- CFA Exams
- CFA Level I Exam
- Study Session 5. Economics (2)
- Reading 18. Currency Exchange Rates
- Subject 4. Forward Calculations

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**CFA Practice Question**

How much will a trader make through covered interest arbitrage under the following exchange and interest rate conditions (assume the investment horizon is 1 year). Borrow $100 at an interest rate of 4%. Convert the dollars to CNY at the spot rate of $0.1920. Invest the CNY in China at 8% interest. Sell the CNY at the forward rate of 0.1879. What is the profit on the transaction?

A. $2.50

B. $1.69

C. $5.69

**Explanation:**You borrow $100 and owe $104 at the end of a year. Convert the dollars to CNY, at $100/.192 = CNY 520.83. Invest the CNY 520.83 at 8% interest, yielding CNY 562.50 at the end of a year. Sell CNY 562.5 forward for one year at the one-year forward rate of 0.1879, for 562.5 x .1879 = $105.69. Repay the loan for $104 and earn a riskless profit of $1.69.

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**User Contributed Comments**
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nanyhlee |
a good question.. but this is not part of LOS, which means this type of question will not come out on the exam. |