Discrete time models of the term structure of interest rates and interest rate contingent claims

Roswell Earl Mathis, Florida International University

Abstract

In this study, discrete time one-factor models of the term structure of interest rates and their application to the pricing of interest rate contingent claims are examined theoretically and empirically. The first chapter provides a discussion of the issues involved in the pricing of interest rate contingent claims and a description of the Ho and Lee (1986), Maloney and Byrne (1989), and Black, Derman, and Toy (1990) discrete time models. In the second chapter, a general discrete time model of the term structure from which the Ho and Lee, Maloney and Byrne, and Black, Derman, and Toy models can all be obtained is presented. The general model also provides for the specification of an additional model, the ExtendedMB model. The third chapter illustrates the application of the discrete time models to the pricing of a variety of interest rate contingent claims. In the final chapter, the performance of the Ho and Lee, Black, Derman, and Toy, and ExtendedMB models in the pricing of Eurodollar futures options is investigated empirically. The results indicate that the Black, Derman, and Toy and ExtendedMB models outperform the Ho and Lee model. Little difference in the performance of the Black, Derman, and Toy and ExtendedMB models is detected. ^

Subject Area

Economics, Finance

Recommended Citation

Roswell Earl Mathis, "Discrete time models of the term structure of interest rates and interest rate contingent claims" (January 1, 1996). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. Paper AAI9700492.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI9700492

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