1.a) Suppose 6 months ago a Swiss investor bought a 6-month U.S. Treasury bill at a price of $9,708.74, with a maturity value of $10,000. The exchange rate at that time was 1.4200 Swiss francs per dollar. Today, at maturity, the exchange rate is 1.3440 Swiss francs per dollar. What is the nominal annual rate of return to the Swiss investor? Enter your answer rounded to two decimal places. Do not enter % in the answer box. For example, if your answer is 0.12345 or 12.345% then enter as 12.35 in the answer box.
1.b) Suppose International Retailer, Ltd. (IRL) had inventory in Britain valued at 250,000 pounds one year ago. The exchange rate for dollars to pounds was 1 pound = 2 U.S. dollars. This year the exchange rate is 1 pound = 1.82 U.S. dollars. The inventory in Britain is still valued at 250,000 pounds. What is the gain or loss in inventory value in U.S. dollars as a result of the change in exchange rates? Enter your answer rounded to two decimal places. Do not enter $ or comma in the answer box. For example, if your answer is $12,300.456 then enter as 12300.46 in the answer box.
1.c) A U.S.-based company, American Construction, Inc., arranged a 2-year, $1,000,000 loan to fund a project in Mexico. The loan is denominated in Mexican pesos, carries a 10.0% nominal rate, and requires equal semiannual payments. The exchange rate at the time of the loan was 5.75 pesos per dollar, but it dropped to 5.25 pesos per dollar before the first payment came due. The loan was not hedged in the foreign exchange market. Thus, Stewart must convert U.S. funds to Mexican pesos to make its payments. If the exchange rate remains at 5.25 pesos per dollar through the end of the loan period, what nominal interest rate will Stewart end up paying on the loan? Enter your answer rounded to two decimal places. Do not enter % in the answer box. For example, if your answer is 0.12345 or 12.345% then enter as 12.35 in the answer box.
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