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Chapter 10 - Arbitrage Pricing Theory and Multifactor Models of Risk and Return

Chapter 10
Arbitrage Pricing Theory and Multifactor Models of Risk and Return

Multiple Choice Questions

1. ___________ a relationship between expected return and risk.


A. APT stipulates
B. CAPM stipulates
C. Both CAPM and APT stipulate
D. Neither CAPM nor APT stipulate
E. No pricing model has found

2. Consider the multifactor APT with two factors. Stock A has an expected return of 17.6%, a
beta of 1.45 on factor 1 and a beta of .86 on factor 2. The risk premium on the factor 1
portfolio is 3.2%. The risk-free rate of return is 5%. What is the risk-premium on factor 2 if
no arbitrage opportunities exit?
A. 9.26%
B. 3%
C. 4%
D. 7.75%
E. 9.75%

3. In a multi-factor APT model, the coefficients on the macro factors are often called ______.
A. systemic risk
B. factor sensitivities
C. idiosyncratic risk
D. factor betas
E. both factor sensitivities and factor betas

4. In a multi-factor APT model, the coefficients on the macro factors are often called ______.
A. systemic risk
B. firm-specific risk
C. idiosyncratic risk
D. factor betas
E. unique risk

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5. In a multi-factor APT model, the coefficients on the macro factors are often called ______.
A. systemic risk
B. firm-specific risk
C. idiosyncratic risk
D. factor loadings
E. unique risk

6. Which pricing model provides no guidance concerning the determination of the risk
premium on factor portfolios?
A. The CAPM
B. The multifactor APT
C. Both the CAPM and the multifactor APT
D. Neither the CAPM nor the multifactor APT
E. No pricing model currently exists that provides guidance concerning the determination of
the risk premium on any portfolio

7. An arbitrage opportunity exists if an investor can construct a __________ investment


portfolio that will yield a sure profit.
A. small positive
B. small negative
C. zero
D. large positive
E. large negative

8. The APT was developed in 1976 by ____________.


A. Lintner
B. Modigliani and Miller
C. Ross
D. Sharpe
E. Fama

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9. A _________ portfolio is a well-diversified portfolio constructed to have a beta of 1 on one


of the factors and a beta of 0 on any other factor.
A. factor
B. market
C. index
D. factor and market
E. factor, market, and index

10. The exploitation of security mispricing in such a way that risk-free economic profits may
be earned is called ___________.
A. arbitrage
B. capital asset pricing
C. factoring
D. fundamental analysis
E. technical analysis

11. In developing the APT, Ross assumed that uncertainty in asset returns was a result of
A. a common macroeconomic factor.
B. firm-specific factors.
C. pricing error.
D. neither common macroeconomic factors nor firm-specific factors.
E. both common macroeconomic factors and firm-specific factors.

12. The ____________ provides an unequivocal statement on the expected return-beta


relationship for all assets, whereas the _____________ implies that this relationship holds for
all but perhaps a small number of securities.
A. APT; CAPM
B. APT; OPM
C. CAPM; APT
D. CAPM; OPM
E. APT and OPM; CAPM

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13. Consider a single factor APT. Portfolio A has a beta of 1.0 and an expected return of 16%.
Portfolio B has a beta of 0.8 and an expected return of 12%. The risk-free rate of return is 6%.
If you wanted to take advantage of an arbitrage opportunity, you should take a short position
in portfolio __________ and a long position in portfolio _______.
A. A; A
B. A; B
C. B; A
D. B; B
E. A; the riskless asset

14. Consider the single factor APT. Portfolio A has a beta of 0.2 and an expected return of
13%. Portfolio B has a beta of 0.4 and an expected return of 15%. The risk-free rate of return
is 10%. If you wanted to take advantage of an arbitrage opportunity, you should take a short
position in portfolio _________ and a long position in portfolio _________.
A. A; A
B. A; B
C. B; A
D. B; B
E. No arbitrage opportunity exists.

15. Consider the one-factor APT. The variance of returns on the factor portfolio is 6%. The
beta of a well-diversified portfolio on the factor is 1.1. The variance of returns on the well-
diversified portfolio is approximately __________.
A. 3.6%
B. 6.0%
C. 7.3%
D. 10.1%
E. 8.6%

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16. Consider the one-factor APT. The standard deviation of returns on a well-diversified
portfolio is 18%. The standard deviation on the factor portfolio is 16%. The beta of the well-
diversified portfolio is approximately __________.
A. 0.80
B. 1.13
C. 1.25
D. 1.56
E. 0.93

17. Consider the single-factor APT. Stocks A and B have expected returns of 15% and 18%,
respectively. The risk-free rate of return is 6%. Stock B has a beta of 1.0. If arbitrage
opportunities are ruled out, stock A has a beta of __________.
A. 0.67
B. 1.00
C. 1.30
D. 1.69
E. 0.75

18. Consider the multifactor APT with two factors. Stock A has an expected return of 16.4%,
a beta of 1.4 on factor 1 and a beta of .8 on factor 2. The risk premium on the factor 1
portfolio is 3%. The risk-free rate of return is 6%. What is the risk-premium on factor 2 if no
arbitrage opportunities exit?
A. 2%
B. 3%
C. 4%
D. 7.75%
E. 6.89%

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19. Consider the multifactor model APT with two factors. Portfolio A has a beta of 0.75 on
factor 1 and a beta of 1.25 on factor 2. The risk premiums on the factor 1 and factor 2
portfolios are 1% and 7%, respectively. The risk-free rate of return is 7%. The expected return
on portfolio A is __________ if no arbitrage opportunities exist.
A. 13.5%
B. 15.0%
C. 16.5%
D. 23.0%
E. 18.7%

20. Consider the multifactor APT with two factors. The risk premiums on the factor 1 and
factor 2 portfolios are 5% and 6%, respectively. Stock A has a beta of 1.2 on factor 1, and a
beta of 0.7 on factor 2. The expected return on stock A is 17%. If no arbitrage opportunities
exist, the risk-free rate of return is ___________.
A. 6.0%
B. 6.5%
C. 6.8%
D. 7.4%
E. 7.7%

21. Consider a one-factor economy. Portfolio A has a beta of 1.0 on the factor and portfolio B
has a beta of 2.0 on the factor. The expected returns on portfolios A and B are 11% and 17%,
respectively. Assume that the risk-free rate is 6% and that arbitrage opportunities exist.
Suppose you invested $100,000 in the risk-free asset, $100,000 in portfolio B, and sold short
$200,000 of portfolio A. Your expected profit from this strategy would be ______________.
A. $1,000
B. $0
C. $1,000
D. $2,000
E. $1,600

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22. Consider the one-factor APT. Assume that two portfolios, A and B, are well diversified.
The betas of portfolios A and B are 1.0 and 1.5, respectively. The expected returns on
portfolios A and B are 19% and 24%, respectively. Assuming no arbitrage opportunities exist,
the risk-free rate of return must be ____________.
A. 4.0%
B. 9.0%
C. 14.0%
D. 16.5%
E. 8.2%

23. Consider the multifactor APT. The risk premiums on the factor 1 and factor 2 portfolios
are 5% and 3%, respectively. The risk-free rate of return is 10%. Stock A has an expected
return of 19% and a beta on factor 1 of 0.8. Stock A has a beta on factor 2 of ________.
A. 1.33
B. 1.50
C. 1.67
D. 2.00
E. 1.73

24. Consider the single factor APT. Portfolios A and B have expected returns of 14% and
18%, respectively. The risk-free rate of return is 7%. Portfolio A has a beta of 0.7. If arbitrage
opportunities are ruled out, portfolio B must have a beta of __________.
A. 0.45
B. 1.00
C. 1.10
D. 1.22
E. 1.33

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There are three stocks, A, B, and C. You can either invest in these stocks or short sell them.
There are three possible states of nature for economic growth in the upcoming year; economic
growth may be strong, moderate, or weak. The returns for the upcoming year on stocks A, B,
and C for each of these states of nature are given below:

25. If you invested in an equally weighted portfolio of stocks A and B, your portfolio return
would be ___________ if economic growth were moderate.
A. 3.0%
B. 14.5%
C. 15.5%
D. 16.0%
E. 17.0%

26. If you invested in an equally weighted portfolio of stocks A and C, your portfolio return
would be ____________ if economic growth was strong.
A. 17.0%
B. 22.5%
C. 30.0%
D. 30.5%
E. 25.6%

27. If you invested in an equally weighted portfolio of stocks B and C, your portfolio return
would be _____________ if economic growth was weak.
A. 2.5%
B. 0.5%
C. 3.0%
D. 11.0%
E. 9.0%

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28. If you wanted to take advantage of a risk-free arbitrage opportunity, you should take a
short position in _________ and a long position in an equally weighted portfolio of _______.
A. A; B and C
B. B; A and C
C. C; A and B
D. A and B; C
E. No arbitrage opportunity exists.

