$10.00 week 2
Use information contained in the Integrative Problem after Chapter 8 on page 262 of your text book and develop responses to questions 1 through 5. You have to prepare 2-3 page report, excluding cover page on your findings. All relevant computations must be shown.
1. As an employee of the foreign exchange department for a large company, you have
been given the following information:
Beginning of Year
Spot rate of £ = $1.596
Spot rate of Australian dollar (A$) = $.70
Cross exchange rate: £1 = A$2.28
One-year forward rate of A$ = $.71
One-year forward rate of £ = $1.58004
One-year U.S. interest rate = 8.00%
One-year British interest rate = 9.09%
One-year Australian interest rate = 7.00%
Determine whether triangular arbitrage is feasible and, if so, how it should be conducted
to make a profit.
2. Using the information in question 1, determine whether covered interest arbitrage
is feasible and, if so, how it should be conducted to make a profit.
3. Based on the information in question 1 for the beginning of the year, use the international
Fisher effect (IFE) theory to forecast the annual percentage change in the
British pound's value over the year.
4. Assume that at the beginning of the year, the pound's value is in equilibrium. Assume
that over the year the British inflation rate is 6 percent, while the U.S. inflation rate
is 4 percent. Assume that any change in the pound's value due to the inflation differential
has occurred by the end of the year. Using this information and the information provided
in question 1, determine how the pound's value changed over the year.
5. Assume that the pound's depreciation over the year was attributed directly to central
bank intervention. Explain the type of direct intervention that would place downward
pressure on the value of the pound.
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