Treasury and Risk Management

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Degree paper on Treasury and Risk Management.
UCD BBS50 TRM
Assignment
There are some changes on the Assignment. I highlight the changes below. However, you will
not be penalized if you follow the original assignment outlined in the study guide.
For Question 1, there should be a brief introduction, the body of the answer and a conclusion
section. Students are expected to write clearly and concisely, with appropriate in-text citation and
references provided (Harvard system).
This assignment is designed to test students on topics involving hedging strategies. In Question
1, students are expected to research on the Swiss National Bank’s intervention in the foreign
currency market. In both questions, the emphasis is on analytical thinking to assess the
effectiveness and implications of the hedging strategies.
Question 1 (15 marks)
In January 2015, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) suddenly announced that it would no longer hold
the Swiss franc at a fixed exchange rate with the euro. The franc was pegged at 1.2 Swiss francs
per euro from 2011 to 2015. A day after de pegging, the franc’s value had fallen soared to just
0.85 francs. Hedge funds across the world made big losses. The Swiss stock market collapsed.
Required: Discuss the reasons for the SNB de-pegging the franc and evaluate the hedging
strategies implemented by the Swiss exporters and other domestic firms.
Word count requirement: 800.
Question 2 (15 marks)
US-based company ABC Co. expects to receive a 50 million euro payment from its various
exports one year from now. However this payment may rise to 60 million or fall to 40 million euro.
ABC can use any one of the following strategies to deal with the exchange rate risk.
(i) Unhedged strategy
(ii) Forward hedge strategy
(iii) Money market hedge
(iv) Option hedge
The spot rate of the euro as of today is $1.10 and the 1- year forward rate is $1.13.
The annual interest rate in the United States is 5.5% versus an annual interest rate of 2% in the
euro zone. The forward rate quoted to ABC does not necessarily satisfy interest rate parity
(perhaps ABC’s bank added in commission costs).
Put options on euros are available with an exercise price of $1.11, an expiration date of one year
from today, and a premium of $0.06 per unit.
Call options on euros are available with an exercise price of $1.15, an expiration date of one year
from today, and a premium of $0.08 per unit.
Required:
a) Identify the risks of each strategy and estimate the dollar cash flows it will receive as a
result of using each strategy. To do so you must consider a number of different exchange rate
outcomes at the end of one year ranging from the dollar depreciating to the dollar appreciating
against the euro. (10 marks)
b) Explain which hedge you think is optimal for ABC. (5 marks)

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