Posted: September 18th, 2017
A year ago, one-year interest rates in Brazil were on the order of 16%, those in the U.S. were on the order of 1.25%, and the Brazilian real was worth about U.S.$0.28. Now, the Brazilian real is worth about U.S.$0.34.
Intel stock is trading at $120 per share, and the company will not pay any dividends over the next year. Consider an Intel European call option and a European put option, both having an exercise price of $124 and both maturing in exactly one year. The simple (annualized) interest rate for borrowing and lending between now and one year from now is 3% for each 6 month period (6.09% per year).
Assume that there are no arbitrage opportunities. Is there enough information to determine which option has the higher market value? If so, which option, the call or the put, has higher market value? Explain your answer numerically.
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