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Callable Russian Options and Their Optimal Boundaries
Abstract
We deal with the pricing of callable Russian options. A callable Russian option is a contract in which both of the seller and the buyer have the rights to cancel and to exercise at any time, respectively. The pricing of such an option can be formulated as an optimal stopping problem between the seller and the buyer, and is analyzed as Dynkin game. We derive the value function of callable Russian options and their optimal boundaries.
1. Introduction
For the last two decades there have been numerous papers (see [1]) on valuing Americanstyle options with finite lived maturity. The valuation of such Americanstyle options may often be able to be formulated as optimal stopping or free boundary problems which provide us partial differential equations with specific conditions. One of the difficult problems with pricing such options is finding a closed form solution of the option price. However, there are shortcuts that make it easy to calculate the closed form solution to that option (see [2β4]). Perpetuities can provide us such a shortcut because free boundaries of optimal exercise policies no longer depend on the time.
In this paper, we consider the pricing of Russian options with call provision where the issuer (seller) has the right to call back the option as well as the investor (buyer) has the right to exercise it. The incorporation of call provision provides the issuer with option to retire the obligation whenever the investor exercises his/her option. In their pioneering theoretical studies on Russian options, Shepp and Shiryaev [5, 6] gave an analytical formula for pricing the noncallable Russian option which is one of perpetual American lookback options. The result of this paper is to provide the closed formed solution and optimal boundaries of the callable Russian option with continuous dividend, which is different from the pioneering theoretical paper Kyprianou [2] in the sense that our model has dividend payment.
The paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we introduce a pricing model of callable Russian options by means of a coupled optimal stopping problem given by Kifer [7]. Section 3 represents the value function of callable Russian options with dividend. Section 4 presents numerical examples to verify analytical results. We end the paper with some concluding remarks and future work.
2. Model
We consider the BlackScholes economy consisting of two securities, that is, the riskless bond and the stock. Let be the bond price at time which is given bywhere is the riskless interest rate. Let be the stock price at time which satisfies the stochastic differential equationwhere and are constants, is dividend rate, and is a standard Brownian motion on a probability space . Solving (2.2) with the initial condition givesDefine another probability measure byLetwhere is a standard Brownian motion with respect to . Substituting (2.5) into (2.2), we getSolving the above equation, we obtain
Russian option was introduced by Shepp and Shiryaev [5, 6] and is the contract that only the buyer has the right to exercise it. On the other hand, a callable Russian option is the contract that the seller and the buyer have both the rights to cancel and to exercise it at any time, respectively. Let be a cancel time for the seller and be an exercise time for the buyer. We setWhen the buyer exercises the contract, the seller pay to the buyer. When the seller cancels it, the buyer receives . We assume that seller's right precedes buyer's one when . The payoff function of the callable Russian option is given bywhere is the penalty cost for the cancel and a positive constant.
Let be the set of stopping times with respect to filtration defined on the nonnegative interval. Letting and be some given parameters satisfying and , the value function of the callable Russian option is defined byThe infimum and supremum are taken over all stopping times and , respectively.
We define two sets and as and are called the seller's cancel region and the buyer's exercise region, respectively. Let and be the first hitting times that the process is in the region and , that is,Lemma 2.1. Assume that . Then, one has Proof. First, suppose that . Then, it holdsNext, suppose that . By the same argument as Karatzas and Shreve [1, page 65], we obtain where is the standard Brownian motion which attains the supremum in (2.15). Therefore, it follows thatThe proof is complete.
By this lemma, we may apply Proposition 3.3 in Kifer [7]. Therefore, we can see that the stopping times and attain the infimum and the supremum in (2.10). Then, we haveAnd satisfies the inequalitieswhich provides the lower and the upper bounds for the value function of the callable Russian option. Let be the value function of Russian option. And we know because the seller as a minimizer has the right to cancel the option. Moreover, it is clear that is increasing in and .
Should the penalty cost be large enough, it is optimal for the seller not to cancel the option. This raises a question how large such a penalty cost should be. The following lemma is to answer the question.Lemma 2.2. Set . If , the seller never cancels. Therefore, callable Russian options are reduced to Russian options.Proof. We set . . Because we know by the condition , we have , that is, holds. By using the relation , we obtain , that is, it is optimal for the seller not to cancel. Therefore, the seller never cancels the contract for .Lemma 2.3. Suppose . Then, the function is Lipschitz continuous in . And it holds Proof. SetReplacing the optimal stopping times and from the nonoptimal stopping times and , we haverespectively. Note that . For any , we havewhere . Since the above expectation is less than 1, we haveThis means that is Lipschitz continuous in , and (2.19) holds.
