International Business

International monetary Fund Emergence of Euro World financial markets Concerns of developing countries Exchange rates International financial intermediaries

They are just like any other business except the product they supply is money. and all other people and organisations willing and able to supply money. and government need a place to keep there money safe. make investments and exchange the money to the money of other countries to make payments overseas. profit-making public limited companies. firms. banks are some of the biggest and profitable corporations in the world . in the form of loans and other financial products Most but not all banks are large. They also want to borrow money.Financial institutions      Money is the commodity that is generally accepted as an exchange for goods and services In modern society people. namely the banking system that creates deposit money and a central bank that issues notes and coins Banks are financial institutions in the money market. it is made up of those people and organisations that want money. In fact. Business organisations that provide these services are called financial institutions Money market is no different from any other market.

Financial institutions Banks earn profit for there shareholders in a number of ways: 1. Investing in shares of other companies . Making Loans and charging interest on them 2. Fees for various services 3.

Credit unions ( co-operative not for profit to provide low cost loans to members) 5. Savings and loan associations ( Building societies for the purpose of homes for low income. Investment banks ( help large corporations in raising money from various sources like stock market. Islamic banks ( as per Sharia’a Law these cannot charge interest they are allowed to charge a fee and depositers will get a share in profit) . Merchant banks ( type of investment bank originally they helped merchants finance the sle and transportationof goods overseas.Financial institutions Types of banks 1. not for profit) 3. not for profit) 4. Now they provide funds to large corporations through the purchase of shares rather then as loans) 7. Savings Banks ( owned and run by on behalf of small depositors. they also advice on M&A) 6. HNI’s etc. Commercial Banks ( earlier called High-Street banks) 2.

Financial institutions       Other money market institutions Finance houses ( Hire purchase companies) Venture capitalists ( risky and new ventures usually in return for some ownership and control of the new business) Pension funds ( EPF. PPF) Insurance companies Investment and unit trusts ( Make investments in shares of companies and make profit for it’s shareholders) .

RBI. Bank of Mexico.Role of central bank           The central bank sits in the centre of the banking system in an economy. Bank of Canada. Bank of Japan. It is the government’s banker and the bankers bank. Bank of England. Reserve Bank of Australia and the European central bank . It’s main functions are to maintain the stability of the national currency and the money supply in it’s country or in it’s group member states. such as EU It is the sole issuer of notes and coins It is the government’s banker It manages the nation’s gold and foreign exchange reserves It manages national debt It regulates and supervises the banking system It is the lender of last resort It sets the monetary policy through interest rate managementcontrols inflation and exchange rate Some examples of central banks are US federal reserve.

funds available on credit and debit cards. It is the number of units of one currency that buys one unit of another currency .Foreign exchange     Foreign exchange is money denominated in the currency of another nation or a group of nations The market in which these transactions take place is the foreign exchange market Foreign exchange can be in the form of cash. bank deposits and other short term claims Exchange rate is the price of a currency. traveler’s checks.

Reporting dealers or money centre banks are large banks like HSBC. Other financial institutions are commercial banks excluding money centre banks. Deutsche bank etc who are primary members and very large dealers in foreign exchange 3. and the like 4. Non. pension funds. hedge funds. Bank of International settlements ( BIS) a central banking institution in Basel. Switzerland owned and controlled by 55 member central banks 2.Foreign exchange Players in the foreign exchange markets are: customers are governments and companies that participate in the foreign exchange markets . money market funds.

the Philadelphia stock exchange. investment banks and financial institutions 2. Exchange trades market is composed of securities exchanges such as CME group (Chicago mercantile exchange).Foreign exchange The foreign exchange market has two major segments 1. where exchange-traded futures and options are traded . OTC ( over the counter ) market is composed of commercial banks. and London international financial futures and options exchange (LIFFE).

