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Capital Asset Pricing Model
(CAPM)
Road Map
Part A Introduction to ﬁnance.
Part B Valuation of assets, given discount rates.
Part C Determination of discount rates.
• Historic asset returns.
• Time value of money.
• Risk.
• Portfolio theory.
• Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM).
• Arbitrage Pricing Theory (APT).
Part D Introduction to corporate ﬁnance.
Main Issues
• Derivations of CAPM
• Implications of CAPM
• Empirical Evidence
112 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) Chapter 11
Contents
1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
2 The Market Portfolio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
3 Derivation of CAPM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
3.1 A Numerical Illustration of CAPM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
3.2 A Formal Derivation of CAPM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
3.3 Implications of CAPM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
4 Understanding Risk in CAPM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1112
5 Applications of CAPM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1118
6 Empirical Evaluation of CAPM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1120
7 Summary of CAPM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1123
8 Appendix A: Capital Market Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1124
9 Appendix B: Extensions of CAPM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1125
9.1 Multifactor CAPM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1125
9.2 Consumption CAPM (CCAPM) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1128
10 Homework . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1131
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Chapter 11 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) 113
1 Introduction
Portfolio theory analyzes investors’ asset demand given asset
returns.
This chapter studies how investors’ asset demand determines the
relation between assets’ risk and return in a market equilibrium
(when demand equals supply).
A model to price risky assets.
Main question of this chapter
E[˜ r
i
] = ?
Main points of portfolio theory
1. Diversify to eliminate nonsystematic risk.
2. Hold only the riskfree asset and the tangent portfolio.
3. An asset’s systematic risk is measured by contribution to the
risk of the tangent portfolio – its beta β
iT
.
4. An asset’s risk premium is proportional to its systematic risk:
¯ r
i
−r
F
= β
iT
(¯ r
T
−r
F
) .
Identifying the tangent portfolio gives a pricing model.
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114 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) Chapter 11
2 The Market Portfolio
Deﬁnition: The market portfolio is the portfolio of all risky assets
traded in the market.
Deﬁnition: The market capitalization of an asset is its total
market value.
Suppose there are a total of i = 1, . . . , n risky assets. Asset i’s
market capitalization is
MCAP
i
= (price per share)
i
×(# of shares outstanding)
i
.
The total market capitalization of all risky assets is
MCAP
M
=
n
¸
i=1
MCAP
i
.
The market portfolio is the portfolio with weights in each risky
asset i being
w
i
=
MCAP
i
¸
n
j=1
MCAP
j
=
MCAP
i
MCAP
M
.
We denote the market portfolio by ww w
M
.
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Chapter 11 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) 115
3 Derivation of CAPM
Assumptions for this chapter:
1. Investors agree on the distribution of asset returns.
2. Investors have the same ﬁxed (static) investment horizon.
3. Investors hold eﬃcient frontier portfolios.
4. There is a riskfree asset:
• paying interest rate r
F
• in zero net supply.
5. Demand of assets equals supply in equilibrium.
Implications:
1. Every investor puts their money into two pots:
• the riskless asset
• a single portfolio of risky assets – the tangent portfolio.
2. All investors hold the risky assets in same proportions
• they hold the same risky portfolio, the tangent portfolio.
3. The tangent portfolio is the market portfolio.
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3.1 A Numerical Illustration of CAPM
CAPM requires that in equilibrium total asset holdings of all
investors must equal the total supply of assets.
We show this through the example below.
There are only three risky assets, A, B and C. Suppose that the
tangent portfolio is
ww w
T
= (w
A
, w
B
, w
C
) = (0.25, 0.50, 0.25).
There are only three investors in the economy, 1, 2 and 3, with
total wealth of 500, 1000, 1500 billion dollars, respectively. Their
asset holdings (in billion dollars) are:
Investor Riskless A B C
1 100 100 200 100
2 200 200 400 200
3 300 450 900 450
Total 0 750 1500 750
Claim:
The market portfolio is the tangent portfolio:
ww w
M
= ww w
T
.
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Chapter 11 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) 117
In equilibrium, the total dollar holding of each asset must equal
its market value:
Market capitalization of A = $750 billion
Market capitalization of B = $1500 billion
Market capitalization of C = $750 billion.
