Chooser Options

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This Demonstration illustrates the price and "greeks" for chooser options in comparison to those for regular put and call options.

Contributed by: Peter Falloon (December 2008)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



Chooser options are a type of exotic option that, at some pre-specified time in the future, can be converted into either a put or call option with expiry and strike . The price of a chooser option, , thus tends to be higher than that of the corresponding call or put, or . The amount of extra value depends on and : for , is approximately . As tends to , tends to .

It can be shown using general put-call parity considerations that, for , a chooser option is equivalent to a portfolio comprising a call option with strike and expiry together with a put option with strike and expiry (assuming a constant interest rate ). Within the Black–Scholes model, chooser options can therefore be priced using the solutions for call and put options.

In this Demonstration, the price of chooser options is explored, as well as the derivative of the value function with respect to the various input parameters (the "greeks"): delta, ; gamma, ; theta, ; rho, ; and vega, . For convenience, we assume zero dividends.

Snapshot 1: the "delta" of a chooser option can be either positive or negative, depending on whether the put or call is more valuable.

Snapshot 2: as tends , the "gamma" of a chooser option becomes very large for a spot price close to the strike (i.e. "at the money"). This is because at , the chooser option will become either a put or call option, which will have roughly opposite deltas at the money. Therefore, the delta of the chooser option will tend to change very quickly around , and hence gamma is large.

J. C. Hull, Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2006.

E. G. Haug, The Complete Guide to Option Pricing Formulas, 2nd ed., New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007.

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