Managerial Finance and Wall Street Journals

BU440 Managerial Finance II

1. The Wall Street Journal reported the following spot and forward rates for the Swiss franc:

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Spot……………………. $0.7876
30-day forward………… $0.7918
90-day forward………… $0.7968
180-day forward………. $0.8039

a. Was the Swiss franc selling at a discount or a premium in the forward market?

b. What was the 30-day forward premium (or discount)?

c. What was the 90-day forward premium (or discount)?

d. Suppose you executed a 90-day forward contract to exchange 100,000 Swiss francs into U.S. dollars. How many dollars would you get 90 days hence?

e. Assume a Swiss bank entered into a 180-day forward contract with Citicorp to buy $100,000. How many francs will the Swiss bank deliver in six months to get the U.S. dollars?

3. You are the vice-president of finance for Exploratory Resources, headquartered in Houston, Texas. In January 2007, your firm’s Canadian subsidiary obtained a six-month loan of 100,000 Canadian dollars from a bank in Houston to finance the acquisition of a titanium mine in Quebec province. The loan will also be repaid in Canadian dollars. At the time of the loan, the spot exchange rate was U.S. $0.8180/Canadian dollar and the Canadian currency was selling at a discount in the forward market. The June 2007 contract
(Face value = $100,000 per contract) was quoted at U.S. $0.8120/Canadian dollar.

a. Explain how the Houston bank could lose on this transaction assuming no hedging.

b. If the bank does hedge with the forward contract, what is the maximum amount it can lose?

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