# Curran model for pricing Asian options

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1 MMA 707 Analytical Finance I Curran model for pricing Asian options Sergii Gryshkevych Vladislav Tashbulatov Professor: Jan R. M. Roman Division of Applied Mathematics School of Education, Culture and Communication Malardalen University Box 883, SE Vasteras, Sweden

2 Abstract We try Curran model to price an Asian option. The first section gives general outlook of Curran model and computational algorithm. In second section we proceed to application developed for Curran model implementation. In the last section we use our application to present real life example of pricing an Asian call.

3 Contents 1. Introduction Problem description Curran model Computational algorithm Application overview Real world example Conclusion List of references Appendix

4 1. Introduction An Asian option (or average value option) is a special type of option contract. For Asian options the payoff is determined by the average underlying price over some pre set period of time. Asian options are thus one of the basic forms of exotic options. Asian options are so called because they were introduced in Tokyo, Japan, in 1987, at a branch of an American bank [1]. The pricing of Asian options in a "Black Scholes" environment has given researchers trouble. The difficulty with these problems is that the probability distribution of the variable which determines the option payoff at expiration, a sum of correlated lognormal random variables, has no closed form representation [2]. This paper is dedicated to one of the methods of pricing Asian options developed by Curran, so called Curran s Approximation. Curran claims that this method is more accurate then other closed form approximations presented earlier [3]. The main goal of our research is to develop a general application for pricing of Asian options according to Curran model. VBA code of application can be found in appendix. 3

5 2. Problem description 2.1 Curran model. In Curran model expected payoff of Asian option is computed conditioning on the geometric mean of underlying asset prices and integrated with respect to the (known) distribution of the geometric mean price [2]. Thus, price of an Asian option can be expressed as: ~ ~ C = exp( rt ) E{ E[ Max( A k,0) G] }, (1) where C is the price of the call option, r is the risk free interest rate, T is the time to expiration, E ~ denotes a risk adjusted expectation, A is the arithmetic mean of the relevant prices, n A = i= 1 ( W ) 1 ω K is the strike price, and G is the geometric mean price given by n ω G = S i i i 1 = where, ω > 0is the weighting of the ith relevant price, S i is the ith relevant price, n i is the number of prices to be averaged, and i S i 1 W, W = n w i i= 1 The expression for the price of an Asian option given in (1) can be expanded to K ~ ~ C = exp 0 K ( rt ) E[ Max( A K,0) G] g( G) dg + E[ Max( A K,0) G] g( G) dg, (2) where g is the density function of G. Let the terms inside the braces on the righthand side of (2) be denoted by C l and C 2 so that ( rt )[ C C ] C = exp

6 The complete description of solution and derivation of the following results is rather complicated and is beyond the scope of this paper. Complete proof and derivation of following results can be found in [2] We present now the final result. C K ~ [ E( A G) K,0] g( ) C1 Max G dg. n ( 1 2 ) ω exp( μi + σ i 2) Φ ( μ ln K ) = W 0 ( σ + σ σ ) K ( μ / K ) 2 X Φ i= 1 i i ln ( σ ) 2.2 Computational algorithm Before jumping to the application overview we need to state formulas on which our calculations are based. For our research we will use formulas for calculating the price of an Asian option presented in [3]. Where The price of an Asian option C is given by the formula: S X r B T Δ t N σ c e rt 1 n n i= 1 e μ + σ i 2 i = Initial asset price 2 μ ln N σ X = Strike price of an option. = Risk free interest rate. = Cost of carry. = Time to maturity in years = Time between averaging points = Number of averaging points = Volatility of asset. ~ ( Xˆ ) σ ln( ) xi μ X XN, + σ x N(x) = The cumulative normal distribution function. σ x 5

