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Actual exam question for
PRMIA's
Exam I: Finance Theory, Financial Instruments, Financial Markets ? 2015 Edition exam

Question #: 17

Topic #: 4

[All Exam I: Finance Theory, Financial Instruments, Financial Markets ? 2015 Edition Questions]
Topic #: 4

Calculate the net payment due on a fixed-for-floating interest rate swap where the fixed rate is 5% and the floating rate is LIBOR + 100 basis points. Assume reset dates are every six months, LIBOR at the beginning of the reset period is 4.5% and at the end of the period is 3.5%. Notional is $1m.

The LIBOR rate to use is the one at the beginning of the period, is 4.5%. The fixed rate payer owes 5%, and the floating rate payer owes 4.5% + 100bps. Thus the fixed rate payer will receive a payment equal to 0.5% for six months on $1m. This works out to $2500.(Recall that a fixed for floating interest rate swap exchanges fixed for floating rate payments, with only the net payment being made by either party.)

The LIBOR rate to use is the one at the beginning of the period, is 4.5%. The fixed rate payer owes 5%, and the floating rate payer owes 4.5% + 100bps. Thus the fixed rate payer will receive a payment equal to 0.5% for six months on $1m. This works out to $2500.

(Recall that a fixed for floating interest rate swap exchanges fixed for floating rate payments, with only the net payment being made by either party.)

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