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Black-Scholes option pricing model - Convergence of binomial

  • Black-Scholes option pricing formula:

The value C < math > ofaEuropeancalloptionattime < math > t = 0 is: 
C=S_0 \Phi (d_1) - \frac{E}{e^{rt}} \Phi(d_2)

d_1=\frac{ln(\frac{S_0}{E})+(r+\frac{1}{2} \sigma^2)t}
{\sigma \sqrt{t}}

d_2=\frac{ln(\frac{S_0}{E})+(r-\frac{1}{2} \sigma^2)t}
{\sigma \sqrt{t}}=d_1-\sigma \sqrt{t}
S0 Price of the stock at time t = 0
E Exercise price at expiration
r Continuously compounded risk-free interest
σ Annual standard deviation of the returns of the stock
t Time to expiration in years
Φ(di) Cumulative probability at di of the standard normal distribution N(0,1)

  • Binomial convergence to Black-Scholes option pricing formula:

The binomial formula converges to the Black-Scholes formula when the number of periods n is large. In the example below we value the call option using the binomial formula for different values of n and also using the Black-Scholes formula. We then plot the value of the call (from binomial) against the number of periods n. The value of the call using Black-Scholes remains the same regardless of n. The data used for this example are: S_0=\$30, E=\$29 , Rf = 0.05, σ = 0.30, Days to expiration = 40.

  • For the binomial option pricing calculations we divided the 40 days into intervals from 1 to 100 (by 1).
  • The snapshot below from the SOCR Black Scholes Option Pricing model applet shows the path of the stock.

  • The materials above was partially taken from

Modern Portfolio Theory by Edwin J. Elton, Martin J. Gruber, Stephen J. Brown, and William N. Goetzmann, Sixth Edition, Wiley, 2003, and
Options, Futues, and Other Derivatives by John C. Hull, Sixth Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006.

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