A deposit instrument offered by a bank guarantees that investors will receive a return
during a 6-month period that is the greater of (a) zero and (b) 40% of the return
provided by a market index. An investor is planning to put $100,000 in the
Describe the payoff as an option on the index. Assuming that the risk-free
rate of interest is 8% per annum, the dividend yield on the index is 3% per annum,
and the volatility of the index is 25% per annum, is the product a good deal for the
The solution shows full calculations used in evaluating the investment, and also expresses a conclusion about the product.