International Finance – LMR | CA Final SFM
Clarification of basic terms
Do you know? (Refer Q.1 to Q.6 from Textbook)
- What is an Exchange Rate?
- What do you mean by Direct Quote?
- What do you mean by Indirect Quote?
- What do you mean by Two Way Quote?
- What do you mean by Bid Rate and Ask Rate?
- What do you mean by Spread?
- In the above quoted exchange rate:
- The quote is given for 1 unit of $.
- In this given quote, $ behaves like a commodity.
- For an entity in India, $ is a foreign currency.
- The given quote is for 1 unit of foreign currency.
- This is a Direct Quote.
- In a Direct Quote, 1 unit of foreign currency is expressed in terms of local currency.
- In the above quoted exchange rate:
- The quote is given for 1 unit of `.
- In this given quote, ` behaves like a commodity.
- For an entity in India, ` is a local currency.
- The given quote is for 1 unit of local currency.
- This is an Indirect Quote.
- In an Indirect Quote, 1 unit of local currency is expressed in terms of foreign currency.
In order to classify a given Exchange Rate as Direct Quote or Indirect Quote one of the currencies in the quote must be the local currency.
Direct Quote to Indirect Quote
Conversion of Direct Quote into Indirect Quote or Vice Versa
Inverse of an Indirect Quote will be a Direct Quote. Similarly, inverse of Direct Quote will be an Indirect Quote. However, precautions should be taken while converting Two-Way Quote from Direct to Indirect or from Indirect to Direct. In such situations consider the following:
- Inverse of Bid Rate of a Direct Quote will become Ask Rate in an Indirect Quote.
- Inverse of Ask Rate of a Direct Quote will become Bid Rate in an Indirect Quote.
- At ` 50, bank is willing to “Sell” $ 1
- Bank gives you $ 1 and takes ` 50
- Bank “Buys” ` 50 for $ 1
- Bank “Buys” ` 1 for $ 1/50
- Rate at which bank “Buys” has to be a Bid Rate
- ` 1 = $ 1/50, this is a Bid Rate for `
Bid Rate: $ 1 = ` 48
- At ` 48, bank is willing to “Buy” $ 1
- Bank gives you ` 48 and takes $ 1
- Bank “Sells” ` 48 for $ 1
- Bank “Sells” ` 1 for $ 1/48
- Rate at which bank “Sells” has to be an Ask Rate
- ` 1 = $ 1/48, this is an Ask Rate for `
Appreciation & Depreciation (Premium & Discount)
- What do you mean by Spot Rate?
- What do you mean by Forward Exchange Rate?
- What do you mean by Forward Exchange Contract?
- What do you mean by Appreciation and Depreciation in case of Currency? (Refer Q.14 to Q.17 from Textbook)
How do you compute Appreciation and Depreciation?
For this calculation, the numerator shall be difference between spot and forward rate and the denominator depends upon the quote informed.
If the quote is given for the same currency whose premium or discount you are determining, the denominator will be Spot Rate.
If the quote is given for the other currency, the denominator will be Forward Rate.
To the rate determined above multiply the time factor, for example if the contract is for 3 months, then the time factor will be:
If the contract is for 84 days, then the time factor will be:
Determining Rates of Premium & Discount
Determine the Forward Premium and Discount Rate on annualised basis in the following cases:
Fair Forward Rate & Arbitrage
FFR = Fair Forward Rate
S = Spot Rate
iL = Interest rate (Local)
iF = Interest Rate (Foreign Country)
Concepts of Swap Points or Forward Points
Spot Rate: $ 1 = ` 64.46
3 Months Forward Rate: $ 1 = ` 64.76
It is obvious that $ is appreciating. The forward rate of $ is at forward point of 30. In other words, forward points (premium) = 30 points.
Spot Rate: $ 1 = ` 64.1625
1 Month Forward Rate: $ 1 = ` 64.1655
In the forward market, $ is quoted at premium of 30 points.
Spot Rate: £ 1 = $ 1.5650
2 Months Forward point (premium) = 5 points
Therefore, 2 months forward rate will be £ 1 = $ 1.5655
Spot Rate: USD 1 = SGD 6.8580
2 Months Forward point (discount) = 15 points
Therefore, 2 months forward rate will be USD 1 = SGD 6.8565
Spot Rate: USD 1 = HKD 7.8130 – HKD 7.8165
3 Months Forward point = 20/25 points
Therefore, 3 months forward rate will be USD 1 = HKD 7.8150 – HKD 7.8190
Spot Rate: USD 1 = HKD 7.8130 – HKD 7.8165
3 Months Forward point = 30/25 points
Therefore, 3 months forward rate will be USD 1 = HKD 7.8100 – HKD 7.8140
- When Swap Points are quoted w.r.t. a Two-Way Quote, such Forward Points will be expressed in numerator and denominator form.
- The numerator indicated Swap Points for Bid Rate and the denominator indicates Swap Points for Ask rate.
- If the numerator is less than the denominator, the currency is quoted as premium in the forward market. Therefore, to arrive at forward rates, Swap Points should be added to the Spot Rate.
- If the numerator is greater than the denominator, the currency is quoted at discount in the forward market. Therefore, to arrive at forward rates, Swap Points should be subtracted to the Spot Rate.
Checklist (Tick if you are done with it)
- Have you practiced questions on Cross Currency Calculations? (Refer Q.8 to Q.10 from Textbook)
- Have you practiced questions on Fair Forward Rate and Forward Arbitrage? (Refer Q.20 to Q.24)
- Have you practiced questions on Spot Arbitrage? (Refer Q.29)
- Have you practiced questions on determining Net Position of the Dealer? (Refer Q.28 & Q.30)
- Interest Rate Parity Theory
- Purchasing Power Parity Theory
- Do you know various approaches for managing Foreign Exchange Risk (Refer page 112 of Textbook)
- Have you practiced questions on outcome of entering into Forward Exchange Contract? (Refer Q.38 to Q.45)
- Have you practiced questions on Decision Making regarding whether to take Forward Cover? (Refer Q.46 to Q.50)
- Have you practiced questions on Money Market Hedge? (Refer Q.52 to Q.54)
- Have you practiced questions on Leading and Lagging? (Refer Q.55 to Q.59)
- Have you practiced questions on Swap Points Calculations? (Refer Q.60)
- Letter of Credit (Refer Q.62)
- Rate of Return on Foreign Currency Bond (Refer Q.65)
- Determining RADR in Foreign Currency based on Local Currency (Refer Q.69 & Q.70)
- Determining NPV on Foreign Project using Foreign Currency and Local Currency Approaches (Refer Q.71)
- Have you practiced questions on FDI? (Refer Q.72 to Q.75)
End of International Finance
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