Consider the multifactor APT. There are two independent economic factors, F1and F2. The
risk-free rate of return is 6%. The following information is available about two well-
diversified portfolios:

29. Assuming no arbitrage opportunities exist, the risk premium on the factor F1portfolio
should be __________.
A. 3%
B. 4%
C. 5%
D. 6%
E. 2%

30. Assuming no arbitrage opportunities exist, the risk premium on the factor F2 portfolio
should be ___________.
A. 3%
B. 4%
C. 5%
D. 6%
E. 2%

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31. A zero-investment portfolio with a positive expected return arises when _________.
A. an investor has downside risk only
B. the law of prices is not violated
C. the opportunity set is not tangent to the capital allocation line
D. a risk-free arbitrage opportunity exists
E. a risk-free arbitrage opportunity does not exist

32. An investor will take as large a position as possible when an equilibrium price relationship
is violated. This is an example of _________.
A. a dominance argument
B. the mean-variance efficiency frontier
C. a risk-free arbitrage
D. the capital asset pricing model
E. the SML

33. The APT differs from the CAPM because the APT _________.
A. places more emphasis on market risk
B. minimizes the importance of diversification
C. recognizes multiple unsystematic risk factors
D. recognizes multiple systematic risk factors
E. places more emphasis on systematic risk

34. The feature of the APT that offers the greatest potential advantage over the CAPM is the
______________.
A. use of several factors instead of a single market index to explain the risk-return
relationship
B. identification of anticipated changes in production, inflation, and term structure as key
factors in explaining the risk-return relationship
C. superior measurement of the risk-free rate of return over historical time periods
D. variability of coefficients of sensitivity to the APT factors for a given asset over time
E. superior measurement of the risk-free rate of return over historical time periods and
variability of coefficients of sensitivity to the APT factors for a given asset over time

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35. In terms of the risk/return relationship in the APT


A. only factor risk commands a risk premium in market equilibrium.
B. only systematic risk is related to expected returns.
C. only nonsystematic risk is related to expected returns.
D. only factor risk commands a risk premium in market equilibrium and only systematic risk
is related to expected returns.
E. only factor risk commands a risk premium in market equilibrium and only nonsystematic
risk is related to expected returns.

36. The following factors might affect stock returns:


A. the business cycle.
B. interest rate fluctuations.
C. inflation rates.
D. the business cycle, interest rate fluctuations, and inflation rates.
E. the relationship between past FRED spreads.

37. Advantage(s) of the APT is(are)


A. that the model provides specific guidance concerning the determination of the risk
premiums on the factor portfolios.
B. that the model does not require a specific benchmark market portfolio.
C. that risk need not be considered.
D. that the model provides specific guidance concerning the determination of the risk
premiums on the factor portfolios and that the model does not require a specific benchmark
market portfolio.
E. that the model does not require a specific benchmark market portfolio and that risk need
not be considered.

38. Portfolio A has expected return of 10% and standard deviation of 19%. Portfolio B has
expected return of 12% and standard deviation of 17%. Rational investors will
A. borrow at the risk free rate and buy A.
B. sell A short and buy B.
C. sell B short and buy A.
D. borrow at the risk free rate and buy B.
E. lend at the risk free rate and buy B.

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39. An important difference between CAPM and APT is


A. CAPM depends on risk-return dominance; APT depends on a no arbitrage condition.
B. CAPM assumes many small changes are required to bring the market back to equilibrium;
APT assumes a few large changes are required to bring the market back to equilibrium.
C. implications for prices derived from CAPM arguments are stronger than prices derived
from APT arguments.
D. CAPM depends on risk-return dominance; APT depends on a no arbitrage condition,
CAPM assumes many small changes are required to bring the market back to equilibrium;
APT assumes a few large changes are required to bring the market back to equilibrium,
implications for prices derived from CAPM arguments are stronger than prices derived from
APT arguments.
E. CAPM depends on risk-return dominance; APT depends on a no arbitrage condition and
assumes many small changes are required to bring the market back to equilibrium.

40. A professional who searches for mispriced securities in specific areas such as merger-
target stocks, rather than one who seeks strict (risk-free) arbitrage opportunities is engaged in
A. pure arbitrage.
B. risk arbitrage.
C. option arbitrage.
D. equilibrium arbitrage.
E. covered interest arbitrage.

41. In the context of the Arbitrage Pricing Theory, as a well-diversified portfolio becomes
larger its nonsystematic risk approaches
A. one.
B. infinity.
C. zero.
D. negative one.
E. None of these is correct.

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42. A well-diversified portfolio is defined as


A. one that is diversified over a large enough number of securities that the nonsystematic
variance is essentially zero.
B. one that contains securities from at least three different industry sectors.
C. a portfolio whose factor beta equals 1.0.
D. a portfolio that is equally weighted.
E. a portfolio that is equally weighted and contains securities from at least three different
industry sectors.

43. The APT requires a benchmark portfolio


A. that is equal to the true market portfolio.
B. that contains all securities in proportion to their market values.
C. that need not be well-diversified.
D. that is well-diversified and lies on the SML.
E. that is unobservable.

44. Imposing the no-arbitrage condition on a single-factor security market implies which of
the following statements?
I) the expected return-beta relationship is maintained for all but a small number of well-
diversified portfolios.
II) the expected return-beta relationship is maintained for all well-diversified portfolios.
III) the expected return-beta relationship is maintained for all but a small number of
individual securities.
IV) the expected return-beta relationship is maintained for all individual securities.
A. I and III are correct.
B. I and IV are correct.
C. II and III are correct.
D. II and IV are correct.
E. Only I is correct.

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45. Consider a well-diversified portfolio, A, in a two-factor economy. The risk-free rate is 6%,
the risk premium on the first factor portfolio is 4% and the risk premium on the second factor
portfolio is 3%. If portfolio A has a beta of 1.2 on the first factor and .8 on the second factor,
what is its expected return?
A. 7.0%
B. 8.0%
C. 9.2%
D. 13.0%
E. 13.2%

46. The term "arbitrage" refers to


A. buying low and selling high.
B. short selling high and buying low.
C. earning risk-free economic profits.
D. negotiating for favorable brokerage fees.
E. hedging your portfolio through the use of options.

47. To take advantage of an arbitrage opportunity, an investor would


I) construct a zero investment portfolio that will yield a sure profit.
II) construct a zero beta investment portfolio that will yield a sure profit.
III) make simultaneous trades in two markets without any net investment.
IV) short sell the asset in the low-priced market and buy it in the high-priced market.
A. I and IV
B. I and III
C. II and III
D. I, III, and IV
E. II, III, and IV

48. The factor F in the APT model represents


A. firm-specific risk.
B. the sensitivity of the firm to that factor.
C. a factor that affects all security returns.
D. the deviation from its expected value of a factor that affects all security returns.
E. a random amount of return attributable to firm events.

