+ + + =
To maximize the utility function, we take the derivative of U with respect to C1
and set it equal to zero:
0
50
2 . 2
50
42
1 . 1 1
1
1
= + =
C
dC
dU
which gives C1 = $16.82. Substituting $16.82 for C1 in the equation of the
opportunity set given in part A gives C2 = $23.50.
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Chapter 1: Problem 3
If you consume nothing at time 1 and instead invest all of your time1
income at a riskless rate of 10%, then at time 2 you will be able to consume all of
your time2 income plus the proceeds earned from your investment:
$5,000 + $5,000 (1.1) = $10,500.
If you consume nothing at time 2 and instead borrow at time 1 the present value
of your time2 income at a riskless rate of 10%, then at time 1 you will be able to
consume all of the borrowed proceeds plus your time1 income:
$5,000 + $5,000 (1.1) = $9,545.45
All other possible optimal consumption patterns of time 1 and time 2
consumption appear on a straight line (the opportunity set) with an intercept of
$10,500 and a slope of 1.1:
C2 = $5,000 + ($5,000 C1) (1.1) = $10,500 1.1C1
Chapter 1: Problem 4
If you consume nothing at time 1 and instead invest all of your wealth plus your
time1 income at a riskless rate of 5%, then at time 2 you will be able to consume
all of your time2 income plus the proceeds earned from your investment:
$20,000 + ($20,000 + $50,000)(1.05) = $93,500.
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If you consume nothing at time 2 and instead borrow at time 1 the present value
of your time2 income at a riskless rate of 5%, then at time 1 you will be able to
consume all of the borrowed proceeds plus your time1 income and your wealth:
$20,000 + $50,000 + $20,000 (1.05) = $89,047.62
All other possible optimal consumption patterns of time1 and time2
consumption appear on a straight line (the opportunity set) with an intercept of
$93,500 and a slope of 1.05:
C2 = $20,000 + ($20,000 + $50,000 C1) (1.1)
= $93,500 1.05C1
Chapter 1: Problem 5
With Job 1 you can consume $30 + $50 (1.05) = $82.50 at time 2 and
nothing at time 1, $50 + $30 (1.05) = $78.60 at time 1 and nothing at time 2, or
any consumption pattern of time 1 and time 2 consumption shown along the line
AB: C2 = $82.50 1.05C1.
With Job 2 you can consume $40 + $40 (1.05) = $82.00 at time 2 and
nothing at time 1, $40 + $40 (1.05) = $78.10 at time 1 and nothing at time 2, or
any consumption pattern of time 1 and time 2 consumption shown along the line
CD: C2 = $82.00 1.05C1.
The individual should select Job 1, since the opportunity set associated
with it (line AB) dominates the opportunity set of Job 2 (line CD).
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Chapter 1: Problem 6
With an interest rate of 10% and income at both time 1 and time 2 of
$5,000, the opportunity set is given by the line AB:
C2 = $5,000 + ($5,000 C1) (1.1) = $10,500 1.1C1
With an interest rate of 20% and income at both time 1 and time 2 of $5,000, the
opportunity set is given by the line CD:
C2 = $5,000 + ($5,000 C1) (1.2) = $11,000 1.2C1
Lines AB and CD intersect at point E (where C2 = time2 income = $5,000 and C1 =
time1 income = $5,000). Along either line above point E, the individual is lending
(consuming less at time 1 than the income earned at time 1); along either line
below point E, the individual is borrowing (consuming more at time 1 than the
income earned at time 1). Since the individual can only lend at 10% and must
borrow at 20%, the individuals opportunity set is given by line segments AE and
ED.
Chapter 1: Problem 7
For P = 50, this is simply a plot of the function
1
1
2
1
50
C
C
C
+
= .
For P = 100, this is simply a plot of the function
1
1
2
1
100
C
C
C
+
= .
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Chapter 1: Problem 8
This problem is analogous to Problem 2. We present the analytical solution
below. The problem could be solved graphically, as in Problem 2.
From Problem 3, the opportunity set is C2 = $10,500 1.1C1. Substituting this
equation into the preference function P = C1 + C2 + C1 C2 yields:
2
1 1 1 1
1 . 1 500 , 10 $ 1 . 1 500 , 10 $ C C C C P + + =
0 2 . 2 500 , 10 $ 1 . 1 1
1
1
= + = C
dC
dP
C1 = $4,772.68
C2 = $5,250.05
Chapter 1: Problem 9
Let X = the number of pizza slices, and let Y = the number of hamburgers.
Then, if pizza slices are $2 each, hamburgers are $2.50 each, and you have $10,
your opportunity set is given algebraically by
$2X + $2.50Y = $10
Solving the above equation for X gives X = 5 1.25Y, which is the equation for a
straight line with an intercept of 5 and a slope of 1.25.
Graphically, the opportunity set appears as follows:
Assuming you like both pizza and hamburgers, your indifference curves will
be negatively sloped, and you will be better off on an indifference curve to the
right of another indifference curve. Assuming diminishing marginal rate of
substitution between pizza slices and hamburgers (the lower the number of
hamburgers you have, the more pizza slices you need to give up one more burger
without changing your level of satisfaction), your indifference curves will also be
convex.
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A typical family of indifference curves appears below. Although you would rather
be on an indifference curve as far to the right as possible, you are constrained by
your $10 budget to be on an indifference curve that is on or to the left of the
opportunity set. Therefore, your optimal choice is the combination of pizza slices
and hamburgers that is represented by the point where your indifference curve is
just tangent to the opportunity set (point A below).
Chapter 1: Problem 10
If you consume C1 at time 1 and invest (lend) the rest of your time1 income at 5%,
your time2 consumption (C2) will be $50 from your time2 income plus ($50
C1)(1.05) from your investment. Algebraically, the opportunity set is thus
C2 = 50 + (50  C1)(1.05) = 102.50  1.05C1
If C1 is 0 (no time1 consumption), then from the above equation C2 will be $102.50.
If C2 is 0, then C1 will be $97.62. Graphically, the opportunity set appears below,
along with a typical family of indifference curves.
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Chapter 1: Problem 11
If you consume C1 at time 1 and invest (lend) the rest of your time1 income
at 20%, your time2 consumption (C2) will be $10,000 from your time2 income plus
$10,000 from your inheritance plus ($10,000  C1)(1.20) from your investment. The
opportunity set is thus
C2 = $10,000 + $10,000 + ($10,000  C1)(1.20) = $32,000  1.2C1
If C2 is 0 (no time2 consumption), then you can borrow the present value of your
time2 income and your time2 inheritance and spend that amount along with
your time1 income on time1 consumption. Solving the above equation for C1
when C2 is 0 gives C1 = $26,666.67, which is the maximum that can be consumed
at time 1. Similarly, if C1 is 0 (no time1 consumption), then you can invest all of your
time1 income at 20% and spend the future value of your time1 income plus your
time2 income and inheritance on time2 consumption. From the above equation,
C2 will be $32,000 when C1 is 0, which is the maximum that can be consumed at
time 2.
Chapter 1: Problem 12
If you consume nothing at time 2, then you can borrow the present value of
your time2 income for consumption at time 1. If the borrowing rate is 10% and
your time2 income is $100, then the present value (at time 1) of your time2
income is $100/(1.1) = $90.91. You can borrow this amount and spend it along with
your time income of $100 on time1 consumption. So the maximum you can
consume at time 1 is $90.91 + $100 = $190.91. If you consume nothing at time 1
and instead invest all of your time1 income of $100 at the lending rate of 5%, the
future value (in period 2) of your period 1 income will be $100(1.05) = $105. You
can then spend that amount along with your time 2 income of $100 on time2
consumption. So the maximum you can consume at time 2 is $105 + $100 = $205.
With two different interest rates, we have two separate equations for opportunity
sets: one for borrowers and one for lenders.
If you only consume some of your time 1 income at time 1 and invest the
rest at 5%, you have the following opportunity set: C2 = 100 + (100  C1)(1.05) = 205 
1.05C1. If you only consume some of your time2 income at time 2 and borrow the
present value of the rest at 10% for consumption at time 1, your opportunity set is:
C1 = 100 + (100  C2)/(1.1) = 190.91  C2/1.1,or, solving the equation for C2,
C2 = 210  1.1C1
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Graphically, the two lines appear as follows:
The lines intersect at point E (which represents your income endowment for times 1
and 2). Moving along the lines above point E represents lending (investing some
time1 income); moving along the lines below point E represents borrowing
(spending more than your time1 income on time1 consumption). Since you can
only lend at 5%, line segment AE represents your opportunity set if you choose to
lend. Since you must borrow at 10%, line segment ED represents your opportunity
set if you choose to borrow. So your total opportunity set is represented by AED.
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Chapter 4: Problem 1
A. Expected return is the sum of each outcome times its associated
probability.
Expected return of Asset 1 = =
1
R 16% 0.25 + 12% 0.5 + 8% 0.25 = 12%
2
R = 6%;
3
R = 14%;
4
R = 12%
Standard deviation of return is the square root of the sum of the squares of
each outcome minus the mean times the associated probability.
Standard deviation of Asset 1 =
1
o = [(16% 12%)
2
0.25 + (12% 12%)
2
0.5 + (8% 12%)
2
0.25]
1/2
= 8
1/2
= 2.83%
2
o = 2
1/2
= 1.41%;
3
o = 18
1/2
= 4.24%;
4
o = 10.7
1/2
= 3.27%
B. Covariance of return between Assets 1 and 2 =
12
o =
(16 12) (4 6) 0.25 + (12 12) (6 6) 0.5 + (8 12) (8 6) 0.25
= 4
The variance/covariance matrix for all pairs of assets is:
1 2 3 4
1 8 4 12 0
2 4 2 6 0
3 12 6 18 0
4 0 0 0 10.7
Correlation of return between Assets 1 and 2 = 1
41 . 1 83 . 2
4
12
=
= .
The correlation matrix for all pairs of assets is:
1 2 3 4
1 1 1 1 0
2 1 1 1 0
3 1 1 1 0
4 0 0 0 1
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C. Portfolio Expected Return
A 1/2 12% + 1/2 6% = 9%
B 13%
C 12%
D 10%
E 13%
F 1/3 12% + 1/3 6% + 1/3 14% = 10.67%
G 12.67%
H 12.67%
I 1/4 12% + 1/4 6% + 1/4 14% + 1/4 12% = 11%
Portfolio Variance
A (1/2)
2
8 + (1/2)
2
2 + 2 1/2 1/2 ( 4) = 0.5
B 12.5
C 4.6
D 2
E 7
F (1/3)
2
8 + (1/3)
2
2 + (1/3)
2
18 + 2 1/3 1/3 ( 4)
+ 2 1/3 1/3 12 + 2 1/3 1/3 ( 6) = 3.6
G 2
H 6.7
I (1/4)
2
8 + (1/4)
2
2 + (1/4)
2
18 + (1/4)
2
10.7
+ 2 1/4 1/4 ( 4) + 2 1/4 1/4 12 + 2 1/4
1/4 0 + 2 1/4 1/4 ( 6) + 2 1/4 1/4 0 + 2
1/4 1/4 0 = 2.7
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Chapter 4: Problem 2
A. Monthly Returns
Month
Security 1 2 3 4 5 6
A 3.7% 0.4% 6.5% 1.4% 6.2% 2.1%
B 10.5% 0.5% 3.7% 1.0% 3.4% 1.4%
C 1.4% 14.9% 1.4% 10.8% 4.9% 16.9%
B. Sample Average (Mean) Monthly Returns
( )
% 22 . 1
6
% 1 . 2 % 2 . 6 % 4 . 1 % 5 . 6 % 4 . 0 % 7 . 3
=
+ + + +
=
A
R
% 95 . 2 =
B
R
% 92 . 7 =
C
R
C. Sample Standard Deviations of Monthly Returns
( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
% 92 . 3 34 . 15
6
% 22 . 1 % 1 . 2 % 22 . 1 % 2 . 6 % 22 . 1 % 4 . 1 % 22 . 1 % 5 . 6 % 22 . 1 % 4 . 0 % 22 . 1 % 7 . 3
2 2 2 2 2 2
= =
+ + + + +
=
A
o
% 8 . 3 42 . 14 = =
B
o
% 78 . 6 02 . 46 = =
C
o
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D. Sample Covariances and Correlation Coefficients of Monthly Returns
( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
17 . 2
6
% 95 . 2 % 4 . 1 % 22 . 1 % 1 . 2 % 95 . 2 % 4 . 3 % 22 . 1 % 2 . 6 % 95 . 2 % 0 . 1 % 22 . 1 % 4 . 1
% 95 . 2 % 7 . 3 % 22 . 1 % 5 . 6 % 95 . 2 % 5 . 0 % 22 . 1 % 4 . 0 % 95 . 2 % 5 . 10 % 22 . 1 % 7 . 3
=
(
+ + +
+ +
=
AB
o
24 . 7 =
AC
o ; 89 . 19 =
BC
o
15 . 0
8 . 3 92 . 3
17 . 2
=
=
AB
27 . 0 =
AC
; 77 . 0 =
BC
i
i i
o
o o
for Italian securities and
4
2 . 0
2 . 0
2
2 2
=
i
i i
o
o o
for Belgian securities.
If the average variance of a single security,
o
2
j
, in each country equals 50, then
20 50 4 . 0 4 . 0
2
= = =
i kj
o o for Italian securities and 10 50 2 . 0 2 . 0
2
= = =
i kj
o o for
Belgian securities.
Using the formula shown in the preceding answer to Problem 3 with
o
2
j
= 50 and
either
okj
= 20 for Italy or
okj
= 10 for Belgium we have:
Portfolio Size (N securities) Italian Belgian
o
2
P o
2
P
5 26 18
20 21.5 12
100 20.3 10.4
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Chapter 4: Problem 6
The formula for an equally weighted portfolio's variance that appears below Table
4.8 in the text is
( )
o o o o kj kj
2
j
2
P
1/N = +
where
o
2
j
is the average variance across all securities,
okj
is the average
covariance across all securities, and N is the number of securities. The text below
Table 4.8 states that the average variance for the securities in that table was
46.619 and that the average covariance was 7.058. Using the above equation
with those two numbers, setting equal to 8, and solving for N gives:
o
2
P
8 = 1/N (46.619  7.058) + 7.058
.942N = 39.561
N = 41.997.
Since the portfolio's variance decreases as N increases, holding 42 securities will
provide a variance less than 8, so 42 is the minimum number of securities that will
provide a portfolio variance less than 8.
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Chapter 5: Problem 1
From Problem 1 of Chapter 4, we know that:
R1 = 12% R2 = 6% R3 = 14% R4 = 12%
o
2
1 = 8 o
2
2 = 2 o
2
3 = 18 o
2
4 = 10.7
o 1 = 2.83% o 2 = 1.41% o 3 = 4.24% o 4 = 3.27%
o 12 = 4 o 13 = 12 o 14 = 0 o 23 = 6 o 24 = 0 o 34 = 0
12 = 1 13 = 1 14 = 0 23 = 1.0 24 = 0 34 = 0
In this problem, we will examine 2asset portfolios consisting of the following pairs
of securities:
Pair Securities
A 1 and 2
B 1 and 3
C 1 and 4
D 2 and 3
E 2 and 4
F 3 and 4
A. Short Selling Not Allowed
(Note that the answers to part A.4 are integrated with the answers to parts A.1,
A.2 and A.3 below.)
A.1
We want to find the weights, the standard deviation and the expected return of
the minimumrisk porfolio, also known as the global minimum variance (GMV)
portfolio, of a pair of assets when short sales are not allowed.
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We further know that the compostion of the GMV portfolio of any two assets i
and j is:
ij j i
ij j
GMV
i
X
o o o
o o
2
2 2
2
+
=
GMV
i
GMV
j
X X = 1
Pair A (assets 1 and 2):
Applying the above GMV weight formula to Pair A yields the following weights:
3
1
18
6
) 4 )( 2 ( 2 8
) 4 ( 2
2
12
2
2
2
1
12
2
2
1
= =
+
=
+
=
o o o
o o
GMV
X (or 33.33%)
3
2
3
1
1 1
1 2
= = =
GMV GMV
X X (or 66.67%)
This in turn gives the following for the GMV portfolio of Pair A:
% 8 % 6
3
2
% 12
3
1
= + = GMV R
( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) 0 4
3
2
3
1
2 2
3
2
8
3
1
2 2
2
= 
.

\


.

\

+ 
.

\

+ 
.

