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# Investment in Different Currencies: Should the CFO invest in CDs denominated in dollars or in euros?

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Suppose the CFO of a German corporation with surplus cash flow has 1 million Euros to invest. Suppose that interest rates on 1-year CD deposits in US banks are 2%, while rates on 1 year CD deposits denominated in euros in German banks are currently 4.5%. Suppose further that the CFO expects that the (euro/\$) exchange rate will increase from 1 euro per \$ to 1.1 euros per \$ during the coming year. Should the CFO invest in CDs denominated in dollars or in euros? Show your work.

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The solution compares investment in CD's denominated in dollars with investment in CD's denominated in euros. Calculations and answers are provided.

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Alternative 1

CFO buys CDs denominated in euros for 1,000,000 Euro

At the end of 12 months Principal + Interest = P ( 1+ iEuro * n/12)

P= 1000000 Euro

iEuro = 4.50%

n= 12 months

Principal + Interest = P ( 1+ iEuro * n/12)= 1,045,000 Euro =1000000 *(1+4.5%*12/12)

Amount at the end of 12 ...

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