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Step‐reset options: Design and valuation

L. Paul Hsueh and Y. Angela Liu

Journal of Futures Markets, 2002, vol. 22, issue 2, 155-171

Abstract: This study proposes a new design of reset options in which the option's exercise price adjusts gradually, based on the amount of time the underlying spent beyond prespecified reset levels. Relative to standard reset options, a step‐reset design offers several desirable properties. First of all, it demands a lower option premium but preserves the same desirable reset attribute that appeals to market investors. Second, it overcomes the disturbing problem of delta jump as exhibited in standard reset option, and thus greatly reduces the difficulties in risk management for reset option sellers who hedge dynamically. Moreover, the step‐reset feature makes the option more robust against short‐term price movements of the underlying and removes the pressure of price manipulation often associated with standard reset options. To value this innovative option product, we develop a tree‐based valuation algorithm in this study. Specifically, we parameterize the trinomial tree model to correctly account for the discrete nature of reset monitoring. The use of lattice model gives us the flexibility to price step‐reset options with American exercise right. Finally, to accommodate the path‐dependent exercise price, we introduce a state‐to‐state recursive pricing procedure to properly capture the path‐dependent step‐reset effect and enhance computational efficiency. © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Jrl Fut Mark 22:155–171, 2002

Date: 2002
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