Knock-In American Options
Journal of Futures Markets, Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 179-192, 2004
12 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2010 Last revised: 25 Jun 2013
A knock-in American option under a trigger clause is an option contract in which the option holder receives an American option conditional on the underlying asset price breaching certain trigger level (or called barrier level). We present closed form valuation formulas for knock-in American options under the Black-Scholes pricing framework. The price formulas possess different analytic representations, depending on the relation between the trigger stock price level and the critical stock price of the underlying American option. We also performed numerical valuation of several knock-in American options to illustrate the efficacy of the price formulas.
Keywords: Barrier options, American options, knock in, analytic solutions
JEL Classification: G130
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