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49. In the APT model, what is the nonsystematic standard deviation of an equally-weighted
portfolio that has an average value of (ei) equal to 25% and 50 securities?
A. 12.5%
B. 625%
C. 0.5%
D. 3.54%
E. 14.59%

50. In the APT model, what is the nonsystematic standard deviation of an equally-weighted
portfolio that has an average value of (ei) equal to 20% and 20 securities?
A. 12.5%
B. 625%
C. 4.47%
D. 3.54%
E. 14.59%

51. In the APT model, what is the nonsystematic standard deviation of an equally-weighted
portfolio that has an average value of (ei) equal to 20% and 40 securities?
A. 12.5%
B. 625%
C. 0.5%
D. 3.54%
E. 3.16%

52. In the APT model, what is the nonsystematic standard deviation of an equally-weighted
portfolio that has an average value of (ei) equal to 18% and 250 securities?
A. 1.14%
B. 625%
C. 0.5%
D. 3.54%
E. 3.16%

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53. Which of the following is true about the security market line (SML) derived from the
APT?
A. The SML has a downward slope.
B. The SML for the APT shows expected return in relation to portfolio standard deviation.
C. The SML for the APT has an intercept equal to the expected return on the market portfolio.
D. The benchmark portfolio for the SML may be any well-diversified portfolio.
E. The SML is not relevant for the APT.

54. Which of the following is false about the security market line (SML) derived from the
APT?
A. The SML has a downward slope.
B. The SML for the APT shows expected return in relation to portfolio standard deviation.
C. The SML for the APT has an intercept equal to the expected return on the market portfolio.
D. The benchmark portfolio for the SML may be any well-diversified portfolio.
E. The SML has a downward slope, the SML for the APT shows expected return in relation to
portfolio standard deviation, and the SML for the APT has an intercept equal to the expected
return on the market portfolio are all false.

55. If arbitrage opportunities are to be ruled out, each well-diversified portfolio's expected
excess return must be
A. inversely proportional to the risk-free rate.
B. inversely proportional to its standard deviation.
C. proportional to its weight in the market portfolio.
D. proportional to its standard deviation.
E. proportional to its beta coefficient.

56. Suppose you are working with two factor portfolios, Portfolio 1 and Portfolio 2. The
portfolios have expected returns of 15% and 6%, respectively. Based on this information,
what would be the expected return on well-diversified portfolio A, if A has a beta of 0.80 on
the first factor and 0.50 on the second factor? The risk-free rate is 3%.
A. 15.2%
B. 14.1%
C. 13.3%
D. 10.7%
E. 8.4%

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57. Which of the following is (are) true regarding the APT?


I) The Security Market Line does not apply to the APT.
II) More than one factor can be important in determining returns.
III) Almost all individual securities satisfy the APT relationship.
IV) It doesn't rely on the market portfolio that contains all assets.
A. II, III, and IV
B. II and IV
C. II and III
D. I, II, and IV
E. I, II, III, and IV

58. In a factor model, the return on a stock in a particular period will be related to
A. factor risk.
B. non-factor risk.
C. standard deviation of returns.
D. both factor risk and non-factor risk.
E. There is no relationship between factor risk, risk premiums, and returns.

59. Which of the following factors did Chen, Roll and Ross not include in their multifactor
model?
A. Change in industrial production
B. Change in expected inflation
C. Change in unanticipated inflation
D. Excess return of long-term government bonds over T-bills
E. Neither the change in industrial production, change in expected inflation, change in
unanticipated inflation, nor excess return of long-term government bonds over T-bills were
included in their model.

60. Which of the following factors did Chen, Roll and Ross include in their multifactor
model?
A. Change in industrial waste
B. Change in expected inflation
C. Change in unanticipated inflation
D. Change in expected inflation and Change in unanticipated inflation
E. All of these factors were included in their model

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61. Which of the following factors were used by Fama and French in their multi-factor
model?
A. Return on the market index.
B. Excess return of small stocks over large stocks.
C. Excess return of high book-to-market stocks over low book-to-market stocks.
D. All of these factors were included in their model.
E. None of these factors were included in their model.

62. Consider the single-factor APT. Stocks A and B have expected returns of 12% and 14%,
respectively. The risk-free rate of return is 5%. Stock B has a beta of 1.2. If arbitrage
opportunities are ruled out, stock A has a beta of __________.
A. 0.67
B. 0.93
C. 1.30
D. 1.69
E. 1.27

63. Consider the one-factor APT. The standard deviation of returns on a well-diversified
portfolio is 19%. The standard deviation on the factor portfolio is 12%. The beta of the well-
diversified portfolio is approximately __________.
A. 1.58
B. 1.13
C. 1.25
D. 0.76
E. 1.42

64. Black argues that past risk premiums on firm-characteristic variables, such as those
described by Fama and French, are problematic because ________.
A. they may result from data snooping
B. they are sources of systematic risk
C. they can be explained by security characteristic lines
D. they are more appropriate for a single-factor model
E. they are macroeconomic factors

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65. Multifactor models seek to improve the performance of the single-index model by
A. modeling the systematic component of firm returns in greater detail.
B. incorporating firm-specific components into the pricing model.
C. allowing for multiple economic factors to have differential effects.
D. modeling the systematic component of firm returns in greater detail, incorporating firm-
specific components into the pricing model, and allowing for multiple economic factors to
have differential effects.
E. none of these statements are true.

66. Multifactor models such as the one constructed by Chen, Roll, and Ross, can better
describe assets' returns by
A. expanding beyond one factor to represent sources of systematic risk.
B. using variables that are easier to forecast ex ante.
C. calculating beta coefficients by an alternative method.
D. using only stocks with relatively stable returns.
E. ignoring firm-specific risk.

67. Consider the multifactor model APT with three factors. Portfolio A has a beta of 0.8 on
factor 1, a beta of 1.1 on factor 2, and a beta of 1.25 on factor 3. The risk premiums on the
factor 1, factor 2, and factor 3 are 3%, 5% and 2%, respectively. The risk-free rate of return is
3%. The expected return on portfolio A is __________ if no arbitrage opportunities exist.
A. 13.5%
B. 13.4%
C. 16.5%
D. 23.0%
E. 11.6%

68. Consider the multifactor APT. The risk premiums on the factor 1 and factor 2 portfolios
are 6% and 4%, respectively. The risk-free rate of return is 4%. Stock A has an expected
return of 16% and a beta on factor 1 of 1.3. Stock A has a beta on factor 2 of ________.
A. 1.33
B. 1.05
C. 1.67
D. 2.00
E. .95

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69. Consider a well-diversified portfolio, A, in a two-factor economy. The risk-free rate is 5%,
the risk premium on the first factor portfolio is 4% and the risk premium on the second factor
portfolio is 6%. If portfolio A has a beta of 0.6 on the first factor and 1.8 on the second factor,
what is its expected return?
A. 7.0%
B. 8.0%
C. 18.2%
D. 13.0%
E. 13.2%

70. Consider a single factor APT. Portfolio A has a beta of 2.0 and an expected return of 22%.
Portfolio B has a beta of 1.5 and an expected return of 17%. The risk-free rate of return is 4%.
If you wanted to take advantage of an arbitrage opportunity, you should take a short position
in portfolio __________ and a long position in portfolio _______.
A. A; A
B. A; B
C. B; A
D. B; B
E. A; the riskless asset

71. Consider the single factor APT. Portfolio A has a beta of 0.5 and an expected return of
12%. Portfolio B has a beta of 0.4 and an expected return of 13%. The risk-free rate of return
is 5%. If you wanted to take advantage of an arbitrage opportunity, you should take a short
position in portfolio _________ and a long position in portfolio _________.
A. A; A
B. A; B
C. B; A
D. B; B
E. No arbitrage opportunity exists.

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72. Consider the one-factor APT. The variance of returns on the factor portfolio is 9%. The
beta of a well-diversified portfolio on the factor is 1.25. The variance of returns on the well-
diversified portfolio is approximately __________.
A. 3.6%
B. 6.0%
C. 7.3%
D. 14.1%
E. 9.7%

73. Consider the one-factor APT. The variance of returns on the factor portfolio is 11%. The
beta of a well-diversified portfolio on the factor is 1.45. The variance of returns on the well-
diversified portfolio is approximately __________.
A. 23.1%
B. 6.0%
C. 7.3%
D. 14.1%
E. 11.4%

74. Consider the one-factor APT. The standard deviation of returns on a well-diversified
portfolio is 22%. The standard deviation on the factor portfolio is 14%. The beta of the well-
diversified portfolio is approximately __________.
A. 0.80
B. 1.13
C. 1.25
D. 1.57
E. 67

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Short Answer Questions

75. Discuss the advantages of arbitrage pricing theory (APT) over the capital asset pricing
model (CAPM) relative to diversified portfolios.