7 and μ = ln i σ = σ i xi μ = ln σ x 2 = σ = 2 ( S) + ( b σ 2) t σ 2[ t1 + ( i 1) Δt] { t1 + Δt[ ( i 1) i( i 1) 2n] } 2 + b σ 2 [ t1 + n 1 Δt 2] 2[ t + Δt( n 1)( 2n 1) 6n] ( S) ( ) ( ) σ 1 i [ ln( X ) μ] n ~ 1 σ xi σ i σ xi σ x X = 2X exp μ i + + n = 2 i 1 σ x 2 If we are inside the averaging period, replaced by nx ms X = n m A m > 0, then the strike price should be m n n m Further, if S A > ( n m)x, then exercise is certain for a call, and in the case of a put, it must end up out of the money. So the value of a put must be zero, while the value of a call must be where c A rt ~ = e ( S X ) A Sˆ A = S A m n + E [ A] n m n If there is only one fixing left to maturity, then the value can be calculated using the generalized Black Scholes formula (For details please see [2]) weighted with time left to maturity and an adjusted strike price. The value of an Asian call option is then c A = c BSM 1 ( S, X ˆ, T, r, b, σ ), where c BSM is the generalized Black Scholes call formula. Xˆ = nx ( n 1), and S A is the realized average so far. Similarly, the value of an Asian put with one fixing left is S A n 6

8 p A = p BSM 1 ( S, X ˆ, T, r, b, σ ), where p BSM is the generalized Black Scholes put formula. For calculating the value of the Cumulative normal distribution function we use Abromowitz and Stegun approximation. n 7

9 3. Application overview First spreadsheet Asia contains option price calculator and Display chart form. Second spreadsheet, namely Diagram, is the one where generated chart is placed. All input data is dynamically stated. It means that all numbers in column B can be changed and are entered by user. Option type is selected from the respective combobox, as well as measure of time and the number of days in year. Number of days in the year can take on such values: Figure 3.1: The main spreadsheet form. The application for pricing an Asian option price is developed in Ms Excel & VBA environment. It is realized on three Excel spreadsheets It depends on a day counting convention, selected by the user. 8

10 Price dynamic 50, ,0000 Price 30, , ,0000 0, ,00 58,00 66,00 74,00 82,00 90,00 98,00 106,00 114,00 122,00 Strike Figure 3.2 Dynamics of price depending on strike. 130,00 138,00 146,00 call put Constructing a diagram form is realized as follows: Respective drop down list contains all variables on which option price depends. While one is selected by the user to be independent variable, all other are fixed and considered to be constants. By ticking off Plot Call & Put together checkbox the user gives instruction to display price of the Call and Put options simultaneously depending on the same variable. It is illustrated on the figure. 9

11 4. Real world example. Let us take ABB stock that is traded on Stockholm exchange. Consider that we want to issue an Asian call option on it. In the table below price (SEK) of an Asian call for different combinations of strike and time to maturity values is presented. Volatility Average Time in days Strike ,10% 141, ,5780 4,8532 0,1618 7,40% 142, ,9755 5,3079 0,2417 5,10% 141, ,1617 5,6202 0,2791 Table 4.1: Asian call price for different combinations of strike and time to maturity. Current (October 8, 2010) price is 144,94 SEK. Risk free rate is taken annually to be 3,5%. 10

12 5. Conclusion Pricing of Asian options has its own specific due to the fact that option s payoff function depends on not only underlying asset s price on the maturity, but on overall price dynamics. Curran s approximation is one of the developed by modern financial theory methods of Asian options pricing. In this paper we developed Ms Excel based application and tried to make it as general as possible. However, there are still ways to improve it. For example, it can be upgraded by adding a function which generates 3 dimensional plot of option s Greeks depending on user selected variables. In addition it would be interesting to compare results of Curran s approximation with other existing models. For that reason research will be continued. 11

13 6. List of references. [1] Palmer, Brian (July 14, 2010), Why Do We Call Financial Instruments "Exotic"? Because some of them are from Japan., Slate. [2] Michael Curran, Valuing Asian and Portfolio Options by Conditioning on the Geometric Mean Price, MANAGEMENT SCIENCE, Vol. 40, No. 12, December 1994, pp [3] Espen Gaarder Haug, The complete guide to Option Pricing Formulas, 2 nd ed., Mc Graw Hill, New York,

