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# Valuation of Game Options in Jump-Diffusion Model and with Applications to Convertible Bonds

**Academic Editor:**Lean Yu

#### Abstract

Game option is an American-type option with added feature that the writer can exercise the option at any time before maturity. In this paper, we consider some type of game options and obtain explicit expressions through solving Stefan(free boundary) problems under condition that the stock price is driven by some jump-diffusion process. Finally, we give a simple application about convertible bonds.

#### 1. Introduction

Let be a probability space hosting a Brownian motion and an independent Poisson process with the constant arrival rate , both adapted to some filtration satisfying usual conditions. Consider the Black-Scholes market. That is, there is only one riskless bond and a risky asset . They satisfy, respectively,for some constants and . Note that the absolute value of relative jump sizes is equal to , and jumps are downwards. It can be comprehended as a downward tendency of the risky asset price brought by bad news or default and so on. From Itô formula we can obtain

Suppose that and be two continuous stochastic processes defined on such that for all a.s.. The game option is a contract between a holder and writer at time . It is a general American-type option with the added property that the writer has the right to terminate the contract at any time before expiry time . If the holder exercises first, then he/she may obtain the value of at the exercise time and if the writer exercise first, then he/she is obliged to pay to the holder the value of at the time of exercise. If neither has exercised at time and , then the writer pays the holder the value . If both decide to claim at the same time then the lesser of the two claims is paid. In short, if the holder will exercise with strategy and the writer with strategy , we can conclude that at any moment during the life of the contract, the holder can expect to receive . For a detailed description and the valuation of game options, we refer the reader to Kifer [1], Kyprianou [2], Ekström [3], Baurdoux and Kyprianou [4], Kühn et al. [5], and so on.

It is well known that in the no-arbitrage pricing framework, the value of a contract contingent on the asset is the maximum of the expectation of the total discounted payoff of the contract under some equivalent martingale measure. Since the market is incomplete, there are more than one equivalent martingale measure. Following Dayanik and Egami [6], let the restriction to of every equivalent martingale measure in a large class admit a Radon-Nikodym derivative in the form offor some constants and . The constants and are known as the market price of the diffusion risk and the market price of the jump risk, respectively, and satisfy the drift conditionThen the discounted value process is a -martingale. By the Girsanov theorem, the process is a Brownian motion under the measure , and is a homogeneous Poisson process with the intensity independent of the Brownian motion under the same measure. The infinitesimal generator of the process under the probability measure is given byon the collection of twice-continuously differentiable functions . It is easily checked that admits two solutions and , where satisfySuppose that is the equivalent martingale measure for under the assumption that for a specified market price of the jump risk, and denote to be expectation under . The following theorem is the Kifer pricing result.

Theorem 1.1. *Suppose
that for all **and if that . Let be the class of -stopping times valued in , and , then the price of the game option is given by **Further the optimal stopping
strategies for the holder and writer, respectively, are *

#### 2. A Game Version of the American Put Option (Perpetual Israeli -Penalty Put Option)

In this case, continuous stochastic processes are, respectively, given bywhere is the strike-price of the option, is a constant and can be considered as penalty for terminating contract by the writer. For the computation of the following, let us first consider the case of the perpetual American put option with the same parameter . From Jin [7] we know that the price of the option iswith the superscript representing American. Through martingale method we have the following.

Theorem 2.1. * The
price of the perpetual American option is given by **where , the optimal stopping strategy is *

Proposition 2.2. * is decreasing and convex on , and under equivalent martingale measure , one has that and are supermartingale and martingale,
respectively.*

Now, let us consider this game option. It is obvious that for the holder, in order to obtain the most profit, he will exercise when becomes as small as possible. Meanwhile, he must not wait too long for this to happen, otherwise he will be punished by the exponential discounting. Then the compromise is to stop when is smaller than a given constant. While for the writer, a reasonable strategy is to terminate the contract when the value of the asset equals to . Then only the burden of a payment of the form is left. For this case, if the initial value of the risky asset is below then it would seem rational to terminate the contract as soon as hits . On the other hand, if the initial value of the risky asset is above , it is not optimal to exercise at once although the burden of the payment at this time is only . A rational strategy is to wait until the last moment that in order to prolong the payment. However, it should be noted that the value of the must not be too large, otherwise it will be never optimal for the writer to terminate the contract in advance.

Theorem 2.3. *Let , one has the following. **
(1) If ,
then the price of this game option is equal to the price of the perpetual
American put option, that is, it is not optimal for the writer to terminate the
contract in advance. **
(2) If ,
then the price of the game option is **with **and the optimal stopping
strategies for the holder and writer, respectively, are **where is the (unique) solution in to the equation *

Before the proof, we will first give two propositions.

