Question: A wealthy investor holds 500 000 worth of U S Treasury bonds

A wealthy investor holds $500,000 worth of U.S. Treasury bonds. These bonds are currently being quoted at 105% of par. The investor is concerned, however, that rates are headed up over the next 6 months, and he would like to do something to protect this bond portfolio. His broker advises him to set up a hedge using T-bond futures contracts. Assume these contracts are now trading at 111–06.
a. Briefly describe how the investor would set up this hedge. Would he go long or short? How many contracts would he need?
b. It’s now 6 months later, and rates have indeed gone up. The investor’s Treasury bonds are now being quoted at 9312, and the T-bond futures contracts used in the hedge are now trading at 98–00. Show what has happened to the value of the bond portfolio and the profit (or loss) made on the futures hedge.
c. Was this a successful hedge? Explain.

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