1) Which of the following statements is CORRECT?

Answer

a)A two-stock portfolio will always have a lower standard deviation than a one-stock portfolio.

b)A portfolio that consists of 40 stocks that are not highly correlated with “the market” will probably be less risky than a portfolio of 40 stocks that are highly correlated with the market, assuming the stocks all have the same standard deviations.

c)A two-stock portfolio will always have a lower beta than a one-stock portfolio.

d)If portfolios are formed by randomly selecting stocks, a 10-stock portfolio will always have a lower beta than a one-stock portfolio.

e)A stock with an above-average standard deviation must also have an above-average beta.

 

 

2 points

Question 2

Your portfolio consists of $50,000 invested in Stock X and $50,000 invested in Stock Y. Both stocks have an expected return of 15%, betas of 1.6, and standard deviations of 30%. The returns of the two stocks are independent, so the correlation coefficient between them, rXY, is zero. Which of the following statements best describes the characteristics of your 2-stock portfolio?

Answer

a)Your portfolio has a standard deviation of 30%, and its expected return is 15%.

b)Your portfolio has a standard deviation less than 30%, and its beta is greater than 1.6.

c)Your portfolio has a beta equal to 1.6, andits expected return is 15%.

d)Your portfolio has a beta greater than 1.6, and its expected return is greater than 15%.

e)Your portfolio has a standard deviation greater than 30% and a beta equal to 1.6.

 

 

Question 3

Assume that in recent years both expected inflation and the market risk premium (rM− rRF) have declined. Assume also that all stocks have positive betas. Which of the following would be most likely to have occurred as a result of these changes?

Answer

The required returns on all stocks have fallen, but the decline has been greater for stocks with lower betas.

The required returns on all stocks have fallen, but the fall has been greater for stocks with higher betas.

The average required return on the market, rM, has remained constant, but the required returns have fallen for stocks that have betas greater than 1.0.

Required returns have increased for stocks with betas greater than 1.0 but have declined for stocks with betas less than 1.0.

The required returns on all stocks have fallen by the same amount

 

 

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