Pricing Options on Interest Rate Instruments

Derivatives Valuation

  1. Radu Tunaru PhD1,
  2. Brian Eales2

Published Online: 15 DEC 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118182635.efm0036

Encyclopedia of Financial Models

Encyclopedia of Financial Models

How to Cite

Tunaru, R. and Eales, B. 2012. Pricing Options on Interest Rate Instruments. Encyclopedia of Financial Models. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Professor of Quantitative Finance, Business School, University of Kent

  2. 2

    Academic Leader (Retired), London Metropolitan University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2012


Interest rate modeling has quickly become one of the main areas in financial markets. The models have grown in sophistication in response to development of new products and structures. Almost all pricing of securities and the risk management function, including marking-to-market, relies on interest rate modeling of some description. The information on interest rates, usually conveyed from the options markets, is important for other markets as well, such as the more established credit risk, commodities, equities, and the more recent ones such as inflation derivatives and insurance derivatives. Many models have been developed over the years, and their advantages and disadvantages should be appreciated and understood when they are applied.


  • interest rates;
  • spot rates;
  • forward rates;
  • interest rate modeling;
  • short rate models;
  • HJM framework;
  • tree;
  • Hull-White model;
  • Cox-Ingersoll-Ross (CIR) models;
  • Vasicek model;
  • bond pricing;
  • calibration;
  • bond option pricing;
  • caps