Week 4 Homework Mohamed E Abdelrahman International Finance: FIN 535 Prof: James Glenn Strayer University May 2, 2013 17. Effects of September 11. Within a few days after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the U.S., the Federal Reserve reduced short-term interest rates in the U.S. to stimulate the U.S. economy. How might this action have affected the foreign flow of funds into the U.S. and affected the value of the dollar? How could such an effect on the dollar increase the probability that the U.S. economy would strengthen? The lower interest rates are expected to stimulate the U.S. economy, by encouraging more borrowing and spending. Lower U.S. interest rates may reduce the amount of foreign flows to the U.S., which could have reduced the value of the dollar. If the dollar weakened U.S. exports would be cheaper, this could have increased the demand for products produced by U.S. exporters.
18. Intervention Effects on Corporate Performance. Assume you have a subsidiary in Australia. The subsidiary sells mobile homes to local consumers in Australia, who buy the homes using mostly borrowed funds from local banks. Your subsidiary purchases all of its materials from Hong Kong. The Hong Kong dollar is tied to the U.S. dollar. Your subsidiary borrowed funds from the U.S. parent, and must pay the parent $100,000 in interest each month. Australia has just raised its interest rate in order to boost the value of its currency (Australian dollar, A$). The Australian dollar appreciates against the dollar as a result. Explain whether these actions would increase, reduce, or have no effect on: a. The volume of your subsidiary’s sales in Australia (measured in A$)
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