You are on page 1of 12

# Problem 9.

## 1 Trepak (The Russian Dance)

The Russian ruble (RUB) traded at RUB 29.00/USD on January 2, 2009. On December 11, 2010, its value had fallen to RUB 31.45/USD. What was the percentage change in its value? Assumptions Spot rate, January 2, 2009 (RUB/USD) Spot rate, December 11, 2010 (RUB/USD) Calculation of percentage change: Percentage change in the peso versus the dollar Percent change = ( S1 - S2 ) ( S2 ) Rate S1 S2 Values 29.00 31.45

-7.79%

## Problem 9.2 Center of the World

The Ecuadorian sucre (S) suffered from hyper-inflationary forces throughout 1999. Its value moved from S5,000/\$ to S25,000/\$. What was the percentage change in its value? Assumptions Initial spot rate, 1999 (Sucre/\$) Ending spot rate, 1999 (Sucre/\$) Calculation of percentage change: Percentage change in the sucre versus the dollar Percent change = ( S1 - S2 ) ( S2 ) Rate S1 S2 Values 5,000 25,000

-80.00%

## Problem 9.3 Reais Reality

The Brazilian reais' (R\$) value was R\$1.80/\$ on Thursday, January 24, 2008. Its value fell to R\$2.39/\$ on Monday, January 26, 2009. What was the percentage change in its value? Assumptions Spot rate, Thursday, January 24, 2008, R\$/\$ Spot rate, Monday, January 26, 2009, R\$/\$ Calculation percentage appreciation or depreciation Percentage change in the real versus the dollar Because the real fell in value: Percent change = ( S1 - S2 ) ( S2 ) Values 1.80 2.39

-24.69% Depreciation

## Problem 9.4 That's Loonie

The Canadian dollars value against the U.S. dollar has seen some significant changes over recent history. Using the following graph of the C\$/US\$ exchange rate for the 30 year period between 1980 and end-of-year 2010 to estimate the percentage change in the Canadian dollars value (its affectionately known as the "loonie") versus the dollar for the following periods. a. January 1980 - December 1985 b. January 1986 - December 1991 c. January 1992 - December 2001 d. January 2002 - December 2006 e. January 2007 - December 2008 f. January 2009 - December 2010 The following values are taken by "eye-balling" the graph. Although you may not have the exact same values, you should be close. Change in the value of the loonie (percent) -17.1% 22.6% -24.8% 39.1% -4.1% 23.0%

Time Period Jan 1980 - Dec 1985 Jan 1986 - Dec 1991 Jan 1992 - Dec 2001 Jan 2002 - Dec 2006 Jan 2007 - Dec 2008 Jan 2009 - Dec 2010

## Problem 9.5 Paris to Tokyo

The Japanese yen-euro cross rate is one of the more significant currency values for global trade and commerce. The graphic at right shows this cross-rate from when the euro was launched in January 1999 through the end-ofyear 2010. Estimate the change in the value of the yen over the following three periods of change.

Time Period a. Jan 1999 - Aug 2001 b. Sep 2001 - June 2008 c. July 2008 - Dec 2010

## Change in the value of the yen (percent) 20.2% -34.9% 53.6%

Percent change = ( S1 - S2 ) ( S2 )

## Monthly Average Exchange Rates: Japanese Yen per European Euro

Source: PACIFIC Exchange Rates 2010 by Prof. Werner Antweiler, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada.

## Problem 9.6 Lowering the Lira

The Turkish lira (TL) was officially devalued by the Turkish government in February 2001 during a severe political and economic crisis. The Turkish government announced on February 21st that the lira would be devalued by 20%. The spot exchange rate on February 20th was TL68,000/\$. Assumptions Spot rate, February 20, 2001 (TL/\$) Turkish government announces a devaluation of: Spot rate, February 24, 2001 (TL/\$) a. What was the exchange rate after devaluation? Spot rate after devaluation Check calculation: percentage change in values b. What was percentage change after falling to TL100,000/\$? Percentage change from initial value Percentage change from "devalued" value -32.0% -15.0% 85,000 -20.0% Values 68,000 -20.00% 100,000

## Problem 9.7 Cada Seis Aos

Mexico was famous or infamous for many years in having two things every six years (cada seis aos in Spanish): a presidential election and a currency devaluation. This was the case in 1976, 1982, 1988, and in 1994. In its last devaluation on December 20, 1994, the value of the Mexican peso (Ps) was officially changed from Ps3.30/\$ to Ps5.50/\$. What was the percentage devaluation? Assumptions Spot rate, December 20, 1994 (Ps/\$) Spot rate, December 21, 1994 (Ps/\$) Calculation percentage of devaluation: Percentage change in the peso versus the dollar Percent change = ( S1 - S2 ) ( S2 ) Rate S1 S2 Values 3.30 5.50

-40.00%

The peso since that time, and we have now weathered two additional six-year dates (2000 and 2006), has been remarkable stable against all major currencies, including the dollar.

