Because of the basis. Futures prices and the equivalent interest rate are different – the difference is the basis and we assume this difference falls linearly to zero over the life of the future (exactly the same as happens with currency futures – I assume you did work through the lectures on managing foreign exchange risk first).

Read what is written under ‘additional points’ immediately about the example in the lecture notes.

Have you watched this and the earlier lectures on futures, because I do explain!

We divide by 100 because the difference in the futures prices is effectively an annual %. We divide by 4 because they are three month futures and three months is 1/4 of a year.
We always divide by 400 as a result.

Dear Sir, to calculate the unexpired basis in interest rate futures we perform: future price- interest rate. But in currency futures is it the other way around? (Spot- Future price) ?

It doesn’t matter which you take from the other!!
All that matters is that if the current futures price is lower than the current spot, then it will stay lower than spot. If it is higher then it will stay higher.

Global Pilot paper – from June 2013 exams
Question 2 – Alecto Co.

In the solution, when calculating the profit/loss of the futures deals for both interest rate futures and options on interest rate futures, the calculation was not divided by 400 as explained by the tutor here, can you please explain why this was the case?
Thanks

in this June 2010 Mock they said they would not want the interest receivable to decrease by $2500 from the amount that would be paid on the current interest

Can some assist me what will be the Interest Receipt on Futures if Example was to Invest the same amount but the inerest rates Fall by 1% and the Futures price move by 0.85%,this example is similar to one on the Kaplan Mock June 2010 and when i try it am geting a total of$11,000.00 and 80,000.00 giving a total of $91,000.00 instead of $97,000.00 that the solution is giving

Please could someone explain what might be the problem, I have not been able to view P4 Lecture 3 on Interest Rate Futures beyond )7:39 minutes. The lecture stops at 07:39min each time i played it where as its total time is 14:46 minutes.

y2jj says

Sir,

Why isn’t the futures price 100%-9% =91 ??

John Moffat says

Because of the basis. Futures prices and the equivalent interest rate are different – the difference is the basis and we assume this difference falls linearly to zero over the life of the future (exactly the same as happens with currency futures – I assume you did work through the lectures on managing foreign exchange risk first).

Read what is written under ‘additional points’ immediately about the example in the lecture notes.

Nikhil says

never understood where the 400 came from and why was it divided.. please help asap

John Moffat says

Have you watched this and the earlier lectures on futures, because I do explain!

We divide by 100 because the difference in the futures prices is effectively an annual %. We divide by 4 because they are three month futures and three months is 1/4 of a year.

We always divide by 400 as a result.

rccushal says

Why do we use the libor rates of 6 % and 9 % to estimate the futures price ? Why not use the interest rates of 7 % and 10 % ?

And thanks for your lectures. These are really helping me a lot

John Moffat says

Because according to the question the current LIBOR is 6% and part (a) of the question says to assume that LIBOR has risen to 9%.

Have you downloaded the free lecture notes that are needed to watch the lectures?

tinicaa says

i am not seeing this question in the notes… do i have the wrong notes??

John Moffat says

The page number is wrong.

It is on page 105 of the current lecture notes.

zee says

Dear Sir, to calculate the unexpired basis in interest rate futures we perform: future price- interest rate. But in currency futures is it the other way around? (Spot- Future price) ?

John Moffat says

It doesn’t matter which you take from the other!!

All that matters is that if the current futures price is lower than the current spot, then it will stay lower than spot. If it is higher then it will stay higher.

sinead says

Life saver !!!!

lakeside says

Please can someone help me?

From the Link below

http://www.accaglobal.com/en/student/acca-qual-student-journey/qual-resource/acca-qualification/p4/past-exam-papers.html

Global Pilot paper – from June 2013 exams

Question 2 – Alecto Co.

In the solution, when calculating the profit/loss of the futures deals for both interest rate futures and options on interest rate futures, the calculation was not divided by 400 as explained by the tutor here, can you please explain why this was the case?

Thanks

John Moffat says

The answer has used ticks, where the 400 has already been taken into account. You do not need to use ticks, but it gives the same answer either way.

One tick is a change of 0.01, so the profit or loss on one contract changing by 0.01 is 1M x 0.01 / 400 = $25

deepmaharaj says

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judyluo says

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On Kei CHUNG says

sorry I am dumb. Can anyone tell me how the 94 future price on 1 Nov is being calculated? Thanks a lot

rene12311 says

On 1 Nov, the LIBOR is 6%, therefore the future price is 1-6%=94.

bowe says

Quite interesting and straight forward.

mdauser says

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wedson says

in this June 2010 Mock they said they would not want the interest receivable to decrease by $2500 from the amount that would be paid on the current interest

wedson says

Can some assist me what will be the Interest Receipt on Futures if Example was to Invest the same amount but the inerest rates Fall by 1% and the Futures price move by 0.85%,this example is similar to one on the Kaplan Mock June 2010 and when i try it am geting a total of$11,000.00 and 80,000.00 giving a total of $91,000.00 instead of $97,000.00 that the solution is giving

emekusobi says

Please could someone explain what might be the problem, I have not been able to view P4 Lecture 3 on Interest Rate Futures beyond )7:39 minutes. The lecture stops at 07:39min each time i played it where as its total time is 14:46 minutes.

admin says

Wait few minutes for the lecture to load before you press play