Proposition 2.4. *Equation (2.8) has and only has one root in .
*

*Remark 2.5. *If
we denote the root of (2.8) in by ,
then from Proposition 2.4 we know that ,
thus .

Proposition 2.6. *
defined by the right-hand sides of (2.5) is
convex and decreasing on .*

*Proof. * From the expression of and Remark 2.5 we know that is convex on and . Thus, we only need to prove the convexity of at the point ,
that is, . Through elementary calculations we obtainThen if we can prove
that will hold. From (2.8) we can easily find that
when , . Further, as decreases the solution increases. Especially, when , . So if ,
we have .

Now let us
verify the correctness of (2.10). If not, that is, ,
then from (2.8) we obtainrearranging it we
haveSince ,
so ,
whereas ,
which contradicts with (2.12). So the hypothesis is not true, that is, (2.10)
holds, which also implies that . So is decreasing on .

*Proof of Theorem 2.3. * (1) Suppose that . From the expression of we can easily find thatBy means of Proposition 2.2 and the
Doob Optional Stopping Theorem, we haveThat is, the price of the game
option is equal to the price of the perpetual American put option.

(2) If ,
according to the foregoing discussion and Theorem 1.1, there exists a number such that the continuation region
iswith a constant to be confirmed, while the stopping
area iswhere is the stopping area of the holder, is the stopping area of the writer. For search
of the optimal and the value of ,
we consider the following Stefan(free boundary) problem with unknown number and : and additional conditions on the
boundary and are given by

By computing
Stefan problem we can easily obtain the expression of (denote it by ) defined by the right-hand sides of (2.5),
while from (2.18) we can obtain (2.8). Proposition 2.4 implies
that this equation has and only has one root in ,
denote it by . Accordingly, we can obtain the expression (2.6) of and and optimal stopping strategy for the holder. Now we must prove that the
solution of the Stefan problem gives, in fact, the solution to the optimal
stopping problem, that is, . For that it is sufficient to prove that

(a)(b)(c)

First, from
Proposition 2.6 we know that is a convex function on such thatSince ,
for ,
we can apply Itô formula to the process and haveNote that in , ,
while the last two integrals of (2.20) are local martingales, then by choosing
localizing sequence and apply the Fatou lemma, we obtainwhereasFor the inequality we have used
(2.19), hence from (2.21) we haveIt is simple for the case that and the method is the same as before. Thus, we
obtain (a).

The proof of (b): apply Itô formula to the process and note that is only continuous at ,
we havewhere is the local time at of . Since is convex on ,
hence . While in , ,
then using the same method as before we haveMoreover, sincewe can obtain

The proof of (c): taking ,
it is sufficient to note that in ,
we have andThe same result is true for the
case that .

#### 3. Game Option with Barrier

Karatzas and Wang [8] obtain closed-form expressions for the prices and optimal hedging strategies of American put options in the presence of an up-and-out barrier by reducing this problem to a variational inequality. Now we will consider the game option connected with this barrier option. Following Karatzas and Wang, the holder may exercise to take the claim of this barrier optionHere is the barrier, whereasis the time when the option becomes “knocked-out”. The writer is punished by an amount for terminating the contract early

First, let us consider this type of barrier option. The price is given bywith the superscript representing barrier. Similarly to Karatzas and Wang we can obtain the following.

Theorem 3.1. * The
price of American put-option in the presence of an up-and-out barrier is **where , and the optimal stopping strategy is **where is the (unique) solution in to the equation *

The proof of the theorem mainly depends on the following propositions and the process will be omitted.

Proposition 3.2. *The expression of
defined by (3.5) is convex and decreasing
on , and under risk-neutral measure , one has that and are supermartingale and martingale,
respectively.*

Proposition 3.3. *Equation (3.7) has and only has one root in .*

Now let us consider the game option with barrier . The price is given byFor this game option, the logic of its solution is similar to the former, and based on this consideration, we have the following theorem.

Theorem 3.4. *Let ,
one has the following. **
(1) If ,
then the price of this game option is equal to the price of American
put options in the presence of an up-and-out barrier, that
is, it is not optimal for the writer to exercise early. **
(2) If ,
then the price of the game option is given by **where **and is the (unique) solution in to the equation **and the optimal stopping
strategies for the holder and writer, respectively, are *

Proposition 3.5. *The function defined by (3.9) is convex and decreasing on .*

*Proof. *Similar to Proposition 2.6, we only need to prove the convexity of at the point ,
that is,Through lengthy calculations we
know that it is sufficient to show thatSuppose that (3.14) does not
hold, that is, ,
then from (3.11) we find thatrearranging it we
haveFrom (3.11), through complex
verification we get that when , . Furthermore, as decreases the solution increases, especially when , . So if ,
we have . Thus from the property of (3.7) we know that ,
which contradicts with (3.16). So the hypothesis is not true, that is, (3.14)
holds. It is evident that is decreasing.