By regarding callable Russian options as a perpetual double barrier option, the optimal stopping problem can be transformed into a constant boundary problem with lower and upper boundaries. Let be the exercise region of Russian option. By the inequality , it holds . Consequently, we can see that the exercise region is the interval . On the other hand, the seller minimizes and it holds . From this, it follows that the seller's optimal boundary is a point . The function is represented bywhereIn order to calculate (2.25), we prepare the following lemma.Lemma 2.4. Let and be the first hitting times of the process to the points and . Set , and . Then for , one has Proof. First, we prove (2.26). DefineWe define as . By Girsanov's theorem, is a standard Brownian motion under the probability measure . Let and be the first time that the process hits or , respectively, that is,Since we obtain from , we haveTherefore, we haveFrom Karatzas and Shreve [8, Exercise 8.11, page 100], we can see thatTherefore, we obtainWe omit the proof of (2.27) since it is similar to that of (2.26).
We study the boundary point of the exercise region for the buyer. For , we consider the function . It is represented byThe family of the functions satisfiesTo get an optimal boundary point , we compute the partial derivative of with respect to , which is given by the following lemma.Lemma 2.5. For any , one has Proof. First, the derivative of the first term isNext, the derivative of the second term iswhere the last equality follows from the relationAfter multiplying (2.37) by and (2.38) by , we obtain (2.36).
We setSince and , the equation has at least one solution in the interval . We label all real solutions as . Then, we haveThen attains the supremum of . In the following, we will show that the function is convex and satisfies smoothpasting condition.Lemma 2.6. is a convex function in .Proof. From (2.50), satisfiesIf , we get . Next assume that . We consider function for . Then,Since we find that from the above equation, is a convex function. It follows from this the fact that is a convex function.Lemma 2.7. satisfies Proof. Since for , it holds . For , we derivative (2.47):Therefore, we getThis completes the proof.
Therefore, we obtain the following theorem.Theorem 2.8. The value function of callable Russian option is given by And the optimal stopping times are The optimal boundary for the buyer is the solution in to , where
We can get (2.47) by another method. For , the function satisfies the differential equationAlso, we have the boundary conditions as follows:The general solution to (2.50) is represented bywhere and are constants. Here, and are the roots ofTherefore, are
From conditions (2.51) and (2.52), we getAnd from (2.57) and (2.53), we haveSubstituting (2.57) into (2.54), we can obtain (2.47).
3. Numerical Examples
In this section, we present some numerical examples which show that theoretical results are varied and some effects of the parameters on the price of the callable Russian option. We use the values of the parameters as follows: .
Figure 1 shows an optimal boundary for the buyer as a function of penalty costs , which is increasing in . Figures 2 and 3 show that the price of the callable Russian option has the low and upper bounds and is increasing and convex in . Furthermore, we know that is increasing in . Figure 4 demonstrates that the price of the callable Russian option with dividend is equal to or less than the one without dividend. Table 1 presents the values of the optimal boundaries for several combinations of the parameters.

4. Concluding Remarks
In this paper, we considered the pricing model of callable Russian options, where the stock pays continuously dividend. We derived the closedform solution of such a Russian option as well as the optimal boundaries for the seller and the buyer, respectively. It is of interest to note that the price of the callable Russian option with dividend is not equal to the one as dividend value goes to zero. This implicitly insist that the price of the callable Russian option without dividend is not merely the limit value of the one as if dividend vanishes as goes to zero. We leave the rigorous proof for this question to future research. Further research is left for future work. For example, can the price of callable Russian options be decomposed into the sum of the prices of the noncallable Russian option and the callable discount? If the callable Russian option is finite lived, it is an interesting problem to evaluate the price of callable Russian option as the difference between the existing price formula and the premium value of the call provision.
Acknowledgment
This work was supported by GrantinAid for Scientific Research (A) 20241037, (B) 20330068, and a GrantinAid for Young Scientists (Startup) 20810038.
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