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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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    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 ...

    Solution Summary

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

    $2.19

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