\

=
GMV
o
0 =
GMV
o
Recalling that 12 = 1, the above result demonstrates the fact that, when two
assets are perfectly negatively correlated, the minimumrisk portfolio of those two
assets will have zero risk.
Pair B (assets 1 and 3):
Applying the above GMV weight formula to Pair B yields the following weights:
3
1
=
GMV
X (300%) and (200%) 2
3
=
GMV
X
This means that the GMV portfolio of assets 1 and 3 involves short selling asset 3.
But if short sales are not allowed, as is the case in this part of Problem 1, then the
GMV portfolio involves placing all of your funds in the lower risk security (asset 1)
and none in the higher risk security (asset 3). This is obvious since, because the
correlation between assets 1 and 3 is +1.0, portfolio risk is simply a linear
combination of the risks of the two assets, and the lowest value that can be
obtained is the risk of asset 1.
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Thus, when short sales are not allowed, we have for Pair B:
1
1
=
GMV
X (100%) and (0%) 0
3
=
GMV
X
% 12 1 = = R RGMV ; ; 8
2
1
2
= = o o
GMV
% 83 . 2
1
= = o o
GMV
For the GMV portfolios of the remaining pairs above we have:
Pair
GMV
i
X
GMV
j
X GMV R
GMV
o
C (i = 1, j = 4) 0.572 0.428 12% 2.14%
D (i = 2, j = 3) 0.75 0.25 8% 0%
E (i = 2, j = 4) 0.8425 0.1575 6.95% 1.3%
F (i = 3, j = 4) 0.3728 0.6272 12.75% 2.59%
A.2 and A.3
For each of the above pairs of securities, the graph of all possible combinations
(portfolios) of the securities (the portfolio possibilties curves) and the efficient set
of those portfolios appear as follows when short sales are not allowed:
Pair A
The efficient set is the positively sloped line segment.
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Pair B
The entire line is the efficient set.
Pair C
Only the GMV portfolio is efficient.
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Pair D
The efficient set is the positively sloped line segment.
Pair E
The efficient set is the positively sloped part of the curve, starting at the GMV
portfolio and ending at security 4.
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Pair F
The efficient set is the positively sloped part of the curve, starting at the GMV
portfolio and ending at security 3.
B. Short Selling Not Allowed
(Note that the answers to part B.4 are integrated with the answers to parts B.1,
B.2 and B.3 below.)
B.1
When short selling is allowed, all of the GMV portfolios shown in Part A.1 above
are the same except the one for Pair B (assets 1 and 3). In the noshortsales case
in Part A.1, the GMV portfolio for Pair B was the lower risk asset 1 alone.
However, applying the GMV weight formula to Pair B yielded the following
weights:
3
1
=
GMV
X (300%) and (200%) 2
3
=
GMV
X
This means that the GMV portfolio of assets 1 and 3 involves short selling asset 3 in
an amount equal to twice the investors original wealth and then placing the
original wealth plus the proceeds from the short sale into asset 1. This yields the
following for Pair B when short sales are allowed:
% 8 % 14 2 % 12 3 = = GMV R
( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( )( )( )( ) 0 12 2 3 2 18 2 8 3
2 2
2
= + + =
GMV
o
0 =
GMV
o
Recalling that 13 = +1, this demonstrates the fact that, when two assets are
perfectly positively correlated and short sales are allowed, the GMV portfolio of
those two assets will have zero risk.
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B.2 and B.3
When short selling is allowed, the portfolio possibilities graphs are extended.
Pair A
The efficient set is the positively sloped line segment through security 1 and out
toward infinity.
Pair B
The entire line out toward infinity is the efficient set.
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Pair C
Only the GMV portfolio is efficient.
Pair D
The efficient set is the positively sloped line segment through security 3 and out
toward infinity.
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Pair E
The efficient set is the positively sloped part of the curve, starting at the GMV
portfolio and extending past security 4 toward infinity.
Pair F
The efficient set is the positively sloped part of the curve, starting at the GMV
portfolio and extending past security 3 toward infinity.
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C.
Pair A (assets 1 and 2):
Since the GMV portfolio of assets 1 and 2 has an expected return of 8% and a risk
of 0%, then, if riskless borrowing and lending at 5% existed, one would borrow an
infinite amount of money at 5% and place it in the GMV portfolio. This would be
pure arbitrage (zero risk, zero net investment and positive return of 3%). With an
8% riskless lending and borrowing rate, one would hold the same portfolio one
would hold without riskless lending and borrowing. (The particular portfolio held
would be on the efficient frontier and would depend on the investors degree of
risk aversion.)
Pair B (assets 1 and 3):
Since short sales are allowed in Part C and since we saw in Part B that when short
sales are allowed the GMV portfolio of assets 1 and 3 has an expected return of
8% and a risk of 0%, the answer is the same as that above for Pair A.
Pair C (assets 1 and 4):
We have seen that, regardless of the availability of short sales, the efficient
frontier for this pair of assets was a single point representing the GMV portfolio,
with a return of 12%. With riskless lending and borrowing at either 5% or 8%, the
new efficient frontier (efficient set) will be a straight line extending from the
vertical axis at the riskless rate and through the GMV portfolio and out to infinity.
The amount that is invested in the GMV portfolio and the amount that is
borrowed or lent will depend on the investors degree of risk aversion.
Pair D (assets 2 and 3):
Since assets 2 and 3 are perfectly negatively correlated and have a GMV
portfolio with an expected return of 8% and a risk of 0%, the answer is identical to
that above for Pair A.
Pair E (assets 2 and 4):
We arrived at the following answer graphically; the analytical solution to this
problem is presented in the subsequent chapter (Chapter 6). With a riskless rate
of 5%, the new efficient frontier (efficient set) will be a straight line extending from
the vertical axis at the riskless rate, passing through the portfolio where the line is
tangent to the upper half of the original portfolio possibilities curve, and then out
to infinity. The amount that is invested in the tangent portfolio and the amount
that is borrowed or lent will depend on the investors degree of risk aversion. The
tangent portfolio has an expected return of 9.4% and a standard deviation of
1.95%. With a riskless rate of 8%, the point of tangency occurs at infinity.
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Pair F (assets 3 and 4):
We arrived at the following answer graphically; the analytical solution to this
problem is presented in the subsequent chapter (Chapter 6). With a riskless rate
of 5%, the new efficient frontier (efficient set) will be a straight line extending from
the vertical axis at the riskless rate, passing through the portfolio where the line is
tangent to the upper half of the original portfolio possibilities curve, and then out
to infinity. The amount that is invested in the tangent portfolio and the amount
that is borrowed or lent will depend on the investors degree of risk aversion. The
tangent (optimal) portfolio has an expected return of 12.87% and a standard
deviation of 2.61%. With a riskless rate of 8%, the new efficient frontier will be a
straight line extending from the vertical axis at the riskless rate, passing through
the portfolio where the line is tangent to the upper half of the original portfolio
possibilities curve, and then out to infinity. The tangent (optimal) portfolio has an
expected return of 12.94% and a standard deviation of 2.64%.
Chapter 5: Problem 2
From Problem 2 of Chapter 4, we know that:
RA = 1.22% RB = 2.95% RC = 7.92%
o
2
A = 15.34 o
2
B = 14.42 o
2
C = 46.02
o A = 3.92% o B = 3.8% o C = 6.78%
o AB = 2.17 o AC = 7.24 o BC = 19.89
AB = 0.15 AC = 0.27 BC = 0.77
In this problem, we will examine 2asset portfolios consisting of the following pairs
of securities:
Pair Securities
1 A and B
2 A and C
3 B and C
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A. Short Selling Not Allowed
(Note that the answers to part A.4 are integrated with the answers to parts A.1,
A.2 and A.3 below.)
A.1
We want to find the weights, the standard deviation and the expected return of
the minimumrisk porfolio, also known as the global minimum variance (GMV)
portfolio, of a pair of assets when short sales are not allowed.
We further know that the compostion of the GMV portfolio of any two assets i
and j is:
ij j i
ij j
GMV
i
X
o o o
o o
2
2 2
2
+
=
GMV
i
GMV
j
X X = 1
Pair 1 (assets A and B):
Applying the above GMV weight formula to Pair 1 yields the following weights:
482 . 0
) 17 . 2 )( 2 ( 42 . 14 34 . 15
17 . 2 42 . 14
2
2 2
2
=
+
=
+
=
AB B A
AB B GMV
A
X
o o o
o o
(or 48.2%)
518 . 0 482 . 0 1 1 = = =
GMV
A
GMV
B
X X (or 51.8%)
This in turn gives the following for the GMV portfolio of Pair 1:
% 12 . 2 % 95 . 2 518 . 0 % 22 . 1 482 . 0 = + = GMV R
( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( )( )( )( ) 52 . 8 17 . 2 518 . 0 482 . 0 2 42 . 14 518 . 0 34 . 15 482 . 0
2 2 2
= + + =
GMV
o
% 92 . 2 =
GMV
o
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For the GMV portfolios of the remaining pairs above we have:
Pair
GMV
i
X
GMV
j
X GMV R
GMV
o
2 (i = A, j = C) 0.827 0.173 2.38% 3.73%
3 (i = B, j = C) 0.658 0.342 4.65% 1.63%
A.2 and A.3
For each of the above pairs of securities, the graph of all possible combinations
(portfolios) of the securities (the portfolio possibilties curves) and the efficient set
of those portfolios appear as follows when short sales are not allowed:
Pair 1
The efficient set is the positively sloped part of the curve, starting at the GMV
portfolio and ending at security B.
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Pair 2
The efficient set is the positively sloped part of the curve, starting at the GMV
portfolio and ending at security C.
Pair 3
The efficient set is the positively sloped part of the curve, starting at the GMV
portfolio and ending at security C.
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B. Short Selling Not Allowed
(Note that the answers to part B.4 are integrated with the answers to parts B.1,
B.2 and B.3 below.)
B.1
When short selling is allowed, all of the GMV portfolios shown in Part A.1 above
remain the same.
B.2 and B.3
When short selling is allowed, the portfolio possibilities graphs are extended.
Pair 1
The efficient set is the positively sloped part of the curve, starting at the GMV
portfolio and extending past security B toward infinity.
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Pair 2
The efficient set is the positively sloped part of the curve, starting at the GMV
portfolio and extending past security C toward infinity.
Pair 3
The efficient set is the positively sloped part of the curve, starting at the GMV
portfolio and extending past security C toward infinity.
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C.
In all cases where the riskless rate of either 5% or 8% is higher than the returns on
both of the individual securities, if short sales are not allowed, any rational
investor would only invest in the riskless asset. Even if short selling is allowed, the
point of tangency of a line connecting the riskless asset to the original portfolio
possibilities curve occurs at infinity for all cases, since the original GMV portfolios
return is lower than 5% in all cases.
Chapter 5: Problem 3
The answers to this problem are given in the answers to part A.1 of Problem 2.
Chapter 5: Problem 4
The locations, in expected return standard deviation space, of all portfolios
composed entirely of two securities that are perfectly negatively correlated (say,
security C and security S) are described by the equations for two straight lines, one
with a positive slope and one with a negative slope. To derive those equations,
start with the expressions for a twoasset portfolio's standard deviation when the
two assets' correlation is 1 (the equations in (5.8) in the text), and solve for XC (the
investment weight for security C). E.g., for the first equation:
( )
.
+
+
=
X
) + (
X
= +
X
+ 
X
=
X X
=
S C
S P
C
S C C S P
S C S C C P
S C C C P
o o
o o
o o o o
o o o o
o o o
1
Now plug the above expression for XC into the expression for a twoasset portfolio's
expected return and simplify:
( )
.
+
R R
+
R R
+
R
=
+
R R R
+
R
+
R
=
R
+
+
+
R
+
+
=
R X
+
R X
=
R
P
S C
S C
S
S C
S C
S
S C
S S S P C S C P
S
S
S C
S P
C
S C
S P
S C C C P
o
o o
o
o o
o o
o o o o
o o
o o
o o
o o
(
(
+
(
(


.

\



.

\

1
1
The above equation is that of a straight line in expected return standard deviation
space, with an intercept equal to the first term in brackets and a slope equal to
the second term in brackets.
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Solving for XC in the second equation in (5.8) gives:
( )
( )
.
+
=
X
+
X
=
X
+
X
=
X
+
X
=
S C
P S
C
S C C S P
S C S C C P
S C C C P
o o
o o
o o o o
o o o o
o o o
1
Substitute the above expression for XC into the equation for expected return and
simplify:
( )
.
+
R R
+
R R
+
R
=
+
R
+
R R R
+
R
=
R
+
+
R
+
=
R X
+
R X
=
R
P
S C
C S
S
S C
S C
S
S C
S P S S C P C S
S
S
S C
P S
C
S C
P S
S C C C P
o
o o
o
o o
o o
o o o o
o o
o o
o o
o o
(
(
+
(
(


.

\



.

\

1
1
The above equation is also that of a straight line in expected return standard
deviation space, with an intercept equal to the first term in brackets and a slope
equal to the second term in brackets. The intercept term for the above equation is
identical to the intercept term for the first derived equation. The slope term is
equal to 1 times the slope term of the first derived equation. So when one
equation has a positive slope, the other equation has a negative slope (when the
expected returns of the two assets are equal, the two lines are coincident), and
both lines meet at the same intercept.
Chapter 5: Problem 5
When equals 1, the least risky "combination" of securities 1 and 2 is security 2 held
alone (assuming no short sales). This requires X1 = 0 and X2 = 1, where the X's are
the investment weights. The standard deviation of this "combination" is equal to
the standard deviation of security 2; P = 2 = 2.
When equals 1, we saw in Chapter 5 that we can always find a combination of
the two securities that will completely eliminate risk, and we saw that this
combination can be found by solving X1 = 2/(1 + 2). So, X1 = 2/(5 + 2) = 2/7, and
since the investment weights must sum to 1, X2 = 1  X1 = 1  2/7 = 5/7. So a
combination of 2/7 invested in security 1 and 5/7 invested in security 2 will
completely eliminate risk when equals 1, and P will equal 0.
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When equals 0, we saw in Chapter 5 that the minimumrisk combination of two
assets can be found by solving X1 = 2
2
/(1
2
+ 2
2
). So, X1 = 4/(25 + 4) = 4/29, and X2
= 1  X1 = 1  4/29 = 25/29. When equals 0, the expression for the standard
deviation of a twoasset portfolio is
( )
2
2
2
1
2
1
2
1
1 o o
o
X X =
P
+
Substituting 4/29 for X1 in the above equation, we have
% 86 . 1
841
2900
841
2500
841
400
4
29
25
25
29
4
2 2
=
=
+ =

.

\

+ 
.

\

=
P
o
Chapter 5: Problem 6
If the riskless rate is 10%, then the riskfree asset dominates both risky assets in terms
of risk and return, since it offers as much or higher expected return than either risky
asset does, for zero risk. Assuming the investor prefers more to less and is risk averse,
the optimal investment is the riskfree asset.
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Solutions to Text Problems: Chapter 6
Chapter 6: Problem 1
The simultaneous equations necessary to solve this problem are:
5 = 16Z1 + 20Z2 + 40Z3
7 = 20Z1 + 100Z2 + 70Z3
13 = 40Z1 + 70Z2 + 196Z3
The solution to the above set of equations is:
Z1 = 0.292831
Z2 = 0.009118
Z3 = 0.003309
This results in the following set of weights for the optimum (tangent) portfolio:
X1 = .95929 (95.929%)
X2 = .02987 (2.987%)
X3 = .01084 (1.084%
The optimum portfolio has a mean return of 10.146% and a standard deviation of
4.106%.
Chapter 6: Problem 2
The simultaneous equations necessary to solve this problem are:
11 RF = 4Z1 + 10Z2 + 4Z3
14 RF = 10Z1 + 36Z2 + 30Z3
17 RF = 4Z1 + 30Z2 + 81Z3
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The optimum portfolio solutions using Lintner short sales and the given values for RF
are:
RF = 6% RF = 8% RF = 10%
Z1 3.510067 1.852348 0.194631
Z2 1.043624 0.526845 0.010070
Z3 0.348993 0.214765 0.080537
X1 0.715950 0.714100 0.682350
X2 0.212870 0.203100 0.035290
X3 0.711800 0.082790 0.282350
Tangent (Optimum) Portfolio
Mean Return 6.105% 6.419% 11.812%
Tangent (Optimum) Portfolio
Standard Deviation 0.737% 0.802% 2.971%
Chapter 6: Problem 3
Since short sales are not allowed, this problem must be solved as a quadratic
programming problem. The formulation of the problem is:
P
F
P
X
R R
o
u
= max
subject to:
1
1
=
_
=
N
i
i
X
0 >
i
X i
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Chapter 6: Problem 4
This problem is most easily solved using The Investment Portfolio software that
comes with the text, but, since all pairs of assets are assumed to have the same
correlation coefficient of 0.5, the problem can also be solved manually using the
constant correlation form of the Elton, Gruber and Padberg Simple Techniques
described in a later chapter.
To use the software, open up the Markowitz module, select file then new then
group constant correlation to open up a constant correlation table. Enter the
input data into the appropriate cells by first double clicking on the cell to make it
active. Once the input data have been entered, click on optimizer and then
run optimizer (or simply click on the optimizer icon). At that point, you can either
select full Markowitz or simple method.
If you select full Markowitz, you then select short sales allowed/riskless lending
and borrowing and then enter 4 for both the lending and borrowing rate and
click OK. A graph of the efficient frontier then appears. You may then hit the
Tab key to jump to the tangent portfolio, then click on optimizer and then
show portfolio (or simply click on the show portfolio icon) to view and print the
composition (investment weights), mean return and standard deviation of the
tangent (optimum) portfolio.
If instead you select simple method, you then select short sales allowed with
riskless asset and enter 4 for the riskless rate and click OK. A table showing the
investment weights of the tangent portfolio then appears.
Regardless of the method used, the resulting investment weights for the optimum
portfolio are as follows:
Asset i Xi
1 5.999%
2 17.966%
3 21.676%
4 0.478%
5 29.585%
6 12.693%
7 59.170%
8 14.793%
9 3.442%
10 189.224%
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Given the above weights, the optimum (tangent) portfolio has a mean return of
18.907% and a standard deviation of 3.297%. The efficient frontier is a positively
sloped straight line starting at the riskless rate of 4% and extending through the
tangent portfolio (T) and out to infinity:
Chapter 6: Problem 5
Since the given portfolios, A and B, are on the efficient frontier, the GMV portfolio
can be obtained by finding the minimumrisk combination of the two portfolios:
3
1
20 2 16 36
20 16
2
2 2
2
=
+
=
+
=
AB B A
AB B GMV
A
X
o o o
o o
3
1
1 1 = =
GMV
A
GMV
B
X X
This gives % 33 . 7 = GMV R and % 83 . 3 =
GMV
o
Also, since the two portfolios are on the efficient frontier, the entire efficient frontier
can then be traced by using various combinations of the two portfolios, starting
with the GMV portfolio and moving up along the efficient frontier (increasing the
weight in portfolio A and decreasing the weight in portfolio B). Since XB = 1 XA
the efficient frontier equations are:
( ) ( )
A A B A A A P
X X R X R X R + = + = 1 8 10 1
( ) ( )
( ) ( )
A A A A
AB A A B A A A P
X X X X
X X X X
+ + =
+ + =
1 40 1 16 36
1 2 1
2 2
2 2 2 2
o o o o
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Since short sales are allowed, the efficient frontier will extend beyond portfolio A
and out toward infinity. The efficient frontier appears as follows:
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Chapter 7: Problem 1
We will illustrate the answers for stock A and the market portfolio (S&P 500); the
answers for stocks B and C are found in an identical manner.
The sample mean monthly return on stock A is:
% 946 . 2
12
94 . 0 48 . 7 75 . 12 07 . 1 18 . 1 97 . 8 79 . 2 16 . 3 57 . 1 12 . 4 27 . 15 05 . 12
12
12
1
=
+ + + + + +
=
=
_
= t
At
A
R
R
The sample mean monthly return on the market portfolio (the answer to part 1.E) is:
% 005 . 3
12
15 . 1 47 . 2 16 . 6 46 . 3 11 . 2 77 . 6 43 . 4 41 . 4 48 . 4 41 . 2 99 . 5 28 . 12
12
12
1
=
+ + + + + + + +
=
=
_
= t
mt
m
R
R
Using data given in the problem and the above two sample mean monthly returns,
we have the following:
Month t
A At
R R ( )
2
A At
R R
m mt
R R ( )
2
m mt
R R ( )( )
m mt A At
R R R R
1 9.104 82.883 9.275 86.026 84.44
2 12.324 151.881 2.985 8.910 36.79
3 7.066 49.928 0.595 0.354 4.2
4 1.376 1.893 1.475 2.176 2.03
5 0.214 0.046 1.405 1.974 0.3
6 5.736 32.902 1.425 2.031 8.17
7 11.916 141.991 9.775 95.551 116.48
8 4.126 17.024 5.115 26.163 21.1
9 1.876 3.519 0.455 0.207 0.85
10 9.804 96.118 3.155 9.954 30.93
11 4.534 20.557 0.535 0.286 2.43
12 3.886 15.101 4.155 17.264 16.15
0.00 613.84 0.00 250.90 296.91
Sum
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The sample variance and standard deviation of the stock As monthly return are:
( )
15 . 51
12
84 . 613
12
12
1
2
2
= =
=
_
= t
A At
A
R R
o
% 15 . 7 15 . 51 = =
A
o
The sample variance (the answer to part 1.F) and standard deviation of the
market portfolios monthly return are:
( )
91 . 20
12
90 . 250
12
12
1
2
2
= =
=
_
= t
m mt
m
R R
o
% 57 . 4 91 . 20 = =
m
o
The sample covariance of the returns on stock A and the market portfolio is:
( )( )  
74 . 24
12
91 . 296
12
12
1
= =
=
_
= t
m mt A At
Am
R R R R
o
The sample correlation coefficient of the returns on stock A and the market
portfolio (the answer to part 1.D) is:
757 . 0
57 . 4 15 . 7
74 . 24
=
= =
m A
Am
Am
o o
o
The sample beta of stock A (the answer to part 1.B) is:
183 . 1
91 . 20
74 . 24
2
= = =
m
Am
A
o
o

