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# A U.S. firm has a subsidiary in Great Britain and faces the following scenario: Probability Spot...

A U.S. firm has a subsidiary in Great Britain and faces the following scenario:

 Probability Spot Rate C* C Proceeds from Fwd. contract Dollar value of hedged position State 1 40% \$2.50/£ £2,000 State 2 60% \$2.30/£ £2,500

a. Fill in the dollar value of the cash flow (C) in the table above.

b. Estimate your exposure to exchange rate risk (b).

c. Compute the proceeds from the forward contract if you hedge this exposure. Assume the forward rate is \$2.45/£. Fill in the proceeds in the appropriate box in the table above. Use two decimal places in your calculations.

d. Compute the dollar value of the hedged position and fill in the blanks in the table above.

e. Calculate the variance of the un-hedged position.

f. If you hedge, what is the variance of the dollar value of the hedged position?

• Dollar Values = State 1 - 2000*2.50 = \$5,000 State 2 -  2,500*2.30 = \$5,750
• Estimated Rates State 1 = 2.5*(1+40%) = \$3.5 , State 2 = 2.3*(1+60%) = \$3.68
• Proceeds from forward contract = State 1 = 2000*2.45 = \$4900, State 2 = 2500*2.45 = \$6125.
• Value of Hedge Position = \$4,900, \$ 6,125
• Un hedge position = State 1 = 2000*(3.5 - 2.50) = \$2,000 , State 2 = 2500 * (3.68 - 2.30) = \$3,450
• Variance of Hedge Position = State 1 = 5000 -4900 = \$100, State 2 = 5750 - 6125 = \$ 375

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