Journal of Applied Mathematics
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 584705, 21 pages
Research Article

Pricing and Applications of Digital Installment Options

Department of Economics, University of Rome III, Via Silvio D’Amico 77, 00145 Rome, Italy

Received 16 February 2012; Accepted 13 May 2012

Academic Editor: Mina Abd-El-Malek

Copyright © 2012 Pierangelo Ciurlia and Andrea Gheno. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


For its theoretical interest and strong impact on financial markets, option valuation is considered one of the cornerstones of contemporary mathematical finance. This paper specifically studies the valuation of exotic options with digital payoff and flexible payment plan. By means of the Incomplete Fourier Transform, the pricing problem is solved in order to find integral representations of the upfront price for European call and put options. Several applications in the areas of corporate finance, insurance, and real options are discussed. Finally, a new type of digital derivative named supercash option is introduced and some payment schemes are also presented.