Option #1: Pricing Forwards and Futures
Respond to the following questions.
- Suppose there is an active lease market for gold in which arbitrageurs can short or lend out gold at a lease rate of 1%. Assume gold has no other costs/benefits of carry. Consider a three-month forward contract on gold.
- If the spot price of gold is $360/oz and the three-month interest rate is 4%, what is the arbitrage-free forward price of gold?
- Suppose the actual forward price is given to be $366/oz. Is there an arbitrage opportunity? If so, how can it be exploited?
- A three-month forward contract on a non-dividend-paying asset is trading at $95, while the spot price is $82.
- Calculate the implied repo rate.
- Suppose it is possible for you to borrow at 8% for three months. Does this give rise to any arbitrage opportunities? Why or why not?
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