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Using PPP/IFE to Determine Exchange Rates

An international pension fund manager uses the concepts of purchasing power parity (PPP) and the international fisher effect (IFE) to forecast spot exchange rates. The pension manager gathers the financial information as follows.
Base Price Level 100
Current U.S. Price Level 105
Current South African Price Level 111
Base Rand Spot Exchange Rate $.175
Current Rand Spot Exchange Rate $.158
Expected Annual U.S. Inflation Rate 7%
Expected Annual South African Inflation 5%
Expected U.S. One Year Interest Rate 10%
Expected South African One Year Interest Rate 8%

Calculate the following exchange rates (ZAR and USD refer to the South African Rand and U.S. dollar respectively):
a. The current ZAR spot rate in USD that would have been forecast by PPP.
b. Using IFE the expected ZAR spot rate in USD one year from now.
c. Using PPP the expected ZAR spot rate in USD four years from now.

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An international pension fund manager uses the concepts of purchasing power parity (PPP) and the international fisher effect (IFE) to forecast spot exchange rates. The pension manager gathers the financial information as follows.
Base Price Level 100
Current U.S. Price Level 105
Current South African Price Level 111
Base Rand Spot Exchange Rate $.175
Current Rand Spot Exchange Rate $.158
Expected Annual U.S. ...

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The solution uses Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) and International Fisher Effect (IFE) to determine Exchange Rates.

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