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Download Citation on ResearchGate | Foreign currency option values | Foreign sugli studi proposti nel da Garman-Kohlhagen [10], che rappresentano. It was formulated by Mark B. Garman and Steven W. Kohlhagen and first published as Foreign Currency Option Values in the Journal of International Money and. Foreign Currency Options. The Garman-Kohlhagen Option Pricing Model. Winter Some Definitions r = Continuously Compounded Domestic Interest Rate.

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Foreign currency option values

Consider rr as the ‘dividend rate’ of the foreign currency. In general, 2 may depend on time and the state variables involved; however, in this particular case it is a constant.

opttion In-the-money calls tend to have negative signs for this derivative when the time to maturity is short. Foreign exchange options hereafter ‘FX options’ are an important new market innovation. This is true, however, for only the case where there is a single source of uncertainty considered; multiple potion give rise to multiple volatility factors and risk premia, which are better expressed in alternative forms.

The analysiscould be extendedwithout much difficultyto stochasticinterest rates, by assuming that the market is ‘neutral’ towards the sources of uncertaintydriving such rates. However, the vqlues conditions differ from the European case inasmuch as the option prices must never be less than the immediate conversion value, e. This is because the forward value of a currency is related to the ratio of the prices of riskless bonds traded in each country.

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The solution proceeds analogously to Merton’s description of the proportional-dividend model, replacing his dividend rate d by the foreign interest rate, as noted previously. The European put value formula is analogous: But valuws the foreign exchange context, the ‘adjustment of dividends’ takes place in an automatic fashion, since the conversion from foreign to domestic currency terms at the market exchange rate is natural for dimensional consistency within. Comparative Statics The partial derivatives of formula 7 are also of interest, and these forelgn computed below.


As is well known, the risk-adjusted expected excess returns of securities governed by our assumptions must be identical in an arbitrage-free continuous-time economy. This is because the forward price is not equivalent to the value of a forward contract, the latter being the important determinant of current fordign at risk. These valuanon formulas have strong connections with the commodity-pricing model of Black when forward prices are given, and with the proportional-dividend model of Samuelson and Merton when spot prices are given.

Geometric Brownian motion governs the currency spot price: However, this rate is in foreign terms, so to convert to domestic terms, one would naturally multiply it by the spot exchange rate S. We do this by comparing the advantages of holding an FX option with those of holding its underlying currency. However, the sign of the domestic interest rate opion derivative is just the opposite of the previous section: C o n c l u s i o n s The appropriate valuation furrency for European FX options depend importantly on both foreign and domestic interest forekgn.

But in the foreign currency markets, forward prices can involve either forward premiums or discounts. Foremost in significance is the ‘hedge ratio’: Also, it is important to emphasize that the invariance of the risk-adjusted excess return is a pure arbitrage result, and avlues not depend upon any specific asset pricing model in a continuous-time diffusion setting.


The form given emphasizes the invanance of risk premaa across securities, in order to compare these.

The difference between the two underlying instruments is readily seen when we compare their equilibrium forward prices. This is rather impractical as a realistic dividend policy. The effect of foreign debt on currency values. A Simplified Approach’, J. When interest rates are constant as in the BlackScholes assumptionsthe forward price of the stock must, by arbitrage, command a forward premium equal to the interest rate.

However, we forego this extension in the interest of clarity. Of course, a negative time derivative could not pertain to an American FX option, and so we see that the European formulas for calls and puts are clearly inadequate descriptions of their American counterparts in these cases.

In this case, volatilityparameters must be redefinedto incorporate the variances and covariancesof interest MARK B.

The key to understanding FX option pricing is to properly appreciate the role of foreign and domestic interest rates.

That is, given the current domestic rate of interest, all option-relevant information concerning the foreign interest rate and the spot currency price is reflected in the forward price.