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Grand Canyon FIN 451 All Weeks Problem Set Solution

 

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Grand Canyon FIN451 week 1 Problem Set

 

Complete the following:

  1. Chapter 3: problem sets, numbers 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17
  2. Chapter 4: problem sets, numbers 11, 13, 15, 16, 22, 24, 27, and 28

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Grand Canyon FIN451 week 2 Problem SET

 

  1. Chapter 5: problem sets, numbers 5, 6, and 11, and CFA problems, numbers 1 and 10
  2. Chapter 6: problem sets, number 21, and CFA problems, number 2

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Answers should be submitted using an Excel spreadsheet in order to show all calculations, where applicable.

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Answers should be submitted using an Excel spreadsheet in order to show all calculations, where applicable.
5. Suppose your expectations regarding the stock market are as follows:
State of the Economy Probability HPR
Boom 0.3 44%
Normal growth 0.4 14
Recession 0.3 216
Use Equations 5.6–5.8 to compute the mean and standard deviation of the HPR on
stocks. (LO 5-4)
6. The stock of Business Adventures sells for $40 a share. Its likely dividend payout
and end-of-year price depend on the state of the economy by the end of the year as
follows: (LO 5-2)
Dividend Stock Price
Boom $2.00 $50
Normal economy 1.00 43
Recession .50 34
a. Calculate the expected holding-period return and standard deviation of the holdingperiod
return. All three scenarios are equally likely.
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  1. Calculate the expected return and standard deviation of a portfolio invested half in
    Business Adventures and half in Treasury bills. The return on bills is 4%.
    11. Consider a risky portfolio. The end-of-year cash flow derived from the portfolio will be
    either $50,000 or $150,000, with equal probabilities of .5. The alternative riskless
    investment in T-bills pays 5%. (LO 5-3)
    a. If you require a risk premium of 10%, how much will you be willing to pay for the
    portfolio?
    b. Suppose the portfolio can be purchased for the amount you found in ( a ). What will
    the expected rate of return on the portfolio be?
    c. Now suppose you require a risk premium of 15%. What is the price you will be willing
    to pay now?
    d. Comparing your answers to ( a ) and ( c ), what do you conclude about the relationship
    between the required risk premium on a portfolio and the price at which the portfolio
    will sell?
    1. A portfolio of nondividend-paying stocks earned a geometric mean return of 5%
    between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2011. The arithmetic mean return for
    the same period was 6%. If the market value of the portfolio at the beginning of
    2005 was $100,000, what was the market value of the portfolio at the end of
    2011?
    10. Probabilities for three states of the economy and probabilities for the returns on a
    particular stock in each state are shown in the table below.
    State of Economy
    Probability of
    Economic State
    Stock
    Performance
    Probability of Stock
    Performance in Given
    Economic State
    Good .3 Good .6
    Neutral .3
    Poor .1
    Neutral .5 Good .4
    Neutral .3
    Poor .3
    Poor .2 Good .2
    Neutral .3
    Poor .5
    What is the probability that the economy will be neutral and the stock will experience
    poor performance?
    Chapter 6
    21. The following figure shows plots of monthly rates of return and the stock market for
    two stocks. (LO 6-5)
    a. Which stock is riskier to an investor currently holding her portfolio in a diversified
    portfolio of common stock?
    b. Which stock is riskier to an undiversified investor who puts all of his funds in only
    one of these stocks?
    2. George Stephenson’s current portfolio of $2 million is invested as follows:
    Summary of Stephenson’s Current Portfolio
    Value
    Percent of
    Total
    Expected
    Annual
    Return
    Annual
    Standard
    Deviation
    Short-term bonds $ 200,000 10% 4.6% 1.6%
    Domestic large-cap equities 600,000 30 12.4 19.5
    Domestic small-cap equities 1,200,000 60 16.0 29.9
    Total portfolio $2,000,000 100% 13.8% 23.1%
    Stephenson soon expects to receive an additional $2 million and plans to invest the entire
    amount in an index fund that best complements the current portfolio. Stephanie Coppa,
    CFA, is evaluating the four index funds shown in the following table for their ability to
    produce a portfolio that will meet two criteria relative to the current portfolio: (1) maintain
    or enhance expected return and (2) maintain or reduce volatility
    Each fund is invested in an asset class that is not substantially represented in the
    current portfolio.
    Index Fund Characteristics
    Index Fund
    Expected Annual
    Return
    Expected Annual
    Standard Deviation
    Correlation of Returns
    with Current Portfolio
    Fund A 15% 25% 10.80
    Fund B 11 22 10.60
    Fund C 16 25 10.90
    Fund D 14 22 10.65
    State which fund Coppa should recommend to Stephenson. Justify your choice by
    describing how your chosen fund best meets both of Stephenson’s criteria. No calculations
    are required.

