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Exercises on Futures

1. You are given that - Current BSE Sensex 14120, 3-month futures contract on BSE Sensex 15600, Dividend yield on
Sensex 3.5%, Risk free interest rate 8%, Multiple for the futures contract 5. All the stocks included in the Sensex are
expected to pay dividends in the next 3-months. Compute the fair price of the 3-month futures contract. Explain how
an arbitrageur can exploit the opportunity if the future contract is not priced fairly.
2. The price of Silver was $ 7.511 per ounce in the New York market on April 27, 2001. At the close of trading on the
same day, the settlement price of December 2001 silver futures contracts was $ 8.456. The annualized borrowing
rate on April 27, 2001 was about 11% on the Eurodollar rates. The cost of storing gold is negligible, as the quantity
stored is very small. Compute the cost-of-carry price relationship between the cash price of silver and the futures
price of silver. Show how an arbitrage gain can be made?
3. A firm in Brussels exports diamonds after cutting and polishing. On September 15, an order worth $ 20 million to a
US customer is shipped. The payment is due 3 months from that date. The spot BeFr/$ is 44.9757 and the 3 month
forward rate is 44.8531. The firm is considering to hedge its exposure by taking position in futures of either
Deustche Mark or Swiss Franc on IMM as both the currencies are closely related to BeFr. The spot DM/$ rate is
2.1692 and December DM futures are trading at $0.4623. The spot CHF/$ rate is 1.6451 and December CHF
futures are trading at $0.6253. On December 15, 2001, $ is priced in the spot market as at DM 2.1557, CHF 1.6369
and BeFr 44.5745. In the futures market December DM future is priced $ 0.4642 and December CHF future is
priced $ 0.6284. Compute the firm’s gains and losses in both the hedging strategies. (Standard size of DM and CHF
futures are 125,000 each).
4. Tinku, a jeweller, normally purchases about 300 troy ounces of gold every 6 months. However, Tinku is concerned
that the price of gold per troy ounce will go from its current price of $450 per ounce to $500 per ounce before his
next purchases in 6 months. If 6-month gold futures are currently selling for $460 per ounce, what should Tinku do
to reduce his price fluctuation risk? Each gold futures contract unit is 100 troy ounces.
5. A firm in Luxembourg makes fine crystal. On August 28 it has shipped an order worth $2 million to an U.S.
customer. The payment is due 3 months from that date. The spot LUFr/$ rate is 32.6500 and the 3-mth forward rate
is 32.6340. It decides to hedge using the $/DEM futures on IMM. The spot DEM/$ rate is 1.6050 and the Dec.
futures are trading at 0.6310($/DEM). Explain how the hedge is executed. If on Nov. 28, the spot LUFr/$ rate turns
out to be 32.5225 and the price of Dec. DEM futures is 0.6295, compute the firms’ gains and losses.