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  • 1. PARITY RELATIONSHIPS Purchasing Power Parity Interest Rate Parity Fisher Effect International Fisher Effect
  • 2. ARBITRAGE Arbitrage is profit derived without taking any risks. (due to different rates in different places) Bid Ask Trader A in Sydney (per $) A$ 5.4500 5.5012 Trader B in NY (per A $) US $ 0.1785 0.1817 Convert one of them to indirect quote For Trader B (per $) A$ 5.5035 5.6022 A customer buys US $ 10,000 from Trader A in Sydney by paying A $ 55012. These US $ 10,000 are sold at A $ 5.5035 per $ to get A $ 55035 from Trader B in New York Earns a profit of A $ 23 without any risk. Rajiv Srivastava International Financial Management 2
  • 3. ARBITRAGE - CONDITION Banks/Dealer operate on the basis of BUY LOW & SELL HIGH Clients and arbitrageurs also operate on the same principle for profit. This implies that the Ask Rate at one place/dealer must be lower than the Bid Rate at another place/dealer. For arbitrage to exist Bid of one must exceed Ask of another. Bid 1 Ask 1 Bid 2 Ask2 Bid 2 Ask 1 Ask2 International Financial Management 3 ARBITRAGE Bid 1 NO ARBITRAGE Rajiv Srivastava
  • 4. 3 POINT ARBITRAGE Bid Ask A dealer in London offers Japanese Yen (JY)/$ 110.25 111.10 Singapore $ (S$)/$ 1.6520 1.6530 A dealer in Tokyo offers Japanese Yen (JY/SG) 68.30 68.50 Sell 1,000,000 Yen to buy $ in London: Get US $ 9,000.90 (1,000,000/111.10) Sell US $ 9,000.90 to get Singapore $: Get Singapore $ 14,869.50 (9,000.90x1.6520) Sell these Singapore $ in Tokyo: Get Japanese Yen 1,015,587 (14,869.50 x 68.30) PROFIT = 15,587 Yen Rajiv Srivastava International Financial Management 4
  • 5. CROSS RATE CHAIN RULE Cross multiply the rates of Japanese Yen to $ and Singapore $ to US $ to obtain Yen to Singapore $ rate Bid (Yen/S$) = Bid (Yen/$)/Ask (S$/$)= 66.6969 Y/S$ Ask (Yen/S$) = Ask (Yen/$)/Bid (S$/$)= 67.2518 Y/S$ The cross rates in London and the rates in Tokyo offer arbitrage opportunities as Bid in Tokyo is higher than Ask in London. Rajiv Srivastava International Financial Management 5
  • 6. LAW OF ONE PRICE In competitive markets characterised by numerous buyers and sellers With free access to information no barriers to trade nominal or zero transaction cost, and rationale behaviour. Only one price must prevail. If not so, the arbitrageurs will force different markets to converge through buying in cheaper market at a lower price and selling in expensive market at a higher price. Rajiv Srivastava International Financial Management 6
  • 7. PURCHASING POWER PARITY (PPP) Attributed to Swedish Economist Gustav Cassel; The cost of a common basket of goods must cost same in different countries and therefore they will determine the exchange rate of two currencies. If a basket of goods in India costs Rs 4,000 and the same basket of goods costs $ 100, then the exchange rate should be Rs 40 per $. If the basket of goods in India can be purchased at a price of less than Rs 40 (say Rs 38) then arbitrageurs will buy goods in India, sell in USA for $ 1, convert to Rs 40 making a profit of Rs 2. Hence the law of one price forms the basis of PPP. Rajiv Srivastava International Financial Management 7
  • 8. ASSUMPTIONS - PPP SPOT Exchange Rate = Ratio of absolute price of common basket of goods Each country has price index, and the ratio of the price indices can be used to determine the spot exchange rate. ASSUMPTIONS Based on the concept that demand for a countrys currency is determined by the demand and supply factors related to the goods produced by that country. Exchange rates will adjust to keep the purchasing power constant. Arbitrage of goods and commodities will force the prices to be equal across international borders. Rajiv Srivastava International Financial Management 8
