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Multiple choice questions on derivatives

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1.
A short hedge is one in which
a. the margin requirement is waived
b. the futures price is lower than the spot price
c. the hedger is short futures
d. none are correct
e. the hedger is short in the spot market

2.
What happens to the basis through the contract's life?
a. it initially increases, then decreases
b. it moves toward zero
c. it initially decreases, then increases
d. it remains relatively steady
e. none are correct

3.
An anticipatory hedge is one in which
a. none are correct
b. the spot position will be taken in the future
c. all are correct
d. the basis is expected to fall
e. the hedger expects to make a profit on the futures

4.
A hedge in which the asset underlying the futures is not the asset being hedged is
a. none are correct
b. a cross hedge
c. a basis hedge
d. a minimum variance hedge
e. an optimal hedge

5.
Which technique can be used to compute the minimum variance hedge ratio?
a. regression
b. all are correct
c. duration analysis
d. none are correct
e. present value

6.
Suppose you buy an asset at $50 and sell a futures contract at $53. What is your profit at expiration if the asset price goes to $49?
a. -$1
b. $4
c. none are correct
d. -$4
e. $3

7.
Which of the following is not a reason for firms to hedge?
a. Hedging by corporations can have tax advantages
b. Shareholders are not always aware of their firms' risks
c. Firms can hedge less expensively than can their shareholders
d. none are correct
e. Shareholders cannot tolerate mark-to-market losses

8.
What is the profit on a hedge if bonds are purchased at $150,000, two futures contracts are sold at $72,500 each, then the bonds are sold at $147,500 and the futures are repurchased at $74,000 each?
a. -$500
b. -$5,500
c. -$2,500
d. -$3,000
e. none are correct

9.
Find the optimal stock index futures hedge ratio if the portfolio is worth $2,400,000, the beta is 1.15 and the S&P 500 futures price is 450.70 with a multiplier of 500.
a. 10.65
b. 5325.05
c. none are correct
d. 6123.80
e. 12.25

10.
Though a cross hedge has somewhat higher risk than an ordinary hedge, it will reduce risk if which of the following occurs?
a. futures prices are more volatile than spot prices
b. futures prices are less volatile than spot prices
c. spot and futures prices are positively correlated
d. the spot and futures contracts are correctly priced at the onset
e. none are correct

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1. A short hedge is one in which
a. the margin requirement is waived
b. the futures price is lower than the spot price
c. the hedger is short futures
d. none are correct
e. the hedger is short in the spot market

Answer: c. the hedger is short futures

2. What happens to the basis through the contract's life?
a. it initially increases, then decreases
b. it moves toward zero
c. it initially decreases, then increases
d. it remains relatively steady
e. none are correct
Answer: b. it moves toward zero
Basis = Spot - Futures
Spot and Future Price Converge at maturity; therefore basis moves towards zero

3. An anticipatory hedge is one in which
a. none are correct
b. the spot position will be taken in the future
c. all are correct
d. the basis is expected to fall
e. the hedger expects to make a profit on the futures
Answer: b. the spot position will be taken in the future

An anticipatory hedge is a long hedging position taken to provide participation in a ...

Solution Summary

Answers to Multiple choice questions on derivatives dealing with short hedge, basis, anticipatory hedge, spot, asset, underlying, futures, cross hedge, minimum variance hedge ratio, profit at expiration, profit on a hedge, bonds, optimal stock index futures hedge ratio, portfolio, beta, S&P 500 futures, multiplier, ordinary hedge, risk

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