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Assume the following information:

Spot rate of Russian ruble = $.100
180 day forward rate of Russian ruble = $.098
180 day Russian interest rate = 6%
180 day U.S. interest rate = 5%

Given this information, is covered interest arbitrage worthwhile for Russian investors who have pesos to invest? Calculate and Explain your answer.

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We have Russian investors with Roubles to invest. They have two option
1. Invest at 6% in Russia
2. Convert Roubles to $, invest in US at 5% and then convert to Roubles on maturity by taking a foward cover at the start of the period (this ...

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