International Finance 3

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International Finance 3
2010-09-20 23:57:14
International Finance

International Finance 3
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  1. What is Balance of Payments Accounting?
    Statistical Record of a country's international transactions over a certain period of time presented in double-entry bookkeeping
  2. If Missouri imports $100k worth of bicycle frams from England, would they record this as a debit or credit?
  3. What will happen to the British Pounds when they record a credit?
    Rise in the supply of dollars and an increase in demand
  4. Which account contains exports and imports of goods and services
    Current Account
  5. Which account has unilateral transfers of foreign aid included?
    Current Account
  6. If debits exceed credits, than the country is running on a trade (deficit or surplus)?
    Trade Deficit
  7. If there is a trade deficit, what does this mean?
    Negative balance of trade, imports exceed exports
  8. Which account does the FX Rate have a direct effect on?
    Current Account
  9. The current account balance is positive when FX (depreciates or appreciates)?
  10. Why could the FX rate have a J shape?
    Due to the relative inelasticity of import/exports to currency price changes
  11. The account that contains purchases and sales of assets such as stocks, bonds, bank accounts, and real estate is?
    Capital Account
  12. This account measures the difference between U.S. sales of assets to foreigners and purchases.
    Capital Account
  13. FDIs (Foreign Direct Investments) are found in which account?
    Capital Account
  14. What is a FDI?
    Investment in long term assets resulting in a controlling stake
  15. The account which covers all purchases and sales of international reserve assets is what?
    Official Reserves Account
  16. What are the reserve assets in the Official Reserves Account?
    dollars, foreign exchanges, gold, and SDRs
  17. What is a SDR?
    A virtual basket of currency created to substitue gold as a reference for currency values
  18. What are the four currencies that make a SDR?
    Euro, Pound, Yen, USD
  19. What is a statistical discrepancy?
    when there are some omissions and mis-recorded transactions
  20. What leads to statistical discrepancys?
    differences in time and place and different accounting methods
  21. What is the equation under the pure flexible exchange rate?
    BCA + BKA = 0
  22. The BOP equation should be:
    BCA + BKA = BRA (+/-)
  23. Sovereign Wealth Funds are mostly domiciled in?
    Asian and Mid-East countries
  24. What are sovereign wealth funds?
    They are responsible for recycling foreign exchange reserves for these countries swelled by trade surpluses and oil revenues
  25. What effect occurs when a currency depreciates, and the trade balance deteriorates prior to improving?
    J Curve Effect
  26. Since 1982, the U.S. has experienced continuous deficits on which account?
    Current Account
  27. Which account has the U.S. experienced continuous surpluses in?
    Capital Account
  28. What is Mercantilism?
    It's when a country avoids trade deficits at all costs, even imposing various restrictions on imports
  29. What does Mercantilism followers argue?
    That the main source of wealth in a country is its productive capacity, not its trade surpluses
  30. When BCA < 0 government budget deficits and or part of domestic investments are being financed by?
    Foreign Controlled Capital
  31. If Savings less Imports is less than zero, then a country's domestic savings is (sufficient/insufficient) to finance domestic investments
  32. If tax revenues is less than government spending, the tax revenue is insufficient and a budget (deficit/surplus) exists?
  33. Why is it useful to examine a country's BOP data?
    BOP provides detailed information about the supply and demand of the country's currency and can be used to evaluate the performance of the country in international economic competition
  34. What could the current account deficits of U.S. reflect?
    High real interest rates (which is due to ballooning federal budget deficits) that keep the dollar strong and weak competitiveness in U.S. industries
  35. What does Japan have in relation to their current account?
    A surplus
  36. What could be the cause for Japan's Continuous Current Account Surplus?
    Weak yen and high competitiveness of Japanese industries
  37. What do continuous current account surpluses do to free trade?
    It disrupts free trade by promoting protectionist sentimetn in the deficit country, so it isn't desirable
  38. If foreigners found the U.S. to be a great place to invest and sent their capital this way, what would be the result?
    A Capital Account Surplus, which would strenghten the dollar, hurt exports, and encourage imports from foreign countries causing a current account deficit
  39. How can a country run an overall BOP deficit or surplus?
    By engaging in the Official Reserve Transactions
  40. If there is an overall BOP deficit, what can the central bank do?
    Draw down the reserve holdings
  41. What are official reserve assets?
    Those financial assets that can be used as international means of payments; gold, foreign exchanges, SDRs, reserve positions with the IMF
  42. Which Reserve Asset is the most important?
    Foreign Exchanges
  43. How do you compute the overall balance?
    The cumulative BOP includes the current account, capital account, and the statistical discrepancies
  44. Why is the overall BOP significant?
    It indicates a country's international payment gap that must be financed by the government's official reserve transactions
  45. As foreigners purchase U.S. Treasury bonds, the U.S. BOP will do what in the short run?
  46. What happens in the long run as foreigners purchase U.S. Treasury Bonds?
    U.S. BOP may deteriorate because the U.S. should pay interests and principals to foreigners; however it can improve
  47. Under the pure flexible exchange rate regime central banks do what?
    engage in official reserve transactions
  48. What does the BOP identity holds that the combined balance on the current and capital accounts should be equal in size and what in sign?
  49. Under the fixed exchange rate regime, a country can have an overall BOP surplus or deficit as the central bank will accommodate it via:
    the Official Reserve Transactions