14 7. Appendix VBA code 'Calculates option price Public Function curran(cp As Integer, S As Double, avs As Double, k As Double, t1 As Double, T As Double, n As Double, m As Double, r As Double, b As Double, v As Double) 'Function arguments: 'cp = call/put flag 'S = asset price 'avs = historical average 'k = strike 't1 = time between averaging points 'T = time to maturity in years 'n = number of averaging points 'm = number of fixings 'r = risk-free rate 'b = cost of carry 'v = volatility Dim dt As Double, my As Double, myi As Double Dim vxi As Double, vi As Double, vx As Double Dim Km As Double, sum1 As Double, sum2 As Double Dim ti As Double, EA As Double Dim i As Long On Error Resume Next 'TIme in days or years If Sheets("asia").ComboBox3.Value = "Days" Then t1 = (t1 / Sheets("asia").ComboBox4.Value) * T T = T / Sheets("asia").ComboBox4.Value dt = (T - t1) / (n - 1) If b = 0 Then EA = S EA = S / n * Exp(b * t1) * (1 - Exp(b * dt * n)) / (1 - Exp(b * dt)) If m > 0 Then If avs > n / m * k Then 'put alue is 0 If cp = -1 Then 'put alue is 0 curran = 0 If cp = 1 Then 'excercise is certain for a call avs = avs * m / n + EA * (n - m) / n curran = (avs - k) * Exp(-r * T) GoTo Finish 'only one fixings left If m = n - 1 Then 13

15 k = n * k - (n - 1) * avs curran = GBlackScholes(cp, S, k, T, r, b, v) * 1 / n GoTo Finish If m > 0 Then k = n / (n - m) * k - m / (n - m) * avs vx = v * Sqr(t1 + dt * (n - 1) * (2 * n - 1) / (6 * n)) my = Log(S) + (b - v * v * 0.5) * (t1 + (n - 1) * dt / 2) sum1 = 0 'Calculating second term of a sum For i = 1 To n ti = dt * i + t1 - dt vi = v * Sqr(t1 + (i - 1) * dt) vxi = v * v * (t1 + dt * ((i - 1) - i * (i - 1) / (2 * n))) myi = Log(S) + (b - v * v * 0.5) * ti sum1 = sum1 + Exp(myi + vxi / (vx * vx) * (Log(k) - my) + (vi * vi - vxi * vxi / (vx * vx)) * 0.5) Km = 2 * k - 1 / n * sum1 sum2 = 0 'Calculating second term of the sum For i = 1 To n ti = dt * i + t1 - dt vi = v * Sqr(t1 + (i - 1) * dt) vxi = v * v * (t1 + dt * ((i - 1) - i * (i - 1) / (2 * n))) myi = Log(S) + (b - v * v * 0.5) * ti sum2 = sum2 + Exp(myi + vi * vi * 0.5) * NormProb(cp * ((my - Log(Km)) / vx + vxi / vx)) 'returning the value of the function (option price) curran = Exp(-r * T) * cp * (1 / n * sum2 - k * NormProb(cp * (my - Log(Km)) / vx)) * (n - m) / n Finish: End Function 'Abromowitz and Stegun approximation for the cunulative normal distribution function Public Function NormProb(X As Double) As Double Dim T As Double Const b1 = Const b2 = Const b3 = Const b4 = Const b5 = Const p = Const c = If X >= 0 Then T = 1# / (1# + p * X) NormProb = (1# - c * Exp(-X * X / 2#) * T * (T * (T * (T * (T * b5 + b4) + b3) + b2) + b1)) T = 1# / (1# - p * X) NormProb = (c * Exp(-X * X / 2#) * T * (T * (T * (T * (T * b5 + b4) + b3) + b2) + b1)) End Function 14

