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In this module we're going to see how to price caplets and floorlets, and

particularly we'll focus on caplets but floorlets are priced the same way.

Caplets and floorlets in more generally caps and floors are very liquidly traded

fixed income derivatives securities that are found in the market place.

So it's important that we understand how to price these securities and understand

the mechanics behind these securities. A caplet is similar to a European call

option on the short-rate r t. It is usually settled in arrears, but a

caplet may also be settled in advance. If the maturity is time tau and the strike

is c, then the payoff of a caplet is r tau minus 1 minus e the positive part, or if

you like, this is the maximum of 0, and or, tau minus 1 minus c.

This payment occurs at time tau, so this is what we mean by being settled in

arrears. So, you can think of the caplet as being a

call option on the short rate prevailing at time tau minus 1, but settled at time

tau. A floorlet is the same as a caplet, except

the payoff is c minus r tau minus 1 positive part, or as we've been writing,

the maximum of zero and c minus or tau minus 1.

But again, this payoff would typically take place at time tau.

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A cap consists of a sequence of caplets, all of which are the same strike, so these

caplets would all have different maturities but all have the same strike.

And a floor consists of a series of floorlets, again all of them having the

same strike, but different materials. So here's our familiar short rate lattice.

This is the lattice that we have been working with throughout this section on

fixing[UNKNOWN] derivitive securities. We start off with 6% for the short rate,

and it grows by a factor of u equals 1.25, or falls by a factor of d equals 0.9 in

each period. What we're going to do is we're going to

price a caplet with this model. So we're going to assume the expiration of

the caplet is t equals six. In other words, the payment actually takes

place at t equals six. We'll assume a strike of 2% for the

caplet, and now we're going to go ahead and price it.

But there's one thing to keep in mind here, the caplet, the pay off of the

caplet takes place in arrears. So for example, suppose we're at this node

down here 0.28, now in reality, the payment that is determined at, at that

node will take place at time t equals 6. But it is somewhat awkward to record the

payment here or here, because if we were to record the payment at this point, well,

we're not sure, actually, which node is responsible for this payment.

Is it this node, 0.28, or is it this node, 0.045?

So, that makes the accounting just a little bit awkward.

So instead what will do is we will actually record the cash flow, the final

cash flow at the node of which it is determined.

So that is at t equals 5, but we will discount it appropriately to reflect the

fact that payment does not take place until t equals 6 and that is what we have

done here. So if we look at this point 0.015, 0.015

is equal to the payoff of the caplet af, determined at t equals 5, so this is the

maximum of zero and the short rate that prevails at that period, which is 3.54%

minus the[INAUDIBLE] 0.2. So this is the payoff, of the capital,

which is determined at this note, however it is not paid unto type t equals six, and

so that is why we must discount it by 1 plus 3.54% to reflect the fact that the

payment is made in the rears. So we do that for all of the notes at time

t equals five. These are all of the payments of the

caplet discounted by 1 period. Once we do that we can work backwards in

the lattice using our usual risk neutral pricing.

And just to remind ourselves our usual risk neutral pricing takes the following

form s t is the price of whatever security we want to price and it's equal to the

expected value at conditional time t information using the risk neutral

probabilities of St plus 1 divided by 1 plus rt, where rt of course is the

short-rate prevailing at the node your at time t.

So this is risk neutral pricing for a security, that does not pay any

intermediate cash flows or coupons. If the security did pay a coupon at time t

plus 1 or some intermediate cash flow time t plus 1 we would of course inject that

cash flow into this point here. And here we can see the lattice with all

of the caplet prices displayed, for example, the value of 0.021 is calculated

as follows. It is simply one over one plus 3.94%,

remember that is the short rate prevailing at this note here, 3.94%.

So we get simply 1 over one plus 3.94% times the expect, expected value of the

cap at one period ahead, using the risk neutral probabilities which are a half and

a half. One period ahead it's either worth point

0.28, which we have here, or 0.15, which is what we have down here.

So we get the value of the caplet at this node.

So again all we're doing is using what we had on the previous slide, we're using the

fact that s t equals the expected value, of s t plus 1 over 1 plus r t.

So we start off at time t equals 5. At time t equals 5, that is where t plus 1

equals 5. We know the value of the caplets; It's

this value, these values here, and we just work backwards one period at a time to get

to time zero and we see a caplet value of 0.042.

Now just to be clear, this is the value of the security that pays off r 5 Minus 2%

the maximum of this and it's paid at time t equal to 6.

Well this 0.42 is how much this is worth, but in practice of course, you might

actually not just buy just one of these, you might buy a million of these.

So a million dollars, that would be a notion of 1 million dollars, that price of

that would therefore be 0.042 times 1 million dollars.

So this value here, is the value for a notional of one dollar.

We're multiplying this pay off by if you like one dollar here.

In general, in practice, you would be actually buying many of these, or selling

many of these, and so you would need to multiply the price you obtain here by the

notional of the counters. And here we see our familiar spreadsheet,

that I hope you've opened in front of you while you go through these calculations.

Here we have our parameters for a short-rate lattice or starting off with 6%

which neutral probabilities of a half and a half, u equals 1.25, d equals 9.

So we have a familiar short-rate lattice that we're using throughout these

examples, down here we see how to price the caplet.

The .0149 is the payoff of the caplet at the time as determined the time equals 5.

So that is the maximum of 0, and the short rate which is g 16, which is 3.5%, minus

the strike 2%. But of course that payment does not take

place until time t equals six so we have to discount by the one plus the short rate

prevailing at that node which is again in g 16.

So we compute the value of the caplet at time t equals 5, and then we just use risk

mutual pricing to work backwards. And I've highlighted the, the cell here in

bold because it is this cell which contains the formula, the risk mutual

pricing formula for the value of the caplet at this cell.

We can then copy and drag this cell formula throughout lattice to determine

the prices at every node. And again, we see the value of the caplet

is 0.0420.