The sample alpha of stock A (the answer to part 1.A) is:
% 609 . 0 % 005 . 3 183 . 1 % 946 . 2 = = =
m A A A
R R  o
Each months sample residual is security As actual return that month minus the
return that month predicted by the regression. The regressions predicted monthly
return is:
mt A A edicted t A
R R  o =
Pr , ,
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The sample residual for each month t is then:
edicted t A At At
R R
Pr , ,
= c
So we have the following:
Month t
At
R
edicted t A
R
Pr , , At
c
2
At
c
1 12.05 13.92 1.87 3.5
2 15.27 6.48 8.79 77.26
3 4.12 2.24 6.36 40.45
4 1.57 4.69 3.12 9.73
5 3.16 4.61 1.45 2.1
6 2.79 4.63 7.42 55.06
7 8.97 8.62 0.35 0.12
8 1.18 3.11 1.93 3.72
9 1.07 3.48 2.41 5.81
10 12.75 6.68 6.07 36.84
11 7.48 2.31 5.17 26.73
12 0.94 1.97 1.02 1.04
Sum: 0.00 262.36
Since the sample residuals sum to 0 (because of the way the sample alpha and
beta are calculated), the sample mean of the sample residuals also equals 0 and
the sample variance and standard deviation of the sample residuals (the answer
to part 1.C) are:
( )
863 . 21
12
36 . 262
12 12
12
1
12
1 2
= = =
=
_ _
= = t
At
t
A At
A
c c c
o
c
% 676 . 4 863 . 21 = =
A c
o
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Repeating the above analysis for all the stocks in the problem yields:
Stock A Stock B Stock C
alpha 0.609% 2.964% 3.422%
beta 1.183 1.021 2.322
correlation
with market 0.757 0.684 0.652
standard deviation
of sample residuals
*
4.676% 4.983% 12.341%
with % 005 . 3 =
m
R and . 91 . 20
2
=
m
o
*
Note that most regression programs use N 2 for the denominator in the sample
residual variance formula and use N 1 for the denominator in the other variance
formulas (where N is the number of time series observations). As is explained in the
text, we have instead used N for the denominator in all the variance formulas. To
convert the variance from a regression program to our results, simply multiply the
variance by either
N
N 2
or
N
N 1
.
Chapter 7: Problem 2
A.
A.1
The Sharpe singleindex model's formula for a security's mean return is
R
+ =
R m
i
i i

o
Using the alpha and beta for stock A along with the mean return on the market
portfolio from Problem 1 we have:
% 946 . 2 005 . 3 183 . 1 609 . 0 = + =
A
R
Similarly:
% 032 . 6 =
B
R ; % 556 . 3 =
C
R
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The Sharpe singleindex model's formula for a security's variance of return is:
2 2 2 2
i m i i c
o o  o + =
Using the beta and residual standard deviation for stock A along with the variance
of return on the market portfolio from Problem 1 we have:
14 . 51 676 . 4 91 . 20 183 . 1
2 2 2
= + =
A
o
Similarly:
62 . 46
2
=
b
o ; 0 . 265
2
=
c
o
A.2
From Problem 1 we have:
% 946 . 2 =
A
R ; % 031 . 6 =
B
R ; % 554 . 3 =
C
R
; ; 15 . 51
2
=
A
o 61 . 46
2
=
B
o 0 . 265
2
=
C
o
B.
B.1
According to the Sharpe singleindex model, the covariance between the returns
on a pair of assets is:
2
m j i ij
SIM o   o =
Using the betas for stocks A and B along with the variance of the market portfolio
from Problem 1 we have:
254 . 25 91 . 20 021 . 1 183 . 1 = =
AB
SIMo
Similarly:
433 . 57 =
AC
SIMo ; 568 . 49 =
BC
SIMo
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B.2
The formula for sample covariance from the historical time series of 12 pairs of
returns on security i and security j is:
( )( )
12
12
1
_
=
=
t
j jt i it
ij
R R R R
o
Applying the above formula to the monthly data given in Problem 1 for securities
A, B and C gives:
462 . 18 =
AB
o ; 618 . 61 =
AC
o ; 085 . 54 =
BC
o
C.
C.1
Using the earlier results from the Sharpe singleindex model, the mean monthly
return and standard deviation of an equally weighted portfolio of stocks A, B and
C are:
% 18 . 4 % 556 . 3
3
1
% 032 . 6
3
1
% 946 . 2
3
1
= + + =
P
R
% 348 . 8
57 . 49
3
1
43 . 57
3
1
25 . 25
3
1
2 0 . 265
3
1
62 . 46
3
1
15 . 51
3
1
2 2 2 2 2 2
=


.

\


.

\

+ 
.

\

+ 
.

\

+ 
.

\

+ 
.

\

+ 
.

\

=
P
o
C.2
Using the earlier results from the historical data, the mean monthly return and
standard deviation of an equally weighted portfolio of stocks A, B and C are:
% 18 . 4 % 554 . 3
3
1
% 031 . 6
3
1
% 946 . 2
3
1
= + + =
P
R
% 374 . 8
08 . 54
3
1
62 . 61
3
1
46 . 18
3
1
2 0 . 265
3
1
62 . 46
3
1
15 . 51
3
1
2 2 2 2 2 2
=


.

\


.

\

+ 
.

\

+ 
.

\

+ 
.

\

+ 
.

\

+ 
.

\

=
P
o
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D.
The slight differences between the answers to parts A.1 and A.2 are simply due to
rounding errors. The results for sample mean return and variance from either the
Sharpe singleindex model formulas or the samplestatistics formulas are in fact
identical.
The answers to parts B.1 and B.2 differ for sample covariance because the Sharpe
singleindex model assumes the covariance between the residual returns of
securities i and j is 0 (cov(ci cj ) = 0), and so the singleindex form of sample
covariance of total returns is calculated by setting the sample covariance of the
sample residuals equal to 0. The samplestatistics form of sample covariance of
total returns incorporates the actual sample covariance of the sample residuals.
The answers in parts C.1 and C.2 for mean returns on an equally weighted portfolio
of stocks A, B and C are identical because the Sharpe singleindex model formula
for the mean return on an individual stock yields a result identical to that of the
samplestatistics formula for the mean return on the stock.
The answers in parts C.1 and C.2 for standard deviations of return on an equally
weighted portfolio of stocks A, B and C are different because the Sharpe single
index model formula for the sample covariance of returns on a pair of stocks yields
a result different from that of the samplestatistics formula for the sample
covariance of returns on a pair of stocks.
Chapter 7: Problem 3
Recall from the text that the Vasicek techniques forecast of security is beta (
2 i
 )
is:
1
2
1
2
1
2
1
1
2
1
2
1
2
1
2 i
i i
i
i

o o
o

o o
o







+
+
+
=
where
1
 is the average beta across all sample securities in the historical period (in
this problem referred to as the market beta),
1 i
 is the beta of security i in the
historical period,
2
1 
o is the variance of all the sample securities betas in the
historical period and is the square of the standard error of the estimate of beta
for security i in the historical period.
2
1 i 
o
If the standard errors of the estimates of all the betas of the sample securities in the
historical period are the same, then, for each security i, we have:
a
i
=
2
1 
o
where a is a constant across all the sample securities.
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Therefore, we have for any security i:
( )
1 1 1
2
1
2
1
1
2
1
2
1
i i i
X X
a a
a
  
o
o

o




+ =
+
+
+
=
This shows that, under the assumption that the standard errors of all historical betas
are the same, the forecasted beta for any security using the Vasicek technique is
a simple weighted average (proportional weighting) of
1
 (the market beta)
and
1 i
 (the securitys historical beta), where the weights are the same for each
security.
Chapter 7: Problem 4
Letting the historical period of the year of monthly returns given in Problem 1 equal
1 (t = 1), then the forecast period equals 2 and the Blume forecast equation is:
1 2
60 . 0 41 . 0
i i
  + =
Using the earlier answer to Problem 1 for the estimate of beta from the historical
period for stock A along with the above equation we obtain the stocks
forecasted beta:
120 . 1 183 . 1 60 . 0 41 . 0 60 . 0 41 . 0
1 2
= + = + =
A A
 
Similarly:
023 . 1
2
=
B
 ; 803 . 1
2
=
C

Chapter 7: Problem 5
A.
The singleindex model's formula for security i's mean return is
R
+ =
R m
i
i i

o
Since
Rm
equals 8%, then, e.g., for security A we have:
% =
+ =
x + =
R
+ =
R m
A
A A
14
12 2
8 5 . 1 2

o
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Similarly:
% 4 . 13 =
B
R ; % 4 . 7 =
C
R ; % 2 . 11 =
D
R
B.
The singleindex model's formula for security i's own variance is:
. + =
2
e
2
m
2
i
2
i
i
o o

o
Since m = 5, then, e.g., for security A we have:
( ) ( ) ( )
25 . 65
3 5 5 . 1
2 2 2
=
=
+ =
2
e
2
m
2
A
2
A
A
+
o o

o
Similarly:
2
B = 43.25;
2
C = 20;
2
D = 36.25
C.
The singleindex model's formula for the covariance of security i with security j is
o
 
o o
2
m
j i
ji ij
= =
Since
2
m = 25, then, e.g., for securities A and B we have:
75 . 48
25 3 . 1 5 . 1
=
=
=
2
m
B A
AB
o
 
o
Similarly:
AC = 30; AD = 33.75; BC = 26; BD = 29.25; CD = 18
Chapter 7: Problem 6
A.
Recall that the formula for a portfolio's beta is:
 
i
i
N
1 = i
P
X
=
_
The weight for each asset (Xi) in an equally weighted portfolio is simply 1/N, where
N is the number of assets in the portfolio.
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Since there are four assets in Problem 5, N = 4 and Xi equals 1/4 for each asset in
an equally weighted portfolio of those assets. So:
( )
125 . 1
5 . 4
4
1
9 . 0 8 . 0 3 . 1 5 . 1
4
1
4
1
4
1
4
1
4
1
=
=
=
=
D C B A P
+ + +
+ + +     
B.
Recall that the definition of a portfolio's alpha is:
o o i i
N
1 = i
P X
=
_
Using 1/4 as the weight for each asset, we have:
( )
5 . 2
10
4
1
4 1 3 2
4
1
4
1
4
1
4
1
4
1
=
=
=
=
D C B A P
+ + +
+ + +
o o o o o
C.
Recall that a formula for a portfolios variance using the singleindex model is:
_
=
+ =
N
i
e i m P P
i
X
1
2 2 2 2 2
o o  o
Using 1/4 as the weight for each asset, we have:
( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
( ) ( )
52 . 33
16 4 1 9
16
1
25 25 . 1
4
4
1
2
4
1
1
4
1
3
4
1
5 25 . 1
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2 2 2
=
+ + + + =

.

\

+ 
.

\

+ 
.

\

+ 
.

\

+ =
P
o
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D.
Using the singleindex models formula for a portfolios mean return we have:
% 5 . 11
8 125 . 1 5 . 2
=
+ =
+ =
m P P P
R R  o
Chapter 7: Problem 7
Using
1 2
677 . 0 343 . 0
i i
  + = and the historical betas given in Problem 5 we can
forecast, e.g., the beta for security A:
3585 . 1
0155 . 1 343 . 0
5 . 1 677 . 0 343 . 0
677 . 0 343 . 0
1 2
=
+ =
+ =
+ =
A A
 
Similarly:
2231 . 1
2
=
B
 ; 8846 . 0
2
=
C
 ; 9523 . 0
2
=
D

Chapter 7: Problem 8
Using the historical betas given in Problem 5 and Vasiceks formula, we can
forecast, e.g., the beta of security A:
( )
( ) ( )
( )
( ) ( )
2932 . 1
8795 . 0 4137 . 0
5 . 1 5863 . 0 1 4137 . 0
5 . 1
0441 . 0 0625 . 0
0625 . 0
1
0441 . 0 0625 . 0
0441 . 0
5 . 1
21 . 0 25 . 0
25 . 0
1
21 . 0 25 . 0
21 . 0
2 2
2
2 2
2
1
2
1
2
1
2
1
1
2
1
2
1
2
1
2
=
+ =
+ =
+
+
+
=
+
+
+
=
+
+
+
=
A
A A
A
A

o o
o

o o
o







Similarly:
1137 . 1
2
=
B
 ; 8683 . 0
2
=
C
 ; 9390 . 0
2
=
D

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Solutions to Text Problems: Chapter 8
Chapter 8: Problem 1
Given the correlation coefficient of the returns on a pair of securities i and j, the
securities covariance can be expressed as the securities correlation coefficient
times the product of their standard deviations:
j i ij ij
o o o =
But if we assume that all pairs of securities have the same constant correlation, ,
*
o
o
o
o o
o
o
 = = = =
*
2 2
In other words, given that all pairs of securities have the same correlation
coefficient and that the Sharpe singleindex model holds, each securitys beta is
proportional to its standard deviation, where the proportion is a constant across all
securities equal to
m
o
*
.
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Chapter 8: Problem 2
Start with a general 3index model of the form:
i i i i i i
c I b I b I b a R + + + + =
*
3
*
3
*
2
*
2
*
1
*
1
*
(1)
Set and define an index I2 which is orthogonal to I1 as follows:
1
*
1
I I =
t
d I I + + =
1 1 0
*
2
or ( )
1 1 0
*
2 2
I I d I
t
+ = =
which gives:
2 1 1 0
*
2
I I I + + =
Substituting the above expression into equation (1) and rearranging we get:
( ) ( )
i i i i i i i i
c I b I b I b b b a R + + + + + + =
*
3
*
3 2
*
2 1 1
*
2
*
1 0
*
2
*
The first term in the above equation is a constant, which we can define as
'
1
a . The
coefficient in the second term of the above equation is also a constant, which we
can define as . We can then rewrite the above equation as:
'
1 i
b
i i i i i i
c I b I b I b a R + + +
'
+
'
=
*
3
*
3 2
*
2 1 1
(2)
Now define an index I3 which is orthogonal to I1 and I2 as follows:
t
e I I I + + + =
2 2 1 1 0
*
3
u u u or ( )
2 2 1 1 0
*
3 3
I I I e I
t
+ + = = u u u
which gives:
3 2 2 1 1 0
*
3
I I I I + + + = u u u
Substituting the above expression into equation (2) and rearranging we get:
( )
i i i i i i i i i
c I b I b b I b b b a R + + + + 
.

\

+
'
+ 
.

\

+
'
=
3
*
3 2 2
*
3
*
2 1 1 3 1 0 3
u u u
In the above equation, the first term and all the coefficients of the new orthogonal
indices are constants, so we can rewrite the equation as:
i i i i i i
c I b I b I b a R + + + + =
3 3 2 2 1 1
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Chapter 8: Problem 3
Recall from the earlier chapter on the singleindex model that an expression for
the covariance of returns on two securities i and j is:
( ) ( )   ( )    
j i m m j i m m i j m m j i ij
e e R R e R R e R R E E E E
2
+ + +
(
=     o
The first term contains the variance of the market portfolio, the second two terms
contain the covariance of the market portfolio with the residuals and the last term
is the covariance of the residuals.
Given that one of the models assumptions is that the covariance of the market
portfolio with the residuals is zero and that, from the problem, the covariance of
the residuals equals a constant K, the derived covariance between the two
securities is:
K
m j i ij
+ =
2
o   o
One expression for the variance of a portfolio is:
__ _
=
=
= =
+ =
N
j
N
j k
k
jk k j
N
i
i i P
X X X
1 1 1
2 2 2
o o o
Recalling that the singleindex models expression for the variance of a security is
2 2 2 2
ei m i i
o o  o + = and substituting that expression and the derived expression for
covariance into the above equation and rearranging gives:



.

\

+ + =
+ +


.

\



.

\

=
+ + =
+ + + =
__ _
__ _ _ _
__ _ __
_ _ _ _ _
=
=
= =
=
=
= = = =
=
=
= = = =
= =
=
=
=
= = =
N
j
N
j k
k
k j
N
i
ei i m P
N
j
N
j k
k
k j
N
i
ei i m
N
i
i i
N
i
i i
N
j
N
j k
k
k j
N
i
ei i
N
i
N
j
m j i j i
N
j
N
j
N
j k
k
k j
N
j k
k
m k j k j
N
i
ei i
N
i
m i i P
X X K X
K X X X X X
K X X X X X
K X X X X X X
1 1 1
2 2 2 2
1 1 1
2 2 2
1 1
1 1 1
2 2
1 1
2
1 1 1
2
1
2 2
1
2 2 2 2
o o 
o o  
o o  
o   o o  o
_
1
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Chapter 8: Problem 4
Using the result from Problem 2, we have:
i i i i i i
c I b I b I b a R + + + + =
3 3 2 2 1 1
Since the residual ci always has a mean of zero (by construction if necessary), we
have the following expression for expected return:
3 3 2 2 1 1
I b I b I b a R
i i i i i
+ + + =
The variance formula is:
( ) ( )
( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
(
+ + + =
(
+ + + + + + + =
2
3 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1
2
3 3 2 2 1 1 3 3 2 2 1 1
2
E
E
i i i i
i i i i i i i i i i
c I I b I I b I I b
I b I b I b a c I b I b I b a o
Carrying out the squaring, noting that the indices are all orthogonal with each
other and making the usual assumption that the residual is uncorrelated with any
index gives us:
2 2
3
2
3
2
2
2
2
2
1
2
1
2
ci I i I i I i i
b b b o o o o o + + + =
The covariance formula is:
( ) ( )
( ) ( )
( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( )  
j j j j i i i i
j j j j j j j j j
i i i i i i i i i
i
c I I b I I b I I b c I I b I I b I I b
I b I b I b a c I b I b I b a
I b I b I b a c I b I b I b a
+ + + + + + =
(
(
+ + + + + + +
+ + + + + + +
=
3 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 3 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1
3 3 2 2 1 1 3 3 2 2 1 1
3 3 2 2 1 1 3 3 2 2 1 1
2
E
E o
Carrying out the multiplication, noting that the indices are all orthogonal with
each other, making the usual assumption that the residuals are uncorrelated with
any index and assuming that the residuals are uncorrelated with each other gives
us:
2
3 3 3
2
2 2 2
2
1 1 1 I j i I j i I j i ij
b b b b b b o o o o + + =
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Chapter 8: Problem 5
The formula for a security's expected return using a general twoindex model is:
2 2 1 1
I b I b a R
i i i i
+ + =
Using the above formula and data given in the problem, the expected return for,
e.g., security A is:
% 12
4 9 . 0 8 8 . 0 2
2 2 1 1
=
+ + =
+ + = I b I b a R
A A A A
Similarly:
% 17 =
B
R ; % 6 . 12 =
C
R
The twoindex models formula for a securitys own variance is:
2 2
2
2
2
2
1
2
1
2
ci I i I i i
b b o o o o + + =
Using the above formula, the variance for, e.g., security A is:
( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
6225 . 11 4 0625 . 5 56 . 2
2 5 . 2 9 . 0 2 8 . 0
2 2 2 2 2
2 2
2
2
2
2
1
2
1
2
= + + =
+ + =
+ =
cA I A I A A
b b o o o o
Similarly,
2
B = 16.4025, and
2
C = 13.0525.
C. The twoindex model's formula for the covariance of security i with security j is:
2
2 2 2
2
1 1 1 I j i I j i ijj
b b b b o o o + =
Using the above formula, the covariance of, e.g., security A with security B is:
( )( )( ) ( )( )( )
8325 . 10 3125 . 7 52 . 3
5 . 2 3 . 1 9 . 0 2 1 . 1 8 . 0
2 2
2
2 2 2
2
1 1 1
= + =
+ =
+ =
I B A I B A AB
b b b b o o o
Similarly, AC = 9.0675, and BC = 12.8975.
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Chapter 8: Problem 6
For an industryindex model, the text gives two formulas for the covariance
between securities i and k. If firms i and k are both in industry j, the covariance
between their securities' returns is given by:
2 2
Ij kj ij m km im ik
b b b b o o o + =
Otherwise, if the firms are in different industries, the covariance of their securities'
returns is given by:
2
m km im ik
b b o o =
If only firms A and B are in the same industry, then:
( )( )( ) ( )( )( )
8325 . 10 3125 . 7 52 . 3
5 . 2 3 . 1 9 . 0 2 1 . 1 8 . 0
2 2
2
2 2 2
2
= + =
+ =
+ =
I B A m Bm Am AB
b b b b o o o
The second formula should be used for the other pairs of firms:
( )( )( ) 88 . 2 2 9 . 0 8 . 0
2
2
= =
=
m Cm Am AC
b b o o
( )( )( ) 96 . 3 2 9 . 0 1 . 1
2
2
= =
=
m Cm Bm BC
b b o o
Chapter 8: Problem 7
The answers for this problem are found in the same way as the answers for problem 6,
except that now only firms B and C are in the same industry. So for firms B and C, the
covariance between their securities' returns is:
( )( )( ) ( )( )( )
8975 . 12 9375 . 8 96 . 3
5 . 2 1 . 1 3 . 1 2 9 . 0 1 . 1
2 2
2
2 2 2
2
= + =
+ =
+ =
I C B m Cm Bm BC
b b b b o o o
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The other formula should be used for the other pairs of firms:
( )( )( ) 52 . 3 2 1 . 1 8 . 0
2
2
= =
=
m Bm Am AB
b b o o
( )( )( ) 88 . 2 2 9 . 0 8 . 0
2
2
= =
=
m Cm Am AC
b b o o
Chapter 8: Problem 8
To answer this problem, use the procedure described in Appendix A of the text.
First, I1 is defined as being equal to I
*
1 , then I
*
2 is regressed on I1 to obtain the given
regression equation. Since dt is uncorrelated with I1 by the techniques of regression
analysis, dt is an orthogonal index to I1. So, define I2 = dt. Then express the given
regression equation as:
I
*
2 = 1 + 1.3 I1 + I2.
Now, substitute the above equation for I
*
2 into the given multiindex model and
simplify:
i
R = 2 + 1.1 I
*
1 + 1.2 I
*
2 + ci
= 2 + 1.1 I1 + 1.2 (1 + 1.3 I1 + I2) + ci
= 2 + 1.1 I1 + 1.2 + 1.56 I1 + 1.2 I2 + ci
= 3.2 + 2.66 I1 + 1.2 I2 + ci
The twoindex model has now been transformed into one with orthogonal indices
I1 and I2, where I1 = I
*
1, and I2 = dt = I
*
2  1  1.3 I1.
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Chapter 9: Problem 1
In the table below, given that the riskless rate equals 5%, the securities are ranked
in descending order by their excess return over beta.
Security Rank i
F i
R R
i
F i
R R

( )
2
ei
i F i
R R
o

2
2
ei
i
o

( )
_
=


.