76. Discuss the advantages of the multifactor APT over the single factor APT and the CAPM.
What is one shortcoming of the multifactor APT and how does this shortcoming compare to
CAPM implications?

77. Discuss arbitrage opportunities in the context of violations of the law of one price.

78. Discuss the similarities and the differences between the CAPM and the APT with regard
to the following factors: capital market equilibrium, assumptions about risk aversion, risk-
return dominance, and the number of investors required to restore equilibrium.

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79. Security A has a beta of 1.0 and an expected return of 12%. Security B has a beta of 0.75
and an expected return of 11%. The risk-free rate is 6%. Explain the arbitrage opportunity that
exists; explain how an investor can take advantage of it. Give specific details about how to
form the portfolio, what to buy and what to sell.

80. Name three variables that Chen, Roll, and Ross used to measure the impact of
macroeconomic factors on security returns. Briefly explain the reasoning behind their model.

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Chapter 10 Arbitrage Pricing Theory and Multifactor Models of Risk and Return
Answer Key

Multiple Choice Questions

1. ___________ a relationship between expected return and risk.


A. APT stipulates
B. CAPM stipulates
C. Both CAPM and APT stipulate
D. Neither CAPM nor APT stipulate
E. No pricing model has found

Both models attempt to explain asset pricing based on risk/return relationships.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Basic
Topic: APT and CAPM

2. Consider the multifactor APT with two factors. Stock A has an expected return of 17.6%, a
beta of 1.45 on factor 1 and a beta of .86 on factor 2. The risk premium on the factor 1
portfolio is 3.2%. The risk-free rate of return is 5%. What is the risk-premium on factor 2 if
no arbitrage opportunities exit?
A. 9.26%
B. 3%
C. 4%
D. 7.75%
E. 9.75%

17.6% = 1.45(3.2%) + .86x + 5%; x = 9.26.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Challenge
Topic: APT

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3. In a multi-factor APT model, the coefficients on the macro factors are often called ______.
A. systemic risk
B. factor sensitivities
C. idiosyncratic risk
D. factor betas
E. both factor sensitivities and factor betas

The coefficients are called factor betas, factor sensitivities, or factor loadings.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Basic
Topic: APT

4. In a multi-factor APT model, the coefficients on the macro factors are often called ______.
A. systemic risk
B. firm-specific risk
C. idiosyncratic risk
D. factor betas
E. unique risk

The coefficients are called factor betas, factor sensitivities, or factor loadings.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Basic
Topic: APT

5. In a multi-factor APT model, the coefficients on the macro factors are often called ______.
A. systemic risk
B. firm-specific risk
C. idiosyncratic risk
D. factor loadings
E. unique risk

The coefficients are called factor betas, factor sensitivities, or factor loadings.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Basic
Topic: APT

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6. Which pricing model provides no guidance concerning the determination of the risk
premium on factor portfolios?
A. The CAPM
B. The multifactor APT
C. Both the CAPM and the multifactor APT
D. Neither the CAPM nor the multifactor APT
E. No pricing model currently exists that provides guidance concerning the determination of
the risk premium on any portfolio.

The multifactor APT provides no guidance as to the determination of the risk premium on the
various factors. The CAPM assumes that the excess market return over the risk-free rate is the
market premium in the single factor CAPM.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT and CAPM

7. An arbitrage opportunity exists if an investor can construct a __________ investment


portfolio that will yield a sure profit.
A. small positive
B. small negative
C. zero
D. large positive
E. large negative

If the investor can construct a portfolio without the use of the investor's own funds and the
portfolio yields a positive profit, arbitrage opportunities exist.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Basic
Topic: APT

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8. The APT was developed in 1976 by ____________.


A. Lintner
B. Modigliani and Miller
C. Ross
D. Sharpe
E. Fama

Ross developed this model in 1976.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Basic
Topic: APT

9. A _________ portfolio is a well-diversified portfolio constructed to have a beta of 1 on one


of the factors and a beta of 0 on any other factor.
A. factor
B. market
C. index
D. factor and market
E. factor, market, and index

A factor model portfolio has a beta of 1 one factor, with zero betas on other factors.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Basic
Topic: APT

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10. The exploitation of security mispricing in such a way that risk-free economic profits may
be earned is called ___________.
A. arbitrage
B. capital asset pricing
C. factoring
D. fundamental analysis
E. technical analysis

Arbitrage is earning of positive profits with a zero (risk-free) investment.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Basic
Topic: APT

11. In developing the APT, Ross assumed that uncertainty in asset returns was a result of
A. a common macroeconomic factor
B. firm-specific factors
C. pricing error
D. neither common macroeconomic factors nor firm-specific factors.
E. both common macroeconomic factors and firm-specific factors

Total risk (uncertainty) is assumed to be composed of both macroeconomic and firm-specific


factors.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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12. The ____________ provides an unequivocal statement on the expected return-beta


relationship for all assets, whereas the _____________ implies that this relationship holds for
all but perhaps a small number of securities.
A. APT, CAPM
B. APT, OPM
C. CAPM, APT
D. CAPM, OPM
E. APT and OPM, CAPM

The CAPM is an asset-pricing model based on the risk/return relationship of all assets. The
APT implies that this relationship holds for all well-diversified portfolios, and for all but
perhaps a few individual securities.

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Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT and CAPM

13. Consider a single factor APT. Portfolio A has a beta of 1.0 and an expected return of 16%.
Portfolio B has a beta of 0.8 and an expected return of 12%. The risk-free rate of return is 6%.
If you wanted to take advantage of an arbitrage opportunity, you should take a short position
in portfolio __________ and a long position in portfolio _______.
A. A, A
B. A, B
C. B, A
D. B, B
E. A, the riskless asset

A: 16% = 1.0F + 6%; F = 10%; B: 12% = 0.8F + 6%: F = 7.5%; thus, short B and take a long
position in A.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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14. Consider the single factor APT. Portfolio A has a beta of 0.2 and an expected return of
13%. Portfolio B has a beta of 0.4 and an expected return of 15%. The risk-free rate of return
is 10%. If you wanted to take advantage of an arbitrage opportunity, you should take a short
position in portfolio _________ and a long position in portfolio _________.
A. A, A
B. A, B
C. B, A
D. B, B
E. No arbitrage opportunity exists.

A: 13% = 10% + 0.2F; F = 15%; B: 15% = 10% + 0.4F; F = 12.5%; therefore, short B and
take a long position in A.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

15. Consider the one-factor APT. The variance of returns on the factor portfolio is 6%. The
beta of a well-diversified portfolio on the factor is 1.1. The variance of returns on the well-
diversified portfolio is approximately __________.
A. 3.6%
B. 6.0%
C. 7.3%
D. 10.1%
E. 8.6%

s2P = (1.1)2(6%) = 7.26%.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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16. Consider the one-factor APT. The standard deviation of returns on a well-diversified
portfolio is 18%. The standard deviation on the factor portfolio is 16%. The beta of the well-
diversified portfolio is approximately __________.
A. 0.80
B. 1.13
C. 1.25
D. 1.56
E. 0.93

(18%)2 = (16%)2 b2; b = 1.125.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

17. Consider the single-factor APT. Stocks A and B have expected returns of 15% and 18%,
respectively. The risk-free rate of return is 6%. Stock B has a beta of 1.0. If arbitrage
opportunities are ruled out, stock A has a beta of __________.
A. 0.67
B. 1.00
C. 1.30
D. 1.69
E. 0.75

A: 18% = 6% + bF; B: 8% = 6% + 1.0F; F = 12%; thus, beta of A = 9/12 = 0.75.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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18. Consider the multifactor APT with two factors. Stock A has an expected return of 16.4%,
a beta of 1.4 on factor 1 and a beta of .8 on factor 2. The risk premium on the factor 1
portfolio is 3%. The risk-free rate of return is 6%. What is the risk-premium on factor 2 if no
arbitrage opportunities exit?
A. 2%
B. 3%
C. 4%
D. 7.75%
E. 6.89%

