Option Pricing: Channels, Target Zones and Sideways Markets

Bulletin of Applied Economics 7(2) 25-33, 2020

11 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2020

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Zura Kakushadze

Quantigic Solutions LLC; Free University of Tbilisi

Date Written: May 25, 2020


After a market downturn, especially in an uncertain economic environment such as the current state, there can be a relatively long period with a sideways market, where indexes, stocks, etc., move in channels with support and resistance levels. We discuss option pricing in such scenarios, in both cases of unattainable as well as attainable boundaries, and obtain closed-form option pricing formulas. Our results also apply to FX rates in target zones without interest rate pegging (USD/HKD, digital currencies, etc.).

Keywords: Option Pricing, Channel, Reflecting Boundaries, Brownian Motion, Volatility, Drift, Barriers, Mean-Reversion, Mean-Repelling, FX, Digital Currencies, Target Zone, Sideways Market, Interest Rate, Attainable Boundaries, Unattainable Boundaries

JEL Classification: G00, G10, G11, G12, G13, G20, G23, G24, G30, G32, C22, C25

Suggested Citation

Kakushadze, Zura, Option Pricing: Channels, Target Zones and Sideways Markets (May 25, 2020). Bulletin of Applied Economics 7(2) 25-33, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3610409 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3610409

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