\

i
j ej
j F j
R R
1
2
o

_
=


.

\

i
j ej
j
1
2
2
o

Ci
1 1 10 10.0000 0.3333 0.0333 0.3333 0.0333 2.5000
6 2 9 6.0000 1.3500 0.2250 1.6833 0.2583 4.6980
2 3 7 4.6667 0.5250 0.1125 2.2083 0.3708 4.6910
5 4 4 4.0000 0.2000 0.0500 2.4083 0.4208 4.6242
4 5 3 3.7500 0.2400 0.0640 2.6483 0.4848 4.5286
3 6 6 3.0000 0.3000 0.1000 2.9483 0.5848 4.3053
The numbers in the column above labeled Ci were obtained by recalling from the
text that, if the Sharpe singleindex model holds:
( )


.

\



.

\

+


.

\



.

\

=
_
_
=
=
i
j ej
j
m
i
j ej
j F j
m
i
R R
C
1
2
2
2
1
2
2
1
o

o
o

o
Thus, given that = 10:
2
m
o
500 . 2
333 . 1
333 . 3
0333 . 0 10 1
3333 . 0 10
1
= =
+
= C
698 . 4
583 . 3
833 . 16
2583 . 0 10 1
6833 . 1 10
2
= =
+
= C
etc.
With no short sales, we only include those securities for which
i
i
F i
C
R R
>

. Thus,
only securities 1 and 6 (the highest and second highest ranked securities in the
above table) are in the optimal (tangent) portfolio. We could have stopped our
calculations after the first time we found a ranked security for which
i
i
F i
C
R R
<

,
(in this case the third highest ranked security, security 2), but we did not so that we
could demonstrate that
i
i
F i
C
R R
<

for all of the remaining lower ranked securities
as well.
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Solutions To Text Problems: Chapter 9
Since security 6 (the second highest ranked security, where i = 2) is the last ranked
security in descending order for which
i
i
F i
C
R R
>

, we set C
*
= C2 = 4.698 and
solve for the optimum portfolios weights using the following formulas:


.

\



.

\

=
*
2
C
R R
Z
i
F i
ei
i
i

o

_
=
=
2
1 i
i
i
i
Z
Z
X
This gives us:
( ) 1767 . 0 698 . 4 10
30
1
1
= 
.

\

= Z
( ) 1953 . 0 698 . 4 6
10
5 . 1
2
= 
.

\

= Z
3720 . 0 1953 . 0 1767 . 0
2 1
= + = + Z Z
475 . 0
3720 . 0
1767 . 0
1
= = X
525 . 0
3720 . 0
1953 . 0
2
= = X
Since i = 1 for security 1 and i = 2 for security 6, the optimum (tangent) portfolio
when short sales are not allowed consists of 47.5% invested in security 1 and 52.5%
invested in security 6.
Chapter 9: Problem 2
This problem uses the same input data as Problem 1. When short sales are allowed,
all securities are included and C
*
is equal to the value of Ci for the lowest ranked
security. Referring back to the table given in the answer to Problem 1, we see that
the lowest ranked security is security 3, where i = 6. Therefore, we have C
*
= C6 =
4.3053.
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Solutions To Text Problems: Chapter 9
To solve for the optimum portfolios weights, we use the following formulas:







=
*
2
C
R R
Z
F i i
i

. \ . \
i
ei

o
and
_
=
=
6
1 i
i
i
i
Z
Z
X (for the standard definition of short sales)
or
_
=
=
6
1 i
i
i
i
Z
Z
X (for the Lintner definition of short sales)
So we have:
( ) 1898 . 0 3053 . 4 10
30
1
1
= 
.

\

= Z
( ) 2542 . 0 3053 . 4 6
10
5 . 1
2
= 
.

\

= Z
( ) 0271 . 0 3053 . 4 667 . 4
20
5 . 1
3
= 
.

\

= Z
( ) 0153 . 0 3053 . 4 4
20
1
4
= 
.

\

= Z
( ) 0444 . 0 3053 . 4 75 . 3
10
8 . 0  
Z
5
= 
.
\
=
( ) 0653 . 0 3053 . 4 3
40
0 . 2
6
= 
.

\

= Z
3461 . 0 0653 . 0 0444 . 0 0153 . 0 0271 . 0 2542 . 0 1898 . 0
6
= + + =
_ i
Z
1 = i
5961 . 0 0653 . 0 0444 . 0 0153 . 0 0271 . 0 2542 . 0 1898 . 0
6
1
= + + + + + =
_
= i
i
Z
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Solutions To Text Problems: Chapter 9
This gives us the following weights (by rank order) for the optimum portfolios under
ither the standard definition of short sales or the Lintner definition of short sales:
Standard Definition Lintner Definition
rity 1 (i = 1)
e
5484 . 0
3461 . 0
1898 . 0
1
= = X 3184 . 0
5961 . 0
1898 . 0
1
= = X Secu
7345 . 0
3461 . 0
2542 . 0
2
= = X 4264 . 0
5961 . 0
2542 . 0
2
= = X Security 6 (i = 2)
Security 2 (i = 3) 0783 . 0
1
=
346 . 0
0271 . 0
3
= X 0455 . 0
5961 . 0
3
= = X
0271 . 0
ecurity 5 (i = 4) 0442 . 0
3461 . 0
0153 . 0
4
=
= X 0257 . 0
5961 . 0
0153 . 0
4
=
= X S
1283 . 0
3461 . 0
0444 . 0
5
=
= X 0745 . 0
5961 . 0
0444 . 0
5
=
= X Security 4 (i = 5)
ecurity 3 (i = 6) 1887 . 0
3461 . 0
0653 . 0
6
=
= X 1095 . 0
5961 . 0
0653 . 0
6
=
= X S
Chapter 9: Problem 3
With short sales allowed but no riskless lending or borrowing, the optimum portfolio
depends on the investors utility function and will be found at a point along the
nimumvariance frontier of ris assets, which is the efficient
nding and borrowing do not exist. As is described in the text,
the entire efficient frontier of risky a ets can be delineated with various
two efficient portfolios on the frontier. One such efficient
in Problem 2. By simply solving oblem 2 using a different
value for RF , another portfolio on the effi ient frontier can be found and then the
entire efficient frontier can be traced u ombinations of those two efficient
upper half of the mi ky
frontier when riskless le
ss
combinations of any
portfolio was found Pr
c
sing c
portfolios.
Elton, Gruber, Brown and Goetzmann 70
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Solutions To Text Problems: Chapter 9
Chapter 9: Problem 4
In the table below, given that the riskless rate equals 5%, the securities are ranked
i
in descending order by their excess return over standard deviation.
( )
_
i
F j
R R
=


.

\
j j 1
o
i
F i
R R
o
i + 1
F i
R R Security Rank C
10 1.00
i
1 1 1.00 0.5000 0.5000
2 2 15 1.00 2.00 0.3333 0.6667
5 3 5 1.00 3.00 0.2500 0.7500
6 4 9 0.90 3.90 0.2000 0.7800
4 5 7 0.70 4.60 0.1667 0.76 8 6
3 6 13 0.65 5.25 0.1429 0.7502
7 7 11 0.55 5.80 0.1250 0.7250
The numbers in the column above labeled Ci were obtained by recalling from the
nstantcorrelation model h text that, if the co olds:
( )


.

\



.

\
= j
j
1
o



.

\

+
=
_
i
j
F
i
R R
i
C
1
o
. Thus,
only securities 1, 2, 5 and 6 (the four highest ranked securities in the above table)
are in the optimal (tangent) portfolio. We could have stopped our calculations
after the first time we found a ranked security for which
i
i
F i
C
R R
<
o
,
id not so tha
(in this case
the fifth highest ranked security, security 4), but we d t we could
demonstrate that
i
i
F i
C
R R
<
o
for all of the remaining lower ranked securities as
well.
Elton, Gruber, Brown and Goetzmann 71
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Solutions To Text Problems: Chapter 9
Since security 6 (the fourth highest ranked security, where i = 4) is the last ranked
security in descending order for which
i
i
F i
C >
o
, we set C
*
= C4 = 0.78 and solve
r the optimum portfolios weights using the following formulas:
R R
fo
( )


.





=
R
Z
i
\

.
*
1
1
C
R
i
F
i
i
o o
_
=
=
4
1 i
i
i
i
X
Z
Z
This g es us: iv
( )( )
( 0 1

) 0440 . 0 78 .
10 5 . 0
1
1
=


.
\
= Z

( )( )
( ) 029 . 0 78 . 0 1
1
2
=




= Z 3
15 5 . 0
. \
( )( )
( ) 0880 . 0 78 . 0 1
5 5 . 0
1
3
=


.

\

= Z
( )( )
( ) 0240 . 0 78 . 0 9 . 0
10 5 . 0
4
\
1  
=


.
= Z
2 1
1853 . 0 0240 . 0 0880 . 0 0293 . 0 0440 . 0
4 3
= + + Z Z + + = + + Z Z
2375 . 0
1853 . 0
0440 . 0
1
= = X
1581 . 0
1853 . 0
0293 . 0
2
= = X
4749 . 0
0880 . 0
3
= = X
1853 . 0
1295 . 0
53
=
18 . 0
0240 . 0
4
= X
Since i = 1 for security 1, i = 2 for security 2, i = 3 for security 5 and i = 4 for security 6,
the optimum (tangent) portfolio when short sales are not allowed consists of
23.75% invested in security 1, 15.81% % invested in security 2, 47.49% % invested in
security 5 and 12.95% invested in security 6.
Elton, Gruber, Brown and Goetzmann 72
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Solutions To Text Problems: Chapter 9
Chapter 9: Problem 5
This problem uses the same input data a 4. When short sales are allowed,
all securities are included and C is equal to the value of Ci for t
security. Referring back to the table given in the answer to Prob
s Problem
*
he lowest ranked
lem 4, we see that
e lowest ranked security is security 7, where i = 7. Therefore, we have C
*
= C7 =
0.725.
To solve for the optimum portfolios weigh , we use the following formulas:
th
ts
( )


.

\



.

\

=
*
1
1
C
R R
Z
i
F i
i
i
o o
and
_
=
=
7
1 i
i
i
i
Z
Z
X (for the standard de tion of short sales)
or
fini
_
=
=
7
1 i
i
i
i
Z
Z
X (for the Lintner definition of short sales)
o we have: S
( )( )
( ) 0550 . 0 725 . 0 1
10 5 . 0
1
1
=


.

\

= Z
( )( )
( ) 0367 . 0 725 . 0 1
15 5 . 0
1
2
=


.

\

= Z
( )( )
( ) 1100 . 0 725 . 0 1
5 5 . 0
1
3
=


.

\

= Z
( )( )
( ) 0350 . 0 725 . 0 9 . 0
10 5 . 0
1
4
=


.

\

= Z
( )( )
( ) 0050 . 0 725 . 0 7 . 0
10 5 . 0
1
5
=


.

\

= Z
( )( )
( ) 0075 . 0 725 . 0 Z 65 . 0
20 5 . 0
1
6
=


.

\

=
( )( )
( ) 0175 . 0 725 . 0 Z 55 . 0
20 5 . 0
1
7
=


.

