We provide the first formal investigation of the consequences of negative interest rates in the Eurozone on the pricing of interest rate options. Since the money market rates settled in negative territory and other market segments experienced negative yields, the broader financial community has had to face an unknown environment. The well-known Black–Scholes (BS) framework has become unfeasible for interest rate option valuation. First of all, no-arbitrage properties are breached, allowing arbitrage opportunities. More, the BS framework’s assumption of a log-normal distribution of the underlying rates does not stand with negative interest rates. We argue that the most notable approach which allows interest rate option pricing is [Bachelier, L (1900). Théorie de la speculation, 3rd Annales scientifiques de l’École Normale Supérieure 17, 21–86.], which assumes a normal distribution of the underlying rates. We demonstrate that the Bachelier model represents an answer to the critical issues that are raised in our study. Still, we highlight that it is far from being an accurate pricing model. Our research aims to light up an intense debate about alternative solutions among academics, financial professionals and institutions, and policy makers.
|Titolo:||Negative interest rates effects on option pricing: Back to basics?|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 - Articolo su rivista|