The total market capitalization is
750 +1500 +750 = $3, 000 billion.
The market portfolio is the tangent portfolio:
ww w
M
=
750
3000
,
1500
3000
,
750
3000
= (0.25, 0.50, 0.25) = ww w
T
.
0. 00
0. 50
1. 00
1. 50
2. 00
2. 50
3. 00
3. 50
4. 00
4. 50
5. 00
0. 0 1. 0 2. 0 3. 0 4. 0 5. 0 6. 0 7. 0 8. 0 9. 0 10. 0
Standard Deviation (%, per month)
R
e
t
u
r
n
(
%
,
p
e
r
m
o
n
t
h
)
T = M
Efficiency frontier
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3.2 A Formal Derivation of CAPM
(1) There are k = 1, 2, . . . , K investors.
(2) Investor k has wealth W
k
and invests in two funds:
• W
k
F
in riskless asset
• W
k
−W
k
F
in the tangent portfolio ww w
T
.
Market equilibrium — demand equals supply:
1. Money market equilibrium:
K
¸
k=1
W
k
F
= 0 (riskfree asset is in zero net supply)
2. Stock market equilibrium:
K
¸
k=1
W
k
−W
k
F
ww w
T
= MCAP
M
ww w
M
.
Since the net amount invested in the riskfree asset is zero, all
wealth is invested in stocks:
K
¸
k=1
W
k
= MCAP
M
.
Thus, the total wealth of investors equals the total value of stocks:
ww w
T
= ww w
M
.
The tangent portfolio is the market portfolio!
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Chapter 11 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) 119
3.3 Implications of CAPM
1. The market portfolio is the tangent portfolio.
2. Combining the riskfree asset and the market portfolio gives
the portfolio frontier.
3. The risk of an individual asset is characterized by its covari
ability with the market portfolio.
4. The part of the risk that is correlated with the market portfolio,
the systematic risk, cannot be diversiﬁed away.
• Bearing systematic risk needs to be rewarded.
5. The part of an asset’s risk that is not correlated with the
market portfolio, the nonsystematic risk, can be diversiﬁed
away by holding a frontier portfolio.
• Bearing nonsystematic risk need not be rewarded.
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6. For any asset i:
E[˜ r
i
] −r
F
= β
iM
(E[˜ r
M
] −r
F
) (11.1)
where β
iM
= σ
iM
/σ
2
M
.
Given the premium of market portfolio, the riskless rate and
assets’ market betas, equation (11.1) determines the premium of
all assets.
We thus have an asset pricing model — the CAPM.
The relation between an asset’s risk premium and its market beta
is called the “Security Market Line” (SML).
Security Market Line (SML)
E
T
β
E[˜ r]
β
M
=1
r
F
¯ r
M
¯ r
i
β
i
¨
¨
¨
¨
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SML
v
M
` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `
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`
`
`
`
`
`
`
`
`
`
`
s
¯ r
M
−r
F
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Chapter 11 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) 1111
Example. Suppose that CAPM holds. The expected market
return is 14% and Tbill rate is 5%.
1. What should be the expected return on a stock with β = 0?
Answer: Same as the riskfree rate, 5%. Note:
• The stock may have signiﬁcant uncertainty in its return.
• This uncertainty is uncorrelated with the market return.
2. What should be the expected return on a stock with β = 1?
Answer: The same as the market return, 14%.
3. What should be the expected return on a portfolio made up
of 50% Tbills and 50% market portfolio?
Answer: the expected return should be
¯ r = (0.5)(0.05) +(0.5)(0.14) = 9.5%.
4. What should be expected return on stock with β = −0.6?
Answer: The expected return should be
¯ r = 0.05 +(−0.6)(0.14 −0.05) = −0.4%.
How can this be?
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4 Understanding Risk in CAPM
In CAPM, we can decompose an asset’s return into three pieces:
˜ r
i
−r
F
= α
i
+β
iM
(˜ r
M
−r
F
) + ˜ ε
i
where
• E[˜ ε
i
] = 0
• Cov[˜ r
M
, ˜ ε
i
] = 0.