\

=
2067 . 0 0175 . 0 0075 . 0 0050 . 0 0350 . 0 1100 . 0 0367 . 0 0550 . 0
7
= + + + =
_ i
Z
1 = i
2667 . 0 0175 . 0 0075 . 0 0050 . 0 0350 . 0 1100 . 0 0367 . 0 0550 . 0
7
1
= + + + + + + =
_
= i
i
Z
Elton, Gruber, Brown and Goetzmann 73
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Solutions To Text Problems: Chapter 9
Elton, Gruber, Brown and Goetzmann 74
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Solutions To Text Problems: Chapter 9
ing weights (by rank order) for the optimum portfolios under
ither the standard definition of short sales or the Lintner definition of short sales:
This gives us the follow
e
Standard Definition Lintner Definition
Security 1 (i = 1) 2661 . 0
0550 . 0
= = X
2067 . 0
1
2062 . 0
0550 . 0
= = X
2667 . 0
1
Security 2 (i = 2) 1776 . 0
2067 . 0
0367 . 0
= = X 1376 . 0
2667 . 0
0367 . 0
= = X
2 2
Security 5 (i = 3) 5322 . 0
2067 . 0
1100 . 0
3
= = X 4124 . 0
2667 . 0
1100 . 0
3
= = X
Security 6 (i = 4) 1703 . 0
0
=
2067 . 0
035 . 0
4
= X 13 . 0
0350 . 0
= = X 12
2667 . 0
4
ty 4 (i = 5) 0242 . 0
2067 . 0
0050 . 0
5
= = X 0187 . 0 Securi
2667 . 0
5
0050 . 0
= = X
Security 3 (i = 6) 0363 . 0
2067 . 0
0075 . 0
6
= = X 0281 . 0
2667 . 0
0075 . 0
6
= = X
0847 . 0
2067 . 0
0175 . 0
7
= = X 0656 . 0
2667 . 0
0175 . 0
7
= = X Security 7 (i = 7)
ed but no riskless lending or bo owing, the optimum portfolio
depends on the investors utility function and will be found at a point along the
nimumvariance frontier of risky a ets, which is the efficient
nding and borrowing do not exist. As is described in the text,
the entire efficient frontier of risky assets can be delineated with various
two efficient portfolios on the frontier. One such efficient
portfolio was found in Problem 5. By simply solving Problem 5 using a different
portfolio on the efficient frontier can be found and then the
r can be traced using combinations of those two efficient
portfolios.
Chapter 9: Problem 6
With short sales allow rr
upper half of the mi ss
frontier when riskless le
combinations of any
value for RF , another
entire efficient frontie
Elton, Gruber, Brown and Goetzmann
Modern Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis, 6th Edition
Solutions to Text Problems: Chapter 10
Chapter 10: Problem 1
Expected utility of investment A = 1/3 7.5 + 1/3 12.5 + 1/3 31.5 = 17.0
Expected utility of investment B = 1/4 4.0 + 1/2 17.5 + 1/4 40.0 = 19.75
Expected utility of investment C = 1/5 0.5 + 3/5 31.5 + 1/5 144.0 = 47.8
Investment A is preferred because it has the highest level of expected utility.
Chapter 10: Problem 2
Expected utility of investment A = 1/3 0.45 + 1/3 0.41 + 1/3 0.33 = 0.40
Expected utility of investment B = 1/4 0.50 + 1/2 0.38 + 1/4 0.32 = 0.39
Expected utility of investment C = 1/5 1 + 3/5 0.33 + 1/5 0.24 = 0.45
Investment B is preferred because it has the highest level of expected utility.
Chapter 10: Problem 3
Expected utility of investment A = 2/5 12.04 + 1/5 16 + 2/5 20.16 = 16.08
Expected utility of investment B = 1/2 9 + 1/4 18.24 + 1/4 24 = 15.06
Investment A is preferred because it has the highest level of expected utility.
Chapter 10: Problem 4
For an investor to be indifferent, the expected utility of investment B must be set
equal to that of investment A. Referring back to Problem 3, we see that the given
probabilities are for the first two of the three outcomes in investment B. So we
need to solve for the probabilities of those two outcomes that make investment Bs
expected utility level equal to that of As. Since the last outcome in investment B
has a probability of 1/4, the first two probabilities must sum to 3/4. Therefore we
have:
X 9 + (3/4 X) 18.24 + 1/4 24 = 16.08
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Solutions To Text Problems: Chapter 10
Solving for X:
X = 0.39
Therefore, the first outcomes probability of 0.5 would have to be reduced by 0.11
to 0.39, and the second outcomes probability of 0.25 would have to be increased
by 0.11 to 0.36.
Chapter 10: Problem 5:
Given , then ( )
2 / 1
= W W U ( )
2 / 3
2
1
= ' W W U and ( )
2 / 5
4
3
= W
W
W
W A
( ) 0
2
3
2
< = '
W W A
( )
2
3
2
1
4
3
2 / 3
2 / 3
=
W
W
W R
( ) 0 = ' W R
Therefore the utility function exhibits decreasing absolute risk aversion and
constant relative risk aversion.
Chapter 10: Problem 6
Given , then and ( )
bW
ae W U
= ( )
bW
abe W U
= ' ( )
bW
e ab W U
= ' '
2
. If the investor
prefers more to less, then U ; if the investor is also risk averse, then ( ) 0 > ' W ( ) 0 < ' ' W U .
Since , for and 0 >
bW
e U ( ) ' W 0 > ( ) 0 < ' ' W U we need 0 > ab and ab . Since
, this means that a must be negative (a < 0), which in turn means that b
must be positive (b > 0).
0 <
2
0
2
> b
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Solutions To Text Problems: Chapter 10
Chapter 10: Problem 7
Given , then ( )
cW
be a W U + = ( )
cW
bce W U = ' and ( )
cW
e bc W U
2
= ' ' . If the investor
prefers more to less, then ; if the investor is also risk averse, then ( ) 0 > ' W U ( ) 0 < ' ' W U .
Since , for and 0 >
cW
e ' W U ( ) 0 > ( ) 0 < ' ' W U we need and . Since
, this means that b must be negative (b < 0), which in turn means that c
must also be negative (c < 0). Furthermore, for
0 > bc 0 <
2
bc
0
2
> c
( ) 0 > W U , we need
cW
be a > , since
when b < 0. 0 <
cW
be
Regarding the utility functions properties of absolute and relative risk aversion, we
have:
( ) c
bce
e bc
W A
cW
cW
=
=
2
( ) 0 = ' W A
( ) cW
bce
We bc
W R
cW
cW
=
=
2
( ) 0 > = ' c W R
Therefore the utility function exhibits constant absolute risk aversion and increasing
relative risk aversion (since c < 0).
Chapter 10: Problem 8
Given and W > 0, then: ( )
2 / 1
= W W U
( ) 0
2
1
2 / 3
> = '
= = W
W
W
W A
( ) 0
2
3
2
< = '
W
W
W R
(constant relative risk aversion) ( ) 0 = ' W R
Chapter 10: Problem 9
Given and W > 0, then: ( )
W
e W U
=
(individual prefers more wealth to less) ( ) 0 > = '
W
e W U
(individual is risk averse) ( ) 0 < = ' '
W
e W U
( ) 1 = =
W
W
e
e
W A
(constant absolute risk aversion) ( ) 0 = ' W A
( ) W
e
We
W R
W
W
= =
o o
>
As is explained in the text, if the above inequality holds, then the foreign
investment will be attractive to a U.S. investor.
US
R and
N
R for the foreign
countries are given in the problem's table. From the tables in the text, we have:
oN N,US
Austria 24.50 0.281
France 17.76 0.534
Japan 25.70 0.348
U.K. 15.59 0.646
Also, from the text tables, oUS = 13.59. Given that RF = 6%, we have:
N
F N
R R
o
US N
US
F US
R R
,
=
GMV
X
where X1 is the investment weight for asset 1 and X2 = 1  X1.
For equities, oUS = 13.59, oN = 16.70 and N,US = 0.423. So the minimumrisk portfolio is:
( ) ( )( )( )
( ) ( ) ( )( )( )( )
( ) % 34 . 67 6734 . 0
423 . 0 7 . 16 59 . 13 2 7 . 16 59 . 13
423 . 0 7 . 16 59 . 13 7 . 16
2 2
2
=
+
=
GMV
US
X
( ) % 66 . 32 3266 . 0 1 = =
GMV
US
GMV
N
X X
For bonds, oUS = 7.90, oN = 9.45 and N,US = 0.527. So the minimumrisk portfolio is:
( ) ( )( )( )
( ) ( ) ( )( )( )( )
( ) % 41 . 68 6841 . 0
527 . 0 45 . 9 9 . 7 2 45 . 9 9 . 7
527 . 0 45 . 9 9 . 7 45 . 9
2 2
2
=
+
=
GMV
US
X
( ) % 59 . 31 3159 . 0 1 = =
GMV
US
GMV
N
X X
For Tbills, oUS = 0.35, oN = 6.77 and N,US = 0.220. So the minimumrisk portfolio is:
( ) ( )( )( )
( ) ( ) ( )( )( )( )
( ) % 63 . 98 9863 . 0
22 . 0 77 . 6 35 . 0 2 77 . 6 35 . 0
22 . 0 77 . 6 35 . 0 77 . 6
2 2
2
=
+
=
GMV
US
X
( ) % 37 . 1 0137 . 0 1 = =
GMV
US
GMV
N
X X
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Solutions To Text Problems: Chapter 12
Chapter 12: Problem 3
In the text, the return due to exchangerate changes (RX) is shown to be equal to
fxt/fxt1  1, where fxt is the foreign exchange rate at time t expressed in terms of the
investor's home currency per unit of foreign currency. Let fxt be the exchange rate
expressed in terms of dollars and fx
*
t be the exchange rate expressed in terms of
pounds. These two rates are simply reciprocals, i.e., fx
*
t = 1/fxt. So from the table in
the problem we have:
Period
(1 + RX)
(for US investor)
(1 + R
*
X)
(for UK investor)
1 2.5/3 = 0.833 3/2.5 = 1.200
2 2.5/2.5 = 1.000 2.5/2.5 = 1.000
3 2/2.5 = 0.800 2.5/2 = 1.250
4 1.5/2 = 0.750 2/1.5 = 1.333
5 2.5/1.5 = 1.667 1.5/2.5 = 0.600
The total return to a U.S. investor from a U.K. investment is (1 + RX)(1 + RUK) 1; the
total return to a U.K. investor from a U.S. investment is(1 + R
*
X)(1 + RUS) 1. So:
Return to U.S. Investor
Period
From U.S.
Investment From U.K. Investment
1 10% (0.833)(1.05) 1 = 12.5%
2 15% (1)(0.95) 1 = 5.0%
3 5% (0.8)(1.15) 1 = 8.0%
4 12% (0.75)(1.08) 1 = 19.0%
5 6% (1.667)(1.1) 1 = 83.3%
Average 7.6% 7.76%
Return to U.K. Investor
Period
From U.K.
Investment From U.S. Investment
1 5% (1.2)(1.1) 1 = 32.0%
2 5% (1)(1.15) 1 = 15.0%
3 15% (1.25)(0.95) 1 = 18.75%
4 8% (1.333)(1.12) 1 = 49.3%
5 10% (0.6)(1.06) 1 = 36.4%
Average 6.6% 15.73%
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Solutions To Text Problems: Chapter 12
Chapter 12: Problem 4
Using the data and averages from Problem 3 we have:
For U.S. Investor
( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
% 95 . 6
5
6 . 7 6 6 . 7 12 6 . 7 5 6 . 7 15 6 . 7 10
2 2 2 2 2
=
+ + + +
=
US
o
( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
% 06 . 38
5
76 . 7 3 . 83 76 . 7 19 76 . 7 8 76 . 7 5 76 . 7 5 . 12
2 2 2 2 2
=
+ + + +
=
UK
o
For U.K. Investor
( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
% 65 . 6
5
6 . 6 10 6 . 6 8 6 . 6 15 6 . 6 5 6 . 6 5
2 2 2 2 2
=
+ + + +
=
UK
o
( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
% 70 . 28
5
73 . 15 4 . 36 73 . 15 3 . 49 73 . 15 75 . 18 73 . 15 15 73 . 15 32
2 2 2 2 2
=
+ + + +
=
US
o
Chapter 12: Problem 5
This problem is essentially the same as Problem 3, except that the exchange rate is
given in indirect (yen/$) terms rather than direct ($/yen) terms. From the table in
the problem we have:
Period
(1 + RX)
(for US investor)
(1 + R
*
X)
(for Japanese investor)
1 200/180 = 1.111 180/200 = 0.900
2 180/190 = 0.947 190/180 = 1.056
3 190/150 = 1.267 150/190 = 0.789
4 150/170 = 0.882 170/150 = 1.133
5 170/180 = 0.944 180/170 = 1.059
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Solutions To Text Problems: Chapter 12
The total return to a U.S. investor from a Japan investment is (1 + RX)(1 + RJ) 1; the
total return to a Japanese investor from a U.S. investment is(1 + R
*
X)(1 + RUS) 1. So:
Return to U.S. Investor
Period
From U.S.
Investment From Japan Investment
1 12% (1.111)(1.18) 1 = 31.10%
2 15% (0.947)(1.12) 1 = 6.06%
3 5% (1.267)(1.1) 1 = 39.37%
4 10% (0.882)(1.12) 1 = 1.22%
5 6% (0.944)(1.07) 1 = 1.01%
Average 9.6% 15.26%
Return to Japanese Investor
Period
From Japan
Investment From U.S. Investment
1 18% (0.9)(1.12) 1 = 0.80%
2 12% (1.056)(1.15) 1 = 21.44%
3 10% (0.789)(1.05) 1 = 17.16%
4 12% (1.133)(1.1) 1 = 24.63%
5 7% (1.059)(1.06) 1 = 12.25%
Average 11.8% 8.39%
Chapter 12: Problem 6
The answers to this problem are found in the same way as those to Problem 4.
For the U.S. investor: US = 3.72%; J = 16.68%
For the Japanese investor: J = 3.6%; US = 15.227%
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Chapter 12: Problem 7
Use the formula for the sample correlation coefficient with five observations:
( )( )
( ) ( )
_ _
_
= =
=
=
5
1
5
1
2 2
5
1
t t
J J US US
t
J J US US
R R R R
R R R R
t t
t t
=
m
m i
m F m i
F
i
Y
Y Y
P r Y Y
r
P
var
cov 1
where and (
F F
R r + = 1 )
m
m m
m
P
P Y
R
= .
From Problem 4, we have 04 . 0 =
F
R and 14 . 0 =
m
R . Therefore
m
m m
P
P Y
= 14 . 0
which gives
m m
Y P = 14 . 1 .
Substituting these vales into the above security market line equation, we have:
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
(
=
(
=
m
m i
m i
m
m i
m m i i
Y
Y Y
P Y
Y
Y Y
P P Y P
var
cov
10 . 0
04 . 1
1
var
cov
04 . 1 14 . 1
04 . 1
1
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Chapter 13: Problem 6
To be rigorous, one should use the four KuhnTucker conditions shown in Appendix
E of Chapter 6. To find the optimum portfolio when short sales are not allowed, we
have, for each asset i, the following KuhnTucker conditions:
0 = +
i
i
U
dX
du
(1)
0 =
i i
U X (2)
(3) 0 >
i
X
(4) 0 >
i
U
We have already seen that, given the assumptions of the standard CAPM, setting
0 =
i
dX
du
gives the equilibrium first order condition for asset i, which is the standard
CAPMs security market line:
( )
i F m F i
R R R R  + =
or equivalently
( ) 0 =
i F m F i
R R R R 
When short sales are not allowed, KuhnTucker condition (1) implies that:
( ) 0 = +
i i F m F i
U R R R R 
But, since all assets are held long in the market portfolio, Xi > 0 for each asset and
therefore, given KuhnTucker condition (2), Ui = 0 for each asset. Thus, the standard
CAPM holds even if short sales are not allowed.
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Chapter 13: Problem 7
Using the two assets in Problem 1, a portfolio with a beta of 1.2 can be
constructed as follows:
0.5X1 + (1.5)(1 X1) = 1.2
X1 = 0.3; X2 = 0.7
The return on this combination would be:
0.3(6%) + 0.7(12%) = 10.2%
Asset 3 has a higher expected return than the portfolio of assets 1 and 2, even
though asset 1 and the portfolio have the same beta. Thus, buying asset 3 and
financing it by shorting the portfolio would produce a positive (arbitrage) return of
15% 10.2% = 4.8% with zero net investment and zero beta risk.
Chapter 13: Problem 8
The security market line is:
( )
i F m F i
R R R R  + =
Substituting the given values for assets 1 and 2 gives two equations with two
unknowns:
( ) 8 . 0 4 . 9 + =
F m F
R R R
( ) 3 . 1 4 . 13 + =
F m F
R R R
Solving simultaneously gives:
% 3 =
F
R ; % 11 =
m
R
Chapter 13: Problem 9
Substituting the given betas in the given equation yields:
( ) % 8 . 17 178 . 0
1
= R ; ( ) % 1 . 15 151 . 0
2
= R
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Chapter 14: Problem 1
Given the zerobeta security market line in this problem, the return on the zero
beta portfolio equals 0.04 (4%), the intercept of the line, and the excess return of
the market above the zerobeta portfolios return (also called the market risk
premium) equals 0.10 (10%), the slope of the line. The return on the market
portfolio must therefore be 0.04 + 0.10 = 0.14, or 14%.
Chapter 14: Problem 2
Z
R has the same role in the zerobeta model as RF does in the standard model. So,
referring back to the answer to Problem 5 in Chapter 13, simply replace RF with
Z
R
to obtain:
( )
( )
( )
(
=
m
m i
m Z m i
Z
i
Y
Y Y
P r Y Y
r
P
var
cov 1
where ( )
Z Z
R r + = 1 .
Chapter 14: Problem 3
As is shown in the text, the posttax form of the CAPMs equilibrium pricing
equation is:
( ) ( ) ( )
F i i F m F m F i
R R R R R R + + = o t  o t
Rearranging the above equation to isolate oi we have:
( ) ( ) ( )
i i F m F m F i
R R R R R to  o t t + + = 1
Comparing the above general equation to the specific one given in the problem,
we see that ( ) 05 . 0 1 = t
F
R , or
( ) t
=
1
05 . 0
F
R , and that 24 . 0 = t . Therefore:
( )
( ) % 58 . 6 0658 . 0
24 . 0 1
05 . 0
=
=
F
R
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Chapter 14: Problem 4
Since we are given Z R and only one RF , and since Z R > RF , this situation is where
there is riskless lending at RF and no riskless borrowing. The efficient frontier will
therefore be a ray in expected returnstandard deviation space tangent to the
minimumvariance curve of risky assets and intersecting the expected return axis
at the riskless rate of 3% plus that part of the minimumvariance curve of risky
assets to the right of the tangency point. This is depicted in the graph below,
where the efficient frontier extends along the ray from RF to the tangent portfolio L,
then to the right of L along the curve through the market portfolio M and out
toward infinity (assuming unlimited short sales). Note that, unless all investors in the
economy choose to lend or invest solely in portfolio L, the market portfolio M will
always be on the minimumvariance curve to the right of portfolio L.
Since both M and Z are on the minimumvariance curve, the entire minimum
variance curve of risky assets can be traced out by using combinations (portfolios)
of M and Z. Letting X be the investment weight for the market portfolio, the
expected return on any combination portfolio P of M and Z is:
( ) Z m P R X R X R + = 1 (1)
Recognizing that M and Z are uncorrelated, the standard deviation of any
combination portfolio P of M and Z is:
( )
2
2
2 2
1
Z m P
X X o o o + = (2)
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Substituting the given values for m R and Z R into equation (1) gives:
( )
5 10
1 5 15
+ =
+ =
X
X X RP
(3)
Substituting the given values for
m
o and
Z
o into equation (2) gives:
( )
64 128 548
64 128 64 484
8 1 22
2
2 2
2 2 2 2
+ =
+ + =
+ =
X X
X X X
X X
P
o
(4)
Using equations (3) and (4) and varying X (the fraction invested in the market
portfolio M) gives various coordinates for the minimumvariance curve; some of
them are given below:
X 0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0 1.5 2.0
P R 5 7 9 11 13 15 20 25
P
o 8 7.77 10.02 13.58 17.67 22 33.24 44.72
The zerobeta form of the security market line describes equilibrium beta risk and
expected return relationship for all securities and portfolios (including portfolio L)
except those combination portfolios composed of the riskless asset and tangent
portfolio L along the ray RF  L in the above graph:
( )
i
i
Z m Z i R R R R


10 5 + =
+ =
The equilibrium beta risk and expected return relationship for any combination
portfolio C composed of the riskless asset and tangent portfolio L along the ray
RF  L in the above graph is described by the following line:
( )
C
L
F
L
F
C
R R
R R 

+ =
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Combining the two lines yields the following graph:
Chapter 14: Problem 5
If the posttax form of the equilibrium pricing model holds, then:
( ) ( ) ( ) ( )t o  t o
F i i F m F
m
F
i R R R R R R + + =
If the standard CAPM model holds, then:
( )
i F
m
F
i R R R R  + =
Assume that the posttax model holds instead of the standard model, and
F m
R = o .
For a stock with ( ) 0 > t o
F i
R , the institution that uses the posttax model would
correctly believe that the stock has a higher expected return than the stocks
return expected by the institution using the standard model. Similarly, for a stock
with ( ) 0 < t o
F i
R , the institution that uses the posttax model would correctly
believe the stock has a lower expected return than the stocks return expected by
the institution using the standard model.
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Now consider a specific example using the following data for stocks A and B, the
market portfolio and the riskless asset:
0 . 1 =
A
 ; % 8 =
A
o ; 0 . 1 =
B
 ; % 0 =
B
o ; % 14 = m R ; % 4 =
m
o ; % 4 =
F
R ; 25 . 0 = t
If the posttax model holds, then the institution using that model would correctly
believe that the equilibrium expected returns for the two stocks are:
( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
% 15
1 10 4
25 . 0 4 8 0 . 1 25 . 0 4 4 4 14 4
=
+ + =
+ + = A R
( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
% 13
1 10 4
25 . 0 4 0 0 . 1 25 . 0 4 4 4 14 4
=
+ =
+ + = B R
The institution using the standard model would incorrectly believe that the stocks
equilibrium expected returns are:
( )
% 14 10 4
0 . 1 4 14 4
= + =
+ = A R
( )
% 14 10 4
0 . 1 4 14 4
= + =
+ = B R
The institution using the posttax model would tend to buy stock A and sell stock B
short. Of course, residual risk puts a limit to the amount of unbalancing the
institution would do. But by some unbalancing, the institution earns an excess
return.
The institution using the standard model would be indifferent between the two
stocks. However, by buying stock B, the institution loses excess return.
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Chapter 14: Problem 6
Using Rosss APT model, we can create an arbitrage portfolio as follows:
(1) 0
0
1=
_
i
ARB
i
X
= =
_ i
i
ARB
i ARB
a X a (2)
0 = =
_ i
i
ARB
i ARB
b X b (3)
Since the above portfolio has zero net investment and zero risk with respect to the
given twofactor model, by the force of arbitrage its expected return must also be
zero:
0 = =
_
i
i
ARB
i
ARB R X R (4)
From a theorem of linear algebra, since the above orthogonality conditions (1), (2)
and (3) with respect to the X esult in orthogonality condition (4) with respect to
the
A
i
X
ARB
i
r
RB
, i an be expressed as a linear combination of 1, ai and bi: R c
i i
i b a R
2 1 0
1 + + = (5)
We can create a zerorisk investment portfolio as follows:
1
0
=
_
i
Z
i
X
= =
_ i
i
Z
i Z
a X a
0 = =
_ i
i
Z
i Z
b X b
Substituting the above equations into equation (5) gives:
0
2 1 0
=
+ + = =
_ _ _ _ i
i
Z
i i
i
Z
i
i
Z
i
i
i
Z
i
Z b X a X X R X R
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We can create a strictly marketrisk investment portfolio as follows:
1
1
=
_
i
M
i
X
= =
_ i
i
M
i M
a X a
0 = =
_ i
i
M
i M
b X b
Substituting the above equations into equation (5) gives:
1 0
2 1 0
+ =
+ + = =
_ _ _ _ i
i
M
i i
i
M
i
i
M
i
i
i
M
i
M b X a X X R X R
or
Z M M R R R = =
0 1
We can create a strictly interest raterisk investment portfolio as follows:
1
0
=
_
i
C
i
X
= =
_ i
i
C
i C
a X a
1 = =
_ i
i
C
i C
b X b
Substituting the above equations into equation (5) gives:
2 0
2 1 0
+ =
+ + = =
_ _ _ _ i
i
C
i i
i
C
i
i
C
i
i
i
C
i
C b X a X X R X R
or
Z C C R R R = =
0 2
Substituting the derived values for 0, 1 and 2 into equation (5), we have:
( ) ( )
i
Z C
i
Z M Z i b R R a R R R R + + =
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Chapter 14: Problem 7
In the graph below, the efficient frontier with riskless lending but no riskless
borrowing is the ray extending from RF to the tangent portfolio L and then along
the minimumvariance curve through the market portfolio M and out toward
infinity (assuming unlimited short sales). All investors who wish to lend will hold
tangent portfolio L in some combination with the riskless asset, since no other
portfolio offers a higher slope. Furthermore, unless all investors lend or invest solely
in portfolio L, the market portfolio M will be along the minimumvariance curve to
the right of portfolio L, since the market portfolio is a wealthweighted average of
all the efficient riskyasset portfolios held by investors, and no rational investor
would hold a riskyasset portfolio along the curve to the left of L.
The expected return on a zerobeta asset is the intercept of a line tangent to the
market portfolio, and the zerobeta portfolio on the minimumvariance frontier
must be below the global minimum variance portfolio of risky assets by the
geometry of the graph. Furthermore, by the geometry of the graph, since the risk
free lending rate is the intercept of the line tangent to portfolio L, and since L is to
the left of M on the minimumvariance curve, the riskfree lending rate must be
below the expected return on a zerobeta asset.
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The zerobeta security market line is the line in the graph below extend from the
expected return on a zerobeta asset through the market portfolio and out toward
infinity (assuming unlimited short sales). The expected returnbeta relationships of
all risky securities riskyasset portfolios (including the market portfolio M and
portfolio L) are described by that line. The other line from the riskfree lending rate
to portfolio L only describes the expected returnbeta relationships of combination
portfolios of the riskfree asset and portfolio L; those combination portfolios are not
described by the zerobeta security market line.
Chapter 14: Problem 8
Assume the same situation as in Problem 5. The investor who believes in the
standard (pretax) CAPM expects a return of 14% on either security. You expect a
return before taxes of 15% on stock A and 13% on stock B. If your tax factor was
below the aggregate tax factor (t lower than 0.25) then you should buy stock B
from the other investor and sell that investor stock A. The fact that this will lead to
higher aftertax cash flows for you is straightforward.
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Chapter 14: Problem 9
This problem can be answered directly by using the equation developed for non
marketable assets. The equation also holds for deleted assets, with the subscript H
now standing for those assets that were left out:
( )
( ) ( )


.

