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1. The USA is a net debtor vis-a-vis the rest of the world. At the same time, it has recently had positive net factor payments in its current account. How could this be? Why might this be relevant for

1. The USA is a net debtor vis-a-vis the rest of the world. At the same time, it has recently had positive net factor payments in its current

1. The USA is a net debtor vis-a-vis the rest of the world. At the same time, it has recently
had positive net factor payments in its current account. How could this be? Why might this be relevant
for the dynamics of current account adjustment?
2. (10 points). Suppose the 12-month forward price of the euro in terms of C$ is 2.0 C$ per euro. Suppose
the spot price of of the euro in terms of C$ is 1.8. Next, suppose that currently the annual interest rate
in Canada is 6%, while the annual euro interest rate is 4%. There are no transactions costs. Is there
an arbitrage opportunity here? If so, explain exactly how you would take advantage of this situation
to make riskless profits.
3. (15 points). Read the article entitled “Fight or Flight” from The Economist, which is posted on the
course webpage. What has been happening recently to China’s foreign reserves? According to the
article, how should China respond? What are the potential downsides to this strategy?
4. (15 points). The Canadian dollar has been depreciating recently. At the same time, the Bank of
Canada has been cutting its interest rate, while the US Fed has been raising its interest rate. Given
this, under what conditions could Uncovered Interest Parity help explain the recent weakness of the
Canadian dollar. Use graphs to illustrate your answer.

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