Extrinsic Value

What is Extrinsic Value of an Option?

Extrinsic value of the option is one of the components of the total value of the option due to time value and the impact of volatility of the underlying asset. This part of the option value does not consider intrinsic value that accounts for the difference between the spot price and exercise price of the underlying security.


Following hierarchy shows the contributors to the option value and the factors affecting these components:

Factors Affecting the Extrinsic Value


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Extrinsic Value Example

  • As we have mentioned in the introduction, an option value has two components, intrinsic and extrinsic. When the investor purchases the option, the exercise price determined is either equal to or lower (higher) than the current spot price of the underlying for a call (put) option. This implies that the intrinsic value is 0. In the case of a call (put) option, the option has a positive payoff when the spot price at maturity is greater (lower) than the exercise price.
  • Even with a 0 intrinsic value, the investor pays the premium to purchase the option. So at this time, the entire premium is due to the extrinsic value.
  • For example, if the exercise price for a call option is $100, and the Spot price of the underlying is either $100 or less, the payoff is 0. Let’s suppose, during the time of the option, and the spot priceSpot PriceA spot price is the current market price of a commodity, financial product, or derivative product, and it is the price at which an investor or trader can buy or sell an asset or security for immediate delivery.read more becomes 110, then the payoff is 110-100 = $10 and lets us say there are three months to expiry, we feel that the underlying can go up to $120, so the option price will be higher than the current payoff of 10, maybe $15, this addition $5 is due to extrinsic value, more precisely time value if volatility is constant.

Option Pricing Methods

Option Pricing Methods

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Based on the lengths of the interim time periods from the time of purchase of the option till the time of maturity, there are two popular methods used for option pricing, the binomial method when the time periods are discrete such as two years, and the BSM method and its variants such as the Black method, when the desired pricing is continuous.

The price arrived at any of these methods encompasses both the intrinsic and extrinsic value of the option. If the market price is even higher than this price, then there can be two reasons for this:

Assumptions of the Black Scholes Model

We need to also look at a few assumptions of the BSM because some of these are very simplistic as compared to a real-world scenario:

However, these assumptions do not always hold true in the real world, and therefore the BSM model requires adjustments to be made to incorporate such variance. Such adjustments vary from analyst to analyst, and therefore there might be a possibility that the price calculated from these methods may vary from the current market price.

What we need to understand from this is that it is not always the case that the market price – intrinsic value = extrinsic value, and here is the difference between the terms price and value of the option. Price may refer to the market price, and the value may refer to the calculated price from one of these models, and premium may refer to the amount paid at the time of the purchase of the option.

The formula for BSM for calculation of a call option price is below for understanding:

formula for BSM

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  • Without going in too much depth, we only should understand the points from the perspective of this article.
  • The standard deviation is the symbol for volatility, and the T-t is the time till expiry. Therefore the formula suggests that the price calculated using this model incorporates for extrinsic value variables along with intrinsic value variables.


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