A European barrier call with barrier $B = 50$, expiration $T = 31$, and strike $K = 33$ costs $12$. The investor is interested in a product that, unlike this barrier call, offers some protection for the case that the stock goes above the barrier 50. The investor wants to buy an investment product called Secured Barrier Call whose payoff structure is

$$\text{Payoff}= \begin{cases} S(31)-33\quad, & \text{if} \hspace{2mm} S(31)\ge33 \hspace{2mm} \text{and} \hspace{2mm} S(t) < 50\quad,\hspace{5mm} \forall \,t\le 31 \\ 50\hspace{2.2cm}, & \text{if} \hspace{2mm} S(t)\ge50 \hspace{2mm}\text{for some}\,\,t\le31 \\ 0\hspace{2.45cm}, & \text{o.w} \end{cases}$$

An American digital call with strike $33$ and expiration $31$ costs $0.73$, and the American digital call with strike $50$ and expiration $31$ costs $0.70$.

I need to compute the price of the Secured Barrier Call. After computation, I got $46.94$.

That's what I've done: $C_0=12-2\times0.73+52\times0.70=46.94$. But I am not confident about what I've got.

Could you please confirm or help me with any hint if it's wrong? Thank you.

P.S.: I recently started working on quantitative finance, and it's a problem that I found in book for practicing.

  • $\begingroup$ How do you reach your result that $C_0=12−2\times 0.73+52\times 0.70=46.94$? What is the reasoning? $\endgroup$
    – Gordon
    Commented Dec 15, 2016 at 16:04

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The goal of this exercise is to replicate the payoff of the Secured Barrier Call by a linear combination of the known products: European up-out call (cost 12), digital strike 33 (cost 0.73) and digital strike 50 (cost 0.7).

Looks to me it is sufficient to buy:

  1. 1x up-out call
  2. 50 x digital strike 50

The payout at expiry of this linear combination would be:

  1. $(S(31) - 33)^+$ if S(t) <50 for all t <= 31
  2. 50 if S(t) touched 50 at any time
  3. 0 otherwise

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