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A Model for Stock prices

  • Process for Stock Prices: Assumed a drift rate equal to \(\mu S\) where \(\mu\) is the expected return of the stock, and variance \(\sigma^2 S^2\) where \(\sigma^2\) is the variance of the return of the stock. From Weiner process the model for stock prices is\[ \Delta S = \mu S \Delta t + \sigma S \epsilon \sqrt{\Delta t} \]

or \( \frac{\Delta S}{S} = \mu \Delta t + \sigma \epsilon \sqrt{\Delta t}. \) Therefore \( \frac{\Delta S}{S} \sim N(\mu \Delta t, \sigma \sqrt{\Delta t}). \)
\(S\) Price of the stock. \(\Delta S\) Change in the stock price. \(\Delta t\) Small interval of time. \(\epsilon\) Follows \(N(0,1)\).


  • Example: The current price of a stock is \(S_0=\$100\). The expected return is \(\mu=0.10\) per year, and the standard deviation of the return is \(\sigma=0.20\) (also per year).
  • Find an expression for the process of the stock.

\( \frac{\Delta S}{S}=0.14 \Delta t + 0.20 \epsilon \sqrt{\Delta t} \)

  • Find the distribution of the change in \(S\) divided by \(S\) at the end of the first year. That is, find the distribution of \(\frac{\Delta S}{S}\).

\( \frac{\Delta S}{S} \sim N\left(0.10 \Delta t, 0.20 \sqrt{\Delta t}\right). \)

  • Divide the year in weekly intervals and find the distribution of \(\frac{\Delta S}{S}\) at the end of each weekly interval.

\( \frac{\Delta S}{S} \sim N\left(0.10 \frac{1}{52}, 0.20 \sqrt{\frac{1}{52}}\right). \)

  • Therefore, sampling from this distribution we can simulate the path of the stock. The price of the stock at the end of the first interval will be \(S_1 = S_0 + \Delta S_1\), where \(\Delta S_1\) is the change during the first time interval, etc.


  • Using the SOCR applet we will simulate the stock's path by dividing one year into small intervals each one of length \(\frac{1}{100}\) of a year, when \(S_0=\$20<math>, annual mean and standard deviation'"`UNIQ-MathJax2-QINU`"'. <br> * The applet will select a random sample of 100 observations from <math>N(0,1)\) and will compute

\( \frac{\Delta S}{S} = 0.14 (0.01) + 0.20 \epsilon \sqrt{0.01}. \) Suppose that \(\epsilon_1=0.58\). Then
\( \frac{\Delta S}{S} = 0.14 (0.01) + 0.20 (0.58) \sqrt{0.01}= 0.013 \Rightarrow \Delta S_1= 20(0.013)=0.26. \)
Therefore \( \Delta S_1 = S_0 + \Delta S_1 = 20 + 0.26=20.26. \) We continue in the same fashion until we reach the end of the year. Here is the SOCR applet.

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