The multiplier for a futures contract on a stock market index is $250. The maturity of the contract is 1 year, the current level of the index is 1,360, and the risk-free interest rate is 0.6% per month. The dividend yield on the index is 0.3% per month. Suppose that after 1 month, the stock index is at 1,390.
a. Find the cash flow from the mark-to-market proceeds on the contract. Assume that the parity condition always holds exactly. (Round your final answer to the nearest dollar amount. Omit the ‘$’ sign in your response.)
b. Find the holding-period return if the initial margin on the contract is $13,600.