16.4% = 1.4(3%) + .8x + 6%; x = 7.75.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Challenge
Topic: APT

19. Consider the multifactor model APT with two factors. Portfolio A has a beta of 0.75 on
factor 1 and a beta of 1.25 on factor 2. The risk premiums on the factor 1 and factor 2
portfolios are 1% and 7%, respectively. The risk-free rate of return is 7%. The expected return
on portfolio A is __________ if no arbitrage opportunities exist.
A. 13.5%
B. 15.0%
C. 16.5%
D. 23.0%
E. 18.7%

7% + 0.75(1%) + 1.25(7%) = 16.5%.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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20. Consider the multifactor APT with two factors. The risk premiums on the factor 1 and
factor 2 portfolios are 5% and 6%, respectively. Stock A has a beta of 1.2 on factor 1, and a
beta of 0.7 on factor 2. The expected return on stock A is 17%. If no arbitrage opportunities
exist, the risk-free rate of return is ___________.
A. 6.0%
B. 6.5%
C. 6.8%
D. 7.4%
E. 7.7%

17% = x% + 1.2(5%) + 0.7(6%); x = 6.8%.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

21. Consider a one-factor economy. Portfolio A has a beta of 1.0 on the factor and portfolio B
has a beta of 2.0 on the factor. The expected returns on portfolios A and B are 11% and 17%,
respectively. Assume that the risk-free rate is 6% and that arbitrage opportunities exist.
Suppose you invested $100,000 in the risk-free asset, $100,000 in portfolio B, and sold short
$200,000 of portfolio A. Your expected profit from this strategy would be ______________.
A. $1,000
B. $0
C. $1,000
D. $2,000
E. $1,600

$100,000(0.06) = $6,000 (risk-free position); $100,000(0.17) = $17,000 (portfolio B);


$200,000(0.11) = $22,000 (short position, portfolio A); 1,000 profit.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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22. Consider the one-factor APT. Assume that two portfolios, A and B, are well diversified.
The betas of portfolios A and B are 1.0 and 1.5, respectively. The expected returns on
portfolios A and B are 19% and 24%, respectively. Assuming no arbitrage opportunities exist,
the risk-free rate of return must be ____________.
A. 4.0%
B. 9.0%
C. 14.0%
D. 16.5%
E. 8.2%

A: 19% = rf + 1(F); B:24% = rf + 1.5(F); 5% = .5(F); F = 10%; 24% = rf + 1.5(10); rf = 9%.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

23. Consider the multifactor APT. The risk premiums on the factor 1 and factor 2 portfolios
are 5% and 3%, respectively. The risk-free rate of return is 10%. Stock A has an expected
return of 19% and a beta on factor 1 of 0.8. Stock A has a beta on factor 2 of ________.
A. 1.33
B. 1.50
C. 1.67
D. 2.00
E. 1.73

19% = 10% + 5%(0.8) + 3%(x); x = 1.67.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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24. Consider the single factor APT. Portfolios A and B have expected returns of 14% and
18%, respectively. The risk-free rate of return is 7%. Portfolio A has a beta of 0.7. If arbitrage
opportunities are ruled out, portfolio B must have a beta of __________.
A. 0.45
B. 1.00
C. 1.10
D. 1.22
E. 1.33

A: 14% = 7% + 0.7F; F = 10; B: 18% = 7% + 10b; b = 1.10.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

There are three stocks, A, B, and C. You can either invest in these stocks or short sell them.
There are three possible states of nature for economic growth in the upcoming year; economic
growth may be strong, moderate, or weak. The returns for the upcoming year on stocks A, B,
and C for each of these states of nature are given below:

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25. If you invested in an equally weighted portfolio of stocks A and B, your portfolio return
would be ___________ if economic growth were moderate.
A. 3.0%
B. 14.5%
C. 15.5%
D. 16.0%
E. 17.0%

E(Rp) = 0.5(17%) + 0.5(15%) = 16%.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Basic
Topic: APT

26. If you invested in an equally weighted portfolio of stocks A and C, your portfolio return
would be ____________ if economic growth was strong.
A. 17.0%
B. 22.5%
C. 30.0%
D. 30.5%
E. 25.6%

0.5(39%) + 0.5(6%) = 22.5%.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Basic
Topic: APT

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27. If you invested in an equally weighted portfolio of stocks B and C, your portfolio return
would be _____________ if economic growth was weak.
A. 2.5%
B. 0.5%
C. 3.0%
D. 11.0%
E. 9.0%

0.5(0%) + 0.5(22%) = 11%.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Basic
Topic: APT

28. If you wanted to take advantage of a risk-free arbitrage opportunity, you should take a
short position in _________ and a long position in an equally weighted portfolio of _______.
A. A, B and C
B. B, A and C
C. C, A and B
D. A and B, C
E. No arbitrage opportunity exists.

E(RA) = (39% + 17% 5%)/3 = 17%; E(RB) = (30% + 15% + 0%)/3 = 15%; E(RC) = (22% +
14% + 6%)/3 = 14%; E(RP) = 0.5(14%) + 0.5[(17% + 15%)/2]; 7.0% + 8.0% = 1.0%.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Challenge
Topic: APT

Consider the multifactor APT. There are two independent economic factors, F1and F2. The
risk-free rate of return is 6%. The following information is available about two well-
diversified portfolios:

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29. Assuming no arbitrage opportunities exist, the risk premium on the factor F1portfolio
should be __________.
A. 3%
B. 4%
C. 5%
D. 6%
E. 2%

2A: 38% = 12% + 2.0(RP1) + 4.0(RP2); B: 12% = 6% + 2.0(RP1) + 0.0(RP2); 26% = 6% +


4.0(RP2); RP2 = 5; A: 19% = 6% + RP1 + 2.0(5); RP1 = 3%.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Challenge
Topic: APT

30. Assuming no arbitrage opportunities exist, the risk premium on the factor F2 portfolio
should be ___________.
A. 3%
B. 4%
C. 5%
D. 6%
E. 2%

2A: 38% = 12% + 2.0(RP1) + 4.0(RP2); B: 12% = 6% + 2.0(RP1) + 0.0(RP2); 26% = 6% +


4.0(RP2); RP2 = 5; A: 19% = 6% + RP1 + 2.0(5); RP1 = 3%.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Challenge
Topic: APT

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31. A zero-investment portfolio with a positive expected return arises when _________.
A. an investor has downside risk only
B. the law of prices is not violated
C. the opportunity set is not tangent to the capital allocation line
D. a risk-free arbitrage opportunity exists
E. a risk-free arbitrage opportunity does not exist

When an investor can create a zero-investment portfolio (by using none of the investor's own
funds) with a possibility of a positive profit, a risk-free arbitrage opportunity exists.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Basic
Topic: APT

32. An investor will take as large a position as possible when an equilibrium price relationship
is violated. This is an example of _________.
A. a dominance argument
B. the mean-variance efficiency frontier
C. a risk-free arbitrage
D. the capital asset pricing model
E. the SML

When the equilibrium price is violated, the investor will buy the lower priced asset and
simultaneously place an order to sell the higher priced asset. Such transactions result in risk-
free arbitrage. The larger the positions, the greater the risk-free arbitrage profits.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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33. The APT differs from the CAPM because the APT _________.
A. places more emphasis on market risk
B. minimizes the importance of diversification
C. recognizes multiple unsystematic risk factors
D. recognizes multiple systematic risk factors
E. places more emphasis on systematic risk

The CAPM assumes that market returns represent systematic risk. The APT recognizes that
other macroeconomic factors may be systematic risk factors.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT and CAPM

34. The feature of the APT that offers the greatest potential advantage over the CAPM is the
______________.
A. use of several factors instead of a single market index to explain the risk-return
relationship
B. identification of anticipated changes in production, inflation, and term structure as key
factors in explaining the risk-return relationship
C. superior measurement of the risk-free rate of return over historical time periods
D. variability of coefficients of sensitivity to the APT factors for a given asset over time
E. superior measurement of the risk-free rate of return over historical time periods and
variability of coefficients of sensitivity to the APT factors for a given asset over time

The advantage of the APT is the use of multiple factors, rather than a single market index, to
explain the risk-return relationship. However, APT does not identify the specific factors.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Basic
Topic: APT

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35. In terms of the risk/return relationship in the APT


A. only factor risk commands a risk premium in market equilibrium.
B. only systematic risk is related to expected returns.
C. only nonsystematic risk is related to expected returns.
D. only factor risk commands a risk premium in market equilibrium and only systematic risk
is related to expected returns.
E. only factor risk commands a risk premium in market equilibrium and only nonsystematic
risk is related to expected returns.

