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1 Exam 1 Sample Questions 1. Asset allocation refers to. A. the allocation of the investment portfolio across broad asset classes B. the analysis of the value of securities C. the choice of specific assets within each asset class D. none of these options 2. Security selection refers to the. A. allocation of the investment portfolio across broad asset classes B. analysis of the value of securities C. choice of specific securities within each asset class D. topdown method of investing 3. The value of a derivative security. A. depends on the value of another related security B. affects the value of a related security C. is unrelated to the value of a related security D. can be integrated only by calculus professors 4. portfolio management calls for holding diversified portfolios without spending effort or resources attempting to improve investment performance through security analysis. A. Active B. Momentum C. Passive D. Markettiming 5. Suppose an investor is considering one of two investments that are identical in all respects except for risk. If the investor anticipates a fair return for the risk of the security he invests in, he can expect to. A. earn no more than the Treasurybill rate on either security. B. pay less for the security that has higher risk. C. pay less for the security that has lower risk. D. earn more if interest rates are lower. 6. Accounting scandals can often be attributed to a particular concept in the study of finance known as the. A. agency problem B. riskreturn tradeoff C. allocation of risk D. securitization 7. You are thinking of investing in one of two assets. Asset A has higher systematic risk than asset B. You can be sure that asset A's return will be higher than asset B's, but you can't be sure if asset A's return will be higher than asset B's. A. realized; expected B. real; nominal C. expected; realized D. nominal; expected 8. The two most important factors in describing an individual's or organization's investment objectives are. A. income level and age B. income level and risk tolerance
2 C. age and risk tolerance D. return requirement and risk tolerance 9. In a defined contribution pension plan, the bears all of the fund's investment performance risk. A. employer B. employee C. fund manager D. government 10. My pension plan will pay me a yearly retirement amount equal to 2% of my highest annual salary for each year of service. I must have. A. a defined benefit plan B. a defined contribution plan C. an endowment fund D. a variable annuity 11. Suppose that the pretax holdingperiod returns on two stocks are the same. Stock A has a high dividend payout policy and stock B has a low dividend payout policy. If you are a hightax rate individual and do not intend to sell the stocks during the holding period,. A. stock A will have a higher aftertax holdingperiod return than stock B B. the aftertax holding period returns on stocks A and B will be the same C. stock B will have a higher aftertax holdingperiod return than stock A D. The answer cannot be determined from the information given. 12. The bid price of a Treasury bill is. A. the price at which the dealer in Treasury bills is willing to sell the bill B. the price at which the dealer in Treasury bills is willing to buy the bill C. greater than the ask price of the Treasury bill expressed in dollar terms D. the price at which the investor can buy the Treasury bill 13. Which one of the following is a true statement regarding the Dow Jones Industrial Average? A. It is a valueweighted average of 30 large industrial stocks. B. It is a priceweighted average of 30 large industrial stocks. C. It is a priceweighted average of 100 large stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange. D. It is a valueweighted average of all stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange. 14. If a Treasury note has a bid price of $ and the tick size is 1/32, the quoted bid price in the Wall Street Journal would be. A. 99:25 B. 99:63 C. 99:20 D. 99:08 Quoted price = 15. Three stocks have share prices of $12, $75, and $30 with total market values of $400 million, $350 million, and $150 million, respectively. If you were to construct a priceweighted index of the three stocks, what would be the index value? A. 300 B. 39 C. 43 D. 30 Index = ( )/3 = 39