 

 

Grand Canyon FIN451 week 3 Problem SET

 

  1. Chapter 7: problem sets, numbers 8a, 8b, 24, and 28, and CFA problems, number 2>APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.
  2. Answers should be submitted using an Excel spreadsheet in order to show all calculations, where applicable.

Chapter 8: problem sets, number 18, and CFA problems, numbers 7, 8, and 10

  1. APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.
  2. A title page is expected.

Answers should be submitted using a Word document.

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APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

Answers should be submitted using an Excel spreadsheet in order to show all calculations, where applicable.
15. Treasury bonds paying an 8% coupon rate with semiannual payments currently sell at par
value. What coupon rate would they have to pay in order to sell at par if they paid their
coupons annually?
20. Fill in the table below for the following zero-coupon bonds, all of which have par values
of $1,000. (LO 10-2)
Price Maturity (years) Yield to Maturity
$400 20 ?
$500 20 ?
$500 10 ?
? 10 10%
? 10 8%
$400 ? 8%
37. The yield curve is upward-sloping. Can you conclude that investors expect short-term
interest rates to rise? Why or why not?
42. The following table contains spot rates and forward rates for three years. However, the
labels got mixed up. Can you identify which row of the interest rates represents spot
rates and which one the forward rates?
3. A convertible bond has the following features:
Coupon 5.25%
Maturity June 15, 2020
Market price of bond $77.50
Market price of underlying common stock $28.00
Annual dividend $1.20
Conversion ratio 20.83 shares
Calculate the conversion premium for this bond.
5. Bonds of Zello Corporation with a par value of $1,000 sell for $960, mature in five years,
and have a 7% annual coupon rate paid semiannually. (LO 10-6)
a. Calculate the:
(1) Current yield.
(2) Yield to maturity.
(3) Horizon yield (also called realized compound return) for an investor with a threeyear
holding period and a reinvestment rate of 6% over the period. At the end of
three years the 7% coupon bonds with two years remaining will sell to yield 7%.
b. Cite one major shortcoming for each of the following fixed-income yield measures:
(1) Current yield.
(2) Yield to maturity.
(3) Horizon yield (also called realized compound return).
CHAPTER 11
9. A nine-year bond has a yield of 10% and a duration of 7.194 years. If the bond’s yield
changes by 50 basis points, what is the percentage change in the bond’s price?
15. You will be paying $10,000 a year in tuition expenses at the end of the next two years.
Bonds currently yield 8%. (LO 11-2)
a. What is the present value and duration of your obligation?
b. What maturity zero-coupon bond would immunize your obligation?
c. Suppose you buy a zero-coupon bond with value and duration equal to your obligation.
Now suppose that rates immediately increase to 9%. What happens to your net
position, that is, to the difference between the value of the bond and that of your
tuition obligation? What if rates fall to 7%?
1. Rank the following bonds in order of descending duration. (LO 11-2)
Bond Coupon Time to Maturity Yield to Maturity
A 15% 20 years 10%
B 15 15 10
C 0 20 10
D 8 20 10
E 15 15 15
3. As part of your analysis of debt issued by Monticello Corporation, you are asked to evaluate
two specific bond issues, shown in the table below.MONTICELLO CORPORATION BOND INFORMATION
Bond A (callable) Bond B (noncallable)
Maturity 2019 2019
Coupon 11.50% 7.25%
Current price 125.75 100.00
Yield to maturity 7.70% 7.25%
Modified duration to maturity 6.20 6.80
Call date 2013 —
Call price 105 —
Yield to call 5.10% —
Modified duration to call 3.10 —
a. Using the duration and yield information in the table, compare the price and yield
behavior of the two bonds under each of the following two scenarios:
i. Strong economic recovery with rising inflation expectations.
ii. Economic recession with reduced inflation expectations.
b. Using the information in the table, calculate the projected price change for bond B if
the yield-to-maturity for this bond falls by 75 basis points.
c. Describe the shortcoming of analyzing bond A strictly to call or to maturity.
12. The following bond swaps could have been made in recent years as investors attempted
to increase the total return on their portfolio.From the information presented below, identify possible reason(s) that investors
may have made each swap. (LO 11-5)
Action Call Price YTM (%)
a. Sell Baa1 Electric Pwr. 1st mtg. 63 8% due 2017 108.24 95 7.71
Buy Baa1 Electric Pwr. 1st mtg. 23 8% due 2018 105.20 79 7.39
b. Sell Aaa Phone Co. notes 51 2% due 2018 101.50 90 7.02
Buy U.S. Treasury notes 61 2% due 2018 NC 97.15 6.78
c. Sell Aa1 Apex Bank zero coupon due 2020 NC 45 7.51
Buy Aa1 Apex Bank float rate notes due 2033 103.90 90 —
d. Sell A1 Commonwealth Oil & Gas 1st mtg. 6% due 2023 105.75 72 8.09
Buy U.S. Treasury bond 51 2% due 2029 NC 80.60 7.40
e. Sell A1 Z mart convertible deb. 3% due 2023 103.90 62 6.92
Buy A2 Lucky Ducks deb. 73 4% due 2029 109.86 75 10.43