Nonfactor risk may be diversified away; thus, only factor risk commands a risk premium in
market equilibrium. Nonsystematic risk across firms cancels out in well-diversified portfolios;
thus, only systematic risk is related to expected returns.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Basic
Topic: APT

36. The following factors might affect stock returns:


A. the business cycle.
B. interest rate fluctuations.
C. inflation rates.
D. the business cycle, interest rate fluctuations, and inflation rates.
E. the relationship between past FRED spreads.

The business cycle, interest rate fluctuations, and inflation rates are likely to affect stock
returns.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Basic
Topic: APT

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37. Advantage(s) of the APT is(are)


A. that the model provides specific guidance concerning the determination of the risk
premiums on the factor portfolios.
B. that the model does not require a specific benchmark market portfolio.
C. that risk need not be considered.
D. that the model provides specific guidance concerning the determination of the risk
premiums on the factor portfolios and that the model does not require a specific benchmark
market portfolio.
E. that the model does not require a specific benchmark market portfolio and that risk need
not be considered.

The APT provides no guidance concerning the determination of the risk premiums on the
factor portfolios. Risk must be considered in both the CAPM and APT. A major advantage of
APT over the CAPM is that a specific benchmark market portfolio is not required.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Basic
Topic: APT and CAPM

38. Portfolio A has expected return of 10% and standard deviation of 19%. Portfolio B has
expected return of 12% and standard deviation of 17%. Rational investors will
A. Borrow at the risk free rate and buy A.
B. Sell A short and buy B.
C. Sell B short and buy A.
D. Borrow at the risk free rate and buy B.
E. Lend at the risk free rate and buy B.

Rational investors will arbitrage by selling A and buying B.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Understand
Difficulty: Basic
Topic: APT

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39. An important difference between CAPM and APT is


A. CAPM depends on risk-return dominance; APT depends on a no arbitrage condition.
B. CAPM assumes many small changes are required to bring the market back to equilibrium;
APT assumes a few large changes are required to bring the market back to equilibrium.
C. implications for prices derived from CAPM arguments are stronger than prices derived
from APT arguments.
D. CAPM depends on risk-return dominance; APT depends on a no arbitrage condition,
CAPM assumes many small changes are required to bring the market back to equilibrium;
APT assumes a few large changes are required to bring the market back to equilibrium,
implications for prices derived from CAPM arguments are stronger than prices derived from
APT arguments.
E. CAPM depends on risk-return dominance; APT depends on a no arbitrage condition and
assumes many small changes are required to bring the market back to equilibrium.

Under the risk-return dominance argument of CAPM, when an equilibrium price is violated
many investors will make small portfolio changes, depending on their risk tolerance, until
equilibrium is restored. Under the no-arbitrage argument of APT, each investor will take as
large a position as possible so only a few investors must act to restore equilibrium.
Implications derived from APT are much stronger than those derived from CAPM, making C
an incorrect statement.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Challenge
Topic: APT

40. A professional who searches for mispriced securities in specific areas such as merger-
target stocks, rather than one who seeks strict (risk-free) arbitrage opportunities is engaged in
A. pure arbitrage.
B. risk arbitrage.
C. option arbitrage.
D. equilibrium arbitrage.
E. covered interest arbitrage.

Risk arbitrage involves searching for mispricings based on speculative information that may
or may not materialize.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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41. In the context of the Arbitrage Pricing Theory, as a well-diversified portfolio becomes
larger its nonsystematic risk approaches
A. one.
B. infinity.
C. zero.
D. negative one.
E. None of these is correct.

As the number of securities, n, increases, the nonsystematic risk of a well-diversified portfolio


approaches zero.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Basic
Topic: APT

42. A well-diversified portfolio is defined as


A. one that is diversified over a large enough number of securities that the nonsystematic
variance is essentially zero.
B. one that contains securities from at least three different industry sectors.
C. a portfolio whose factor beta equals 1.0.
D. a portfolio that is equally weighted.
E. a portfolio that is equally weighted and contains securities from at least three different
industry sectors

A well-diversified portfolio is one that contains a large number of securities, each having a
small (but not necessarily equal) weight, so that nonsystematic variance is negligible.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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43. The APT requires a benchmark portfolio


A. that is equal to the true market portfolio.
B. that contains all securities in proportion to their market values.
C. that need not be well-diversified.
D. that is well-diversified and lies on the SML.
E. that is unobservable.

Any well-diversified portfolio lying on the SML can serve as the benchmark portfolio for the
APT. The true (and unobservable) market portfolio is only a requirement for the CAPM.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

44. Imposing the no-arbitrage condition on a single-factor security market implies which of
the following statements?
I) the expected return-beta relationship is maintained for all but a small number of well-
diversified portfolios.
II) the expected return-beta relationship is maintained for all well-diversified portfolios.
III) the expected return-beta relationship is maintained for all but a small number of
individual securities.
IV) the expected return-beta relationship is maintained for all individual securities.
A. I and III are correct.
B. I and IV are correct.
C. II and III are correct.
D. II and IV are correct.
E. Only I is correct.

The expected return-beta relationship must hold for all well-diversified portfolios and for all
but a few individual securities; otherwise arbitrage opportunities will be available.

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Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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45. Consider a well-diversified portfolio, A, in a two-factor economy. The risk-free rate is 6%,
the risk premium on the first factor portfolio is 4% and the risk premium on the second factor
portfolio is 3%. If portfolio A has a beta of 1.2 on the first factor and .8 on the second factor,
what is its expected return?
A. 7.0%
B. 8.0%
C. 9.2%
D. 13.0%
E. 13.2%

.06 + 1.2 (.04) + .8 (.03) = .132

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

46. The term "arbitrage" refers to


A. buying low and selling high.
B. short selling high and buying low.
C. earning risk-free economic profits.
D. negotiating for favorable brokerage fees.
E. hedging your portfolio through the use of options.

Arbitrage is exploiting security mispricings by the simultaneous purchase and sale to gain
economic profits without taking any risk. A capital market in equilibrium rules out arbitrage
opportunities.

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Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Basic
Topic: APT

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47. To take advantage of an arbitrage opportunity, an investor would


I) construct a zero investment portfolio that will yield a sure profit.
II) construct a zero beta investment portfolio that will yield a sure profit.
III) make simultaneous trades in two markets without any net investment.
IV) short sell the asset in the low-priced market and buy it in the high-priced market.
A. I and IV
B. I and III
C. II and III
D. I, III, and IV
E. II, III, and IV

Only I and III are correct. II is incorrect because the beta of the portfolio does not need to be
zero. IV is incorrect because the opposite is true.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Understand
Difficulty: Challenge
Topic: APT

48. The factor F in the APT model represents


A. firm-specific risk.
B. the sensitivity of the firm to that factor.
C. a factor that affects all security returns.
D. the deviation from its expected value of a factor that affects all security returns.
E. a random amount of return attributable to firm events.

F measures the unanticipated portion of a factor that is common to all security returns.

