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Assignment 10 (Chapter 11)

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1. Which of the following tends to cause the U.S. dollar to appreciate in value?
  1. An increase in U.S. prices above foreign prices
  2. Rapid economic growth in foreign countries
  3. A fall in U.S. interest rates below foreign levels
  4. An increase in the level of U.S. income
2. An appreciation in the value of the U.S. dollar against the British pound would tend to:
  1. Discourage the British from buying American goods
  2. Discourage Americans from buying British goods
  3. Increase the number of dollars that could be bought with a pound
  4. Discourage U.S. tourists from traveling to Britain
3. If you have a commitment to pay a friend in Britain 1,000 pounds in 30 days, you could remove the risk of loss due to the appreciation of the pound by:
  1. Buying dollars in the forward market for delivery in 30 days
  2. Selling dollars in the forward market for delivery in 30 days
  3. Buying the pounds in the forward market for delivery in 30 days
  4. Selling the pounds in the forward market for delivery in 30 days
4. A U.S. export company scheduled to receive 1 million pounds six months from today can hedge its foreign exchange risk by:
  1. Buying today 1 million pounds in the forward market for delivery in six months
  2. Buying 1 million pounds in the spot market for delivery in six months
  3. Selling 1 million pounds in the spot market for delivery in six months
  4. Selling today 1 million pounds in the forward market for delivery in six months
5. Over time, a depreciation in the value of a nation's currency in the foreign exchange market will result in:
  1. Exports rising and imports falling
  2. Imports rising and exports falling
  3. Both imports and exports rising
  4. Both imports and exports falling
6. Suppose that a Swiss watch that costs 400 francs in Switzerland costs $200 in the United States. The exchange rate between the franc and the dollar is:
  1. 2 francs per dollar
  2. 1 franc per dollar
  3. $2 per franc
  4. $3 per franc
7. Under a system of floating exchange rates, the Swiss franc would depreciate in value if which of the following occurs?
  1. Price inflation in France
  2. An increase in U.S. real income
  3. A decrease in the Swiss money supply
  4. Falling interest rates in Switzerland
8. Which financial instrument provides a buyer the right to purchase or sell a fixed amount of currency at a prearranged price, within a few days to a couple of years?
  1. Letter of credit
  2. Foreign currency option
  3. Cable transfer
  4. Bill of exchange
9. Given the foreign currency market for the Swiss franc, the supply of francs slopes upward because as the dollar price of the franc rises:
  1. America's demand for Swiss merchandise rises
  2. America's demand for Swiss merchandise falls
  3. Switzerland's demand for American merchandise rises
  4. Switzerland's demand for American merchandise falls
10. Suppose there occurs an increase in the Canadian demand for Japanese computers. This results in a(n):
  1. Increase in the demand for yen
  2. Decrease in the demand for yen
  3. Increase in the supply of yen to Canada
  4. Decrease in the supply of yen to Canada
11. Table 11.1 gives the exchange-rate quotations for the U.S. dollar and the British pound. Answer the question(s) on the basis of this information.

Table 11.1. Foreign Exchange Quotations

  U.S. Dollar Equivalent Currency per U.S. Dollar
  Tuesday Monday Tuesday Monday
Britain (Pound) 1.4270 1.4390 .7008 .6949
30-day Forward 1.4211 1.4333 .7037 .6977
60-day Forward 1.4090 1.4220 .7097 .7032
180-day Forward 1.3930 1.4070 .7179 .7107

Consider Table 11.1. If one were to buy pounds for immediate delivery, on Tuesday the dollar cost of each pound would be:
  1. $0.7008
  2. $0.7037
  3. $1.4211
  4. $1.4270
12. Table 11.1 gives the exchange-rate quotations for the U.S. dollar and the British pound. Answer the question(s) on the basis of this information.

Table 11.1. Foreign Exchange Quotations

  U.S. Dollar Equivalent Currency per U.S. Dollar
  Tuesday Monday Tuesday Monday
Britain (Pound) 1.4270 1.4390 .7008 .6949
30-day Forward 1.4211 1.4333 .7037 .6977
60-day Forward 1.4090 1.4220 .7097 .7032
180-day Forward 1.3930 1.4070 .7179 .7107

Consider Table 11.1. Comparing Tuesday to the previous Monday, by Tuesday the dollar had:
  1. Depreciated against the pound
  2. Appreciated against the pound
  3. Not changed against the pound
  4. None of the above
13. Table 11.1 gives the exchange-rate quotations for the U.S. dollar and the British pound. Answer the question(s) on the basis of this information.