 

 

Grand Canyon FIN451 week 4 Problem SET

 

  1. Chapter 10: problem sets, numbers 15, 20, 37, 42, and CFA problems numbers 3 and 5
  2. Chapter 11: problem sets, numbers 9 and 15, and CFA problems numbers 1, 3, and 12

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Grand Canyon FIN451 week 5 Problem SET

 

  1. Chapter 9: problem sets, numbers 11, 12, 18 and 20, and CFA problems, numbers 3 and 5
  2. Chapter 13: problem sets, numbers 10, 11, 16, 17, 19, and 20, and CFA problems, numbers 4 and 6

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Grand Canyon FIN451 week 6 Problem SET

 

 

  1. Chapter 15: problem sets, numbers 10, 13, and 24, and CFA problems, number 4
  2. Chapter 16: problem sets, numbers 10, 11, 12, and 28

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Answers should be submitted using an Excel spreadsheet in order to show all calculations, where applicable.

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Answers should be submitted using an Excel spreadsheet in order to show all calculations, where applicable.
CHAPTER 15
10. An investor purchases a stock for $38 and a put for $.50 with a strike price of $35. The
investor sells a call for $.50 with a strike price of $40. What is the maximum profit and
loss for this position? Draw the profit and loss diagram for this strategy as a function of
the stock price at expiration.
13. The common stock of the P.U.T.T. Corporation has been trading in a narrow price range
for the past month, and you are convinced it is going to break far out of that range in the
next three months. You do not know whether it will go up or down, however. The current
price of the stock is $100 per share, the price of a three-month call option with an
exercise price of $100 is $10, and a put with the same expiration date and exercise price
costs $7. (L O 15-2)
a. What would be a simple options strategy to exploit your conviction about the stock
price’s future movements?
b. How far would the price have to move in either direction for you to make a profit on
your initial investment?
24. A put option with strike price $60 trading on the Acme options exchange sells for $2. To
your amazement, a put on the firm with the same expiration selling on the Apex options
exchange but with strike price $62 also sells for $2. If you plan to hold the options position
until expiration, devise a zero-net-investment arbitrage strategy to exploit the pricing
anomaly. Draw the profit diagram at expiration for your position.
4. Suresh Singh, CFA, is analyzing a convertible bond. The characteristics of the bond and
the underlying common stock are given in the following exhibit:
Convertible Bond Characteristics
Par value $1,000
Annual coupon rate (annual pay) 6.5%
Conversion ratio 22
Market price 105% of par value
Straight value 99% of par value
Underlying Stock Characteristics
Current market price $40 per share
Annual cash dividend $1.20 per share
Compute the bond’s: (LO 15-3)
a. Conversion value.
b. Market conversion price.
CHAPTER 16
10. Which of the following best explains a delta-neutral portfolio? A delta-neutral portfolio
is perfectly hedged against: (LO 16-5)
a. Small price changes in the underlying asset.
b. Small price decreases in the underlying asset.
c. All price changes in the underlying asset.
11. After discussing the concept of a delta-neutral portfolio, Washington determines that he
needs to further explain the concept of delta. Washington draws the value of an option
as a function of the underlying stock price. Draw such a diagram, and indicate how delta
is interpreted. Delta is the: (LO 16-5)
a. Slope in the option price diagram.
b. Curvature of the option price graph.
c. Level in the option price diagram.
12. Washington considers a put option that has a delta of 2 .65. If the price of the underlying
asset decreases by $6, then what is the best estimate of the change in option
price?
28. According to the Black-Scholes formula, what will be the value of the hedge ratio of a
put option for a very small exercise price? (