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Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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49. In the APT model, what is the nonsystematic standard deviation of an equally-weighted
portfolio that has an average value of (ei) equal to 25% and 50 securities?
A. 12.5%
B. 625%
C. 0.5%
D. 3.54%
E. 14.59%

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

50. In the APT model, what is the nonsystematic standard deviation of an equally-weighted
portfolio that has an average value of (ei) equal to 20% and 20 securities?
A. 12.5%
B. 625%
C. 4.47%
D. 3.54%
E. 14.59%

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Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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51. In the APT model, what is the nonsystematic standard deviation of an equally-weighted
portfolio that has an average value of (ei) equal to 20% and 40 securities?
A. 12.5%
B. 625%
C. 0.5%
D. 3.54%
E. 3.16%

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

52. In the APT model, what is the nonsystematic standard deviation of an equally-weighted
portfolio that has an average value of (ei) equal to 18% and 250 securities?
A. 1.14%
B. 625%
C. 0.5%
D. 3.54%
E. 3.16%

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Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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53. Which of the following is true about the security market line (SML) derived from the
APT?
A. The SML has a downward slope.
B. The SML for the APT shows expected return in relation to portfolio standard deviation.
C. The SML for the APT has an intercept equal to the expected return on the market portfolio.
D. The benchmark portfolio for the SML may be any well-diversified portfolio.
E. The SML is not relevant for the APT.

The benchmark portfolio does not need to be the (unobservable) market portfolio under the
APT, but can be any well-diversified portfolio. The intercept still equals the risk-free rate.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

54. Which of the following is false about the security market line (SML) derived from the
APT?
A. The SML has a downward slope.
B. The SML for the APT shows expected return in relation to portfolio standard deviation.
C. The SML for the APT has an intercept equal to the expected return on the market portfolio.
D. The benchmark portfolio for the SML may be any well-diversified portfolio.
E. The SML has a downward slope, the SML for the APT shows expected return in relation to
portfolio standard deviation, and the SML for the APT has an intercept equal to the expected
return on the market portfolio are all false.

The benchmark portfolio does not need to be the (unobservable) market portfolio under the
APT, but can be any well-diversified portfolio. The intercept still equals the risk-free rate.

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Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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55. If arbitrage opportunities are to be ruled out, each well-diversified portfolio's expected
excess return must be
A. inversely proportional to the risk-free rate.
B. inversely proportional to its standard deviation.
C. proportional to its weight in the market portfolio.
D. proportional to its standard deviation.
E. proportional to its beta coefficient.

For each well-diversified portfolio (P and Q, for example), it must be true that [E(rp) rf]/p =
[E(rQ) rf]/ Q.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

56. Suppose you are working with two factor portfolios, Portfolio 1 and Portfolio 2. The
portfolios have expected returns of 15% and 6%, respectively. Based on this information,
what would be the expected return on well-diversified portfolio A, if A has a beta of 0.80 on
the first factor and 0.50 on the second factor? The risk-free rate is 3%.
A. 15.2%
B. 14.1%
C. 13.3%
D. 10.7%
E. 8.4%

E(RA) = 3 + 0.8*(15 3) + 0.5*(6 3) = 14.1

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Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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57. Which of the following is (are) true regarding the APT?


I) The Security Market Line does not apply to the APT.
II) More than one factor can be important in determining returns.
III) Almost all individual securities satisfy the APT relationship.
IV) It doesn't rely on the market portfolio that contains all assets.
A. II, III, and IV
B. II and IV
C. II and III
D. I, II, and IV
E. I, II, III, and IV

All except the first item are true. There is a Security Market Line associated with the APT.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

58. In a factor model, the return on a stock in a particular period will be related to
A. factor risk.
B. non-factor risk.
C. standard deviation of returns.
D. both factor risk and non-factor risk.
E. There is no relationship between factor risk, risk premiums, and returns.

Factor models explain firm returns based on both factor risk and non-factor risk.

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Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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59. Which of the following factors did Chen, Roll and Ross not include in their multifactor
model?
A. Change in industrial production
B. Change in expected inflation
C. Change in unanticipated inflation
D. Excess return of long-term government bonds over T-bills
E. Neither the change in industrial production, change in expected inflation, change in
unanticipated inflation, nor excess return of long-term government bonds over T-bills were
included in their model.

Chen, Roll and Ross included the four listed factors as well as the excess return of long-term
corporate bonds over long-term government bonds in their model.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

60. Which of the following factors did Chen, Roll and Ross include in their multifactor
model?
A. Change in industrial waste
B. Change in expected inflation
C. Change in unanticipated inflation
D. Change in expected inflation and Change in unanticipated inflation
E. All of these factors were included in their model.

Chen, Roll and Ross included the change in expected inflation and the change in
unanticipated inflation as well as the excess return of long-term corporate bonds over long-
term government bonds in their model.

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Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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61. Which of the following factors were used by Fama and French in their multi-factor
model?
A. Return on the market index.
B. Excess return of small stocks over large stocks.
C. Excess return of high book-to-market stocks over low book-to-market stocks.
D. All of these factors were included in their model.
E. None of these factors were included in their model.

Fama and French included all three of the factors listed.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

62. Consider the single-factor APT. Stocks A and B have expected returns of 12% and 14%,
respectively. The risk-free rate of return is 5%. Stock B has a beta of 1.2. If arbitrage
opportunities are ruled out, stock A has a beta of __________.
A. 0.67
B. 0.93
C. 1.30
D. 1.69
E. 1.27

A: 12% = 5% + bF; B: 14% = 5% + 1.2F; F = 7.5%; Thus, beta of A = 7/7.5 = 0.93.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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63. Consider the one-factor APT. The standard deviation of returns on a well-diversified
portfolio is 19%. The standard deviation on the factor portfolio is 12%. The beta of the well-
diversified portfolio is approximately __________.
A. 1.58
B. 1.13
C. 1.25
D. 0.76
E. 1.42

(19%)2 = (12%)2b2; b = 1.58.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

64. Black argues that past risk premiums on firm-characteristic variables, such as those
described by Fama and French, are problematic because ________.
A. they may result from data snooping
B. they are sources of systematic risk
C. they can be explained by security characteristic lines
D. they are more appropriate for a single-factor model
E. they are macroeconomic factors

Black argues that past risk premiums on firm-characteristic variables, such as those described
by Fama and French, are problematic because they may result from data snooping.

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Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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65. Multifactor models seek to improve the performance of the single-index model by
A. modeling the systematic component of firm returns in greater detail.
B. incorporating firm-specific components into the pricing model.
C. allowing for multiple economic factors to have differential effects.
D. modeling the systematic component of firm returns in greater detail, incorporating firm-
specific components into the pricing model, and allowing for multiple economic factors to
have differential effects.
E. none of these statements are true.

Multifactor models seek to improve the performance of the single-index model by modeling
the systematic component of firm returns in greater detail, incorporating firm-specific
components into the pricing model., and allowing for multiple economic factors to have
differential effects.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Basic
Topic: APT

66. Multifactor models such as the one constructed by Chen, Roll, and Ross, can better
describe assets' returns by
A. expanding beyond one factor to represent sources of systematic risk.
B. using variables that are easier to forecast ex ante.
C. calculating beta coefficients by an alternative method.
D. using only stocks with relatively stable returns.
E. ignoring firm-specific risk.

The study used five different factors to explain security returns, allowing for several sources
of risk to affect the returns.

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Bloom's: Remember
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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67. Consider the multifactor model APT with three factors. Portfolio A has a beta of 0.8 on
factor 1, a beta of 1.1 on factor 2, and a beta of 1.25 on factor 3. The risk premiums on the
factor 1, factor 2, and factor 3 are 3%, 5% and 2%, respectively. The risk-free rate of return is
3%. The expected return on portfolio A is __________ if no arbitrage opportunities exist.
A. 13.5%
B. 13.4%
C. 16.5%
D. 23.0%
E. 11.6%

3% + 0.8(3%) + 1.1(5%) + 1.25(2%) = 13.4%.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

68. Consider the multifactor APT. The risk premiums on the factor 1 and factor 2 portfolios
are 6% and 4%, respectively. The risk-free rate of return is 4%. Stock A has an expected
return of 16% and a beta on factor 1 of 1.3. Stock A has a beta on factor 2 of ________.
A. 1.33
B. 1.05
C. 1.67
D. 2.00
E. .95

16% = 4% + 6%(1.3) + 4%(x); x = 1.05.

