On the Valuation of Equity Options with Dividend-Protection Features

5 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2019

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Ghislain Vong

Deutsche Bank AG - Global Equity Derivatives

Date Written: March 21, 2019

Abstract

This note describes the various techniques used to protect the writer of an equity option against the risk of dividend uncertainty. We first explicitly formulate the PnL tracking error in presence of dividend misspecification. We then describe various ways to offset the dividend risk: for vanilla options practitioners usually adjust the strike and notional across an ex-div date. We justify this approximation. We then introduce an alternative way that does not require a change in the strike and that involves an extra exchange of cash flow across the ex-div date.

Keywords: Corporate Equity Derivatives, Dividend Protected Options

JEL Classification: G13

Suggested Citation

Vong, Ghislain, On the Valuation of Equity Options with Dividend-Protection Features (March 21, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3357971 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3357971

Ghislain Vong (Contact Author)

Deutsche Bank AG - Global Equity Derivatives ( email )

United Kingdom

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