\

+
+
+ =
H i
m
H
m i
H m
m
H
m
F
m
F
i R R
P
P
R R
R R
P
P
R R
R R cov cov
cov
2
o
The effect of leaving out bonds depends on two factors:
1.) Whether or not the returns on the aggregate of all bonds are negatively or
positively correlated with the returns on the aggregate of all stocks;
2.) The correlation between the returns on a particular stock and the returns on
the aggregate of all bonds.
From the above equation, if returns on stocks and bonds are generally positively
correlated (as empirical evidence shows), then the denominator in the second
term of the equation will tend to lower the expected return on any stock. If the
return on a particular stock is negatively correlated with bonds, that will further
lower the stocks expected return. However, if the stock is positively correlated with
bonds, this will offset the effect of positive correlation between all stocks and
bonds and may actually result in a higher expected return for the stock.
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Chapter 15: Problem 1
That is NOT a valid test of the theory, and the empirical evidence IS consistent with
the theory. If highbeta stocks always gave higher returns, then they would be less
risky than lowbeta stocks. It is precisely because the returns on highbeta stocks
are more risky, and hence sometimes below and sometimes above the returns on
lowbeta stocks, that highbeta stocks have higher expected (and over long
periods of time higher actual) returns.
Chapter 15: Problem 2
Let:
Ai R = the expected percentage change in alcoholism in city i;
G R = the expected percentage change in the price of gold;
P R = the expected percentage change in professors salaries.
Then we have:
( )
( )
( )
P
P Ai
G P G Ai
R
R R
R R R R
var
cov
+ =
The above equation is exactly parallel to the zerobeta CAPM equation, with
expected percentage change in alcoholism in a city playing the role of the
expected return on a security. The analogy between variables is seen from:
( )
( )
( )
m
m i
Z m Z i
R
R R
R R R R
var
cov
+ =
Therefore, tests exactly parallel to those employed in the text can be used.
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Chapter 15: Problem 3
Since the equality shown in equation (15.7) in the text only holds for an efficient
portfolio, if the market portfolio is inefficient the equality will not hold and instead
we have:
F
k
km
R R = o
The remaining proof follows the proof shown in the text below equation (15.7), but
with the notequal sign replacing the equal sign in all the remaining equations in
the proof.
Chapter 15: Problem 4
One way to use general equilibrium theory to evaluate a stock portfolio
managers performance would be to estimate the equilibrium security market line
using historical time series of returns over a period of time along with the portfolios
average return and beta. If, given the portfolios beta, the portfolio had an
average return above the equilibrium return predicted by the estimated security
market line, it would indicate superior performance. (This performance measure is
known as Jensens alpha and is discussed at length in Chapter 24.)
Chapter 15: Problem 5
If the posttax form of the CAPM holds, then the real relationship as a cross
sectional regression model is:
( )
i F i i F
i R R R c o  + + + =
2 1 0
If the standard CAPM security market line is tested, the crosssectional regression
model is:
i i F
i R R c  + + =
1 0
If o was uncorrelated with  across securities, then the regression estimates of
0 and 1 in the standard model would be unaffected. However, empirical
evidence shows that o and  are negatively correlated across securities (high
dividend securities tend to have low betas and lowdividend securities tend to
have high betas) and that o is positively correlated with R across securities, so this
is a classic case of missingvariable bias. The effect of the bias is to raise the
estimate of the intercept (0) and lower the estimate of the slope (1).
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Chapter 16: Problem 1
From the text we know that three points determine a plane. The APT equation for
a plane is:
2 2 1 1 0 i i
i b b R + + =
Assuming that the three portfolios given in the problem are in equilibrium (on the
plane), then their expected returns are determined by:
2 1 0
5 . 0 12 + + = (a)
2 1 0
2 . 0 3 4 . 13 + + = (b)
2 1 0
5 . 0 3 12 + = (c)
The above set of linear equations can be solved simultaneously for the three
unknown values of 0, 1 and 2. There are many ways to solve a set of
simultaneous linear equations. One method is shown below.
Subtract equation (a) from equation (b):
2 1
3 . 0 2 4 . 1 = (d)
Subtract equation (a) from equation (c):
2 1
2 0 = (e)
Subtract equation (e) from equation (d):
2
7 . 0 4 . 1 = or 2
2
=
Substitute 2
2
= into equation (d):
6 . 0 2 4 . 1
1
= or 1
1
=
Substitute 1
1
= and 2
2
= into equation (a):
1 1 12
0
+ + = or 10
0
=
Thus, the equation of the equilibrium APT plane is:
2 1
2 10
i i
i b b R + + =
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Chapter 16: Problem 2
According to the equilibrium APT plane derived in Problem 1, any security with
b1 = 2 and b2 = 0 should have an equilibrium expected return of 12%:
% 12 0 2 2 10 2 10
2 1
= + + = + + =
i i
i b b R
Assuming the derived equilibrium APT plane holds, since portfolio D has bD1 = 2 and
bD2 = 0 with an expected return of 10%, the portfolio is not in equilibrium and an
arbitrage opportunity exists.
The first step is to use portfolios in equilibrium to create a replicating equilibrium
investment portfolio, call it portfolio E, that has the same factor loadings (risk) as
portfolio D. Using the equilibrium portfolios A, B and C in Problem 1 and recalling
that an investment portfolios weights sum to 1 and that a portfolios factor
loadings are weighted averages of the individual factor loadings we have:
( ) ( ) 2 1 3 3 1 1
1 1 1 1 1
= = + + = + + =
D B A B A C B A B B A A E
b X X X X b X X b X b X b
( ) ( ) 0 1 5 . 0 2 . 0 5 . 0 1
2 2 2 2 2
= = + = + + =
D B A B A C B A B B A A E
b X X X X b X X b X b X b
Simplifying the above two equations, we have:
1 2 =
A
X or
2
1
=
A
X
2
1
7 . 0 = +
B A
X X
Since
2
1
=
A
X , and 0 =
B
X
2
1
1 = =
B A C
X X X .
Since portfolio E was constructed from equilibrium portfolios, portfolio E is also on
the equilibrium plane. We have seen above that any security with portfolio Es
factor loadings has an equilibrium expected return of 12%, and that is the
expected return of portfolio E:
% 12 12
2
1
4 . 13 0 12
2
1
= + + = + + = C
C
B
B
A
A
E R X R X R X R
So now we have two portfolios with exactly the same risk: the target portfolio D
and the equilibrium replicating portfolio E. Since they have the same risk (factor
loadings), we can create an arbitrage portfolio, combining the two portfolios by
going long in one and shorting the other. This will create a selffinancing (zero net
investment) portfolio with zero risk: an arbitrage portfolio.
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In equilibrium, an arbitrage portfolio has an expected return of zero, but since
portfolio D is not in equilibrium, neither is the arbitrage portfolio containing D and E,
and an arbitrage profit may be made. We need to short sell either portfolio D or E
and go long in the other. The question is: which portfolio do we short and which do
we go long in? Since both portfolios have the same risk and since portfolio E has a
higher expected return than portfolio D, we want to go long in E and short D; in
other words, we want and . This gives us: 1 =
ARB
E
X 1 =
ARB
D
X
(zero net investment) 0 1 1 = = + =
_
ARB
D
ARB
E
i
ARB
i
X X X
But since portfolio E consists of a weighted average of portfolios A, B and C,
is the same thing as 1 =
ARB
E
X
2
1
=
ARB
A
X , and 0 =
ARB
B
X
2
1
=
ARB
C
X , so we have:
0 1
2
1
0
2
1
= + + = + + + =
_
ARB
D
ARB
C
ARB
B
ARB
A
i
ARB
i
X X X X X (zero net investment)
0
2 1 3
2
1
3 0 1
2
1
1 1 1 1
1 1
=
+ + =
+ + + =
=
_
D
ARB
D C
ARB
C B
ARB
B A
ARB
A
i
i
ARB
i ARB
b X b X b X b X
b X b
(zero factor 1 risk)
0
0 1 5 . 0
2
1
2 . 0 0 5 . 0
2
1
2 2 2 2
2 2
=
+ =
+ + + =
=
_
D
ARB
D C
ARB
C B
ARB
B A
ARB
A
i
i
ARB
i ARB
b X b X b X b X
b X b
(zero factor 2 risk)
% 2
10 1 12
2
1
4 . 13 0 12
2
1
=
+ + =
+ + + =
=
_
D
ARB
D
C
ARB
C
B
ARB
B
A
ARB
A
i
i
ARB
i
ARB
R X R X R X R X
R X R
(positive arbitrage return)
As arbitrageurs exploit the opportunity by short selling portfolio D, the price of
portfolio D will drop, thereby pushing portfolio Ds expected return up until it
reaches its equilibrium level of 12%, at which point the expected return on the
arbitrage portfolio will equal 0. There is no reason to expect any price effects on
portfolios A, B and C, since the arbitrage with portfolio D can be accomplished
using other assets on the equilibrium APT plane.
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Chapter 16: Problem 3
From the text we know that three points determine a plane. The APT equation for
a plane is:
2 2 1 1 0 i i
i b b R + + =
Assuming that the three portfolios given in the problem are in equilibrium (on the
plane), then their expected returns are determined by:
2 1 0
12 + + = (a)
2 1 0
2 5 . 1 13 + + = (b)
2 1 0
3 5 . 0 17 + = (c)
Solving for the three unknowns in the same way as in Problem 1, we obtain the
following solution to the above set of simultaneous linear equations:
8
0
= ; 6
1
= ; 2
2
= ;
Thus, the equation of the equilibrium APT plane is:
2 1
2 6 8
i i
i b b R + =
Chapter 16: Problem 4
According to the equilibrium APT plane derived in Problem 3, any security with
b1 = 1 and b2 = 0 should have an equilibrium expected return of 12%:
% 14 0 2 6 8 2 6 8
2 1
= + = + =
i i
i b b R
Assuming the derived equilibrium APT plane holds, since portfolio D has bD1 = 1 and
bD2 = 0 with an expected return of 15%, the portfolio is not in equilibrium and an
arbitrage opportunity exists.
The first step is to use portfolios in equilibrium to create a replicating equilibrium
investment portfolio, call it portfolio E, that has the same factor loadings (risk) as
portfolio D. Using the equilibrium portfolios A, B and C in Problem 3 and recalling
that an investment portfolios weights sum to 1 and that a portfolios factor
loadings are weighted averages of the individual factor loadings we have:
( ) ( ) 1 1 5 . 0 5 . 1 1 1
1 1 1 1 1
= = + + = + + =
D B A B A C B A B B A A E
b X X X X b X X b X b X b
( ) ( ) 0 1 3 2 1
2 2 2 2 2
= = + = + + =
D B A B A C B A B B A A E
b X X X X b X X b X b X b
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Simplifying the above two equations, we have:
2
1 1
= + X X
2
B A
3 5 4 = +
B A
X X
Solving the above two simultaneous equations we have:
3
1
=
A
X ,
3
1
=
B
X
3
1
1 = = X X X and
B A C
.
ince portfolio E was constructed from equilibrium portfolios, portfolio E is also on
. We have seen e t any security with portfolio Es
ctor loadings has an equilibrium expected return of 14%, and that is the
S
the equilibrium plane abov hat
fa
expected return of portfolio E:
% 14 17
3
1 1 1
13 12 = + + = + + = C
C
B
B
A E R X R X R X R
same risk: the target portfolio D
they have the same risk (factor
eate an arbitrag portfolio, combining the two portfolios by
d shorting the ot r. This will create a selffinancing (zero net
vestment) portfolio with zero risk: an arbitrage portfolio. In equilibrium, an
rbitrage portfolio has an expected return of zero, but since portfolio D is not in
e arbitrage portfolio containing D and E, and an arbitrage
rofit may be made.
e question is:
hich portfolio do we short and which do we go long in? Since both portfolios
and since portfolio D has a higher expected return than
ortfolio E, we want to go long in D and short E; in other words, we want
0 (zero net investment)
3 3
A
So now we have two portfolios with exactly the
nd the equilibrium replicating portfolio E. Since a
loadings), we can cr e
going long in one an he
in
a
equilibrium, neither is th
p
We need to short sell either portfolio D or E and go long in the other. Th
w
have the same risk
1 =
ARB
D
X p
and 1 =
ARB
E
X . This gives us:
ARB
1 1 = = + =
_
ARB
E
ARB
D i
X X X
i
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But since portfolio E consists of a weighted average of portfolios A, B and C,
is the same thing as
3
1
=
ARB
A
X ,
3
1
=
ARB
B
X and
3
1
=
ARB
C
X 1 =
ARB
E
X , so we have:
0 1
3
1
3
1
3
1
= + = + =
_
ARB
B
ARB
A
i
ARB
i
X X X + +
ARB
D
ARB
C
X X (zero net investment)
0
3 3 3
=
1 1 5 . 0
1
5 . 1
1
1
1
1 1 1
+ =
+ +
D
ARB
D
A
C B
ARB
B
i
b X X X
(zero fact 1 risk)
1 1
=
_ i
ARB
i ARB
b X b
1
+ =
C
RB
A
ARB
A
b b b X
or
0 =
0 1 3
3
1
2
3
1
1
3
1
2 2 2 2
+ + =
+ + + =
D
ARB
D C
ARB
C B
ARB
B A
ARB
A
i
b X b X b X b X
(zero fac or 2 risk)
2 2
=
_ i
ARB
i ARB
b X b
t
% 1
15 1 17
1
13
1
12
3
1
+ =
+ + + =
=
_
D
ARB
D
C
ARB
C
B
ARB
B
A
ARB
A
i
i
ARB
i
ARB
R X R X R X R X
R X R
(positive arbitrage return)
3 3
=
bitrage
lio will e expect any price effects on portfolios A,
d C, since t with portfolio D can be accomplished using other
ium APT plane.
Chapter 16: Problem 5
The general Kfactor APT equation for expected return is:
As arbitrageurs exploit the opportunity by buying portfolio D, the price of portfolio
D will rise, thereby pushing portfolio Ds expected return down until it reaches its
equilibrium level of 14%, at which point the expected return on the ar
portfo qual 0. There is no reason to
an he arbitrage B
assets on the equilibr
_
=
+ =
K
k
ik k
i b R
1
0
where 0 is the return on the riskless asset, if it exists.
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Given the data in the problem and in Table 16.1 in the text, along with a riskless
, the Sharpe multifa ected n a stock in the
ion industry is:
rate of 8% ctor model for the exp return o
construct
% 034 . 10
59 . 1 1 2 2 . 0 12 . 0 4 . 0 56 . 5 6 24 . 0 2 . 1 36 . 5 8
=
+ + = i R
The last number, 1.59, enters because the stock is a construction stock.
hapter 16: Problem 6
A.
From the text we know that, for a 2factor APT model to be consistent with the
andard CAPM,
C
. Given that ( ) 4 =
F
m R R ( )
j F
m
j
R R
 = or 25 . 0
1
=
 ;
2
4 2
 = or 5 . 0
2
=
 .
B.
From the text we know that
2 2 1 1
  
i i i
b b + = . So we have:
5 . 0 5 . 0 5 . 0 25 . 0 1 = + =
A

85 . 0 5 . 0 2 . 0 25 . 0 3 = + =
B

5 . 0 5 . 0 5 . 0 25 . 0 3 = =
C

C.
ssuming all three portfolios in Problem 1 are in equilibrium, then we can use any A
one of them to find the riskfree rate. For example, using portfolio A gives:
( )
A F
m
f
A R R R R  + = or ( )
A F
m A
F
R R R R  =
Given that ( ) % 4 = m R R , we have: % 12 = A R , 5 . 0 =
A
 and
F
% 10 5 . 0 4 12 = =
F
R
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Chapter 17: Problem 1
The simplest trading strategy would be to buy a stock at the opening price on the
day that the heard on the street column indicates analysts have reported
positive recommendations and to short sell it if analysts have reported negative
recommendations. Since any stock price effect occurs very shortly after the news
is released, the stock position could be unwound after five days. Naturally, in
examining returns from this strategy, purchases and sales would have to be
adjusted for transactions costs. The results of Davies and Canes suggest that
roundtrip transactions costs must be less than two percent and perhaps less than
one percent for this rule to produce excess returns. In testing this strategy, we
would have to be sure to adjust the returns for risk. Following this strategy will lead
to a changing portfolio of stocks being held over time. Either the beta or standard
deviation of this portfolio could be used as a risk measure.
Chapter 17: Problem 2
See the section in the text entitled Relative Strength for the answer to this
question.
Chapter 17: Problem 3
There are several ways this rule could be tested. One way would be to rank all
stocks by their P/E ratios, select the X percent (e.g., 20%) of the stocks with the
lowest P/E ratios, then select from that group the Y percent (e.g., 20%) with the
largest fiveyear growth rates. After then making sure that transactions costs are
included, riskadjusted excess returns for the final group could be obtained and
examined using one of the methodologies outlined in the text.
Chapter 17: Problem 4
If a market is semistrongform efficient, the efficient market hypothesis says that
prices should reflect all publicly available information. If you have access to a
good and significant piece of information that you believe is not yet public
information, you could examine the residuals from a model such as the market
model to see if there were recently positive excess returns, indicating whether or
not the market had already incorporated that information.
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Chapter 17: Problem 5
If a market is semistrongform efficient, the efficient market hypothesis says that
prices should reflect all publicly available information. If publicly available
information is already fully reflected in market prices, one would strongly suspect
the market to be weakform efficient as well. The only rational explanation for
weakform inefficiency is if information is incorporated into prices slowly over time,
thus causing returns to be positively autocorrelated. The only exception to this
might be if the market is strongform inefficient and monopoly access to
information disseminates through widening circles of investors over time.
Chapter 17: Problem 6
You could test that by following any of the test methodologies outlined in the text
for semistrongform efficiency, where day zero (the event day) is defined as the
day at which the block of stocks becomes available for trading.
Chapter 17: Problem 7
Recall that the zerobeta CAPM leads to lower expected returns for highbeta
(above 1) stocks and higher expected returns for lowbeta stocks than does the
standard CAPM. If we were testing a phenomenon that tended to occur for low
beta stocks and not for highbeta stocks, then the zerobeta CAPM could show
inefficiency while the standard CAPM showed efficiency.
Chapter 17: Problem 8
The betting market at roulette is in general an efficient market. Though betting on
the roulette wheel has a negative expected return, there is no way that that
information can be used to change the expected return. The only exception to
this might be if the roulette wheel was not perfectly balanced. Since the house
does not change the odds (prices) to reflect an unbalanced roulette wheel, an
unbalanced wheel would make the betting market at roulette inefficient.
Chapter 17: Problem 9
As in Problem 6, you could test that by following any of the test methodologies
outlined in the text for semistrongform efficiency, where day zero (the event
day) could be defined either as the day of retirement or as the day the
retirement is first announced to the public.
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Chapter 18: Problem 1
Since the companys growth rate of 10% extends into the future indefinitely, use
the constantgrowth model to value its stock:
( )
13 . 15 $
10 . 0 14 . 0
1 . 1 55 . 0 1
0 1
0
=
+
=
=
g k
g D
g k
D
P
Chapter 18: Problem 2
Using equation (18.5b) in the text, we have:
00 . 20 $
5 . 0 14 . 0 12 . 0
1
1
0
=
=
=
rb k
D
P
Chapter 18: Problem 3
Solving equation (18.5b) in the text for k (the required rate of return) we have:
( ) % 3 . 10 103 . 0 5 . 0 14 . 0
30
1
0
1
= + = + = rb
P
D
k
Chapter 18: Problem 4
Solving equation (18.5b) in the text for r (the rate of return on new investment) we
have:
( ) % 7 . 20 207 . 0
5 . 0
1
60
1
12 . 0
1
0
1
= 
.

