- The CIO of a Canadian private equity company wants to lock in the interest on a three- month “bridge” loan his firm will take out in six months to complete an LBO deal. He buys the relevant interest rate futures contracts at 98.05. In six- months’ time, he initiates the loan at 2.70% and unwinds the hedge at 97.30. The effective interest rate on the loan is:
- A 0.75%.
- B 1.95%.
- C 2.70%.
answer is B. Why though? When you sell an interest rate future you are lending money at that rate. So you are lending money at 1.95% but the IR you actually ended up borrowing at 2.7% thereby 0.75% is the effective interest rate. What am I missing here?