 

 

Grand Canyon FIN451 week 7 Problem SET

 

  1. Chapter 18: problem sets, number 7, and CFA problems, numbers 2, 3, 4, and 6
  2. Chapter 19: problem sets, numbers 5 and 8, and CFA problems, numbers 2 and 3

APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

Answers should be submitted using an Excel spreadsheet in order to show all calculations, where applicable.

You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin.

 

APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

Answers should be submitted using an Excel spreadsheet in order to show all calculations, where applicable.
CHAPTER 18
7. Consider the following information regarding the performance of a money manager in a
recent month. The table presents the actual return of each sector of the manager’s portfolio
in column (1), the fraction of the portfolio allocated to each sector in column (2), the
benchmark or neutral sector allocations in column (3), and the returns of sector indexes in
column (4).
2. The chairman provides you with the following data, covering one year, concerning the
portfolios of two of the fund’s equity managers (manager A and manager B). Although
the portfolios consist primarily of common stocks, cash reserves are included in the calculation
of both portfolio betas and performance. By way of perspective, selected data for
the financial markets are included in the following table. (LO 18-1)
Total Return Beta
Manager A 24.0% 1.0
Manager B 30.0 1.5
S&P 500 21.0
Lehman Bond Index 31.0
91-day Treasury bills 12.0
a. Calculate and compare the alpha of the two managers relative to each other and to the
S&P 500.
b. Explain two reasons the conclusions drawn from this calculation may be misleading.
3. Carl Karl, a portfolio manager for the Alpine Trust Company, has been responsible since
2015 for the City of Alpine’s Employee Retirement Plan, a municipal pension fund.
Alpine is a growing community, and city services and employee payrolls have expanded in
each of the past 10 years. Contributions to the plan in fiscal 2020 exceeded benefit payments
by a three-to-one ratio.
Th e plan’s board of trustees directed Karl fi ve years ago to invest for total return over the
long term. However, as trustees of this highly visible public fund, they cautioned him that
volatile or erratic results could cause them embarrassment. Th ey also noted a state statute that
mandated that not more than 25% of the plan’s assets (at cost) be invested in common stocks.
At the annual meeting of the trustees in November 2020, Karl presented the following
portfolio and performance report to the board.ALPINE EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT PLAN
Asset Mix as of 9/30/20
At Cost
(millions)
At Market
(millions)
Fixed-income assets:
Short-term securities $ 4.5 11.0% $ 4.5 11.4%
Long-term bonds and mortgages 26.5 64.7 23.5 59.5
Common stocks 10.0 24.3 11.5 29.1
$41.0 100.0% $39.5 100.0%
INVESTMENT PERFORMANCE
Annual Rates of
Return for Periods
Ending 9/30/20
5 Years 1 Year
Total Alpine Fund:
Time-weighted 8.2% 5.2%
Dollar-weighted (Internal) 7.7% 4.8%
Assumed actuarial return 6.0% 6.0%
U.S. Treasury bills 7.5% 11.3%
Large sample of pension funds
(average 60% equities, 40% fixed income) 10.1% 14.3%
Common stocks—Alpine Fund 13.3% 14.3%
Average portfolio beta coefficient 0.90 0.89
Standard & Poor’s 500 Stock Index 13.8% 21.1%
Fixed-income securities—Alpine Fund 6.7% 1.0%
Salomon Brothers’ Bond Index 4.0% 211.4%
Karl was proud of his performance and was chagrined when a trustee made the following
critical observations:
a. “Our one-year results were terrible, and it’s what you’ve done for us lately that
counts most.”
b. “Our total fund performance was clearly inferior compared to the large sample of other
pension funds for the last five years. What else could this reflect except poor management
judgment?”
c. “Our common stock performance was especially poor for the five-year period.”
d. “Why bother to compare your returns to the return from Treasury bills and the actuarial
assumption rate? What your competition could have earned for us or how we would
