Real options and American derivatives: The double continuation region

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We study the nonstandard optimal exercise policy associated with relevant capital investment options and with the prepayment option of widespread collateralized-borrowing contracts like the gold loan. Option exercise is optimally postponed not only when moneyness is insufficient, but also when it is excessive. We extend the classical optimal exercise properties for American options. Early exercise of an American call with a negative underlying payout rate can occur if the option is moderately in the money. We fully characterize the existence, the monotonicity, the continuity, the limits, and the asymptotic behavior at maturity of the double free boundary that separates the exercise region from the double continuation region. We find that the finite-maturity nonstandard policy conspicuously differs from the infinite-maturity one.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1094-1107
Numero di pagine14
RivistaManagement Science
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2015


  • American options
  • Asymptotic approximation of the free boundary
  • Collateralized borrowing
  • Gold loan
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Optimal exercise
  • Put-call symmetry
  • Real options
  • Strategy and Management1409 Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Valuation


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