FinancialDerivative
FinancialDerivative[instrument,params,ambientparams]
gives the value of the specified financial instrument.
FinancialDerivative[instrument,params,ambientparams,prop]
computes the specified property prop.
Details and Options
 FinancialDerivative can compute the values and partial derivatives for many common types of financial derivative contracts.
 FinancialDerivative[] gives a list of available contracts.
 Contracts are typically specified as a list of the form {option,exercise,type}, where option is the name of the financial instrument, exercise is normally "European" or "American", and type is either "Call" or "Put".
 FinancialDerivative[instrument] lists the names of the contract and ambient parameters.
 FinancialDerivative[instrument,params,ambientparams] computes the value of instrument for the specified ambient parameters.
 FinancialDerivative[instrument,params,ambientparams,{prop_{1},prop_{2},…}] computes multiple properties.
 FinancialDerivative[instruments,params,ambientparams,"Rules"] computes all available properties and returns the result as a list of rules.
 Typical contract parameters include:

"StrikePrice" strike price "Expiration" expiration date, or time until expiration  The expiration date can be specified as a date or as the time left to maturity.
 Ambient parameters common to all option types:

"CurrentPrice" price of the underlying asset at the reference time "Volatility" current volatility of the underlying asset "InterestRate" riskfree interest rate "Dividend" dividend paid per time unit "ReferenceTime" reference date or time  For options on multiple underlying assets, ambient parameters can be given as a list or as a single value common to all underlying assets.
 Volatilities, interest rates, dividends, and the maturity time are assumed to refer to the same time unit, typically years.
 The reference time can be given as a date or as a time difference. If it is not specified, the value is assumed to be today's date.
 Ambient parameter required for basket options, which involve multiple underlying assets:

"CorrelationMatrix" correlation matrix for underlying assets  The correlation between underlying assets is given as a real symmetric matrix with 1s on the diagonal. All correlation coefficients are in the range to .
 The correlation matrix can also be given as a flat list of the coefficients above the diagonal.
 Ambient currency parameters relevant to Quanto options:

"ExchangeRate" current price of the foreign currency "ExchangeVolatility" volatility of the foreign exchange "ForeignInterestRate" riskfree interest rate in the foreign currency  Properties computed by FinancialDerivative include:

"Value" value on the reference date "CriticalValue" critical value for American options "Delta" derivative of the value with respect to the price "Gamma" second derivative of the value with respect to the price "Rho" derivative of the value with respect to the interest rate "Theta" derivative of the value with respect to the time until expiration "Vega" derivative of the value with respect to the volatility "Greeks" all Greeks, given as a list of rules {delta,gamma,rho,theta,vega} "ImpliedVolatility" volatility implied by the contract price  FinancialDerivative takes the following options:

"GridSize" Automatic grid size for finitedifference methods, in the form {xgrid,tgrid} "Paths" Automatic number of paths used in a simulationbased solver "Steps" Automatic number of steps in each path Method Automatic a specific solution method, when available "Caching" False value caching, when available  Asian Options
 Asian options have a payoff that is the difference between the strike price and the average value of the underlying asset over the lifetime of the contract. FinancialDerivative can price the following types of Asian options:

"AsianArithmetic" arithmetic mean Asian option "AsianGeometric" geometric mean Asian option  Contract parameters:

"Inception" inception date of the contract, or lifetime so far "Expiration" expiration date, or time to maturity "AverageSoFar" average price since inception "StrikePrice" strike price  FinancialDerivative supports Asian call and put options with European exercise style.
 Barrier Options
 Barrier options have a payoff that depends on whether or not the price reaches a predetermined barrier level. The following types of barrier options are supported:

"BarrierDownIn" barrier downandin option "BarrierDownOut" barrier downandout option "BarrierUpIn" barrier upandin option "BarrierUpOut" barrier upandout option  Barrier upandout options become void if the price rises to or exceeds the barrier level. Downandout options become void if the price decreases to the barrier. Upandin options become valid as the price rises to the barrier level. Downandin options become valid when the price falls to or below the barrier level.
 All singlebarrier options require the following parameters:

"Barrier" barrier level "Expiration" expiration date, or time to maturity "Rebate" rebate paid to option holder if the option expires void "StrikePrice" strike price  FinancialDerivative supports call and put barrier options with European and American exercise styles. All rebates are paid at option expiration.
 Binary Options
 Binary or digital options have a payoff at maturity that is either a fixed amount or nothing.

"BinaryCash" binary cashornothing option "BinaryAsset" binary assetornothing option  Binary cashornothing options pay a fixed amount if the underlying price is in the money at maturity. Binary assetornothing options pay the current price of the asset at expiration if the price of the asset is above the strike price.
 Binary options require the following parameters:

"Expiration" expiration date, or time to maturity "StrikePrice" strike price  FinancialDerivative supports binary call and put options with European exercise style. The payoff is taken to be 1 for the binary cash option.
 Chooser Options
 A chooser option is a compound contract that requires the buyer to choose between a call and a put option on the same underlying asset at a predetermined expiration time.

