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Journal of Finance and Accounting. 2015, 3(2), 12-17
DOI: 10.12691/jfa-3-2-1
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Blending Scenarios into Real Options: Relevance of the Pay-off Method to Management Investment Decisions

G Favato1, , J A Cottingham2 and N Isachenkova2

1Small Business Research Centre, Kingston University, London, UK

2Kingston Business School, Kingston University, London, UK

Pub. Date: May 31, 2015

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G Favato, J A Cottingham and N Isachenkova. Blending Scenarios into Real Options: Relevance of the Pay-off Method to Management Investment Decisions. Journal of Finance and Accounting. 2015; 3(2):12-17. doi: 10.12691/jfa-3-2-1


This paper aims to demonstrate the relevance of the pay-off method to making management investment decisions under uncertainty. The success of the pay-off method as a replacement for the currently used option pricing algorithms was demonstrated by informing thirteen option pricing models with the same basic inputs and by comparing the mean option price obtained with the pay-off value. Everything else equal, the pay-off method demonstrated to be a useful tool to management uncertainty due to its mathematical simplicity and the possibility to embed scenario planning into the real option valuation. These benefits should make the use of real option thinking more relevant to management investment decisions under uncertainty.

pay-off method real options pricing scenarios investment decisions

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