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Foreign exchange exposure and international financial markets

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Objectives:
Summarize different types of foreign exchange exposure faced by the MNC. Provide identification and measurement of these risks.
Explain the structure of international financial markets and institutions and the range of instruments traded therein.
Describe the forces of globalization and its implications for the multinational firm.
Interpret the operation of the international financial system, its current state, and challenges for the future.
How will accomplishing these objectives support your success in management?
What risks or challenges might a manager encounter if they have not mastered these objectives? Explain

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It is extremely important for managers to understand foreign exchange exposure because today's business environment is becoming increasingly global and managers need to understand the foreign exchange risks arising due to continuously changing exchange rates, market and economic conditions. Further, managers need to understand the global financial markets and ...

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Discusses the importance for managers in multinational firms to understand foreign exchange exposure and international financial markets.

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3. What can as firm do to reduce exchange risk?
4. What are the differences between a forward contract, a future contract, and options?

Use the following data in your response to the remaining questions:

Selling Quotes for Foreign Currencies in New York

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Country-Currency Contract S/Foreign

Canada-dollar Spot 0.8450
30-day 0.8415
90-day 0.8390
Japan-Yen Spot 0.004700
30-day 0.004750
90-day 0.004820
Switzerland-franc Spot 0.5150
30-day 0.5182
90-day 0.5328
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5. An America business needs to pay (a) 15,000 Canadian dollars (b) 1.5 million yen, and (c) 55,000 Swiss franc to business abroad. What are the dollar payments to the respective countries?
6. An American business pays $20,000, $5,000, and $15,000 to supplier in, respectively, Japan, Switzerland, and Canada. How much, in local currencies, do the suppliers receive?
7. Compute the indirect quote for the spot and forward Canadian dollar Contract?
8. You own $10,000. The dollar rate in Tokyo is 216.6752. The yen rate in New York is given in the preceding table. Are arbitrage profits possible? Set-up an arbitrage scheme with your capital. What is the gain (loss) in dollars?
9. Compute the Canadian dollar/yen spot rate from the data in the preceding table hide problem

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