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Speculating with Currency Futures: Assume that a March futures contract on the Mexican Peso was available in January for \$.09 per unit. Also assume that forward contracts were available for the same settlement date at a price of \$0.092 per peso.
a. How could speculators capitalize on this situation, assuming zero transaction costs?
b. How would such speculative activity affect the difference between the forward contract price and the futures price? Explain.

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a. How could speculators capitalize on this situation, assuming zero transaction costs?

Speculators would capitalize on this situation and assume zero transaction costs by obtaining the futures for .09 per unit and then sell the same peso for 0.092 per peso at the same time. The ...

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Speculating with Currency Futures: Assume that a March futures contract on the Mexican Peso was available in January for \$.09 per unit. Also assume that forward contracts were available for the same settlement date at a price of \$0.092 per peso.
a. How could speculators capitalize on this situation, assuming zero transaction costs?
b. How would such speculative activity affect the difference between the forward contract price and the futures price? Explain.

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Mexican peso futures US\$/peso (CME)

Maturity open high low settle change high low open interest
Mar .10953 .10988 ,10930 .10958 ------ .11000 .09770 34,841
June .10790 .10795 .10778 .10773 ------ .10800 .09730 3,405
Sept .10615 .10615 .10610 .10573 ------- .10615 .09930 1,481
All contracts are for 500,000 mexican pesos..
British pount US\$/pound (cme)
Mar 1.4246 1.4268 1.4214 1.4228 .0032 1.4700 1.3810 25,605
June 1.4164 1..4188 1.4146 1.4162 .0030 1.4550 1.3910 809

1.if someone sells eight June futures contracts for 500,000 pesos at the closing price quoted above:
a. what is the value of the position at maturity if the ending spot rate is \$0.1200/ps?
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c. what is the value of the position if the ending spot rate is \$0.1100/ps?

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c. if he buys 3 march pound futures and the spot rate at maturity is \$1.4560/pound what is the value of his position?
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