  • 9. LIMITATIONS Definition of basket of goods, weights in indices Relative utility of goods in different countries Difference in styling Quality differences Transportation cost Trade restrictions Tariff barriers Exchange controls Non tradable goods (land, construction, services like transportation, consultancy etc) Rajiv Srivastava International Financial Management 9
  • 10. EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE With the switch over from Fixed (Gold Standard & Bretton Woods) to Flexible Exchange Rate System, it was expected that changes in exchange rate will follow inflation rates, as per PPP. However it did not happen. Some of the reasons are Prices changes are slow and trading based on prices is still slower. The changes in exchange rates have been very frequent, large and persistent, which is not the pattern of inflation rates. For developed nations about 50% of GNP comes from non-traded goods. Hence commodity arbitrage applies only to half the trade. Purchasing powers of currencies in different countries are different. Exchange rates respond to factors other than goods arbitrage, (Price levels in different countries), like interest rates and portfolio considerations for return on investment. Rajiv Srivastava International Financial Management 10
  • 11. ABSOLUTE & RELATIVE PPP Absolute form of PPP describes relationship between the average price levels and the expected equilibrium exchange rates. Nominal exchange rate at any point of time is ratio of relative prices for a representative basket of goods. Inflation rates derive the exchange rates; Differences in exchange rates are governed by inflation rates. Relative form of PPP deals with the percent change in the spot rates over a period rather than absolute spot rates at any given point of time. Absolute PPP may not hold for several reasons; yet Relative PPP may hold. Rajiv Srivastava International Financial Management 11
  • 12. RELATIVE PPP Let the actual exchange rate is not same as given by PPP. Instead of Rs 40/$ the rate is Rs 45 If the rate of inflation in India is 15% the same basket of goods in India will now cost Rs 4,600 i.e. P2i = P1i * (1+Ri) If the rate of inflation in USA is 5% the same basket of goods in USA will now cost $ 105 i.e. P2u = P1u * (1+Ru) S2 = P2i/P2u = P1i * (1+Ri) / P1u * (1+Ru) S2 = S1 * (1+Ri) / (1+Ru) Relative Change in Exchange Rate = (Ri-Ru)/(1+Ru) This is Relative Purchasing Power Parity. Rajiv Srivastava International Financial Management 12
  • 13. RELATIVE PPP Even though actual exchange rate may deviate from Absolute PPP, the Changes in relative price levels will determine the appreciation/depreciation of exchange rate. Country/currency with higher inflation will witness depreciation by an amount almost equal to the inflation rate differential. Relative PPP is based on tradable goods only. Non tradable goods and capital account transactions are ignored. If price indices of only internationally traded good are chosen then only Relative PPP may hold very accurately. Rajiv Srivastava International Financial Management 13
  • 14. INTEREST RATE PARITY (IRP) Like changes in the exchange rate can be explained by Relative Purchasing Power Parity, interest rate differential of two countries can explain the difference in SPOT and FORWARD rates. Let the current rate of exchange is Rs 44 per $, and the interest rates prevalent in India and USA are 15% and 5% respectively. Depending upon the forward rate the arbitrageurs will work the following way: Rajiv Srivastava International Financial Management 14
  • 15. INTEREST RATE PARITY (IRP) If 6m forward rate is Rs 45/$ Today: Borrow $1 at 5% for 6m (Return $1.025) Convert it into rupee at SPOT Rs 44/$ Invest for 6 months in India Buy $ 6m forward ($1.025 at Rs 45.00/$) After 6 months; Get Rs 44*(1+0.15/2) = Rs 47.30 Pay Rs 46.125 (1.025x45) to buy required $ Pay Debt of $ 1.025 Profit of Rs 1.175 (Rs 47.300 Rs 46.125) Rajiv Srivastava International Financial Management 15