16 'Generalized BlackScholes formula for call option Public Function GBlackScholes(cp As Integer, S As Double, k As Double, T As Double, r As Double, b As Double, v As Double) As Double Dim d1 As Double, d2 As Double d1 = (Log(S / X) + (b + v ^ 2 / 2) * T) / (v * Sqr(T)) d2 = d1 - v * Sqr(T) If cp = 1 Then GBlackScholes = S * Exp((b - r) * T) * NormProb(d1) - k * Exp(-r * T) * NormProb(d2) If cp = -1 Then GBlackScholes = k * Exp(-r * T) * NormProb(-d2) - S * Exp((b - r) * T) * NormProb(-d1) End Function 'Construction of graph Sub graph() Dim cp As Integer, S As Double, avs As Double, k As Double, t1 As Double, T As Double, b As Double, r As Double, v As Double, n As Double, m As Double 'Initial input parameters S = Sheets("asia").Cells(2, 2) avs = Sheets("asia").Cells(3, 2) t1 = Sheets("asia").Cells(5, 2) T = Sheets("asia").Cells(6, 2) n = Sheets("asia").Cells(7, 2) m = Sheets("asia").Cells(8, 2) r = Sheets("asia").Cells(9, 2) b = Sheets("asia").Cells(10, 2) v = Sheets("asia").Cells(11, 2) 'call or put If Sheets("asia").ComboBox1.Value = "Call" Then cp = 1 cp = -1 Sheets("didata").Cells.Clear 'initial values for diagram data If Sheets("asia").Cells(29, 2) = "" Or Sheets("asia").Cells(30, 2) = "" Or Sheets("asia").Cells(31, 2) = "" Then MsgBox "Input all data, please" GoTo Finish Start = Sheets("asia").Cells(29, 2) endd = Sheets("asia").Cells(30, 2) steps = Sheets("asia").Cells(31, 2) buf = Start ds = (endd - Start) / steps Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 1) = buf buf = buf + ds 'select independent variale 15

17 Select Case Sheets("asia").ComboBox2.Value Case "Risk-free rate" r = Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 1) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) = curran(1, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) = curran(-1, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) If cp = 1 Then Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) = curran(cp, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) = curran(cp, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Case "Strike" k = Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 1) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) = curran(1, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) = curran(-1, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) If cp = 1 Then Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) = curran(cp, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) = curran(cp, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Case "Cost of carry" b = Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 1) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) = curran(1, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) = curran(-1, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) If cp = 1 Then Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) = curran(cp, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) = curran(cp, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Case "Volatility" v = Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 1) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) = curran(1, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) = curran(-1, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) If cp = 1 Then Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) = curran(cp, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) 16

18 Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) = curran(cp, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Case "Historical average" avs = Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 1) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) = curran(1, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) = curran(-1, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) If cp = 1 Then Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) = curran(cp, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) = curran(cp, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Case "Asset price" S = Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 1) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) = curran(1, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) = curran(-1, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) If cp = 1 Then Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) = curran(cp, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) = curran(cp, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Case "Number of m fixings" m = Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 1) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) = curran(1, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) = curran(-1, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) If cp = 1 Then Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) = curran(cp, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) = curran(cp, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Case "Number of n fixings" n = Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 1) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) = curran(1, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) 17

19 Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) = curran(-1, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) If cp = 1 Then Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) = curran(cp, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) = curran(cp, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Case "Time to maturity" 'T = Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 1) T = Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 1) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) = curran(1, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) T = Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 1) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) = curran(-1, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) If cp = 1 Then Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) = curran(cp, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) = curran(cp, S, avs, k, t1, T, n, m, r, b, v) End Select 'estimate min & max for diagram scaling Maxc = Sheets("didata").Cells(1, 2) minc = Sheets("didata").Cells(1, 2) maxp = Sheets("didata").Cells(1, 2) minp = Sheets("didata").Cells(1, 2) If Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) > Maxc Then Maxc = Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) If Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) < Min Then minc = Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) If Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) > maxp Then maxp = Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) If Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) < minp Then minp = Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) If maxp > Maxc Then Max = maxp Max = Maxc If minp < minc Then Min = minp Min = minc 18

