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Question 1
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Financial institutions with ____ interest rate-sensitive liabilities than assets are ____ affected by rising interest rates.

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A

more; adversely

B

fewer; adversely

C

more; favorably

D

none of the above

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Question 2
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Which of the following statements is incorrect?

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A

Interest rate swaps are sometimes used by financial institutions and other firms for speculative purposes.

B

A primary reason for the popularity of interest rate swaps is the existence of market imperfections.

C

Swaps are necessary for some financial institutions to obtain the maturities or rate sensitivities on funds that they desire.

D

Most financial institutions that anticipate that interest rates will move in an unfavorable direction do not hedge their positions.

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Question 3
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Savings institutions participate in the swap market primarily to

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A

serve as an intermediary by matching up two parties in a swap.

B

serve as a dealer by taking the counterparty position in a swap.

C

reduce interest rate risk.

D

none of the above

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Question 4
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In a swap arrangement, the most common index used for floating-rate payments is the

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A

coupon rate on existing bonds.

B

stock dividend rate based on a U.S. stock index.

C

London Interbank Offer Rate (LIBOR).

D

Treasury bond yield.

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Question 5
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Swap transactions are only used to

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A

hedge against upward interest rate movements.

B

hedge against downward interest rate movements.

C

speculate.

D

none of the above

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Question 6
Multiple Choice

If a firm negotiates a plain vanilla swap, it will provide ____ payments in exchange for ____ payments.

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A
fixed-rate; floating-rate
B
fixed-rate euro; fixed-rate dollar
C
stock dividend; fixed-rate
D
stock dividend; floating-rate
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Question 7
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____ swap allows the party making fixed payments to extend the swap period.

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A
forward
B
extendable
C
callable
D
putable
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Question 8
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____ swap allows the party making fixed-rate payments to terminate the swap prior to maturity.

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A
forward
B
extendable
C
callable
D
putable
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Question 9
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A ____ swap involves the exchange of fixed-rate payments for floating-rate payments that are capped.

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A
rate-capped
B
zero-coupon-for-floating
C
callable
D
putable
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Question 10
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The option on a callable swap would most likely be exercised if interest rates

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A
rise.
B
fall.
C
remain constant.
D
remain somewhat stable.
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Question 11
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The option on a putable swap would most likely be exercised if interest rates

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A
rise.
B
fall.
C
remain constant.
D
remain somewhat stable.
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Question 12
Multiple Choice

____ swap involves an exchange of interest payments over a swap period that does not begin until a specified future point in time.

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A
forward
B
extendable
C
callable
D
putable
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Question 13
Multiple Choice

Assume a financial institution has rate-sensitive liabilities and rate-sensitive assets. If this institution negotiates a rate-capped swap, its ____ payments will be capped, and it will ____ anup-front premium in exchange for the cap.

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A
outflow; receive
B
outflow; pay
C
inflow; pay
D
inflow; receive
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Question 14
True/False

An equity swap involves the exchange of interest payments for payments linked to the degree of change in a bond index.

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True
False
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Question 15
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Assume a U.S. savings institution funds its fixed-rate mortgages by attracting short-term deposits. If it engages in an interest rate swap, but the index on the swap does not move in perfecttandem with its cost of deposits, this reflects

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A
sovereign risk.
B
basis risk.
C
credit risk.
D
none of the above
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Question 16
Multiple Choice

____ risk prevents an interest rate swap from completely eliminating a financial institution's exposure to interest rate risk.

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A
Credit
B
Basis
C
Sovereign
D
None of the above
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Question 17
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____ risk in a swap is typically not overwhelming because the affected party can simply discontinue its payments to the other party.

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A
Basis
B
Credit
C
Sovereign
D
None of the above
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Question 18
True/False

Sovereign risk differs from credit risk because it is dependent on the financial status of the government rather than the counterparty itself.

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Question 19
Multiple Choice

In a period when interest rates are expected to rise, ____ institutions will want a fixed-for-floating swap, and the fixed rate specified on interest rate swaps will be ____ under these conditions.

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A
many; lower
B
many; higher
C
few; lower
D
few; higher
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Question 20
Multiple Choice

An interest rate swap agreement indicates the ____ value, is represents the principal amount to which interest rates are applied to determine the interest payments involved.

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A
vanilla
B
LIBOR
C
programmed
D
notional
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