## Problem 9.8 Brokedown Palace

The Thai baht (Bt) was devalued by the Thai government from BT25/\$ to BT29/\$ on July 2, 1997. What was the percentage devaluation of the baht?

Assumptions Opening spot rate, July 2, 1997 (Bt/\$) Closing spot rate, July 2, 1997 (Bt/\$) Calculation of percentage change: Percentage change in the baht versus the dollar Percent change = ( S1 - S2 ) ( S2)

Rate S1 S2

-13.79%

## Problem 9.9 Forecasting the Argentine Peso

As illustrated in the graph, the Argentine peso moved from its fixed exchange rate of Ps1.00/\$ to over Ps2.00/\$ in a matter of days in early January 2002. After a brief period of high volatility, the peso's value appeared to settled down into a range varying between 2.0 and 2.5 pesos per dollar. If you were forecasting the Argentine peso further into the future, how would you use the information in the graphic -- the value of the peso freely-floating in the weeks following devaluation -- to forecast its future value?

## "Eye-balled" Values 2.00 2.20 -9.09%

If peso continued to fall at same rate for 1 month: March 1, 2002 (Ps/\$) Percent change March 30, 2002 (Ps/\$) 2.20 -9.09% 2.42

Source: 2002 by Prof. Werner Antweiler, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Time period shown in diagram: Jul 1, 2000 - Jan 27, 2002.

The period immediately following the peso's devaluation was highly volatile and a period of transition. Most forecasters would view the February period as a period in which the new exchange rate is beginning to "stabilize" in its trading.

Forecasting the Pan-Pacific Pyramid: Australia, Japan & The United States
Gross Domestic Product Forecast Qtr* 2007e 3.8% 4.1% -1.2% 2.0% 3.8% 2.0% Consumer Prices Country Australia Japan United States Year Ago 4.0% 0.9% 2.1% Trade Balance Last 12 mos (billion \$) -13.0 98.1 -810.7 Latest 2.1% -0.2% 2.8% Forecast 2007e 2.4% 0.0% 2.8% Forecast 2008e 3.5% 1.9% 2.2% Industrial Production Recent Qtr 4.6% 4.3% 1.9% Unemployment Rate Latest 4.2% 3.8% 4.7%

## Latest Qtr 4.3% 1.6% 1.9%

Interest Rates 3-month 1-yr Govt Latest Latest 6.90% 6.23% 0.73% 1.65% 4.72% 4.54% Current Units (per US\$) Oct 17th 1.12 117 1.00 Year Ago 1.33 119 1.00

## Country Australia Japan United States

Curent Account Last 12 mos Forecast 07 (billion \$) (% of GDP) -\$47.0 -5.7% \$197.5 4.6% -\$793.2 -5.6%

Source: Data abstracted from The Economist , October 20, 2007, print edition. Unless otherwise noted, percentages are percentage changes over oneyear. Rec Qtr = recent quarter. Values for 2007e are estimates or forecasts.

Problems 9.10-9.13 Forecasting the Pan-Pacific Pyramid: Australia, Japan & The United States
Gross Domestic Product Forecast Qtr* 2007e 3.8% 4.1% -1.2% 2.0% 3.8% 2.0% Consumer Prices Country Australia Japan United States Year Ago 4.0% 0.9% 2.1% Trade Balance Last 12 mos (billion \$) -13.0 98.1 -810.7 Latest 2.1% -0.2% 2.8% Forecast 2007e 2.4% 0.0% 2.8% Forecast 2008e 3.5% 1.9% 2.2% Industrial Production Recent Qtr 4.6% 4.3% 1.9% Unemployment Rate Latest 4.2% 3.8% 4.7%

## Latest Qtr 4.3% 1.6% 1.9%

Interest Rates 3-month 1-yr Govt Bond Latest Latest 6.90% 6.23% 0.73% 1.65% 4.72% 4.54% Current Units (per US\$) Oct 17th 1.12 117 1.00 Year Ago 1.33 119 1.00

## Country Australia Japan United States

Current Account Last 12 mos Forecast 07 (billion \$) (% of GDP) -\$47.0 -5.7% \$197.5 4.6% -\$793.2 -5.6%

Source: Data abstracted from The Economist, October 20, 2007, print edition. Unless otherwise noted, percentages are percentage changes over oneyear. Rec Qtr = recent quarter. Values for 2007e are estimates or forecasts.

