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# IBM and Korea Development Bank (KDB): interest rate / currency swap, exchange for yen and substitute Bank of America

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Suppose that IBM would like to borrow fixed-rate yen, whereas Korea Development Bank (KDB) would like to borrow floating-rate dollars. IBM can borrow fixed-rate yen at 4.5 percent or floating-rate dollars at LIBOR + 0.25 percent. KDB can borrow fixed-rate yen at 4.9 percent or floating-rate dollars at LIBOR + 0.8 percent.

a. What is the range of possible cost savings that IBM can realize through an interest rate/currency swap with KDB?

b. Assuming a national principal equivalent to \$125 million and a current exchange rate of ¥105/\$, what do these possible cost savings translate into in yen terms?

c. Redo parts a and b assuming that the parties use Bank of America, which charges a fee of 8 basis points to arrange the swap.

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Suppose that IBM would like to borrow fixed-rate yen, whereas Korea Development Bank (KDB) would like to borrow floating-rate dollars. IBM can borrow fixed-rate yen at 4.5 percent or floating-rate dollars at LIBOR + 0.25 percent. KDB can borrow fixed-rate yen at 4.9 percent or floating-rate dollars at LIBOR + 0.8 percent.

a. What is the range of ...

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