1) In the spot market, 1 U.S. dollar can be exchanged for 121 Japanese yen. In the 1-year forward market, 1 U.S. dollar can be exchanged for 125 Japanese yen. The 1-year, risk-free rate of interest is 5.2 percent in the United States. If interest rate parity holds, what is the yield today on 1-year, risk-free Japanese securities?
2)A foreign investor who holds tax exempt Eurobonds paying 9 percent interest is considering investing in an equivalent-risk domestic bond in a country with a 27 percent withholding tax on interest paid to foreigners. If 9 percent after-taxes is the investors required return, what before-tax rate would the domestic bond need to pay to provide that after-tax return?
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