3 16. In a index, changes in the value of the stock with the greatest market value will move the index value the most, everything else equal. A. valueweighted index B. equally weighted index C. priceweighted index D. bond price index 17. A benchmark index has three stocks priced at $23, $43, and $56. The number of outstanding shares for each is 350,000 shares, 405,000 shares, and 553,000 shares, respectively. If the market value weighted index was 970 yesterday and the prices changed to $23, $41, and $58, what is the new index value? A. 960 B. 970 C. 975 D Consider the following limit order book of a specialist. The last trade in the stock occurred at a price of $40. If a market buy order for 100 shares comes in, at what price will it be filled? A. $39.75 B. $40.25 C. $ D. $40.25 or less 19. often accompany short sales and are used to limit potential losses from the short position. A. Limit orders B. Restricted orders C. Limit loss orders D. Stopbuy orders 20. An investor puts up $5,000 but borrows an equal amount of money from his broker to double the amount invested to $10,000. The broker charges 7% on the loan. The stock was originally purchased at $25 per share, and in 1 year the investor sells the stock for $28. The investor's rate of return was. A. 17% B. 12% C. 14% D. 19% 21. Rank the following fund categories from most risky to least risky: I. Equity growth fund II. Balanced fund III. Sector fund IV. Money market fund
4 A. IV, I, III, II B. III, II, IV, I C. I, II, III, IV D. III, I, II, IV 22. An increase in the value of the yen against the U.S. dollar can cause the Japanese automaker Toyota to either on its U.S. sales. A. lose market share or reduce its profit margin B. gain market share or reduce its profit margin C. lose market share or increase its profit margin D. gain market share or increase its profit margin 23. Which one of the following stocks represents industries with belowaverage sensitivity to the state of the economy? A. Financials B. Technology C. Food and beverage D. Cyclicals 24. The yield curve spread between the 10year Tbond yield and the federal funds rate is a economic indicator. A. leading B. lagging C. coincident D. mixed 25. To obtain an approximate estimate of the real interest rate, one must the the nominal riskfree rate. A. add; default premium to B. subtract; default premium from C. add; expected inflation to D. subtract; expected inflation from 26. If you believe the economy is about to go into a recession, you might change your asset allocation by selling and buying. A. growth stocks; longterm bonds B. longterm bonds; growth stocks C. defensive stocks; growth stocks D. defensive stocks; longterm bonds 27. If you are holding a premium bond, you must expect a each year until maturity. (Assume that the yield to maturity remains stable over time.) A. capital gain B. capital loss C. either capital loss or capital gain D. neither capital loss, nor capital gain 28. Everything else equal, the the maturity of a bond and the the coupon, the greater the sensitivity of the bond's price to interest rate changes. A. longer; higher B. longer; lower C. shorter; higher D. shorter; lower
5 29. A callable bond pays annual interest of $60, has a par value of $1,000, matures in 20 years but is callable in 10 years at a price of $1,100, and has a value today of $ The yield to call on this bond is. A. 6% B. 6.58% C. 7.2% D. 8% 30. $1,000 par value zerocoupon bonds (ignore liquidity premiums): A. 6% B. 7.5 % C. 9.02% D % The expected 1year interest rate 1 year from now should be about = 1.06(1 + f2) = 1.06(1 + f2) 1 + f2 = /1.06 = f2 = 9.02% 31. A 6% coupon U.S. Treasury note pays interest on May 31 and November 30 and is traded for settlement on August 10. The accrued interest on the $100,000 face amount of this note is. A. $ B. $1, C. $2, D. $3,000 Accrued interest = 100,000(.06/2)(71/183) = On May 1, 2007, Joe Hill is considering one of the following newly issued 10year AAA corporate bonds. Suppose market interest rates decline by 100 basis points (i.e., 1%). The effect of this decline would be. A. The price of the Wildwood bond would decline by more than the price of the Asbury bond. B. The price of the Wildwood bond would decline by less than the price of the Asbury bond. C. The price of the Wildwood bond would increase by more than the price of the Asbury bond. D. The price of the Wildwood bond would increase by less than the price of the Asbury bond. 33. A corporate bond has a 10year maturity and pays interest semiannually. The quoted coupon rate is 6%, and the bond is priced at par. The bond is callable in 3 years at 110% of par. What is the bond's yield to call? A. 6.72% B. 9.17% C. 4.49% D. 8.98%
6 1,000 = r/2 = 4.489% r = YTC = 8.98% Calculator entries are N = 6, PV = 1,000, PMT = 30, FV = 1,100, CPT I/Y (semiannual) Annual YTC = = Generally speaking, the higher a firm's ROA, the the dividend payout ratio and the the firm's growth rate of earnings. A. higher; lower B. higher; higher C. lower; lower D. lower; higher 35. Assuming all other factors remain unchanged, would increase a firm's priceearnings ratio. A. an increase in the dividend payout ratio B. a reduction in investor risk aversion C. an expected increase in the level of inflation D. an increase in the yield on Treasury bills Mini Case A. Prepare the nominal pretax return objectives of an investment policy statement (IPS) for the Ingrams. Show your calculations. B. Characterize the Ingrams as belowaverage, average or aboveaverage in their ability to take risk. Justify your response with three reasons based on the Ingrams specific circumstances. C. Prepare the constraints section of an IPS for the Ingrams.
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