10. Current spot rates. What are the current spot exchange rates for the following cross rates? a. Japanese yen/US dollar exchange rate b. Japanese yen/Australian dollar exchange rate c. Australian dollar/US dollar exchange rate = '/\$ = /\$ / A\$/\$ = A\$/\$ 117.00 104.46 1.1200

11. Purchasing power parity forecasts. Assuming purchasing power parity, and assuming that the forecasted change in consumer prices is a good proxy of predicted inflation, forecast the following cross rates: a. Japanese yen/US dollar in 1 year b. Japanese yen/Australian dollar in 1 year c. Australian dollar/US dollar in 1 year
= Spot (/\$) x (1 + -inflation) / (1 + \$-inflation) = Spot (/A\$) x (1 + -inflation) / (1 + A\$-inflation) = Spot (A\$/\$) x (1 + A\$-inflation) / (1 + \$ inflation)

## 113.81 102.02 1.1156

12. International Fischer forecasts. Asssuming International Fisher applies to the coming year, forecast the following future spot exchange rates using the government bond rates for the respective country currencies: a. Japanese yen/US dollar in 1 year b. Japanese yen/Australian dollar in 1 year c. Australian dollar/US dollar in 1 year
= Spot (/\$) x (1 + i-) / (1 + i-\$) = Spot (/A\$) x (1 + i-) / (1 + i-A\$) = Spot (A\$/\$) x (1 + i-A\$) / (1 + i-\$)

## 113.77 99.96 1.1381

13. Implied real interest rates. If the nominal interest rate is the government bond rate, and the current change in consumer prices is used as expected inflation, calculate the implied "real" rates of interest by currency. a. Australian dollar "real" rate b. Japanese yen "real" rate c. US dollar "real" rate
= (1 + nominal) / (1 + A\$ consumer price change) - 1 = (1 + nominal) / (1 + consumer price change) - 1 = (1 + nominal) / (1 + \$ consumer price change) - 1

## 3.74% 1.65% 1.69%

Problems 9.14-9.15 Forecasting the Pan-Pacific Pyramid: Australia, Japan & The United States
Gross Domestic Product Forecast Qtr* 2007e 3.8% 4.1% -1.2% 2.0% 3.8% 2.0% Consumer Prices Country Australia Japan United States Year Ago 4.0% 0.9% 2.1% Trade Balance Last 12 mos (billion \$) -13.0 98.1 -810.7 Latest 2.1% -0.2% 2.8% Forecast 2007e 2.4% 0.0% 2.8% Forecast 2008e 3.5% 1.9% 2.2% Industrial Production Recent Qtr 4.6% 4.3% 1.9% Unemployment Rate Latest 4.2% 3.8% 4.7%

## Latest Qtr 4.3% 1.6% 1.9%

Interest Rates 3-month 1-yr Govt Bond Latest Latest 6.90% 6.23% 0.73% 1.65% 4.72% 4.54% Current Units (per US\$) Oct 17th 1.12 117 1.00 Year Ago 1.33 119 1.00

## Country Australia Japan United States

Current Account Last 12 mos Forecast 07 (billion \$) (% of GDP) -\$47.0 -5.7% \$197.5 4.6% -\$793.2 -5.6%

Source: Data abstracted from The Economist, October 20, 2007, print edition. Unless otherwise noted, percentages are percentage changes over oneyear. Rec Qtr = recent quarter. Values for 2007e are estimates or forecasts.

14. Forward rates. Using the spot rates and three-month interest rates above, calculate the 90-day forward rates for: a. Japanese yen/US dollar exchange rate b. Japanese yen/Australian dollar exchange rate c. Australian dollar/US dollar exchange rate
= Spot (/\$) x (1 + i 3 month) / (1 + i\$ 3 month) = Spot (/A\$) x (1 + i 3 month) / (1 + iA\$ 3 month) = Spot (A\$/\$) x (1 + A\$ 3 month) / (1 + i\$ 3 month)

## 115.85 102.88 1.1260

Note: All interest rates need to be adjusted for a 90 day period of a 360 day year for the calculation. 15. Real economic activity and misery. Calculate the country's Misery Index (unemployment + inflation) and then use it like interest differentials to forecast the future spot exchange rate, one year into the future. Australia's Misery Index Japan's Misery Index United States's Misery Index 6.60% 3.80% 7.50%
Forecast spot = Spot x ( 1 + Misery-1) / ( 1 + Misery-2)

a. Japanese yen/US dollar exchange rate in 1 year b. Japanese yen/Australian dollar exchange rate in 1 year c. Australian dollar/US dollar exchange rate in 1 year