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17. Options Markets

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Published on Apr 5, 2012

Financial Markets (2011) (ECON 252)

After introducing the core terms and main ideas of options in the beginning of the lecture, Professor Shiller emphasizes two purposes of options, a theoretical and a behavioral purpose. Subsequently, he provides a graphical representation for the value of a call and a put option, and, in this context, addresses the put-call parity for European options. Within the framework of the Binomial Asset Pricing model, he derives the value of a call-option from the no-arbitrage-principle, and, as a continuous-time analogue to this formula, he presents the Black-Scholes Option Pricing formula. He contrasts implied volatility, as represented by the VIX index of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, which uses a different formula in the spirit of Black-Scholes, with the actual S&P Composite volatility from 1986 until 2010. Professor Shiller concludes the lecture with some thoughts about options on single-family homes that he launched with his colleagues of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 2006.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Examples of Options Markets and Core Terms
07:11 - Chapter 2. Purposes of Option Contracts
17:11 - Chapter 3. Quoted Prices of Options and the Role of Derivatives Markets
24:54 - Chapter 4. Call and Put Options and the Put-Call Parity
34:56 - Chapter 5. Boundaries on the Price of a Call Option
39:07 - Chapter 6. Pricing Options with the Binomial Asset Pricing Model
51:02 - Chapter 7. The Black-Scholes Option Pricing Formula
55:49 - Chapter 8. Implied Volatility - The VIX Index in Comparison to Actual Market Volatility
01:09:33 - Chapter 9. The Potential for Options in the Housing Market

Complete course materials are available at the Yale Online website: online.yale.edu


This course was recorded in Spring 2011.

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