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Delta of Short EUR Call Option

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Hi David,
Please help on the below

What is the delta of a short position in 1000 European call options on silver futures? The options mature in eight months, and the futures contract underlying the option matures in nine months. The current nine-month futures price is $8 per ounce, the exercise price of the options is $8, the risk-free interest rate is 12% per annum, and the volatility of silver is 18% per annum.
Choose one answer.
a. 122.2
b. 585.5
c. 488.6
d. 765.4

I am clueless how to go about, may be d1 & d2...

Thanks
Rahul
 

David Harper CFA FRM

David Harper CFA FRM
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Hi Rahul,

I used the BSM XLS to get the answer, please see here:
http://sheet.zoho.com/public/btzoho/sep3-shortcall

i get negative (-) 488
(it's a nit but the answers are "position deltas", where position delta = percentage delta * quantity, such that a call option has a postive percentage delta and a short call position has a negative position delta.
So here: + 0.488 percentage delta/call option * (-)1,000 quantity of short call options [i.e., long = +, short = -] = -488 position delta)

this question is totally astray from the exam, you'd never see it (nor are the two nuances even remotely testable), you need Hull Chapter 16 on Future Options (i.e., you'd have to know that the d1 is different, see calc)...

David
 
Thread starter #3
Hi David,

Thanks a lot for the detail XLS, you are always damn quick.....
yeah this looks astray to me but better to prepare ourselves...
I have a doubt in the formula you used for d1

The book formula is d1 = ln(So/K)+(r+Variance/2)t / Vol*sqrt(t)
However you didn't use r in XLS, but you discounted the Nd1 to PV by -12%*t to arrive at d1 = Delta 0.4886
Could you please elaborate why you didn't do it according to book formula.

Thanks
Rahul
 

elena77

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Hi David,

for Problem 19.10, in your calculation of d1, why don't you include Rf of 12%?
I understand the calculation of d1 to be: [LN (S/K)+ {Rf+(Vol^2/2)}*T]/(vol*SQRT(T))

Hull 19.10.png

Thank you for your advice.
 

Nicole Seaman

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Hi David,

for Problem 19.10, in your calculation of d1, why don't you include Rf of 12%?
I understand the calculation of d1 to be: [LN (S/K)+ {Rf+(Vol^2/2)}*T]/(vol*SQRT(T))

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Thank you for your advice.
@elena77

Please note that I moved your question here to this thread that discusses this Hull End of Chapter question (these are not David's questions.)
 
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