Top traders, investors, and analysts agree that one method, option-adjusted spread (OAS) analysis, is the most useful way to compare and value securities with options. Nearly every day the bond market figures out a new way to structure securities, most of which involve options.
This book explains OAS analysis in plain English, presenting each step in the method clearly and concisely. Topics covered include:
- Why yield-based analysis breaks down for nonbullet bonds
- How to model put and call provisions as embedded options
- How to distinguish the intrinsic and time components of option value
- How to model interest-rate volatility, future interest rates, and future bond prices
- How to calculate option-free price and yield
- How to estimate the "fair value" of a bond
- How to calculate implied spot and forward rates
Salespeople, traders, and investors will want to read this book and keep it on their desks.