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Capped and floored floaters can be valued using the arbitrage-free framework.

A * capped floater* (floating rate loan) is a bond that pays a coupon that resets every period based on the reference rate. Reference rates can be EURIBOR or LIBOR.

The coupon is determined at the beginning of each period and is paid at the end of each period.

Thus, a capped floater protects the issuer against rising interest rates above a certain maximum rate. This makes it an issuer option.

$$ \text{Value of capped floater} = \text{Value of straight bond} – \text{Value of embedded cap} $$

A three-year floating rate bond pays annual coupons of one-year Euribor at the end of each year and is capped at 6.00%. The Euribor swap curve is given in the binomial lattice below. The interest rate volatility is assumed to be 15%.

The value of the capped floater and embedded cap are *closest to*:

**Solution**

Therefore, the value of the capped floater is 99.89.

$$ \text{Value of embedded cap} = 100-99.89 = 0.11 $$

A* floored floater* is a floating rate bond whose coupon rate cannot fall below a specified minimum rate, which is known as the floor.

The investor is long an embedded option that offers protection against falling interest rates. Thus, it is referred to as an investor option.

$$ \text{Value floored floater} = \text{Value of straight bond} + \text{Value of embedded floor} $$

A three-year floating rate bond pays annual coupons of one-year Euribor at the end of each year and is floored at 2.0%. The Euribor swap curve is given in the interest rate tree below. The interest rate volatility is assumed to be 15%.

The value of the floored floater is *closest to*:

**Solution**

From the above binomial tree, the value of the floored floater has been calculated to be $100.49.

The floor adds 0.49 in value to the straight bond. Had the floor been 1.5%, the floored floater and the straight bond would be worth par.

## Question

A three-year floating rate bond pays coupons of one-year LIBOR annually, set in arrears and capped at 5%. The Libor swap curve is as given in the binomial lattice below. The interest rate volatility is assumed to be 10%.

The value of the capped floater is

closest to:

- 99.44.
- 99.77.
- 100.00.

Solution

The correct aswer is A.

Reading 30: Valuation and Analysis of Bonds with Embedded Options

*LOS 30 (m) Calculate the value of a capped or floored floating-rate bond.*