## Online Finance – Interest Rate Options – Pricing Caps & Floors

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### Caps and Floors

The most commonly used options in the swaps market are caps and floors. A cap is a call on the rates where the payoff depends on Max (LIBOR – Strike, 0). A floor is a put on the rates where the payoff depends on Max (Strike-LIBOR, 0).

### Cap

A cap may be considered as a portfolio of caplets on the underlying asset which is the LIBOR. The value of the caplet may be derived using **Black’s Formula**. The value of a caplet which resets at time t_{i} and payoffs at time t_{i+1} is:

Where is known as the forward premium, X is the Strike, F_{i} is the forward rate.

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This is illustrated below for a 4 year cap on a 1 year Inter-bank offer rate with a strike of 12.5%. The annualized constant volatility is 3.13%. The valuation date is 31/5/2010 and the payment frequency is annual. The notional amount is 100,000.

Period Start (i) | Period End (i+1) | t_{i} | t_{i+1} | ZCt_{i+1} | F_{i} | d_{1} | d_{2} | Forward Premium | Value of Caplet |

01/01/10 | 01/01/11 | n/a | 0.59 | 12.150% | 12.150% | n/a | n/a | – | – |

01/01/11 | 01/01/12 | 0.59 | 1.59 | 12.225% | 12.269% | -0.76 | -0.79 | 37.26 | 31.02 |

01/01/12 | 01/01/13 | 1.59 | 2.59 | 12.349% | 12.583% | 0.19 | 0.15 | 241.75 | 178.77 |

01/01/13 | 01/01/14 | 2.59 | 3.59 | 12.418% | 12.595% | 0.18 | 0.12 | 302.29 | 198.53 |

Price of Cap | 408.33 |

The calculation of d_{1} and d_{2} are based on the duration at the start of the period, i.e. t_{i}. Therefore for the first row we see that these values cannot be calculated. The forward premium in this case is simply equal to the payoff i.e. Max(F_{i}-X,0)*Notional*?t/365=max(12.15%-12.5%,0)*100000*0.59=0

For the other rows as d_{1} and d_{2} can be calculated the Forward Premium from Black’s formula will be used.

The price of the cap is the sum of the values of the caplets, which are the present values of the forward premiums.

### Floor

A floor may be considered as a portfolio of floorlets on the underlying asset which is the LIBOR. The value of the floorlet may be derived using **Black’s Formula**. The value of a caplet which resets at time t_{i} and payoffs at time t_{i+1} is:

Where is the forward premium. d_{1} and d_{2} are as given above. The value of a 4 year floor with strike, volatility, notional, maturity and payment frequency the same as for the cap above is illustrated below:

Period Start (i) | Period End (i+1) | t_{i} | t_{i+1} | ZCt_{i+1} | F_{i} |

01/01/2010 | 01/01/2011 | n/a | 0.59 | 12.150% | 12.150% |

01/01/2011 | 01/01/2012 | 0.59 | 1.59 | 12.225% | 12.269% |

01/01/2012 | 01/01/2013 | 1.59 | 2.59 | 12.349% | 12.583% |

01/01/2013 | 01/01/2014 | 2.59 | 3.59 | 12.418% | 12.595% |

d1 | d2 | Forward Premium | Value of Floorlet |

n/a | n/a | 206.16 | 192.70 |

-0.76 | – 0.79 | 268.02 | 223.14 |

0.19 | 0.15 | 158.39 | 117.12 |

0.18 | 0.12 | 207.47 | 136.26 |

Price of Floor | 669.22 |

Again it may be noted that the calculation of d_{1} and d_{2} are based on the duration at the start of the period, i.e. t_{i}. Therefore for the first row we see that these values cannot be calculated. The forward premium in this case is simply equal to the payoff i.e. Max(X-F_{i},0) * Notional * ?t/365 = max(12.5%-12.15%,0)*100000*0.59=206.16

For the other rows as d_{1} and d_{2} can be calculated the Forward Premium from Black’s formula will be used.

The price of the floor is the sum of the values of the floorlets, which are the present values of the forward premiums.

For a formula reference, please see the following link