T ( r s − σ 1 2 2 ) d s + ∫ 0 T σ 1 d W 1 , t . (2.2)

Furthermore, consider the interest rate rt dynamics known as Cox-Ingersoll-Ross model

d r t = a ( b − r t ) d t + σ 2 r t d W 2 , t , r ( 0 ) = r 0 > 0 , 0 ≤ t ≤ T (2.3)

where W 1 , t and W 2 , t are independent Brownian motions on the probability space ( Ω , F , { F t } t ≥ 0 , P ) adapted to the filtration F t .

The definition and lemma below are standard.

Definition 2.1.1.   A numeraire is any strictly positive F t -adapted stochastic process Nt that can be taken as a unit of reference when pricing an asset Xt as follows

X ^ t = X t N t . (2.4)

Lemma 2.1.1.   Assume there exists a numeraire N and the corresponding probability measure QN. Then the price of any traded asset (without intermediate payments) X relative to N is a martingale under QN

E Q N [ X T N T | F t ] = X t N t , 0 ≤ t ≤ T . (2.5)

In this paper we consider the money market account B t = e ∫ 0 t r s d s with the stochastic interest rate rt as numeraire. The measure associated with this numeraire is a risk-neutral measure denoted by Q and by the lemma reads

E Q [ X T B T | F t ] = X t B t , 0 ≤ t ≤ T (2.6)

The derivative price is then obtained by calculating the conditional expectation of its terminal payoff

H 0 = E Q [ e − ∫ 0 T r s d s H T | F 0 ] (2.7)

where HT is the derivative’s payoff at time T. The filtration F 0 does not have an effect on calculation of the expectation and Formula (2.7) can be written as

H 0 = E Q [ e − ∫ 0 T r s d s H T ] . (2.8)

Indeed, the option price C at initial time discounted by the money market account numeraire under the risk-neutral measure is represented by

C = E Q [ e − ∫ 0 T r s d s V T ] (2.9)

where VT is the Call Option payoff at maturity time

V T = h ( S T ) = h ( S 0 e ∫ 0 T ( r s − σ 1 2 2 ) d s + ∫ 0 T σ 1 d W 1 , t ) , (2.10)

with

h ( x ) = max [ x − K , 0 ] ≥ 0 , (2.11)

and VT previously defined by (1.2).

3. CIR Model via Ornstein-Uhlenbeck Process

Cox-Ingersoll-Ross (1985) introduced a square-root term in the diffusion coefficient of the Vasicek model which brings a solution to the positivity problem encountered in Vasicek model. It is well-known that in general there is no closed-form solution to the CIR model Equation (2.3). However, it turns out that in some cases one can obtain the closed form solution in terms of the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck (OU) process. For the sake of completeness, we state and verify this fact in the following lemma.

Lemma 3.1.  Consider the n-dimensional OU process

d X t i = − α X t i d t + σ d W t i (3.1)

where W t i are n independent Brownian motions, i = 1 , ⋯ , n . Let

Y t = ∑ i = 1 n ( X t i ) 2 . (3.2)

Note that

d ( X t i ) 2 = 2 X t i d X t i + 2 d 〈 X i 〉 t = ( − 2 α ( X t i ) 2 + σ 2 ) d t + 2 σ X t i d W t i

Thus

d Y t = d ( ∑ i = 1 n ( X t i ) 2 ) = ∑ i = 1 n d ( X t i ) 2 = ( − 2 α Y t + n σ 2 ) d t + 2 σ ∑ i = 1 n X t i d W t i ,

where the second step follows from the independence of the Brownian motions. Next note that the process

Z t = ∫ 0 t ∑ i = 1 n X u i d W u i

is a martingale with quadratic variation

〈 Z 〉 t = ∫ 0 t ∑ i = 1 n ( X u i ) 2 d u = ∫ 0 t Y u d u     .

Consequently, by Levy’s characterization theorem, the process

W ˜ t = ∫ 0 t 1 Y u ∑ i = 1 n X u i d W u i

is a Brownian motion. Therefore

d Y t = ( − 2 α Y t + n σ 2 ) d t + 2 σ Y t d W ˜ t

whereas

d r t = a ( b − r t ) d t + σ 2 r t d W 2 , t .

Direct comparison ( Y t ≡ r t ) yields

a = 2 α , b = n σ 2 a = n σ 2 2 α and σ 2 = 2 σ .

To solve (3.1) multiply by X t e α t to have

d ( X t i e α t ) = e α t d X t i + α e α t X t i d t = σ e α t d W t i

which upon integration from 0 to t gives

X t i = e − α t X t i ( 0 ) + ∫ 0 t σ e − α ( t − s ) d W s i . (3.3)

Notice that (3.2)-(3.3) imply that rt has non-central chi square distribution.

The parameter a corresponds to the speed of adjustment to the mean b, and σ 2 is the short rate volatility. The drift a ( b − r t ) is exactly the same as in Vasicek model, however, the volatility in CIR model is r t σ 2 as opposed to σ 2 for Vasicek. The drift ensures mean reversion of the interest rate towards the long run value b, with the speed of adjustment governed by the strictly positive parameter a. To ensure that interest rate rt stays positive for all t we must assume 2 a   b > σ 2 2 in equation (2.3) which in turn requires n ≥ 3 in (3.2).