"Chooser" chooser option  Required contract parameters:

"Expiration" choice date, or time until choice "ExpirationCall" expiration date of the underlying call option "ExpirationPut" expiration date of the underlying put option "StrikePriceCall" strike price of the call option "StrikePricePut" strike price of the put option  FinancialDerivative supports chooser options with European exercise style.
 Compound Options
 A compound contract is an option on a European vanilla option.

"CompoundCall" underlying asset is a call option "CompoundPut" underlying asset is a put option  Required contract parameters:

"Expiration" expiration date of the compound option "ExpirationUnderlying" expiration date of the underlying option "StrikePrice" strike price of the compound option "StrikePriceUnderlying" strike price of the underlying option  FinancialDerivative supports compound call and put options with European exercise style.
 DoubleBarrier Options
 Doublebarrier options have a payoff that depends on whether or not the price of the underlying asset reaches either of the two barrier levels at any time prior to exercise. The following types of doublebarrier options are supported:

"DoubleBarrierKnockOut" double barrier knockout option "DoubleBarrierKnockIn" double barrier knockin option  A doublebarrier knockout option becomes void as soon as the price of the underlying asset breaks out of the barrier interval. A doublebarrier knockin option becomes valid as soon as the price breaks out of the interval.
 Required contract parameters:

"Expiration" expiration date, or time to maturity "StrikePrice" contract strike price "Barriers" barrier interval in the form {lower,upper}  FinancialDerivative supports doublebarrier call and put options with either American or European exercise style.
 Extendible Options
 Extendible options can be exercised at the time of maturity, or they can be extended by a predetermined period. The following types of extendible options are supported:

"ExtendibleHolder" holderextendible option "ExtendibleWriter" writerextendible option  A holderextendible option requires the holder to pay an additional premium to extend the option. A writerextendible option is extended automatically if the option is out of the money upon initial expiration.
 Required contract parameters:

"Expiration" expiration date, or time to maturity "StrikePrice" contract strike price "StrikePriceAdjusted" contract strike price after extension "ExtensionPeriod" extension period, or time to which extended "ExtensionFee" additional premium to be paid for extension ("ExtendibleHolder" only)  FinancialDerivative supports extendible call and put options with European exercise style.
 Lookback Options
 A lookback contract is a pathdependent option whose value at exercise depends on the optimal price of the underlying asset over the lifetime of the contract. The following lookback options are supported:

"LookbackFloating" floatingstrike lookback option "LookbackFixed" fixedstrike lookback option  In a floatingstrike lookback call option, the strike price is taken to be the lowest price attained by the underlying asset over the option's lifetime. For put options, the highest underlying price is used.
 In a fixedstrike lookback call option, the value of the underlying asset at exercise is taken to be the highest price of the underlying asset over the option's lifetime. For put options, the lowest underlying price is used.
 Required contract parameters:

"Expiration" expiration date, or time to maturity "StrikePrice" contract strike price ("LookbackFixed" only) "MaxSoFar" highest value attained by the asset over the contract period to date ("LookbackFixed" call option or "LookbackFloating" put option) "MinSoFar" lowest value attained by the asset over the contract period to date ("LookbackFixed" put option or "LookbackFloating" call option)  FinancialDerivative supports lookback call and put options with European exercise style. In addition, it supports American exercise for floatingstrike lookback options.
 OneTouch Options
 A onetouch contract is a binary option with an American exercise style.

"OneTouch" one touch option  Onetouch options pay a fixed amount at an arbitrary exercise time if the option is in the money.
 Required contract parameters:

"Expiration" expiration date, or time to maturity "StrikePrice" contract strike price  FinancialDerivative supports onetouch call and put options. The payoff is taken to be 1.
 Option on Future
 An option on a future has a forward contract, rather than a stock security, as its underlying asset.

"Future" option on a future  Required contract parameters:

"Expiration" expiration date, or time to maturity "StrikePrice" contract strike price  FinancialDerivative supports European call and put options on futures.
 Perpetual Vanilla Options
 A perpetual vanilla contract is an American vanilla option without an expiration date.

"Perpetual" perpetual vanilla option  Required contract parameters:

"StrikePrice" contract strike price  FinancialDerivative supports American call and put perpetuals.
 Perpetual Lookback Options
 A perpetual lookback contract is a lookback contract without an expiration date.

"PerpetualLookback" floatingstrike perpetual lookback option  In a floatingstrike perpetual lookback call option, the strike price adjusts to the lowest price attained by the asset over the contract period so far. For put options, the strike price is taken to be the highest underlying price so far.
 Required contract parameters:

"MaxSoFar" highest asset value over the contract period so far (put) "MinSoFar" lowest asset value over the contract period so far (call)  FinancialDerivative supports floatingstrike perpetual lookback call and put options.
 Power Options
 A power option is a contract for which the payoff is raised to a power.

"Power" power option "Powered" powered option "PowerCapped" capped power option  A power option raises the price of the underlying asset at time of exercise to the power specified. A powered option raises the difference between the price of the underlying asset and the strike price to the power specified. A capped power option caps the payoff on a power option.
 Required contract parameters:

"Expiration" expiration date, or time to maturity "StrikePrice" contract strike price "Power" the power "Cap" the maximum payoff (capped power option)  Russian Options
 A Russian option is a type of perpetual lookback call option for which the payoff is the highest value attained by the underlying asset by exercise time.

