InvestorQ : What happens to the value of a call option when the interest rates go down to a lower level? # What happens to the value of a call option when the interest rates go down to a lower level? Answer 1 year ago

Let us look at a live example to understand the impact of a reduction in interest rates on the value of the call option. Let us take the case when the interest rate goes down by 100 basis points from 5% to 4%.

 Input Data Input Data Stock Price now (P) 120.00 Stock Price now (P) 120.00 Exercise Price of Option (EX) 125.00 Exercise Price of Option (EX) 125.00 Number of periods to Exercise in years (t) 0.08333 Number of periods to Exercise in years (t) 0.08333 Compounded Risk-Free Interest Rate (rf) 5.00% Compounded Risk-Free Interest Rate (rf) 4.00% Standard Deviation (annualized s) 30.00% Standard Deviation (annualized s) 30.00% Output Data Output Data Present Value of Exercise Price (PV(EX)) 124.4803 Present Value of Exercise Price (PV(EX)) 124.5840 s*t^.5 0.0866 s*t^.5 0.0866 d1 -0.3800 d1 -0.3896 d2 -0.4666 d2 -0.4762 Delta N(d1) Normal Cumulative Density Function 0.3520 Delta N(d1) Normal Cumulative Density Function 0.3484 Bank Loan N(d2)*PV(EX) 39.8844 Bank Loan N(d2)*PV(EX) 39.4896 Value of Call 2.3542 Value of Call 2.3212 (Note - Period is reduced to yearly decimals

The strike price pertains to the expiry date. For example, when you buy a 125 strike Call option when the market price is Rs.120 then it is the right to buy the stock at Rs.125 on the last Thursday of the month, which is the F&O expiry. But the market price pertains to the current date. Hence to make them comparable, you need to calculate the present value of the excise price or the strike price. This present value discounting is done based on the interest rates and that is why interest rates are relevant to the calculation of the call option value. In the above instance you can see that the interest rates have moved down by 100 basis points and as a result the present value of the excise price as shown in the above table has gone up. This narrows the positive gap between the stock price and the market price or it widens the negative gap between the stock price and the market price and therefore ends up making the call option less valuable. It can be seen that the impact of the 100 bps change in the interest rates on the value of the call option is not very significant. That is because it is more of a second level change.

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