- CFA Level 2: Derivatives Part 1 – Introduction
- What are Forward Contracts?
- Equity Forward Contracts
- Fixed Income Forward Contracts
- Currency Forward Contracts
- Forward Rate Agreements (FRA)
- Credit Risk and Forward Contracts
- Introduction to Futures Contracts
- Futures: Convergence of Spot and Futures Prices at Expiration
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- Pricing Currency Futures
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# Pricing Currency Futures

- Currency futures are priced in the same manner as currency forward contracts.
- Price of a Currency Future with Simple Compounding:

f(0,T)X/Y = S0,X/Y ((1+rX)/(1+rY))T

T = total contract length

S0 = Spot exchange rate for X/Y (#X units domestic per 1Y foreign) at initiation

rX = Risk free rate in country X (domestic currency)

rY = Risk free rate in country Y (foreign currency)

Price of a Currency Future with Continuous Compounding

f(0,T)X/Y = (S0,X/Y e-ryT ) erxT

- If the currency future is not "fairly" priced (i.e. not priced based on an arbitrage relationship based on risk free rates), then it is possible for a trader to earn a risk-free arbitrage profit.
- Futures Market Overvalues a Currency:

- Sell the overvalued futures contract
- Buy the underlying currency in the spot market
- Borrow and invest all cash flows

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