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Mary Joe has a credit line of $1,000,000 (or equivalent in major currencies) for arbitrage. She had access to the following rates, and she managed to generate CIA profits. Replicate her arbitrage and calculate her profits based on the following rates:
SFr. Equivalent
Arbitrage funds available
SFr. 1,281,000
Spot exchange rate (SFr./$)
3-month forward rate (SFr./$)
U.S. dollar 3-month interest rate
Swiss franc3-month interest rate

Note that interest rates are expressed in annualized terms!
A. $1,538.46
B. SFr 1,538.46
C. $1936.44
D. SFr 1936.44

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