As an Australian investor, you have just bought a 3-year EuroPound bond in SGD dollar which is priced at par

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As an Australian investor, you have just bought a 3-year EuroPound bond in SGD dollar which is priced at par $1000 SGD. Given your knowledge with respect to derivatives trading, you have decided to hedge your position using a ‘fixed-for-fixed’ currency swap. You observe the following current information: • Spot foreign exchange rate is $0.95 AUD for $1 SGD• The tenor of the swap is 3 years• Interest is repaid every half a year• The inferred market yield of an equivalent 3-year AUD bond is 4% pa • The inferred market yield of an equivalent 3-year SGD bond is 6% pa With respect to the currency swap, how much are you lending and borrowing and in what currency for each, and what would be the possible reason(s) for taking this hedging position? b. Three months have passed. The swap now has 33 months to maturity. The market yield of an equivalent 33-months to maturity AUD bond is 4.5% pa. The market yield of an equivalent 33-months to maturity SGD bond is 5% pa. Today’s spot exchange rate is $0.99 AUD for $1 SGD. If you and the swap counterparty decided to terminate the swap today via ‘mutual agreement’, how much do you have to pay or receive to settle the swap termination? c. Now, 2 years have passed since the initiation of the swap and the swap now has 1 year to maturity. The market yield of an equivalent 1-year AUD bond remains at 4% pa. Likewise, the market yield of an equivalent 1-year SGD bond remains at 6% pa. What is the value of the swap for the counterparty if the current spot exchange rate remains at $0.99 AUD = $1 SGD? If the current spot exchange rate changes to $0.8 AUD = $1 SGD? If the current spot exchange rate decreases to $1.1 AUD = $1 SGD?

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a In a fixed for fixed currency swap you would be lending in one currency and borrowing in another In this case you are borrowing SGD and lending AUD

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