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International finance | international finance



Final Assessment

You work for firm XYZ situated in Australia, and your boss has become concerned about the

current economic environment, especially as it relates to the different types of exposures that

your firm may face in the near future. You are asked to provide a report, which evaluates how

your firm is exposed, and what are possible hedging strategies. You are also to provide a

recommendation for what your firm should do.

Report requirements:

1. Due: 23 October 2020 by 23:59 AEST

2. World limit: 1500 words max (but you should aim 1000 words).

3. All figures/graphs/calculations should be in the appendix

4. All calculations should be labeled. If we do not know what the calculation is for,

we cannot evaluate it.

Below are some details about the financial/economic environment of the firm:

Firm XYZ:

1. Your firm sells goods domestically and abroad.

2. The firm has a payment due in 3 months time worth 400,000 EUR to foreign


3. A U.S. importer owes the firm 300,000 USD, due in 4 months.

Economic environment:

1. RBA is considering implementing an expansionary monetary policy by lowering

the cash rate.

2. Economic growth of your foreign markets, where you export your goods, has

declined relative to domestic economic growth.

3. The firm is considering issuing 500,000 USD bonds with a maturity of 1 year.

Your job:

1. Use the information above to consider the types of exposure your firm may face.

2. “S” in the table below means spot rate: search for the current spot rate for the

appropriate currency pair.

3. Propose some hedging strategies, and evaluate the outcomes. Should the firm hedge?

(see detailed marking guidelines below)

4. The table below provides information on the forward rates, exercise rates (based on the

S you find), as well as premiums.

5. Use information on the economic environment to consider how S will be affected, relate

this to how this may impact the firm.

Additional information:

1. Please use the rate information provided in the table. This means you will have

different rates, depending on when you source the information (e.g. exchange

rates change continuously).

2. Look for spot rate forecasts (banks/newspapers offer these) to use for calculating

the profitability of a hedging strategy when you need a future spot rate. State why

you are using this rate (e.g. such and such predict that AUD/USD = X in 3

months, and using this rate…)

Table 1: Relevant information



Price of


Price of






Fwd rate Spot rate interest

S(AUD/EUR) 0.007 0.01 S+0.02 S – 0.15 1.6 see current


see current


S(AUD/USD) 0.006 0.008 S+0.015 S – 0.10 1.35 see current


see current


* see current available = use a reliable source to find the data (e.g. Yahoo Finance)

Notes on the table: To determine the exercise rate of a put, for example for AUD/USD, search

for the current spot rate for the currency pair, and then add 0.02 to the spot.


Additional notes:

1. Executive summary not required

2. Cover sheet not required

3. Table of contents not required

4. Must provide references


1. Online via Canvas

2. Turnitin in required with the report

3. Report should be in Microsoft word or pdf formats only!

Marking guidelines: 40 points of your final grade

1. Exposure: show understanding of different types of exposure, specifically as it

related to the firm (8 points)

2. Hedging strategies: show knowledge of different strategies available in the market ( 5


a. Show calculation of hedge/no hedge decisions under different strategies (15


b. Use currently available information (3 points)

● For example, for interest rates you can find the central bank rate of the

foreign market

c. Show where you source your data from (2 points)

3. Recommendation: which strategy should you use? Why? Use your analysis to

provide the recommendation (5 points)

4. Appendix: exempt from word limit, but should only include figures/data (2 points

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