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Consider the following two financial institutions:


Managers of the bank are concerned that interest rates may fall over the next four years, while managers of the savings association are concerned that interest rates may rise over the next four years.
On the balance sheet, the bank could attract an additional $ 200 million in short- term deposits that are indexed to the T-bill rate (say, T-bill plus 2 ½ percent) in a manner similar to its loans. The proceeds of these deposits can be used to pay off the medium- term notes. Alternatively, the bank could go off the balance sheet and sell an interest rate swap. On the balance sheet, the savings association could issue long-term notes with a maturity equal or close to that on the mortgages (at, say, 11 percent). The proceeds of the sale of the notes can be used to pay off the CDs and reduce the interest rate risk. Alternatively, the savings association could hedge this interest rate risk exposure by going off the balance sheet and buying a swap.
The two FIs enter a swap agreement such that the savings association sends fixed payments of 10 percent per year of the notional $ 200 million value of the swap to the bank, each year for 5 years, to allow the bank to cover fully the coupon interest payments on its note issue. In return, the bank sends annual payments indexed to the one- year T-bill + 2 ¼ per-cent, for 5 years, to help the savings association cover the cost of refinancing its one- year renewable T-bill deposits.
a. Calculate the gain over the market rates for the bank and the savings association from the swap.
b. Assume that the realized or actual path of T-bill rates over the five- year life of the swap contract is as follows:

End of Year CD Rate
1 ............. 4%
2 ............. 3
3 ............. 5
4 ............. 6
5 ............. 5
Calculate the swap payments made by the bank and the savings association over the five-year swap period.
c. Calculate the net income for the bank and the savings association over the four-year swapperiod.


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