"Russian" fixedstrike perpetual lookback option  Required contract parameters:

"MaxSoFar" highest asset value over the contract period to date  Vanilla Options
 A vanilla option contract is a pathindependent option.

"Vanilla" vanilla option  Required contract parameters:

"Expiration" expiration date, or time to maturity "StrikePrice" contract strike price  FinancialDerivative supports vanilla call and put options with either an American or a European exercise style. The "Vanilla" name specification can be omitted.
 By default, FinancialDerivative prices American vanilla options by numerically solving the Black–Scholes partial differential equation. A binomial tree solution method can be specified by setting the Method option to "Binomial".
 Rainbow Options
 A rainbow contract entitles the option holder to the maximum of the payouts generated by the individual components of a basket of assets.
 Option names:

"RainbowBest" payout is the value of the bestperforming asset "RainbowWorst" payout is the value of the worstperforming asset "RainbowMoney" payout is based on the value of the bestperforming asset, where a riskfree investment is one of the assets  Required contract parameters:

"Expiration" expiration date, or time to maturity "Money" amount of cash in the basket ("RainbowMoney" option)  FinancialDerivative supports rainbow options with American and European exercise styles. American exercise is supported for a maximum of two noncash assets in a basket.
 Rainbow Minimum and Maximum Options
 A rainbow minimum contract has a payout that is the value of an option on the worstperforming asset for a call, and on the bestperforming asset for a put. A rainbow maximum contract has a payout that is the value of an option on the bestperforming asset for a call, and on the worstperforming asset for a put.
 Option names:

"RainbowMin" rainbow minimum contract "RainbowMax" rainbow maximum contract  Required contract parameters:

"Expiration" expiration date, or time to maturity "StrikePrice" contract strike price  FinancialDerivative supports rainbow minimum and maximum call and put options with American and European exercise styles. American exercise is supported for a maximum of two assets in a basket.
 Mountain Range Options
 Mountain range options are a class of contracts that entitle the holder to a payout that is based on the performance of a basket of assets, with certain time constraints on asset performance.

"Altiplano" Altiplano mountain range contract "Annapurna" Annapurna mountain range contract "Atlas" Atlas mountain range contract "Everest" Everest mountain range contract "Himalaya" Himalaya mountain range contract  Exercise and option type specifications are not applicable to mountain range options.
 An Altiplano contract is a type of mountain range option that pays out a fixed coupon amount if none of the basket assets have reached their respective barriers, and nothing otherwise.
 Parameters for Altiplano contracts:

"Barriers" barrier values of each asset "Coupon" coupon amount "Expiration" expiration date, or time to maturity  An Annapurna contract pays out a fixed coupon amount if none of the basket assets descend below their respective fractional barrier prices, and nothing otherwise.
 Parameters for Annapurna options:

"Fractions" asset price fractions that trigger the validity condition "Coupon" coupon amount "Expiration" expiration date, or time to maturity  An Atlas contract has a payout that is based on the performance of a basket from which the best and worstperforming assets have been removed.
 Parameters for Atlas contracts:

"StrikePrice" strike price of the option, expressed as a multiplicative factor "NominalAmount" cash amount on which the returns of the option accrue "Expiration" expiration date, or time to maturity  An Everest contract has a payout that is based on the performance of the worst asset in a basket of assets.
 Parameters for Everest contracts:

"NominalAmount" cash amount on which the returns of the option accrue "Expiration" expiration date, or time to maturity  A Himalaya contract has a payout that is based on the performance of the best asset in a gradually shrinking basket of assets. The time to expiration is divided into subperiods, with the yield for each subperiod determined by the return on the bestperforming asset over that period, and with each asset being used to determine a subperiod return exactly once.
 Parameters for Himalaya contracts:

"NominalAmount" cash amount on which the returns of the option accrue "Expiration" expiration date, or time to maturity  Spread Options
 A spread contract is a multiasset option whose value depends on the difference between the values of the underlying assets at the time of exercise.

"Spread" twoasset spread option  Required contract parameters:

"Expiration" expiration date, or time to maturity "StrikePrice" contract strike price  FinancialDerivative supports spread call and put options with American and European exercise styles.
 Quanto Vanilla Options
 A Quanto vanilla contract is an option whose value at exercise depends on the performance of the underlying asset, as well as on the performance of the currency in which the asset is denominated.
 Option names:

"QuantoFixedExchange" vanilla fixedexchange Quanto option "QuantoFixedStrike" vanilla fixedstrike Quanto option  A vanilla fixedexchange Quanto option is settled at a predetermined exchange rate. A vanilla fixedstrike Quanto option is settled at a fixed strike price in a foreign currency at the prevailing exchange rate.
 Required contract parameters:

"Expiration" expiration date, or time to maturity "StrikePrice" contract strike price  FinancialDerivative supports vanilla Quanto call and put options with American and European exercise styles.
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Introduced in 2010
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 Updated in 2012 (9.0)