**What is the Black-Scholes-Merton Model?**

The Black-Scholes-Merton is a pricing model for financial instruments. This model is used for the valuation of stock options. The Black-Scholes-Merton Model (BSM) is used to determine the fair prices of stock options based on six variables: volatility, type, underlying stock price, strike price, time, and the risk-free rate. The BSM is based on the principle of hedging and focuses on eliminating risks associated with the volatility of underlying assets and stock options.

**Equation of the Black-Scholes-Merton Model**

The BSM model can be described as a second-order partial differential equation.

This equation describes the price of stocks options over time.

**Pricing a Call Option:**

The price of a call option C is given by the following formula:

Where:

**Putting a Put Option:**

The price of a put option P is given by the following formula:

Where:

N – Cumulative distribution function of normal distribution

T-t – Time to Maturity

St – Spot price of the underlying asset

K – Strike price

R – Risk-free rate

O – Volatility of returns of the underlying asset

**Assumptions of the Black-Scholes-Merton Model**

**Lognormal distribution:**The BSM model assumes that stock prices follow a lognormal distribution.**No dividends:**The BSM model assumes that the stocks do not pay any dividends or returns**Expiration date:**The model assumes that the options can only be exercised on their expiration or maturity date.**Random walk:**State of random walk is assumed as the market is volatile and cannot be predicted.**Frictionless market:**No transaction costs, including commission and brokerage, is assumed in the BSM model**Risk-free interest market:**The interest rate is assumed to be constant, hence making the underlying asset a risk-free one.