*Remark 3.6. *It
is obvious that (2.8) is the same as (3.11), however, their roots not
always be equal to each other. Because of these two cases, the scope of is different. Penalty with barrier is usually
smaller than the other, that is, .

*Proof of Theorem 3.4. *(1) Suppose that . From Proposition 3.2 we know thatBy means of the Doob optional
stopping theorem and (3.17), we haveThat is, the price of the game
option is equal to the price of American put-options in the presence of an
up-and-out barrier.

(2) Suppose that . Then we may conclude that the holder should search optimal stopping strategy in
the class of the stopping times of the form with to be confirmed. While the optimal stopping
strategy for the writer is . Considering the following Stefan problem:Through straightforward
calculations we can obtain the expression of (denote it by ) defined by the right-hand sides of (3.9). From condition (3.22) we can obtain (3.11). Proposition 2.4 implies
that the root of this equation is unique in ,
denote it by and consequently by . Now we only need to prove that . For that it is sufficient to prove that

(c) Taking stopping time , we have

First, from Proposition 3.5 we know that is convex in and furtherApplying Itô formula to the process ,
we haveIt is obvious that when ,
we have . Since the second and the third integrals of the right-hand sides of (3.27) are
local martingales, sowhileThe inequality is obtained from
(3.26), and combining (3.28) we obtain (3.23), that is, (a) holds.

Applying Itô formula to the process ,
we haveThe definition of is the same as Theorem 2.3. From the convexity
of we know that . Since when ,
so from above expression we haveSimilarly we
haveFrom (3.31) and (3.32) we know
that (b) holds. Combining (a) and (b) we can easily obtain (c).

#### 4. A Simple Example: Application to Convertible Bonds

To raise capital on financial markets, companies may choose among three major asset classes: equity, bonds, and hybrid instruments, such as convertible bonds. As hybrid instruments, convertible bonds has been investigated rather extensively during the recent years. It entitles its owner to receive coupons plus the return of the principle at maturity. However, the holder can convert it into a preset number of shares of stock prior to maturity. Then the price of the bond is dependent on the price of the firm stock. Finally, prior to maturity, the firm may call the bond, forcing the bondholder to either surrender it to the firm for a previously agreed price or else convert it for stock as above. Therefore, the pricing problem has also a game-theoretic aspect. For more detailed information and research about convertible bonds, one is referred to Gapeev and Kühn [9], Sîrbu et al. [10, 11], and so on.

Now, we will give a simple example of pricing convertible bonds, as the application of pricing game options. Consider the stock process which pays dividends at a certain fixed rate , that is,Then the infinitesimal generator of becomesand admits two solutions and with satisfying

At any time, the bondholder can convert it into a predetermined number of stocks, or continue to hold the bond and collecting coupons at the fixed rate . On the other hand, at any time the firm can call the bond, which requires the bondholder to either immediately surrender it for the fixed conversion price or else immediately convert it as described above. In short, the firm can terminate the contract by paying the amount max to the holder. Then, if the holder terminates the contract first by converting the bond into stocks, he/she can expect to (discounted) receivewhile if the firm terminate the contract first, he/she will pay the holderThen, according to Theorem 1.1, the price of the convertible bonds is given byNote that when , the solution of (4.6) is trivial and the firm should call the bond immediately. This implies that the bigger the coupon rate , the more the payoff of the issuer, then they will choose to terminate the contract immediately. So we will assume that in the following.

Now, let us first consider the logic of solving this problem. It is obvious that for all (choose and , resp.). Note when , then for all . Hence the issuer and the holder should search optimal stopping in the class of stopping times of the formrespectively, with numbers to be determined. Note when the process fluctuates in the interval , it is not optimal to terminate the contract simultaneously by both issuer and holder. For example, if the issuer chooses to terminate the contract at the first time that exceeds some point , then , and the holder will choose the payoff of coupon rather than converting the bond into the stock, which is a contradiction. Similarly, one can explain another case. Then only the following situation can occur: either , , or .

For search of the optimal and the value of , we consider an auxiliary Stefan problem with unknown numbers and with continuous fit boundary conditionsfor all , andfor all , and smooth fit boundary conditionsBy computing the Stefan problem we can obtain that ifthen , and the expression of is given byfor all , withand ifthen , and the value of isfor all .

From the result we can observe that there are only two regions for , and the situation fails to hold. This implies that in this case, when fluctuates in the interval , the issuer will never recall the bond. Now, we only need to prove that , and the stopping times and defined by (4.7) with boundaries and are optimal.

Applying Itô formula to the process , we haveLetNote for all , while for all . Since , so for , we haveBecause , then by choosing localizing sequence and apply the Fatou lemma, we obtainTaking supremum and infimum for and of both sides, respectively, we can obtain the result. While for (4.20), taking , we have

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