This rate is called spot rate 2. options are both OTC and traded on exchanges and futures are exchange traded instruments 5. which is generally made on the second business day after the date on which the two foreign-exchange dealers agree on the transaction. options and futures. Outright forward transactions involve the exchange of currency a future date. It is a single purchase or sale of a currency for future delivery. Spot transactions involve the immediate exchange of currency. A futures contract is an agreement to buy or sell foreign exchange between two parties as specified in the standard contract of the specific exchange .Foreign exchange Foreign exchange instruments: 1. In addition to the traditional instruments there are derivatives such as currency swaps. Although a FX swap is a spot and a forward transaction it is accounted for as one 4. Currency swaps are OTC instruments. Currency swaps deal with interest-bearing financial instruments (like bonds) and they involve the exchange of principal and interest payments 6. Options are the right but not the obligation to trade foreign exchange in the future 7. The first leg is a spot transaction and the second leg is a future transaction. FX swap: in FX swap one currency is swapped for another on one date and then swapped back on a future date. This rate is called the forward rate 3.

upon receipt of these documents through the sellers bank the buyers bank makes payment to the seller Revocable letter of credit is one where any party can change the terms of L/C Irrevocable L/C is one where changes can be made only if both parties consent Confirmed letter of credit is one where a third bank which is acceptable to both parties confirms the credit worthiness of the buyer .Foreign exchange       Modes of payment in international transaction are: Commercial bill of exchange/ documents through bank. Here the exporter gives all the required documents of the transaction to the buyers bank through their bank along with a bill of exchange or draft asking for payment Letter of credit is an instrument where the buyer specifies the documents he requires.

It started financial operations on March 1st 1947 29 countries initially signed the IMF agreement currently there are about 185 member countries The objectives of IMF are: To promote international monetary co-operation. IMF was formed in Dec. 2. 27th 1945 to bring economic stability and growth to the post war world.International monetary fund (IMF)    1. 3. exchange stability and orderly exchange arrangements To foster economic growth and high levels of employment To provide temporary financial assistance to countries to help ease balance-of-payments adjustment .

the value would be the same whether USD or gold was used as the basis This par value became the benchmark by which each country’s currency was valued against other currencies Par values were done away with when IMF moved to greater exchange-rate flexibility .International monetary fund (IMF)     Bretton Woods and the principle of Par value The bretton Woods agreement established a system of fixed exchange rates under which each IMF member country set a par value for it’s currency based on gold and the US dollar. Because the value of USD was fixed at $35 per ounce of gold.

It is an international reserve asset created to supplement members existing reserve assets with the IMF. the IMF began to permit countries to select and maintain an exchange rate arrangement of their choice and keep the IMF informed . it contributes a certain sum of money called quota based on it’s economic position relative to other countries. SDR is the unit in which IMF keeps it’s records Assistance programs: In addition to identifying exchange rate regimes. the IMF provides financial assistance to member countries provided they agree to adopt certain policies which will stabilise the economy and save it from distress Flexible exchange rates: The Jamaica agreement in 1976 formalised the break from fixed exchange rates. The quota is a pool of money that the IMF can draw on to lend to countries and it is the basis of how much a country can borrow from IMF. It is also the basis on which the IMF allocates special drawing rights (SDRs).IMF today     The quota system: When a country joins the IMF. Quota also determines the voting rights of member countries SDR are IMF currency. As part of this move.

inflation. It was set up as a means of creating exchange rate stability within the European community (EC) A series of exchange rate relationships linked the currencies of most members through a parity grid As the countries narrowed the fluctuations in their exchange rates the stage was set for the replacement of EMS with the European Monetary union (EMU) In order to join the EMU countries have to comply to several criteria relating to deficit. interest rates and exchange rate regime. debt. Only 5 of the 27 EMU countries have adopted the Euro in 2008. today there are 17 countries who have adopted the euro Euro is governed by the European Central Bank (ECB) .The EURO       The European Monetary Union has it’s roots in the European Monetary system (EMS) put in place in 1979.

intervention In this case exchange equilibrium is achieved based on market forces In practice however governments through their central banks do intervene in the market .Determining exchange rates    Currencies that float freely respond to supply and demand conditions free from govt.

They let the USD slide as the hoping that the weakening of the dollar will change the trade deficit in it’s favour Worried with the falling dollar The Bank of Japan intervened in the market but despite all efforts the Yen gained 11 % between 2003 and 2004 The dollar continued to weaken leading both the EU and Japan to threaten further intervention as their exports to the US to fall .Bush administration intervened on 97 days in the year and sold 19.5 billion USD The first two and a half years of the first Clinton administration the FED intervened on only 18 days and spent 12. policies change over time depending on economic conditions and the attitude of the prevailing administration in power.W. irrespective if the currency considered to be freely floating or not US is a good example: In 1989 George H.Different approaches to intervention        Govt.5 Billion USD During the first term of George W Bush the FED hardly intervened.

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