have fared if invested in a passive index (which doesn’t charge a fee) are the only relevant
measures of performance.”
e. “Who cares about time-weighted return? If it can’t pay pensions, what good is it!”
Appraise the merits of each of these statements and give counterarguments that Karl
can use. (LO 18-2)
4. A portfolio manager summarizes the input from the macro and micro forecasts in the following
table: MICRO FORECASTS
Asset Expected Return (%) Beta
Residual Standard
Deviation (%)
Stock A 20 1.3 58
Stock B 18 1.8 71
Stock C 17 0.7 60
Stock D 12 1.0 55
MACRO FORECASTS
Asset Expected Return (%) Standard Deviation (%)
T-bills 8 0
Passive equity portfolio 16 23
a. Calculate expected excess returns, alpha values, and residual variances for these stocks.
b. Construct the optimal risky portfolio.
c. What is Sharpe’s measure for the optimal portfolio and how much of it is contributed
by the active portfolio? What is the M 2 ?
CHAPTER 19
5. Suppose a U.S. investor wishes to invest in a British firm currently selling for £40 per share.
The investor has $10,000 to invest, and the current exchange rate is $2/£. (LO 19-2)
a. How many shares can the investor purchase?
b. Fill in the table below for rates of return after one year in each of the nine scenarios
(three possible prices per share in pounds times three possible exchange rates).
Price per
Share (£)
Pound-Denominated
Return (%)
Dollar-Denominated Return for
Year-End Exchange Rate
$1.80/£ $2/£ $2.20/£
£35
£40
£45
c. When is the dollar-denominated return equal to the pound-denominated return?
8. Calculate the contribution to total performance from currency, country, and stock selection
for the manager in the following table. All exchange rates are expressed as units of
foreign currency that can be purchased with one U.S. dollar. (LO 19-4)
EAFE
Weight
Return on
Equity Index E1/ E0
Manager’s
Weight
Manager’s
Return
Europe .30 20% 0.9 .35 18%
Australia .10 15 1.0 .15 20
Far East .60 25 1.1 .50 20
2. John Irish, CFA, is an independent investment adviser who is assisting Alfred Darwin, the
head of the Investment Committee of General Technology Corporation, to establish a new pension fund. Darwin asks Irish about international equities and whether the Investment
Committee should consider them as an additional asset for the pension fund. (LO 19-3)
a. Explain the rationale for including international equities in General’s equity portfolio.
Identify and describe three relevant considerations in formulating your answer.
b. List three possible arguments against international equity investment, and briefly discuss
the significance of each.
c. To illustrate several aspects of the performance of international securities over time, Irish
shows Darwin the accompanying graph of investment results experienced by a U.S. pension
fund in the recent past. Compare the performance of the U.S.-dollar and non-U.S.-dollar
equity and fixed-income asset categories, and explain the significance of the result of the
account performance index relative to the results of the four individual asset class indexes.
performance index relative to the results of the four individual asset class indexes.
10 20 30 40
6
5
4
3
2
1
0
Annualized historical performance data
(percent)
Variability
(standard
deviation)
Real returns (%)
U.S.-$ bonds
Non-U.S.-$ bonds
EAFE index
Account performance index
S&P index
3. You are a U.S. investor considering purchase of one of the following securities. Assume
that the currency risk of the Canadian government bond will be hedged, and the sixmonth
discount on Canadian-dollar forward contracts is 2 .75% versus the U.S. dollar.
Bond Maturity Coupon Price
U.S. government 6 months 6.50% 100.00
Canadian government 6 months 7.50% 100.00
Calculate the expected price change required in the Canadian government bond that would
result in the two bonds having equal total returns in U.S. dollars over a six-month horizon.
Assume that the yield on the U.S. bond is expected to remain unchanged.

 

 

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