QUESTIONS- please make sure each answer is a minimum of 180 words.
1.Critically evaluate the following statement: Playing the stock market is like gambling. Such speculative investing has no social value, other than the pleasure people get from this form of gambling.
2.What is the difference between arithmetic and geometric returns? Suppose you have invested in a stock for the last 10 years. Which number is more important to you, the arithmetic or geometric return
3.In broad terms, why is some risk diversifiable? Why are some risks nondiversifiable? Does it follow that an investor can control the level of unsystematic risk in a portfolio, but not the level of systematic risk?
4.True or false: The most important characteristic in determining the expected return of a well-diversified portfolio is the variances of the individual assets in the portfolio. Explain
5.How does the capital asset pricing model work and how is it used to measure risk?
6.What is the purpose of the Weighted Average Cost of Capital model? How does increasing debt financing or equity financing affect the results in this model?
7.What are some of the different asset classes that a company can invest in? Which ones have been some of the top performers this year? Which ones have been top performers over the last 3 years? 5 years? 10 years? Which asset classes are most volatile
8.Forward Contracts vs Future Contracts