It is worth noting that in the Vasicek model Zhang et al.  utilized a zero-coupon bond as numeraire, which lead to the option price under the forward measure. This approach entails to drift change in the SDE for the interest rate. This method, when applied to the CIR model, would require extension of our Lemma to OU process with variable drift, and ultimately would have introduced more complexity to the closed form representation of the interest rate. As a result, our representation was derived under the risk neutral measure, which is more suitable for Monte Carlo simulation.

4. Call Option Price under CIR ModelFact

Stock price ST under CIR model reads (2.2). We rewrite this expression as follows

S T = S 0 e ∫ 0 T r s d s − ∫ 0 T σ 1 2 2 d s + ∫ 0 T σ 1 d W 1 , t (4.1)

S T = S 0 e R + C + Z (4.2)

where

R = ∫ 0 T r s d s

C = − ∫ 0 T σ 1 2 2 d s

Z = ∫ 0 T σ 1 d W 1 , t ∼ N ( 0 , σ 1 2 T )

with independent random variables R, Z.

Remark 4.1.1. Even though rt has known non-central chi-square distribution (by (3.2), Y t ≡ r t ), the distribution of its integral ∫ 0 t r s d s is unknown (unlike gaussian with known mean and variance in the Vasicek case) and thus not suitable for direct calculations. Nevertheless, the path integral ∫ 0 t r s d s leads to straightforward Monte Carlo simulation, thanks to squared OU process representation of rt.

Theorem 4.1.1. Based on the notation established in (4.1)-(4.2), the explicit form of VT reads

V T = { 0 , R + Z ≤ ln ( K S 0 ) + σ 1 2 2 T ( 1 + β α ) ( S 0 e − σ 1 2 2 T + R + Z − K ) − β α S 0 e − σ 1 2 2 T + R + Z ( ln S 0 − σ 1 2 2 T + R + Z − ln K ) ,   ln K S 0 + σ 1 2 2 T ≤ R + Z ≤ ln K ( 1 + α ) S 0 + σ 1 2 2 T S 0 e − σ 1 2 2 T + R + Z − K − β α ( S 0 e − σ 1 2 2 T + R + Z ) ( ln ( 1 + α ) ) + K β , R + Z > ln K ( 1 + α ) S 0 + σ 1 2 2 T (4.3)

Even though the distribution of ST is unknown, (2.10) can still be calculated by Monte Carlo simulation thanks to the path integral representation of ST.

5. Monte Carlo Simulation5.1. Discretization

In order to do simulation and use the theorem (4.1.1) we need to simulate the stock price ST as expressed by (4.1)-(4.2). The only part that requires attention is the path integral R = ∫ 0 t r t d t . To calculate R we implement Riemann approximation with the discretization on [ 0 , T ] as follows:

r t = ∑ i = 1 n ( X t i ) 2 = ∑ i = 1 n [ e − α t X t i ( 0 ) + ∫ 0 t σ e − α ( t − s ) d W s i ] 2 .

We have

∫ 0 T r t d t = ∫ 0 T ∑ i = 1 n ( X t i ) 2 d t = ∑ i = 1 n ∫ 0 T ( X t i ) 2 d t ≈ ∑ i = 1 n [ ∑ l = 1 m h [ e − α t X t i ( 0 ) + ∑ k = 1 l σ e − α h l − α h k ( W h k i − W h ( k − 1 ) i ) ] 2 ]

with m = T h for the time step size h.

5.2. Example

We illustrate our method by simulating the Black-Scholes European Call under CIR interest rates for six months, one year and a two year Leap (T = 0.5, 1, 2). We chose h = 0.01 and number of trials N = 10,000, for accuracy of the Brownian Motion approximation and simulation respectively. The results are listed in the table.

Simulation Parameters:

Investment Indexes α = 0.2 and β = 0.5 .

Estimated value of Call Option price
Call Option price CT Terminal time T
0.512
CIR with Investment Strategy2.252.262.22
CIR without Investment Strategy3.423.323.27

Stock volatility σ 1 = 0.5 .

Interest rate volatility σ 2 = 0.2 .

CIR model parameters a = 1 , b = 0.02 .

The initial stock price S 0 = 40 .

The strike price K = 45 .

As expected, by Table 1, the option price with investment under CIR is smaller than the Option price without investment and shows that the Linear Investment hedging lowers the investment risk for the Call Option holder.

6. Conclusion

We present an effective way for calculating Call Option price in the case of randomly evolving interest rates for the Cox-Ingersoll-Ross model. The method uses Monte Carlo simulation of interest rates path integrals, which is readily carried out thanks to OU process representation. Furthermore, our approach can be extended to any other stochastic interest rate model with suitable solution representation (e.g. some transformation of Brownian Motion) of its underlying SDE.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.

Cite this paper

Ghorbani, N. and Korzeniowski, A. (2020) Adaptive Risk Hedging for Call Options under Cox-Ingersoll-Ross Interest Rates. Journal of Mathematical Finance, 10, 697-704. https://doi.org/10.4236/jmf.2020.104040

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