20 If cp = 1 Then Max = Sheets("didata").Cells(1, 2) Min = Sheets("didata").Cells(1, 2) If Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) > Max Then Max = Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) If Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) < Min Then Min = Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 2) Max = Sheets("didata").Cells(1, 3) Min = Sheets("didata").Cells(1, 3) If Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) > Max Then Max = Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) If Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) < Min Then Min = Sheets("didata").Cells(i, 3) 'create the diagram Sheets("Diagram").Select ActiveChart.ChartArea.Select Selection.Clear ActiveChart.ChartType = xlline ActiveChart.SeriesCollection.NewSeries ActiveChart.SeriesCollection.NewSeries ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(1).XValues = Range(Sheets("didata").Cells(1, 1), Sheets("didata").Cells(steps + 1, 1)) ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(1).Values = Range(Sheets("didata").Cells(1, 2), Sheets("didata").Cells(steps + 1, 2)) ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(2).Values = Range(Sheets("didata").Cells(1, 3), Sheets("didata").Cells(steps + 1, 3)) 'add legend ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(1).Name = "=""call""" ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(2).Name = "=""put""" ActiveChart.HasLegend = True ActiveChart.Legend.Select Selection.Position = xlright If cp = 1 Then ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(1).Values = Range(Sheets("didata").Cells(1, 2), Sheets("didata").Cells(steps + 1, 2)) ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(1).Values = Range(Sheets("didata").Cells(1, 3), Sheets("didata").Cells(steps + 1, 3)) With ActiveChart.HasTitle = True.ChartTitle.Characters.Text = "Price dynamic".axes(xlcategory, xlprimary).hastitle = True.Axes(xlCategory, xlprimary).axistitle.characters.text = Sheets("asia").ComboBox2.Value 19

21 .Axes(xlValue, xlprimary).hastitle = True.Axes(xlValue, xlprimary).axistitle.characters.text = "Price" With ActiveChart.Axes(xlValue).MinimumScale = Min.MaximumScale = Max.MinorUnitIsAuto = True.MajorUnitIsAuto = True.Crosses = xlautomatic.reverseplotorder = False.ScaleType = xllinear.displayunit = xlnone 'formatting chart ActiveChart.Axes(xlValue).Select With Selection.Border.ColorIndex = 57.Weight = xlmedium.linestyle = xlcontinuous With Selection.MajorTickMark = xloutside.minortickmark = xlnone.ticklabelposition = xlnexttoaxis ActiveChart.Axes(xlCategory).Select With Selection.Border.ColorIndex = 57.Weight = xlmedium.linestyle = xlcontinuous With Selection.MajorTickMark = xloutside.minortickmark = xlnone.ticklabelposition = xlnexttoaxis ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(1).Select With Selection.Border.ColorIndex = 57.Weight = xlthick.linestyle = xlcontinuous With Selection.MarkerBackgroundColorIndex = xlnone.markerforegroundcolorindex = xlnone.markerstyle = xlnone.smooth = False.MarkerSize = 3.Shadow = False ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(2).Select With Selection.Border.ColorIndex = 57.Weight = xlthick.linestyle = xlcontinuous With Selection.MarkerBackgroundColorIndex = xlnone.markerforegroundcolorindex = xlnone.markerstyle = xlnone 20

22 .Smooth = False.MarkerSize = 3.Shadow = False ActiveChart.ChartArea.Select With ActiveChart.Axes(xlCategory).HasMajorGridlines = True.HasMinorGridlines = False With ActiveChart.Axes(xlValue).HasMajorGridlines = True.HasMinorGridlines = False ActiveChart.Axes(xlCategory).MajorGridlines.Select With Selection.Border.ColorIndex = 57.Weight = xlhairline.linestyle = xldot ActiveChart.Axes(xlValue).MajorGridlines.Select With Selection.Border.ColorIndex = 57.Weight = xlhairline.linestyle = xldot ActiveChart.Axes(xlValue).Select Selection.TickLabels.NumberFormat = "0.0000" ActiveChart.Axes(xlCategory).Select Selection.TickLabels.NumberFormat = "0.00" Finish: End Sub 21

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