\

=


.

\

=
b P
D
k r
So the rate of return on new investment would have to change from 14% to 20.7%,
an increase of 6.7 percentage points.
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Chapter 18: Problem 5
This problem can be solved using the twoperiod growth model shown in the text,
where the first growth period is 5 years with a growth rate of 10% (g1) followed by a
growth rate of 6% (g2) indefinitely:
( )
( ) ( )
( )
( ) ( )
( )
( )
( )
5
2
6
1
5
1
1 0
5
2
6
1
5
1
1
5
2
6
5
1
1
1 1
5
5
5
1
1
1 1
0
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1 1
1
1 1
1
k
g k
D
g k
k
g
g D
k
g k
D
g k
k
g
D
k
g k
D
k
g D
k
P
k
g D
P
t
t
t
t
t
t
+


.

\

+
(
(
(
(
(


.

\

+
+
+ =
+


.

\

+
(
(
(
(
(


.

\

+
+
=
+


.

\

+
+
+
=
+
+
+
+
=
_
_
=
Recognizing that the dividend at the end of period 6 is equal to the dividend at
the end of period 5 compounded 1 period at g2 and then adjusted by a factor of
0.5/0.3 to reflect the increased dividend payout rate, we have:
( )
( ) ( )
( )
565 . 1 $
3 . 0
5 . 0
06 . 1 1 . 1 55 . 0
3 . 0
5 . 0
1 1
3 . 0
5 . 0
1
5
2
5
1 0
2 5 6
=
=
+ + =
+ =
g g D
g D D
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So we have:
( )
64 . 12 $
163 . 10 474 . 2
925 . 1
563 . 19
04 . 0
16355 . 0
605 . 0
14 . 1
06 . 0 14 . 0
565 . 1
10 . 0 14 . 0
14 . 1
1 . 1
1
1 . 1 55 . 0
5
5
0
=
+ =
+ =

.

\

+
(
(
(
(
(

.

\

= P
Chapter 18: Problem 6
This problem can be solved using the threeperiod growth model shown in the text,
where the first growth period is 5 years with a growth rate of 10% (g1) followed
each year by linearly declining growth rates (g2, g3, g4 and g5) over a second
period of 4 years down to a 6% steadystate growth rate (gs) indefinitely thereafter.
Since the growth rate is declining linearly over the 4year period, the annual
decline is 8 . 0
5
6 10
=
\

+
+
+ +
+
(
(
(
(
(


.

\

+
+
+ =
+


.

\

+
+
+
+
(
(
(
(
(


.

\

+
+
=
+
+
+
+
(
(
(
(
(


.

\

+
+
=
_
[
_
[
_
=
=
=
=
=
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Recognizing that the dividend at the end of period 10 is equal to the dividend at
the end of period 9 compounded 1 period at gS and then adjusted by a factor of
0.5/0.3 to reflect the increased dividend payout rate, we have:
( )
( ) ( ) ( )
( )
129 . 2 $
3 . 0
5 . 0
06 . 1 068 . 1 076 . 1 084 . 1 092 . 1 1 . 1 55 . 0
3 . 0
5 . 0
1 1 1
3 . 0
5 . 0
1
5
5
2
5
1 0
9 10
=
=
+ + + =
+ =
[
=
S
j
j
S
g g g D
g D D
So we have:
( )
( ) ( )
( ) ( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
29 . 12 $
184 . 8 371 . 0 396 . 0 419 . 0 441 . 0 474 . 2
14 . 1
06 . 0 14 . 0
129 . 2
14 . 1
068 . 1 076 . 1 084 . 1 092 . 1 1 . 1 55 . 0
14 . 1
076 . 1 084 . 1 092 . 1 1 . 1 55 . 0
14 . 1
084 . 1 092 . 1 1 . 1 55 . 0
14 . 1
092 . 1 1 . 1 55 . 0
10 . 0 14 . 0
14 . 1
1 . 1
1
1 . 1 55 . 0
1 1
1 1
1
1
1
1
9
9
5
8
5
7
5
6
5
5
9
6
10
9
6
4
2
5
1 0
1
5
1
1 0 0
=
+ + + + + =

.

\

+
+
+
+
+
(
(
(
(
(

.

\

=
+


.

\

+
+
+ +
+
(
(
(
(
(


.

\

+
+
+ =
_
[
=
=
k
g k
D
k
g g D
g k
k
g
g D P
t
t
t
j
j
Chapter 18: Problem 7
Solving equation (18.5b) in the text for k (the expected rate of return) we have:
( ) % 1 . 18 181 . 0 5 . 0 14 . 0
9
1
0
1
= + = + = rb
P
D
k
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Chapter 18: Problem 8
Since the companys growth rate of 10% extends into the future indefinitely, use
the equation (18.6) in the text from the constantgrowth model:
( )
( ) % 7 . 16 167 . 0
1 . 0
9
1 . 1 55 . 0
1
0
0
0
1
=
+
=
+
+
= + = g
P
g D
g
P
D
k
Chapter 18: Problem 9
This problem can be solved using the twoperiod growth model shown in the text,
where the first growth period is 10 years with a growth rate of rb = g1 followed by a
growth rate of 5% (g2) indefinitely. The model is:
( )
10
2
11
1
10
1
1 0
1
1
1
1
k
g k
D
g k
k
g
D P
+


.

\

+
(
(
(
(
(


.

\

+
+
=
Given r = 0.14 and b = 0.5, g1 = 0.14 0.5 = 0.07 (7%). Also,
( )
( ) (
( )
93 . 1 $
05 . 1 07 . 1 1
1 1
1
9
2
9
1 1
2 10 11
=
=
+ + =
+ =
g g D
g D D
)
So we have:
( )
21 . 16 $
88 . 8 33 . 7
12 . 1
05 . 0 12 . 0
93 . 1
07 . 0 12 . 0
12 . 1
07 . 1
1
1
10
10
0
=
+ =

.

\

+
(
(
(
(
(

.

\

= P
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Chapter 18: Problem 10
This problem can be solved iteratively by substituting various values for k into the
first formula shown in the answer for Problem 9. By trial and error the solution is
k = 9.6%.
Chapter 18: Problem 11
As with Problem 10, this problem can be solved iteratively by substituting various
values for the length of the first growth period into the first formula shown in the
answer for Problem 9. By trial and error the solution is 24 years.
Chapter 18: Problem 12
The solution to this problem is a general form of the model shown in the answer to
Problem 6:
( )
( ) ( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( ) ( )
2 1
2 1
2 1
1
2
1
1
2 1
1
1
1 1
1
1 1
1
1
1
1
1 1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1 2
1
1 1 0
1
1
1 0
2 1
2 1
1 1
1
1 0 0
N N
S
N N
N N
N t
t
N
j
S
N
N
N N
N N
N N
N t
t
t
N
k
g k
D
k
N
g g
j g g D
g k
k
g
g D
k
P
k
D
g k
k
g
g D P
+
+ +
+
+ =
=
+
+
+
+ =
+


.

\

+





.

\

+


.

\

+
+ +
+
(
(
(
(
(


.

\

+
+
+ =
+
+


.

\

+
+
(
(
(
(
(


.

\

+
+
+ =
_
[
_
where
D0 = the justpaid dividend
g1 = the annual growth rate during the first period of years
N1 = the number of years in the first growth period
N2 = the number of years in the second growth period of linearly changing growth
rates
gS = the annual steadystate growth rate after the second period of linearly
changing growth rates
Note that the step value for linearly changing rates from g1 to gS is
(g1 gS) / (N2 + 1), not (g1 gS) / N2.
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Chapter 19: Problem 1
If earnings follow a meanreverting process, then it is appropriate to use historical
data to forecast future earnings. There are many appropriate techniques. Three
specific ones are presented below.
A.
If earnings follow a meanreverting process with no trend or cycle, the following
exponential smoothing model could be used to forecast future earnings:
( )
1 1
+ =
t t t t
E E a E E
where
t
E
+
where
( ) ( )  
1 1 1 1
+ + + =
t t t t t t
g E E a g E E ;
t
g is the timet estimate of the trend.
See footnote 7 in the text for further details on this technique.
C.
If earnings follow a meanreverting process with a trend and a cycle, then the
forecast is smoothed earnings adjusted for the trend and the cycle. For example,
with an additive trend and a multiplicative cycle the forecast would be:
( )
t t t
f g E
+
where is the timet estimate of the cycle.
t
f
\

+
=
_
=
We can find y iteratively by trial and error, but the easiest way is to use a financial
calculator and input the following:
PV = 960
PMT = 100
FV = 1000
N = 5
After entering the above data, compute I to get I = y = 11.08%.
Chapter 20: Problem 3
In general, the nominally annualized spot rate for period t (S0t) is the yield to
maturity for a tperiod zerocoupon (pure discount) instrument:
t
t
S
F
P

.

\

+
=
2
1
0
0
where P0 is the zeros current market price, F is the zeros face (par) value, and t
is the number of semiannual periods left until the zero matures.
The zerocoupon bonds in this problem all have face values equal to $1,000.
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If semiannual periods are assumed, then bond A is a oneperiod zero, bond B is
a twoperiod (oneyear) zero, bond C is a threeperiod zero, and bond D is a
fourperiod (twoyear) zero.
So we have:
(7.99%) 0799 . 0
2
1
1000
= 855
(8.31%) 0831 . 0
2
1
1000
= 885
(8.51%) 0851 . 0
2
1
1000
= 920
(8.33%) 0833 . 0
2
1
1000
960
04
4
04
03
3
03
02
2
02
01
1
01
=


.

\

+
=


.

\

+
=


.

\

+
=


.

\

+
=
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
The nominally annualized implied forward rates (ft,t+j) can be obtained from the
above spot rates. A general expression for the relationship between current spot
rates and implied forward rates is:
2 1
2
1
2
1
1
, 0
, 0
,
(
(
(
(
(
(
(






.

\



.

\

+


.

\

+
=
+
+
+
j
t
t
j t
j t
j t t
S
S
f
where t is the semiannual period at the end of which the forward rate begins, j is
the number of semiannual periods spanned by the forward rate, and both t and
j are integers greater than 0.
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We can an obtain a set of oneperiod forward rates by setting j equal to 1 and
varying t from 1 to 3 in the preceding equation:
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
(7.04%) 0704 . 0 2 1
0416 . 1
0400 . 1
2 1
2
1
2
1
(7.92%) 0792 . 0 2 1
0426 . 1
0416 . 1
2 1
2
1
2
1
(8.70%) 0870 . 0 2 1
0417 . 1
0426 . 1
2 1
2
1
2
1
3
4
3
03
4
04
34
2
3
2
02
3
03
23
1
2
1
01
2
02
12
=


.

\

=
(
(
(
(
(





.

\



.

\

+


.

\

+
=
=


.

\

=
(
(
(
(
(





.

\



.

\

+


.

\

+
=
=


.

\

=
(
(
(
(
(





.

\



.

\

+


.

\

+
=
S
S
f
S
S
f
S
S
f
If instead we wanted the expected spot yield curve one period from now under
the pure expectations theory, we can set t equal to 1 and vary j from 1 to 3 in the
preceding equation:
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
(7.89%) 0789 . 0 2 1
0417 . 1
0400 . 1
2 1
2
1
2
1
(8.31%) 0831 . 0 2 1
0417 . 1
1.0416
2 1
2
1
2
1
(8.70%) 0870 . 0 2 1
0417 . 1
0426 . 1
2 1
2
1
2
1
3
1
1
4
3
1
1
01
4
04
14
14
2
1
1
3
2
1
1
01
3
03
13
13
1
2
1
01
2
02
12
12
=
(
(
(


.

\

=
(
(
(
(
(
(
(





.

\



.

\

+


.

\

+
= =
=
(
(
(


.

\

=
(
(
(
(
(
(
(





.

\



.

\

+


.

\

+
= =
=


.

\

=
(
(
(
(
(





.

\



.

\

+


.

\

+
= =
S
S
f S
S
S
f S
S
S
f S
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Chapter 20: Problem 4
We can use the cash flows bonds A and B to replicate the cash flows of bond C.
Let YA be the fraction of bond A purchased and YB be the fraction of bond B
purchased. Then we have:
t = 1: $80 YA + $1,100 YB = $120
t = 2: $1,080 YA + $0 YB = $1,120
Solving the above two equations simultaneously gives:
297
308
27
28
080 , 1
120 , 1
= = =
A
Y
297
10
700 , 29
000 , 1
700 , 29
27
27
000 , 1
27
700 , 29
27
240 , 2
27
240 , 3
100 , 1
27
28
80 120
= = =

.

\

=

.

\

=
B
Y
So buying 308/297 of bond A and 10/297 of bond B gives the same cash flows as
buying 1 bond C (or, equivalently, buying 308 of bond A and 10 of bond B gives
the same cash flows as buying 297 of bond C). Therefore, if the Law of One Price
held, the bonds current prices would be related as follows:
308/297 PA + 10/297 PB = PC
But, since we are given that PA = $982, PB = $880 and PC = $1,010, we have instead:
308/297 $982 + 10/297 $880 = $1,048 > $1,010
The Law of One Price does not hold. For the Law of One Price to hold, bond C
would have to sell for $1,048.
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Chapter 20: Problem 5
If the Law of One Price holds, then the same discount rate (which is a spot rate)
applies for the cash flows in a particular period for all three bonds. Also, in the
presence of taxes, the price of each bond must equal the sum of the present
values of its future aftertax cash flows, where the present values are calculated
using the spot rates.
Each bonds capital gain or loss is simply its principal (par) value minus its price.
Given that each bond has a par value of $1,000, bond A has a capital gain of
$1,000 $985 = $15, bond B has a capital gain of $1,000 $900 = $100, and bond
C has a capital loss of $1,000 $1,040 = $40.
Given that the periods shown are annual, that taxes must be paid on capital gains
and can be deducted on capital losses, and that the capital gain or loss tax rate
is onehalf of the ordinary income tax rate, we need to find the discount factors
and ordinary income tax rate that makes the following set of equations hold
simultaneously:
( ) ( ) 985 $ 000 , 1 $
2
15 $ 1 80 $ 1 80 $
4 4 4 2
= + + d d
T
d T d T
( ) 900 $ 000 , 1 $
2
100 1 100 $
2 2 2
= + d d
T
d T
( ) ( ) 040 , 1 $ 000 , 1 $
2
40 $ 1 120 $ 1 120 $
4 4 4 2
= + + + d d
T
d T d T
where
T = the ordinary income tax rate;
2
02
2
2
1
1


.

\

+
=
S
d = the twosemiannualperiod (oneyear) discount factor;
4
04
4
2
1
1


.

\

+
=
S
d = the foursemiannualperiod (twoyear) discount factor.
The solution to the above set of simultaneous equations is:
T = 0.3303; d2 = 0.8568; d4 = 0.8934
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Chapter 21: Problem 1
The duration formula shown in the text for annual payments can easily be
modified to reflect semiannual payments as follows:
0
1
2
2
1
P
i
t CF
D
T
t
t
t





.

\


.

\

+
=
_
=
where T is the number of semiannual periods remaining to maturity.
Given P0 = $1,000, semiannual interest payments of $50, a principal of $1,000 paid
at the end of 5 years and a flat yield curve at 10%, we have:
05 . 4
2
1 . 8
1000 2
2
10 . 0
1
10 1000
2
10 . 0
1
50
10
10
1
= =

.

\

+
+





.

\


.

\

+
=
_
= t
t
t
D years.
Chapter 21: Problem 2
The duration formula for annual payments annual payments is:
( )
0
1
1
P
i
t CF
D
T
t
t
t
_
=


.

\

+
=
where T is the number of years remaining to maturity.
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Given P0 = $1,000, annual interest payments of $100, a principal of $1,000 paid at
maturity and a flat yield curve at 10%, we have:
( ) ( )
1000
10 . 0 1
1000
10 . 0 1
100
1
_
=
+
+


.

