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FIN - In Chapter 7, we saw stockbroker Don Krasa, CFA




Question;In Chapter 7, we saw stockbroker Don Krasa, CFA, preparing to answer a list of questions concerning stock valuation. These questions and answers were to serve as the outline for a presentation before a committee of officials from the Town of Webley. The committee needed advice on how best to follow instructions in the will of James Lawrence, who had left the town 2,000 shares of Google stock, currently valued at approximately $1,250,000. Lawrence's will instructed the town to sell the Google shares and set up a diversified stock portfolio that would fund annual grants for youth groups inthe town.During the course of Krasa's first presentation, Webley officials expressed a great deal of concern about the risks of the stock market, yet Lawrence's instructions were quite clear. The town was to invest the money in stocks, not bonds or certificates of deposit, and it could retain only limited amounts of cash for grant-making purposes. Kraska has set up a second meeting to discuss risk. He really wants this account, so he will try to strike the right tone and behave reassuringly but still be realistic. He has been in the business since 1985, so he knows very well that the market has its ups and downs.Assume once again that you are Kraska preparing to answer a set of return- and risk oriented questions that have surfaced as a result of the first presentation.1. How do we measure the returns on our portfolio?Kraska will answer this question by assuming that a $1,000,000 portfolio in a given yearearns $30,000 in dividends and either gains or loses $100,000 in market value. Show his computations. Be prepared to answer a follow-up question about the value of the portfolio after a 5% grant distribution. Kraska will also compute Lawrence's EAR on his investment in Google to illustrate a multiyear perspective. Lawrence purchased the Google stock for $200,000 and held it for three years before he died.2. How can we assess the risk of an individual stock?A. Kraska will first address this question by looking at recent returns on and on Coca-Cola. Compute the mean and standard deviation for each and explain their meaning. He has collected the return data:Year 2007- 134.77%, Coca-Cola: 33.35%Year 2006- -16.31%, Coca-Cola: 26.35%Year 2005- 6.46%, Coca-Cola: 2.24%Year 2004- -15.83%, Coca-Cola: 13.93%Year 2003- 178.56%, Coca-Cola: 21.94%B. Kraska will also suggest that it is good to assess risk by looking forward to how weexpect stocks to react to a particular set of circumstances or "states of nature." Use thefollowing set of assumptions for the coming year to compute the expected rate of returnand the standard deviation for, Coca-Cola, and a portfolio with equaldollar amounts invested in and Coca-Cola. See table below:State of Economy:RecessionAverageBoomProbability of State:30.00%50.00.00%Coca-Cola Conditional Conditional Return:-25.00%30.00%50.00%50/50 Portfolio Conditional Return:-10.00%21.00%32.50%3. What kinds of investments are safe and earn a high rate of return?4. Google seems to be a great company. Why did Lawrence require the town to sell theGoogle stocks and reinvest the money in a diversified portfolio?5. How many stocks should we have in our portfolio?6. How much risk will the portfolio carry?A. Kraska will answer this question by explaining the capital asset pricing model in themost straight-foward terms possible.B. He will illustrate how we use CAPM to compute the expected rate of return on astock. Use an expected market return of 12%, a risk-free rate of 5%, and the betas (3.02), Coca-Cola (0.62), and Merck Pharmaceuticals (1.11) to computethe expected rate of return on these stocks.C. He will illustrate the concept of portfolio beta using the same three stocks. Computethe beta for a portfolio composed of $20,000 invested in, $50,000 in CocaCola, and $35,000 in Merck Pharmaceuticals.


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