Investment Theory and Portfolio Development - Review Questions 1 - 6

  1. Market phenomena that would appear to contradict the efficient market hypothesis would include all of the following except:
    1. The fact that stock prices rebound in the first month of the new year.
    2. The fact that all information about a company available in the public domain would seem to preclude the opportunity to outperform the market.
    3. That firms generate higher returns, ceteris paribus, if they happen to have a lower price/earnings multiple.
    4. That a dearth of analyst coverage would tend to represent a opportunity for stock pickers to exploit a mispricing.
  2. One may define the efficient frontier as:
    1. The asset allocation with the lowest return for the level of risk assumed.
    2. That point on the risk/return continuum where one assumes the lowest level of risk for the amount of return generated.
    3. Where on the risk spectrum the allocation of assets would generate the greatest return for the level of risk assumed.
    4. Both b. & c.
  3. Behavioral finance:
    1. Further refines the notion of market efficiency.
    2. Posits that investors are given to traits such as overconfidence, a myopic view of the markets and a tendency to overreact to market events.
    3. Assumes risk and return are positively correlated.
    4. Could explain why seemingly different markets' and assets classes' correlations tend to approach 1 in times of uncertainty and turbulence.
    5. Both b & d
  4. The strong form of the Efficient Market Hypothesis indicates that stock prices fully reflect:
    1. All publicly available information.
    2. Public, market, insider and future information.
    3. Market only.
    4. Markets and fundamental company data.
  5. According to the Efficient Market Hypothesis:
    1. Portfolio managers' role decreases the likelihood that investors can add alpha.
    2. The pursuit of diversification is worthwhile.
    3. Active management adds little value overall.
    4. All of the foregoing.
  6. With respect to the security market line (SML) and the capital market line (CML):
    1. The security market line uses standard deviation as the risk measure while the capital market line uses beta as the risk measure.
    2. The capital market line provides a big picture view of risk and return, whereas the SML is used to price portfolios and individual securities.
    3. SML involves the risk premium concept, but CML does not.
    4. None of the foregoing.
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