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Multiple Choice Test Bank: Questions

1. Which of the following is true of the 99.9% value at risk?

A. There is 1 chance in 10 that the loss will be greater than the value of

risk

B. There is 1 chance in 100 that the loss will be greater than the value of

risk

C. There is 1 chance in 1000 that the loss will be greater than the value of

risk

D. None of the above

2. The gain from a project is equally likely to have any value between -$0.15

million and +$0.85 million. What is the 99% value at risk?

A. $0.145 million

B. $0.14 million

C. $0.13 million

D. $0.10 million

3. The gain from a project is equally likely to have any value between $0.15

million and +$0.85 million. What is the 99% expected shortfall?

A. $0.145 million

B. $0.14 million

C. $0.13 million

D. $0.10 million

4. Which of the following is true of the historical simulation method for

calculating VaR?

A. It fits historical data on the behavior of variables to a normal

distribution

B. It fits historical data on the behavior of variables to a lognormal

distribution

C. It assumes that what will happen in the future is a random sample from

what has happened in the past

D. It uses Monte Carlo simulation to create random future scenarios

5. The 10-day VaR is often assumed to be which of the following

A. The 1-day VaR multiplied by 10

B. The 1-day VaR multiplied by the square root of10

C. The 1-day VaR divided by 10

D. The 1-day VaR divided by the square root of 10

6. Which was the minimum capital requirement for market risk in the 1996 BIS

Amendment?

A. At least 3 times the 10-day VaR with a 99% confidence level

B. At least 3 times 7-day VaR with a 97% confidence level

C. At least 2 times 5-day VaR with a 95% confidence level

D. 1-day VaR with a 99% confidence level

7. An investor has $2,000 invested in stock A and $5,000 in stock B. The daily

volatilities of A and B are 1.5% and 1% respectively and the coefficient of

correlation is 0.8. What is the one day 99% VaR? Assume that returns are

multivariate normal (Note that N(-2.326)=0.01)

A. $177

B. $135

C. $215

D. $331

8. What is the method of testing how often a VaR with a certain confidence level

was exceeded in the past called?

A. Stress testing

B. Back testing

C. EWMA

D. The model-building approach

9. Which of the following is true when delta, but not gamma, is used in

calculating VaR for option positions?

A. VaR for a long call is too low and VaR for a long put is too low

B. VaR for a long call is too low and VaR for a long put is too high

C. VaR for a long call is too high and VaR for a long put is too low

D. VaR for a long call is too high and VaR for a long put is too high

10.Which of the following is true?

A. The quadratic model approximates daily changes in using delta and

gamma

B. The quadratic model approximates daily changes using delta, but not

gamma

C. The quadratic model approximates daily changes using gamma, but

not delta

D. None of the above

11.Which of the following is true?

A. Cash flow mapping is a way of calculating the present value of cash

flows

B. Cash flow mapping is used to handle interest rate exposures in the

model building approach

C. Cash flow mapping is used to handle interest rate exposures in the

historical simulation approach

D. None of the above

12.Which of the following describes stressed VaR?

A. It is based on movements in market variables in stressed market

conditions

B. It is VaR with a very high confidence level

C. It is VaR multiplied by a factor of 3

13.A German bank has exposure to the S&P500. Which of the following is true

A. The S&P 500 index should be always be measured in U.S. dollars when

VaR is calculated

B. The S&P 500 index should be always be measured in euros when VaR

is calculated

C. Either A or B can be done

D. The S&P 500 index should be measured in euros only if the bank has

not got a U.S. subsidiary.

14.Which of the following is true of a covariance matrix?

A. The numbers on the diagonal are variances

B. The numbers on the diagonal are standard deviations

C. The numbers on the diagonal are all one.

D. The numbers on the diagonal are all zero

15.Consider a position in options on a particular stock. The position has a delta

of 12 and the stock price is 10. Which of the following is the approximate

relation between the change in the portfolio value in one day, dP, and the

return on the stock during the day, dx

A. dP=12dx

B. dP=1.2dx

C. dP=120dx

D. dP=22dx

16.A position in options on a particular stock has a delta of zero and a gamma of

4. The stock price is 10. Which of the following is the approximate relation

between the change in the portfolio value in one day, dP, and the return on

the stock, dx

A. dP = 4 times the square of dx

B. dP = 2 times the square of dx

C. dP = 20 times the square of dx

D. dP = 200 times the square of dx

17.In a principal components analysis which of the following is the quantity of a

particular factor in an observation

A. Factor loading

B. Factor score

C. Factor size

D. Factor rating

Answer: B

18.In the

to

A.

B.

C.

D.

A parallel shift

A slope change

A bowing

An increase in short rates

19.In the case of interest rate movements the second most important factor

corresponds to

A. A parallel shift

B. A slope change

C. A bowing

D. An increase in short rates

20.Which of the following is true

A. Expected shortfall is always less than VaR

B. Expected shortfall is always greater than VaR

C. Expected shortfall is sometimes greater than VaR and sometimes less

than VaR

D. Expected shortfall is a measure of liquidity risk wheras VaR is a

measure of market risk

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