CFA Practice Question

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CFA Practice Question

Three months ago a dealer sold EUR 1 million forward against USD for a 180-day term at an all-in rate of 1.2765 (USD/EUR). The following is the current spot rate and forward points being quoted for the USD/EUR pair:

Spot rate (USD/EUR): 1.2780/1.2790
Three month: -15/-14
Six month: -20/-18

What is the mark-to-market value of the deal?

A. Not enough information, as the LIBOR rate is not given.
B. 0.0015 x 1,000,000 = 15,000 USD.
C. zero.
Correct Answer: C

The dealer would need to buy 3-month forward EUR 1 million at 1.2780-0.0015 = 1.2765, which is exactly the same as the deal rate.

User Contributed Comments 5

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nfressell2 The Practice Exam on CFA website (AM session) says the offsetting position would use the offer price rather than the bid, thus should be not enough information?
peraltm I also thought we should use offer price here for buying the 3month forward, so I'm confused as to why C is correct.
sargis If dealer is buying it is bid price
davidt876 like sargis is saying, if the dealer wants ur base he 'bids' for it. if you want the dealer's base he tells you how much he's 'asking' for it.

the base is always the frame of reference. for example base = domestic market (for covered parity)
davidt876 oh snap... sorry sargis, i see ur point. if it's the dealer buying from herself then she buys at her bid price and it's all reversed.

and if the dealer can enter into a contract to convert USD into GBP (in 3 months) at the same price she has to sell the EUR at (right now) to close out the current contract, then the net effect is 0... the money just has to stay in a USD account for 3 months (or the contract duration) - right? the dealer is left with the same amount of EUR in the end
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