BAFI1002 Financial Markets – Group Assignment

BAFI1002 Financial Markets

NOTE: This is a GROUP ASSIGNMENT and the scenario 1 and scenario 3 is already done. You have to do the Scenario 2 Risk Assessment the using the base information from scenario 1. I Have attached the other group members part (Scenario 1 and scenario 2).

Please check the Forward rates are correctly estimated? Expected net position for the currencies are correctly specified. AUD value for the expected positions and P/L are correctly estimated. Recommendations made to the senior management are consistent with expected P/L and overall risk assessment of the FX portfolio.

BAFI1002 Financial Markets – Group Assignment (Stage 2)

Semester 2, 2021


Your team works for a renowned FX trading company, Snowy River Ltd. The company specialises in trading major currencies such as Australian Dollar (AUD), British Pound (GBP), Canadian Dollar (CAD), Euro (EUR), Japanese Yen (JPY), New Zealand Dollar (NZD), Swiss Franc (CHF) and US Dollar (USD). The company also trades various foreign exchange related derivatives for its clients. In addition, it provides general advice to other clients who trade for themselves. The firm’s chief trading executive, Pete Fernandes, has requested your team’s expertise in trading foreign currencies in order to improve firm’s trading strategy and profits. You have been asked to prepare a detailed report in this regard. In your report you must address the following scenarios:

Scenario 1 Speculation                        [5 marks]

Select two of the three/four market views developed by your team in stage 1, and use the market views to devise speculation strategies that enables your organisation to take advantage of your predicted changes in exchange rates. You should specify which currencies you will buy or sell.  As part of your strategy you must create a portfolio as of 1st August 2021.  This portfolio will comprise of the currency pairs analysed in your market view.

The senior management has allocated you 400,000,000 units of each currency as the initial balance for your speculation strategy if you are speculating on AUD, GBP, CAD, EUR, NZD, CHF or USD and 25,000,000,000 units if you are speculating on JPY. For instance, if you are speculating on AUD/EUR and AUD/GBP and decided to short the EUR and long GBP, then you have been allocated 400,000,000 EURs and 400,000,000 AUDs for this purpose. The corresponding long/short position should be calculated using bid/ask rates provided in Table 1. Please note that you must speculate on two currency pairs based on your stage 1 market view. You must then take long and short positions as of 1st August 2021 in the respective currencies in accordance with your market view as a price taker. In the report, you are requested to provide a brief summary of your market views before demonstrating your long/short speculation strategy. [2.5 Marks]. These long and short positions will constitute your portfolio’s current opening position. Based on your initial position you must choose the most appropriate quotations among Bank A, B and C in Table 1, and estimate the opening AUD value of your portfolio using the corresponding mid rates and update your position summary table below with your speculative position [2.5 Marks]. Mid rate = (bid rate + ask rate)/2

Scenario 2 Risk Assessment                                      [6 marks]

Senior management is concerned about the recent developments in the financial markets. There is a general belief that market volatility has been relatively high, yet it might climb even higher than expected in the near future due to the current global health crisis. You have been asked to conduct a thorough risk assessment of your speculative positions undertaken in scenario 1. For this purpose, the firm’s foreign currency analyst has provided you with the 2-month benchmark rates of these major currencies.

Using the interest rates in Table 3, calculate the implied forward bid, ask and mid rates for the two currency pairs you selected [1 Marks]. You must then calculate the value of your FX portfolio at the end of September using the calculated bid/ask rates. Report the expected value of your position in each currency in the position summary in Table 2 [2 Marks].

Finally, you must calculate expected profit/loss (gain or loss over the opening position) on your portfolio in AUD [1 Mark]. The AUD value of the net expected position must be calculated using the estimated mid rates.

Explain your final portfolio position to the senior manager. Given the implied forward rates for September, discuss whether your speculative positions will generate profits for the company. You must explain ending positions for each currency (and it’s AUD value using mid rates) in your portfolio? Do your portfolio have any exposure to exchange rate risk? What recommendations, if any, will you make to the senior management? [2 Mark].

Scenario 3 Arbitrage                                   [7 marks]

The firm’s senior management has taken note of your expertise in arbitrage trading. You have been asked to identify potential arbitrage opportunities based on the differences in implied forward rates and actual forward rates. Suppose that the actual forward rates for the end of September 2021 are as presented in Table 4.

Calculate the implied forward rates for the given three pair currencies, and inform the company whether the commodity currencies listed in Table 4 are over-, under-, or fairly valued compared to the implied forward rates you calculated [2 Marks], and which bank will you trade with and what is your suggested strategy to the top management (buy or sell the commodity currency)? [2 Marks].

If there is any arbitrage opportunity available between the implied forward rates and the actual forward rates listed in Table 4, how much profit can you generate for the company as a price taker with 50,000,000 units of currency (choose the most profitable option) [2 Marks]. To minimise the transaction costs involved you can only exploit arbitrage opportunities between two exchange rates (i.e., No Triangular Arbitrage opportunity allowed). Finally, you must convert profit, if any, to AUD using the mid rates estimated in implied forward rates [1 Mark].

Currency PairsBank ABank BBank C
Comm / TermsBidAskMidBidAskMidBidAskMid

Table 1: Exchange rates on 1st August, 2021. Mid rate = (bid rate + ask rate)/2

CurrencyOpening Position (current)Position in AUD (Current)Net TradesNet Position (Expected)Net Position in AUD (Expected)Change in Position (AUD)
Net Position (AUD)      

Table 2: FX portfolio position summary

Note: Indicate long positions with a positive sign and short positions with a negative sign (e.g. a short position of 45,000,000 GBP should be indicated as –-45,000,000). Mid rate = (bid rate + ask rate)/2

 CurrencyBenchmark Interest Rates2-Month Benchmark Rates (%)
AUD2-Month Bank Bill Swap Rates0.095
GBP2-Month GBP LIBOR0.073
CAD2-Month Treasury Bills0.150
EUR2-Month Euro LIBOR-0.495
NZD2-Month Bank Bill Yields0.270
CHF2-Month CHF LIBOR-0.744
JPY2-Month JPY LIBOR-0.059
USD2-Month USD LIBOR0.205

Table 3: Benchmark interest rates on August 1, 2021.

Comm / TermsBidAskOpinion (over/under/ fairly valued)Suggested Strategy

Table 4: Actual forward FX rates for the end of September 2021.

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