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Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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69. Consider a well-diversified portfolio, A, in a two-factor economy. The risk-free rate is 5%,
the risk premium on the first factor portfolio is 4% and the risk premium on the second factor
portfolio is 6%. If portfolio A has a beta of 0.6 on the first factor and 1.8 on the second factor,
what is its expected return?
A. 7.0%
B. 8.0%
C. 18.2%
D. 13.0%
E. 13.2%

.05 + .6 (.04) + 1.8 (.06) = .182

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

70. Consider a single factor APT. Portfolio A has a beta of 2.0 and an expected return of 22%.
Portfolio B has a beta of 1.5 and an expected return of 17%. The risk-free rate of return is 4%.
If you wanted to take advantage of an arbitrage opportunity, you should take a short position
in portfolio __________ and a long position in portfolio _______.
A. A, A
B. A, B
C. B, A
D. B, B
E. A, the riskless asset

A: 22% = 2.0F + 4%; F = 9%; B: 17% = 1.5F + 4%: F = 8.67%; thus, short B and take a long
position in A.

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Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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71. Consider the single factor APT. Portfolio A has a beta of 0.5 and an expected return of
12%. Portfolio B has a beta of 0.4 and an expected return of 13%. The risk-free rate of return
is 5%. If you wanted to take advantage of an arbitrage opportunity, you should take a short
position in portfolio _________ and a long position in portfolio _________.
A. A, A
B. A, B
C. B, A
D. B, B
E. No arbitrage opportunity exists.

A: 12% = 5% + 0.5F; F = 14%; B: 13% = 5% + 0.4F; F = 20%; therefore, short A and take a
long position in B.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

72. Consider the one-factor APT. The variance of returns on the factor portfolio is 9%. The
beta of a well-diversified portfolio on the factor is 1.25. The variance of returns on the well-
diversified portfolio is approximately __________.
A. 3.6%
B. 6.0%
C. 7.3%
D. 14.1%
E. 9.7%

s2P = (1.25)2(9%) = 14.06%.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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73. Consider the one-factor APT. The variance of returns on the factor portfolio is 11%. The
beta of a well-diversified portfolio on the factor is 1.45. The variance of returns on the well-
diversified portfolio is approximately __________.
A. 23.1%
B. 6.0%
C. 7.3%
D. 14.1%
E. 11.4%

s2P = (1.45)2(11%) = 23.13%.

AACSB: Analytic
Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

74. Consider the one-factor APT. The standard deviation of returns on a well-diversified
portfolio is 22%. The standard deviation on the factor portfolio is 14%. The beta of the well-
diversified portfolio is approximately __________.
A. 0.80
B. 1.13
C. 1.25
D. 1.57
E. 67

(22%)2 = (14%)2b2; b = 1.57.

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Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

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Short Answer Questions

75. Discuss the advantages of arbitrage pricing theory (APT) over the capital asset pricing
model (CAPM) relative to diversified portfolios.

The APT does not require that the benchmark portfolio in the SML relationship be the true
market portfolio. Any well-diversified portfolio lying on the SML may serve as a benchmark
portfolio. Thus, the APT has more flexibility than the CAPM, as problems associated with an
unobservable market portfolio are not a concern with APT. In addition, the APT provides
further justification for the use of the index model for practical implementation of the SML
relationship. That is, if the index portfolio is not a precise proxy for the true market portfolio,
which is a cause of considerable concern in the context of the CAPM, if an index portfolio is
sufficiently diversified, the SML relationship holds, according to APT.

Feedback: This question is designed to determine if the student understands the basic
advantages of APT over the CAPM.

AACSB: Reflective Thinking


Bloom's: Understand
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT and CAPM

76. Discuss the advantages of the multifactor APT over the single factor APT and the CAPM.
What is one shortcoming of the multifactor APT and how does this shortcoming compare to
CAPM implications?

The single factor APT and the CAPM assume that there is only one systematic risk factor
affecting stock returns. However, several factors may affect stock returns. Some of these
factors are: business cycles, interest rate fluctuations, inflation rates, oil prices, etc. A
multifactor model can accommodate these multiple sources of risk.
One shortcoming of the multifactor APT is that the model provides no guidance concerning
the factors or risk premiums on the factor portfolios. The CAPM implies that the risk
premium on the market is determined by the market's variance and the average degree of risk
aversion across investors.

Feedback: This question is designed to determine if the student understands the basic
advantages of the multi-factor APT over the single-factor APT and CAPM.

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Bloom's: Understand
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT and CAPM

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77. Discuss arbitrage opportunities in the context of violations of the law of one price.

The law of one price is violated when an asset is trading at different prices in two markets. If
the price differential exceeds the transactions costs, a simultaneous trade in the two markets
can produce a sure profit with a zero investment. That is, the investor can sell short the asset
in the high-priced market and buy the asset in the low-priced market. The investor has been
able to assume these positions with a zero investment (using the proceeds of the short
transaction to finance the long position). However, it should be remembered that individual
investors do not have access to the proceeds of a short transaction until the position has been
covered.

Feedback: This question is designed to determine if the student understands the basic concept
of arbitrage.

AACSB: Reflective Thinking


Bloom's: Understand
Difficulty: Basic
Topic: APT

78. Discuss the similarities and the differences between the CAPM and the APT with regard
to the following factors: capital market equilibrium, assumptions about risk aversion, risk-
return dominance, and the number of investors required to restore equilibrium.

Both the CAPM and the APT are market equilibrium models, which examine the factors that
affect securities' prices. In equilibrium, there are no overpriced or underpriced securities. In
both models, mispriced securities can be identified and purchased or sold as appropriate to
earn excess profits.
The CAPM is based on the idea that there are large numbers of investors who are focused on
risk-return dominance. Under the CAPM, when a mispricing occurs, many individual
investors make small changes in their portfolios, guided by their degrees of risk aversion. The
aggregate effect of their actions brings the market back into equilibrium. Under the APT, each
investor wants an infinite arbitrage position in the mispriced asset. Therefore, it would not
take many investors to identify the arbitrage opportunity and act to bring the market back to
equilibrium.

Feedback: The student can compare the two models by focusing on the specific items.

AACSB: Reflective Thinking


Bloom's: Understand
Difficulty: Challenge
Topic: APT and CAPM

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79. Security A has a beta of 1.0 and an expected return of 12%. Security B has a beta of 0.75
and an expected return of 11%. The risk-free rate is 6%. Explain the arbitrage opportunity that
exists; explain how an investor can take advantage of it. Give specific details about how to
form the portfolio, what to buy and what to sell.

An arbitrage opportunity exists because it is possible to form a portfolio of security A and the
risk-free asset that has a beta of 0.75 and a different expected return than security B. The
investor can accomplish this by choosing .75 as the weight in A and .25 in the risk-free asset.
This portfolio would have E(rp) = 0.75(12%) + 0.25(6%) = 10.5%, which is less than B's 11%
expected return. The investor should buy B and finance the purchase by short selling A and
borrowing at the risk-free asset.

Feedback: The student can apply arbitrage principles.

AACSB: Reflective Thinking


Bloom's: Apply
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topic: APT

80. Name three variables that Chen, Roll, and Ross used to measure the impact of
macroeconomic factors on security returns. Briefly explain the reasoning behind their model.

The factors they considered were IP (the % change in industrial production), EI (the % change
in expected inflation), UI (the % change in unanticipated inflation), CG (excess return of
long-term corporate bonds over long-term government bonds), and GB (excess return of long-
term government bonds over T-bills). The rational for their model is that many different
economic factors can combine to affect securities' returns. Also, by including factors that are
related to the business cycle, the estimation of beta coefficients should be improved. Each
beta will represent only the impact of the corresponding variable on returns.

Feedback: The student has some flexibility in remembering which variables were used in the
study. A general understanding of macroeconomic variables will be helpful in answering the
question. The question provides an opportunity to measure the student's understanding of the
types of risk that are relevant and how they can be explicitly considered in the model.

AACSB: Reflective Thinking


Bloom's: Understand
Difficulty: Challenge
Topic: APT

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