FIN 350, International Finance
Problem Set 2, Fall 2014
Due October 19th, 2014
You must show your work for all problems
1. Six months ago the ask rate for Euro was 1.3412 EUR/USD, and now it is 0.7105USD/EUR.
(a) By how much has the EUR appreciated or depreciated over these six months?
(b) By how much has the USD appreciated or depreciated over these six months?
2. What impact would the following changes have on the exchange rate of GBP w.r.t USD? Why?
a. Income levels in UK fall relative to US
b. Interest rates in UK fall relative to US
c. Lower relative inflation in UK
3. For each of the following transactions, check the boxes for all possible hedging techniques:
Buy a Forward
Sell a Forward
You will be receiving JPY in six months for exports to Japan
Your supplier in Europe expects payment in Euros in 30 days
Your subsidiary in Canada will be remitting profits at the end of the year
4. Your company imports wines from France. You will be paying EUR 200,000 for import of 2000 cases of Bordeaux in 3 month. Current spot rate of Euro is $1.2751/91, and the 3-month forward rate is $1.2908/45. In order to avoid risk of currency fluctuation, you negotiate a forward contract with your bank. If the exchange rate three months from now (when you receive the payment) is USD 1.2815/47,
(a) How much will you have to pay for your Euros?
(b) What was your profit/loss due to the forward contract that you had signed?
(c) A 3-month call option on EUR with a strike price of $1.2810 is available for a premium of $0.018, and a 3-month put option with the same strike price is available for a premium of $0.028. What option strategy can you use to hedge your EUR receivables? What will be your profit/loss using this strategy if the exchange rate of EUR is indeed USD 1.2815/47 at the end of three months.
(d) Would you recommend a forward contract or an option contract? Why?