A revised option pricing formula with the underlying being banned from short selling



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He, X. & Zhu, S. (2020). A revised option pricing formula with the underlying being banned from short selling. Quantitative Finance,


2020, 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. An important issue in derivative pricing that hasn't been explored much until very recently is the impact of short selling to the price of an option. This paper extends a recent publication in this area to the case in which a ban of short selling of the underlying alone is somewhat less 'effective' than the extreme case discussed by Guo and Zhu [Equal risk pricing under convex trading constraints. J. Econ. Dyn. Control, 2017, 76, 136-151]. The case presented here is closer to reality, in which the effect of a ban on the underlying of an option alone may quite often be 'diluted' due to market interactions of the underlying asset with other correlated assets. Under a new assumption that there exists at least a correlated asset in the market, which is allowed to be short sold and thus can be used by traders for hedging purposes even though short selling of the underlying itself is banned, a new closed-form equal-risk pricing formula for European options is successfully derived. The new formula contains two distinguishable advantages; (a) it does not induce any significantly extra burden in terms of numerically computing option values, compared with the effort involved in using the Black-Scholes formula, which is still popularly used in finance industry today; (b) it remains simple and elegant as only one additional parameter beyond the Black-Scholes formula is introduced, to reflect the dilution effect to the ban as a result of market interactions.

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