Pricing Contingent Claims on a Risky Asset and Stochastic Interest Rates: A New Discrete Time Approach

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Abstract

This paper presents a new discrete time approach to pricing contingent claims on a risky asset and stochastic interest rates. The term structure of interest rates is modeled so that arbitrage‐free bond prices depend on an observable initial forward rate curve rather than an exogenously specified market price of risk. A restricted binomial process is employed to model both interest rates and an asset price. As a result, a complete market valuation formula obtains. By choosing the parameters of the discrete joint distribution such that, in the limit, the discrete model converges to the continuous one, a model is obtained that requires the estimation of only three parameters. The approach is parsimonious with respect to alternative models in the literature and can be used to price contingent claims on any two state variables. The procedure is used to numerically analyze the effects of the volatility of interest rates on the determination of mortgage contract rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-75
Number of pages31
JournalFinancial Review
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Finance

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