Purpose of the project

The purpose of this project is to define, try and test the Purchasing Power Parity Theory. As outlined in the introduction, this theory is the one most commonly used. Yet this theory has also been criticized a lot and also the PPP theory has been the subject of a lot studies and research in the field of Industrial Finance. Several tests have also been conducted on this theory to ascertain whether this theory can hold good. As theory it concentrates on the relationship between inflation and exchange rates.

The theory which is also known as ‘law of one price’ suggests that the products of a similar nature should carry a similar price when measured in one common currency. This theory suggests that the two countries ratios in price levels in one basket of goods should be equal and therefore the purchasing power should be equal. If there is a discrepancy in the prices measured in the common currency, then PPP theory states that there should be shift in demand so that eventually prices should converge.

In layman’s terms what the theory suggests is that a basket of goods for example in USA and UK once price of goods or services expressed in a common currency and the exchange rate is taken into account. When there are differentials in the price index this is known as either inflation or deflation dependant upon the change in the index. This project will be carried using data from various sources and information gathered from Perfect Analysis and other relevant books and websites. It will then be presented using Micro Soft Excel, MS Word and Mini-tab.

The intention is to establish what relevant significance the test has on the international finance, with rates of exchange and inflation being the predominant indicators of a country’s financial standing, an analysis of the relationship between them and the differential in them over time. We also aim to describe how markets behave in response to such variations. The project will aim to show whether PPP theory is true or not and shows its validity basing on the comparison of data from Perfect Analysis from Japan and United States  in relation to the currency of the UK.

To carry out this test of comparative data from the United States Dollars and Japanese Yen in comparison with the UK Pounds, the test must follow a clear set of step by step plan. The Question of whether PPP theory was tested in the following three steps. The analysis was carried on a daily basis of for a total of 10 years. The interest rate difference data was taken for a period of   seven years taking 1999 as base year. 1. The initial step and predominantly important step was to acquire the data required from Perfect Analysis for the periodic exchange rates of the British Pound and the Japanese Yen for the past 10 years.

These figures then were then placed in an Excel Spreadsheet and monthly figures were derived, eliminating all unnecessary dates were eliminated. Using Micro Soft Excel, the figures, the next task was to derive the percentage change in the exchange rates using the PPP formula stated: ef  ~ lh  ~  if      Or     ef =     (1 + lh)    -  1 (1 + lf) 2. Secondly once again using perfect analysis we then derived the relevant monthly interest rate difference figures between that United States and of the UK as well as Japan.

As previously done these differences were placed in Excel and steps were taken to work out the inflation or deflation rates which are the changes in the index which have been calculated. From that the inflation differential can be derived taking the US inflation rate and taking away the UK inflation rate as well as for US and Japanese rates. US (h) – UK (f) 3. Once all the information was derived, Excel was used in order to calculate the percentage change between the US and UK as well as US and Japan inflation rate. Then PPP formula was used in order to calculate the differences in the inflation rates in both the countries.

A regression analysis was carried out using Minitab. Two analysis were produced to show the correlation in the exchange rate fluctuations over the period of 10 years. Similarly a regression analysis was done in the Minitab to show the correlation of the interest rate difference during the period under consideration. “Regression Analysis is used to approximate quantitative functional relationships between dependant variables and one or more independent casual variables from actual data – experimental, time series, cross sectional – when the relationship among the variables is statistical in nature rather than exact.

By a statistical relationship it is meant that the dependant variable’s observed values are generated by a probability distribution that is a function of other causal variables” Within this analysis the P value is the probability that the coefficient is Zero. The smaller the number the more significant it is. If the P value ranges between 5 and 10 percent the value is deemed to be nearly significant. The F score is in regard to the explanatory power of R-sq. This all tells you what combined explanatory power regression is and from how much is being explained and how much is not.

The T score is only of any significance when its value is greater than 1. 06. The co-efficient is a measure of how much a relationship two variables show based on a scale of -1 to +1. The figure shows the change in Y if the X variable was increased by 1. And finally the coefficient of determination R-Sq. It is measured of what is classified as a ‘goodness of fit’ of a particular regression model. R-Sq takes a value between -1 and +1. Negative values arise when the two variables are inversely related and positive values occur when they are correlated positively.