\

+
=
T
t
T t
T t
D
where T has values of 10, 8, 5 and 3 years.
Using the above equation, we have:
T D
10 6.76
8 5.87
5 4.17
3 2.74
Chapter 21: Problem 3
Let XA be the portfolios investment weight for bond A, XB be the portfolios
investment weight for bond B, and, since an investment portfolios weights sum
to 1, XC = (1 XA XB) be the portfolios investment weight for bond C. Given the
individual bonds durations, the duration of a portfolio of those bonds is:
DP = 5XA + 10XB + 12(1 XA XB)
Setting the portfolios duration equal to the target duration of 9, we have:
5XA + 10XB + 12(1 XA XB) = 9
Since there is just one equation with two unknowns, there are an infinite number
of solutions (portfolios) that will satisfy the equation. Either XA or XB can be
arbitrarily set and then the remaining weights solved for. Three of the infinite
number of solutions are:
1.) XA = 22/56; XB = 7/56; XC = 27/56
2.) XA = 4/14; XB = 7/14; XC = 3/14
3.) XA = 10/28; XB = 7/28; XC = 11/28
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Chapter 21: Problem 4
Since in this problem there are three bonds with three sets of cash flows to meet
the three liabilities, we have three equations with three unknowns and therefore
one unique solution. In a more realistic situation, there would be many more
bonds than the number of liabilities (many more unknowns than the number of
equations) and thus there would be an infinite number of solutions. In that case,
the linear programming procedure shown in the texts Appendix B would be
required to find the leastcost solution.
Let YA be the fraction of A bonds to buy, YB be the fraction of B bonds to buy,
and YC be the fraction of C bonds to buy. (Note that these are not investment
weights that sum to 1.) We want to form a portfolio of these three bonds that
replicates the timing and amounts of the liabilities.
At t = 1: $50 YA + $100 YB + $1,000 YC = $250
At t = 2: $1,050 YA + $100 YB + $0 YC = $500
At t = 3: $0 YA + $1,100 YB + $0 YC = $550
The solution to the above set of simultaneous linear equations is:
YA = 9/21; YB = 1/2; YC = 15/84
Assuming fractional purchases may be made, the cost of the bond portfolio is
then:
YA PA + YB PB + YC PC = 9/21 $950 + 1/2 $1,000 + 15/84 $920 = $1,071.43
Chapter 21: Problem 5
Equation (21.6) in the text is a form of a singleindex model for bonds:
( )
i
m
m
m
i
i
i
e R R
D
D
R R + =
If the yield curve is flat at 10%, then the first periods expected return is 10% for
each of the three bonds. Since the market portfolio is a weighted average of the
three bonds, the market portfolio also has an expected return of 10%. The
duration of the market portfolio is a weighted average of the three bonds
durations. Since the three bonds are assumed to be of equal value, the value
weighted market portfolio is also an equally weighted portfolio. Therefore, the
duration of the market portfolio is:
Dm = 1/3 5 + 1/3 10 +1/3 12 = 9 years
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Therefore we have:
( )
i m A
e R R + = % 10
9
5
% 10
( )
i m B
e R R + = % 10
9
10
% 10
( )
i m C
e R R + = % 10
9
12
% 10
We have seen in an earlier chapter that, under the assumptions of the Sharpe
singleindex model, the covariance between the returns on any pair of securities
i and j is:
2
m j i ijj
o   o =
Making the same assumptions as those for the Sharpe singleindex model and
recognizing that
m
i
D
D
in the bond singleindex model (equation (21.6)) is
analogous to i in the Sharpe singleindex model, the covariance between the
returns on any pair of bonds i and j is:
2
m
m
j
m
i
ijj
D
D
D
D
o o =
Therefore we have:
2 2
9
10
9
5
m m
m
B
m
A
AB
D
D
D
D
o o o = =
2 2
9
12
9
5
m m
m
C
m
A
AC
D
D
D
D
o o o = =
2 2
9
12
9
10
m m
m
C
m
B
BC
D
D
D
D
o o o = =
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Chapter 22: Problem 1
Although selling calls today would generate a positive cash flow for the client now,
the client would lose the potential profit he would make if the stock were to
appreciate in value, because the stock would be called away from the client.
Thus, there is a potential opportunity cost of engaging in that strategy.
Chapter 22: Problem 2
The profit diagram of buying the two puts appears as follows:
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The profit diagram of buying the call appears as follows:
Combining the two profit diagrams we have:
The thicker line in the above diagram represents the profit from the combination. If
the options finish at the money, where the stock price at their expiration equals
their strike prices of $50, the profit would be $17 (a $17 loss). For the combination
to have a positive profit, the stock must either be below $41.50 or above $67 on
the day the options expire.
Algebraically, letting the stock price on the expiration date = P, the profit is:
50 $ s P :
Profit = $17 + 2 ($50 P) = $83 2P (since only the two put options would be
exercised)
$50 < P:
Profit = $17 + P $50 = P $67 (since only the call option would be exercised)
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Chapter 22: Problem 3
The profit diagram of writing the two $45 calls appears as follows:
The profit diagram of buying the $40 call appears as follows:
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Combining the two profit diagrams we have:
The thicker line in the above diagram represents the profit from the combination. If
the $40 call option finishes out of or at the money, where the stock price at its
expiration is below or equal to that options strike price of $40, the profit would be
$2, because none of the options would be exercised and therefore the profit is
simply the net profit from buying the $40 call option ( $8) and selling the two $45
call options ($10). If the two $45 call options finish at the money, where the stock
price on their expiration equals their strike price of $45, the profit would be $7,
equal to the net profit of $2 from buying and writing the options plus the $5 gain
from exercising the $40 call option. $7 is the maximum profit because, at stock
prices higher than $45, although exercising the $40 call option continues to
contribute a gain, the two $45 call options that were sold will be exercised against
the seller and therefore contribute twice the loss, so the profit declines, reaching
zero at a stock price of $52. (At a stock price of $52, the profit from the $40 call will
be $12 $8 = $4 and the profit from the two $45 calls will be $14 + $10 = $4,
giving a total profit of 0.) If the stock price is greater than $52 on the expiration
date, the profit will be negative (a loss).
Algebraically, letting the stock price on the expiration date = P, the profit is:
40 $ s P :
Profit = $2 (since no options would be exercised)
45 $ 40 $ < < P :
Profit = $2 + P $40 (since only the $40 call option would be exercised)
P s 45 $ :
Profit = $2 + P $40 2 (P $45) = $52 P (since all options would be exercised)
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Chapter 22: Problem 4
From the text, we know that a is the lowest number of upward moves in the stock
price at which the call takes on a positive value at expiration (finishes in the
money), u is the size of each up movement, d is the size of each down movement
and n is the number of periods remaining to the options expiration. Given that the
options exercise price (E) is $60 and the current stock price (S0) is $50, we need to
solve for the minimum integer a such that:
( )
E d u S
a a
>
1
0
So we have:
( )
60 $ 9 . 0 2 . 1 50 $
1
>
a a
and the solution is a = 5.
To value the call option, we use the binomial formula:
    P n a B Er P n a B S C
n
, , , ,
0
' =
where
67 . 0
9 . 0 2 . 1
9 . 0 1 . 1
=
=
d u
d r
P
73 . 0 67 . 0
1 . 1
2 . 1
= = = ' P
r
u
P
    972 . 0 73 . 0 , 10 , 5 , , = = ' B P n a B
    926 . 0 67 . 0 , 10 , 5 , , = = B P n a B
So we have:
( ) 18 . 27 $ 926 . 0 1 . 1 60 $ 972 . 0 50 $
10
= =
C
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Chapter 22: Problem 5
The BlackScholes optionpricing formula for valuing a call option is:
( ) ( )
2 1 0
d N
e
E
d N S C
rt
=
We are given:
S0 = $95; E = $105; t = 2/3 years (8 months); o = 0.60; r = 0.08 (8%)
Solving for d1 and d2 we have:
149 . 0
490 . 0
073 . 0
3
2
60 . 0
3
2
36 . 0
2
1
08 . 0
105
95
ln
2
1
ln
2 0
1
= =

.

\

+ + 
.

\

=

.

\

+ +


.

\

=
t
t r
E
S
d
o
o
341 . 0
490 . 0
167 . 0
3
2
60 . 0
3
2
36 . 0
2
1
08 . 0
105
95
ln
2
1
ln
2 0
2
=

.

\

+ 
.

\

=

.

\

+


.

\

=
t
t r
E
S
d
o
o
From the normal distribution we have:
( ) ( ) 560 . 0 149 . 0
1
= = N d N
( ) ( ) 367 . 0 341 . 0
2
= = N d N
So the value of the call option is:
67 . 16 $ 367 . 0
105 $
560 . 0 95 $
3
2
08 . 0
= =
e
C
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Chapter 23: Problem 1
The noarbitrage condition for stockindex futures appears in the text as:
( )
( ) D PV P
R
F
=
+ 1
Given that F = $200, P = $190, R = 6%, and PV(D) = $4, we have:
186 $ 4 $ 190 $ 68 . 188 $
06 . 1
200 $
= > =
so the futures are overpriced relative to the underlying index.
Therefore, the arbitrage would involve selling the futures, borrowing the present
value of the futures price and the present value of the dividends at 6% for six
months, using some of the borrowed funds to buy the index today (t = 0), and
keeping the remainder as arbitrage profit. Six months from now (t = 1), receive the
futures price for the index, receive the future value of the dividends, and use the
proceeds to pay off the loan. The cash flows are as follows:
t = 0 t = 1
sell futures 0 $200
borrow $200/(1.06) $188.68 + $4 $192.68(1.06)
plus $4 at 6% for = $192.68 = $204.24
six months
buy index for $190 0
delivery against
futures contract
in six months
receive six months 0 $4(1.06)=$4.24
of dividends and
invest them at 6% ________ _______________
total cash flow $2.68 0
So the arbitrage profit is $2.68 per futures contract. If the present value (at t = 0) of
transactions costs is $2.68 or greater then the arbitrage opportunity is negated.
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Chapter 23: Problem 2
Yes. Farmers need to be assured that they can sell their crops at harvest time,
regardless of market conditions, so that they can make planting and farm
equipment decisions in advance of the harvest. Even if both farmers and General
Mills believe that the spot price at the expiration of the futures contract will be
higher than the futures contract price (so that the farmers would get more money
selling their crops later on at the spot price than by selling futures), futures
contracts make sense economically to the farmers, since selling futures now
eliminates the uncertainty of selling their crops later.
General Mills needs to ensure a steady supply of wheat for their products
regardless of market conditions, and knowing the price of wheat in advance helps
in making pricing and working capital decisions. So a futures contract makes
economic sense from their point of view as well, even if they share the same
distributional assumptions as the farmers that spot wheat prices will be lower at the
expiration of the futures contract than the futures contract price, since buying
futures now eliminates the uncertainty of the cost and availability of wheat later.
Chapter 23: Problem3
One equation for interest rate parity that appears in the text is:
( ) 1 1 + =
F D
R
S
F
R
where R
D
is the domestic interest rate, R
F
is the foreign interest rate, F is the
domestic futures price for one unit of foreign currency, and S is the spot exchange
rate expressed as domestic currency per unit foreign currency; i.e., both F and S
are expressed in direct terms. From a U.S. viewpoint, the quotes given in the
problem are in indirect terms, so, if R
D
is the U.S. rate and R
F
is the rate for Japan,
then, from the problem, F = 1/115 and S = 1/120. So solving the above equation for
the U.S. rate gives:
( )
( )
( ) % 52 . 8 0852 . 0
1 04 . 1
115
120
1 04 . 1
120
1
115
1
=
=
=
D
R
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Chapter 23: Problem 4
Assume you match the durations (interest rate sensitivities) of longterm and short
term bond futures by holding them long or short in the necessary proportion.
Assuming a normal yield curve, you believe that longterm rates will fall relative to
shortterm rates. If the market does not share your belief today, and if longterm
rates fall and shortterm rates rise, then the prices of longterm bonds and long
term bond futures will rise and the prices of shortterm bonds and shortterm bond
futures will fall. Therefore, you want to be long in longterm bond futures and short
in shortterm bond futures. If instead the entire yield curve shifted up, shortterm
rates would have to rise more than longterm rates for the spread to narrow, so the
above position would still be profitable. If the entire yield curve shifted down, long
term rates would have to fall more than shortterm rates for the spread to narrow,
so the above position would still be profitable.
Chapter 23: Problem 5
Assuming that a futures market exists for corporate bonds, sell futures contracts to
deliver $100 million of 19year corporates one year from today. In one year, close
out your futures position by delivering your 19year corporate bonds; from your
viewpoint today, your 20year corporates have thus been shortened to 1year
corporates.
A strategy that uses futures that are in fact traded would require selling futures
today on 20year government bonds. In one year, sell your corporate bonds and
use the proceeds to purchase an offsetting futures contract on 19year
government bonds to close out your futures position. The additional risk with this
strategy is basis risk, which is the risk that the prices of government bonds and
government bond futures will not move in exactly the same way as corporate
bonds of the same maturity.
Chapter 23: Problem 6
To lock in today's rates, sell $40 million of 10year government bond futures. If
interest rates rise, the value of the futures will fall, which means a profit for you
since you are short the futures. At the end of three months, when your own bond
issue is floated, close out your futures position by buying an offsetting futures
contract. If interest rates have in fact risen, use the profits from your futures position
to finance the increased interest payments on your bond issue. If interest rates
have fallen, use some of the proceeds from your bond issue to cover your loss from
your futures position. Either way, ignoring basis risk, the effective interest rate on
your bond issue is locked in at today's rates by selling futures.
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Chapter 24: Problem 1
Using standard deviation as the measure for variability, the rewardtovariability
ratio for a fund is the funds excess return (average return over the riskless rate)
divided by the standard deviation of return, i.e., the funds Sharpe ratio. E.g., for
fund A we have:
833 . 1
6
3 14
=
A
F
A R R
o
See the table in the answers to Problem 5 for the remaining funds Sharpe ratios.
Chapter 24: Problem 2
The Treynor ratio is similar to the Sharpe ratio, except the funds beta is used in
the denominator instead of the standard deviation. E.g., for fund A we have:
833 . 7
5 . 1
3 14
=
A
F
A R R

See the table in the answers to Problem 5 for the remaining funds Treynor ratios.
Chapter 24: Problem 3
A funds differential return, using standard deviation as the measure of risk, is the
funds average return minus the return on a nave portfolio, consisting of the
market portfolio and the riskless asset, with the same standard deviation of return
as the funds. E.g., for fund A we have:
% 1 6
5
3 13
3 14 = 
.

\

+ =


.

\

+
A
m
F
m
F
A
R R
R R o
o
See the table in the answers to Problem 5 for the remaining funds differential
returns based on standard deviation.
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Chapter 24: Problem 4
A funds differential return, using beta as the measure of risk, is the funds
average return minus the return on a nave portfolio, consisting of the market
portfolio and the riskless asset, with the same beta as the funds. This measure is
often called Jensens alpha. E.g., for fund A we have:
( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) % 4 5 . 1 3 13 3 14 = + = +
A F
m
F
A R R R R 
See the table in the answers to Problem 5 for the remaining funds Jensen alphas.
Chapter 24: Problem 5
This differential return measure is the same as the one used in Problem 4, except
that the riskless rate is replaced with the average return on a zerobeta asset. E.g.,
for fund A we have:
( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) % 5 . 3 5 . 1 4 13 4 14 = + = +
A
Z m Z A R R R R 
The answers to Problems 1 through 5 for all five funds are as follows:
Fund
Sharpe
Ratio
Treynor
Ratio
Differential
Return
Based On
Standard
Deviation
Differential
Return
Based On
Beta and RF
Differential
Return
Based On
Beta and Z R
A 1.833 7.333 1% 4% 3.5%
B 2.250 18.000 1% 4% 3.5%
C 1.625 13.000 3% 3% 3.0%
D 1.063 14.000 5% 2% 1.5%
E 1.700 8.500 3% 3% 2.0%
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Chapter 24: Problem 6
Looking at the table in the answers to Problem 5, we see that Fund B is ranked
higher than Fund A by their Sharpe ratios. Solving for the average return that
would make Fund Bs Sharpe ratio equal to Fund As we have:
833 . 1
4
3
=
B
B
f
B R R R
o
or
% 33 . 10 = B R
So, for the ranking to be reversed, Fund Bs average return would have to be
lower than 10.33%.
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Chapter 25: Problem 1
A.
The points on a Predictive Realization Diagram would have the following
coordinates (where Pi = predicted change in earnings and Ri = realized change in
earnings):
Industry/Firm Pi Ri
A1 0.05 0.00
A2 0.05 0.03
A3 0.75 0.25
B4 0.04 0.06
B5 0.05 0.04
B6 0.65 0.20
B7 0.01 0.01
C8 .070 0.40
C9 0.03 0.01
C10 0.02 0.02
While there are only ten points on the Prediction Realization Diagram, certain
tendencies can be detected. It is very clear from the diagram that analysts in this
brokerage firm systematically overestimate earnings. Their forecasts have a strong
upward bias. The second marked tendency is fro the degree of overestimation to
grow as positive increases in earnings become larger. Similarly, there is a slight
(based on one observation) tendency for analysts to overestimate the size of a
decrease in earnings when a decrease takes place. The analysts misestimated the
direction of a change in earnings in only two out of the ten cases.
B.
Recall from the text that, for the computation of mean square forecast error
(MSFE), the results are the same whether we use predicted levels or predicted
changes in earnings. We will do the MSFE analysis using levels and the following
formula:
( )
_
=
=
N
i
i i
A F
N
1
2
1
MSFE
where Fi is the forecasted level of earnings for firm i per share Ai is the actual
earnings per share for firm i.
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Industry/Firm
Fi Ai
( )
2
i i
A F
A1 $1.10 $1.05 0.0025
A2 $1.37 $1.35 0.0004
A3 $4.25 $3.25 1.0000
B4 $2.10 $2.12 0.0004
B5 $2.13 $2.12 0.0001
B6 $3.25 $2.80 0.2025
B7 $1.06 $1.06 0.0000
C8 $2.70 $2.40 0.0900
C9 $0.52 $0.54 0.0004
C10 $1.16 $1.20 0.0016
Sum 1.2979
Therefore:
1298 . 0
10
2979 . 1
MSFE = =
C.
From the text, we know that the MSFE can be decomposed by level of
aggregation as follows:
( ) ( ) ( )   ( ) ( )  
_ _
= =
+ + =
N
i
a
i
a
i
N
i
a a R R P P
N
R R P P
N
R P
1
2
1
2 2
1 1
MSFE
where the first term measures the forecast error due to all analysts misestimating
the average earnings in the economy, the second term measures the error due to
individual analysts misestimating the differential earnings for particular industries
from the average for the economy, and the third term measures the error due to
individual analysts misestimating the differential earnings for particular companies
within an industry from the average for that industry. So we have:
Error due forecasting sector of economy:
( ) ( ) 0306 . 0 048 . 0 223 . 0
2
2
= = R P
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Error due forecasting each industry:
( ) ( )  
( ) ( )  
( ) ( )  
( ) ( )  
( ) 0143 . 0 0271 . 0 0169 . 0 0989 . 0
10
1
048 . 0 1367 . 0 223 . 0 2167 . 0 3
048 . 0 0725 . 0 223 . 0 1825 . 0 4
048 . 0 0733 . 0 223 . 0 2833 . 0 3
10
1 1
2
2
2
1
2
= + + =




.

\

+
+
=
_
=
N
i
a a R R P P
N
Error due forecasting each firm:
( ) ( )   0849 . 0
1
1
2
=
_
=
N
i
a
i
a
i
R R P P
N
Notice that the sum of the three components equals 0.1298, which is the total
MSFE we calculated earlier.
To express each component as a percentage of the total MSFE, simply divide
each component by 0.1298 and multiply by 100:
Percent of forecast error due to forecasting sector of economy = 23.57%
Percent of forecast error due to forecasting each industry = 11.02%
Percent of forecast error due to forecasting each firm = 65.41%
D.
1. MSFE for each analyst:
( ) 3343 . 0 0029 . 1
3
1
3
1
MSFE(A)
3
1
2
= = =
_
= i
i i
R P
MSFE(B) = 0.0508
MSFE(C) = 0.0307
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2. MSFE decomposition for each analyst:
For analyst A,
Industry Error = ( )
2
A A R P = 0.1272
Company Error = ( ) ( )  
_
=
3
1
2
3
1
i
A
i
A
i
R R P P
= ( ) ( ( )  
_
=
3
1
2
0733 . 0 2833 . 0
3
1
i
i i
R P )
= 0.2071
% Industry Error = 100
3343 . 0
1272 . 0
= 38.05%
% Company Error = 100
3343 . 0
2071 . 0
= 61.95%
For analyst B,
Industry Error = ( )
2
0725 . 0 1825 . 0 = 0.0121
Company Error = ( ) (  
_
=
4
1
2
0725 . 0 1825 . 0
4
1
i
i i
R P )
= 0.0387
% Industry Error = 23.8%
% Company Error = 76.2%
For analyst C,
Industry Error = ( )
2
1367 . 0 2167 . 0 = 0.0064
Company Error = ( ) (  
_
=
3
1
2
1367 . 0 2167 . 0
3
1
i
i i
R P )
= 0.0243
% Industry Error = 20.8%
% Company Error = 79.2%
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E.
The calculations in this part use N, not N 1, in the denominator for variances.
Error Due To Bias = ( )
2
R P = = 0.0306 ( )
2
048 . 0 223 . 0
Error Due To Variance = = ( )
2
R P
o o ( )
2
1569 . 0 3144 . 0 = 0.0248
Error Due To Covariance = ( )
R P PR
o o 1 2 = ( ) 1569 . 0 3144 . 0 2461 . 0 1 2 = 0.0744
% Error Due To Bias = 100
1298 . 0
0306 . 0
= 23.57%
% Error Due To Variance = 100
1298 . 0
0248 . 0
= 19.11%
% Error Due To Covariance = 100
1298 . 0
0744 . 0
= 57.32%
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