Table 11.1. Foreign Exchange Quotations

  U.S. Dollar Equivalent Currency per U.S. Dollar
  Tuesday Monday Tuesday Monday
Britain (Pound) 1.4270 1.4390 .7008 .6949
30-day Forward 1.4211 1.4333 .7037 .6977
60-day Forward 1.4090 1.4220 .7097 .7032
180-day Forward 1.3930 1.4070 .7179 .7107

Consider Table 11.1. Concerning the Tuesday quotations: compared to the cost of buying 100 pounds on the spot market, if 100 pounds were bought for future delivery in 180 days, the dollar cost of the pounds would be:
  1. $3.40 higher
  2. $3.40 lower
  3. $6.80 higher
  4. $6.80 lower
14. In the interbank market for foreign exchange, the ____ refers to the price that a bank is willing to pay for a unit of foreign currency.
  1. Offer rate
  2. Bid rate
  3. Spread rate
  4. Transaction rate
15. In the interbank market for foreign exchange, the ____ refers to the price for which a bank is willing to sell a unit of foreign currency.
  1. Offer rate
  2. Option rate
  3. Futures rate
  4. Bid rate
16. Interest Rates
Assume the following: (1) the interest rate on 6-month treasury bills is 8 percent per annum in the United Kingdom and 4 percent per annum in the United States; (2) today's spot price of the pound is $1.50 while the 6-month forward price of the pound is $1.485.
Consider Interest Rates. If U.S. investors cover their exchange-rate risk, the extra return for the 6 months on the U.K. treasury bills is:
  1. 1.0 percent
  2. 1.5 percent
  3. 2.0 percent
  4. 2.5 percent
17. Figure 11.1 illustrates the supply and demand schedules for the Swiss franc. Assume that exchange rates are flexible. Refer to this figure when answering the question(s).

Figure 11.1. Supply and Demand Schedules of Francs

Figure 11.1
Refer to Figure 11.1. Suppose the exchange rate is $.30 per franc. At this exchange rate there is an ____ of francs that leads to a ____ in the dollar price of the franc, a(n) ____ in the quantity of francs supplied, and a(n) ____ in the quantity of francs demanded.
  1. Excess demand, rise, increase, decrease
  2. Excess demand, rise, decrease, increase
  3. Excess supply, fall, decrease, increase
  4. Excess supply, fall, increase, decrease
18. Figure 11.1 illustrates the supply and demand schedules for the Swiss franc. Assume that exchange rates are flexible. Refer to this figure when answering the question(s).

Figure 11.1. Supply and Demand Schedules of Francs

Figure 11.1
Refer to Figure 11.1. Suppose the exchange rate is $.70 per franc. Free-market forces would lead to a(n) ____ of the dollar against the franc and a(n) ____ in U.S. international competitiveness.
  1. Depreciation, improvement
  2. Depreciation, worsening
  3. Appreciation, improvement
  4. Appreciation, worsening
19. Answer the question(s) on the basis of the data shown in Table 11.2.

Table 11.2. Supply and Demand of British Pounds

Quantity of Dollars Quantity of
Pounds Supplied per Pound Pounds Demanded
1,000 2.00 200
800 1.80 400
600 1.60 600
400 1.40 800
200 1.20 1,000

Refer to Table 11.2. The equilibrium exchange rate equals:
  1. $1.20 per pound
  2. $1.40 per pound
  3. $1.60 per pound
  4. $1.80 per pound
20. Answer the question(s) on the basis of the data shown in Table 11.3.

Table 11.3. Key Currency Cross Rates

  Dollar Euro Pound Swiss Franc
Canada 1.5326 1.4400 2.2362 0.9790
Japan 124.48 116.96 181.63 79.515
Mexico 9.7410 9.1526 14.213 6.2223
Switzerland 1.5655 1.4709 2.2842 -
U.K. .68540 .6440 - .4378
Euro 1.06430 - 1.5529 .67984
U.S. - .9396 1.4591 .63877

Refer to Table 11.3. The yen cost of purchasing 100 British pounds is roughly:
  1. 18,000 yen
  2. 19,000 yen
  3. 20,000 yen
  4. 21,000 yen
21. Answer the question(s) on the basis of the data shown in Table 11.4.

Table 11.4. Forward Exchange Rates

  U.S. Dollar Equivalent
  Wednesday Tuesday
Switzerland (Franc) .6598 .6590
30-day Forward .6592 .6585
90-day Forward .6585 .6578
180-day Forward .6577 .6572

Refer to Table 11.4. Comparing the franc's forward rates against the franc's spot rate, the exchange market's consensus is that over the period of a forward contract the franc's spot rate will:
  1. Depreciate against the dollar
  2. Appreciate against the dollar
  3. Remain constant against the dollar
  4. None of the above
22. The offer rate:
  1. Is the price at which the bank is willing to sell a unit of foreign currency
  2. Is the price that the bank is willing to pay for a unit of foreign currency
  3. Is synonymous with the spread rate
  4. None of the above
23. The "spread" is a bank's profit margin on foreign exchange trading and equals the difference between the bid rate and the offer rate.
  1. True
  2. False
24. As the dollar's exchange value appreciates against the pound, U.S. residents tend to import more British goods and thus demand more pounds.
  1. True
  2. False
25. If the exchange rate is $0.01 per yen in New York and $0.015 per yen in Tokyo, an arbitrager could profit by buying yen in Tokyo and simultaneously sell them in New York.
  1. True
  2. False
 
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