TY - JOUR
T1 - Currency Target Zones as Mirrored Options
JF - The Journal of Derivatives
SP - 53
LP - 67
DO - 10.3905/jod.2019.26.3.053
VL - 26
IS - 3
AU - Lera, Sandro Claudio
AU - Leiss, Matthias
AU - Sornette, Didier
Y1 - 2019/02/28
UR - http://jod.pm-research.com/content/26/3/53.abstract
N2 - This article presents a new way of modeling the dynamics of an exchange rate target zone. In the presence of a single upper (lower) target boundary, the exchange rate is precisely represented as the sum of a free float and a short (long) position in a call (put) option with strike price at the boundary. To model a target zone (with two boundaries), a natural approach consists of describing the exchange rate dynamics as the combination of the two, namely the sum of free float together with a long position in a put written on the lower boundary and a short position in a call option written on the upper boundary, respectively. The authors show that this first order approximation leads to significant mispricing (as much as 20%) and must be iterated, leading to an infinite sequence of compounded “mirrored” option prices. They analyze basic properties of such mirrored nested options analytically, describe how to calculate them numerically, and show why it is crucial to take into account higher order corrections in realistic target zones. They argue that this analogy to option prices allows for conceptually simple generalizations that describe different target zone arrangements. They then apply their methodology to the estimation of the fundamental value of the Hong Kong dollar that is hidden by the target zone pegged to the US dollar. They also estimate the implied maturity and explain how this parameter serves as direct proxy for target zone credibility.TOPICS: Interest-rate and currency swaps, statistical methods, options
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