Three characteristics of an asset:
• Beta.
• Sigma = StD (˜ ε
i
).
• Alpha.
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Beta
˜ r
i
−r
F
= α
i
+ β
iM
(˜ r
M
−r
F
) + ˜ ε
i
• Beta measures an asset’s systematic risk.
• Assets with higher betas are more sensitive to the market.
Two assets with same total volatility but diﬀerent betas
10 20 30 40
−0.5
0
0.5
1
1.5
2
asset beta = 0.2
time
r
e
t
u
r
n
10 20 30 40
−0.5
0
0.5
1
1.5
2
asset beta = 1.2
time
r
e
t
u
r
n
0.4 0.6 0.8 1 1.2
−0.5
0
0.5
1
1.5
2
market return
a
s
s
e
t
r
e
t
u
r
n
0.4 0.6 0.8 1 1.2
−0.5
0
0.5
1
1.5
2
market return
a
s
s
e
t
r
e
t
u
r
n
(Market premium = 8%, market volatility = 25%, asset volatility = 40%.)
Solid lines – asset rturns. Dotted lines – market returns.
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Sigma
˜ r
i
−r
F
= α
i
+β
iM
(˜ r
M
−r
F
) + ˜ ε
i
• An asset’s sigma measures its nonsystematic risk.
• Nonsystematic risk is uncorrelated with systematic risk.
Two assets with same total volatility but diﬀerent betas
10 20 30 40
−0.5
0
0.5
1
1.5
asset beta = 0.2
time
r
e
t
u
r
n
10 20 30 40
−0.5
0
0.5
1
1.5
asset beta = 1.2
time
r
e
t
u
r
n
10 20 30 40
−0.5
0
0.5
1
1.5
time
r
e
t
u
r
n
10 20 30 40
−0.5
0
0.5
1
1.5
time
r
e
t
u
r
n
(Market premium = 8%, market volatility = 25%, asset volatility = 40%.)
Solid lines – asset rturns. Dotted lines – market returns.
Dashdot lines – market component. Dashed lines – idiosyncratic component.
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We can decompose return and risk as follows:
˜ r
i
−r
F
=
systematic
component
. .. .
β
iM
(˜ r
M
−r
F
) +
nonsystematic
component
. .. .
˜ ε
i
.
total
risk
. .. .
Var[˜ r
i
] =
systematic
risk
. .. .
β
2
iM
Var[˜ r
M
] +
nonsystematic
risk
. .. .
Var[˜ ε
i
] .
Example. Systematic risk is only a part of return volatility.
Consider an asset with
• annual volatility (σ) of 40%
• market beta of 1.2.
Suppose that the annual volatility of the market is 25%. What
percentage of the total volatility of the asset is attributable to
nonsystematic risk?
(0.4)
2
= (1.2)
2
(0.25)
2
+Var[˜ ε].
Var[˜ ε] = 0.0700.
σ
ε
= 0.2645.
Nonsystematic risk
Total risk
=
0.07
0.16
= 43.75%.
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Example. Two assets with the same total risk can have very
diﬀerent systematic risks.
Suppose that σ
M
= 20%.
Stock Business Market beta Residual variance
1 Steel 1.5 0.10
2 Software 0.5 0.18
What is the total variance of each return?
σ
2
1
= β
2
1M
σ
2
M
+σ
2
1ε
= (1.5)
2
(0.2)
2
+0.10
= 0.19
σ
2
2
= β
2
2M
σ
2
M
+σ
2
2ε
= (0.5)
2
(0.2)
2
+0.18
= 0.19.
However
R
2
1
=
(1.5)
2
(0.2)
2
0.19
= 47%
R
2
2
=
(0.5)
2
(0.2)
2
0.19
= 5%.
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Alpha
˜ r
i
−r
F
= α
i
+β
iM
(˜ r
M
−r
F
) + ˜ ε
i
• According to CAPM, α should be zero for all assets.
• α measures an asset’s return in access of its riskadjusted
award according to CAPM.
What to do with an asset of positive α?
• Check estimation error.
• Past value of α may not predict its future value.
• Positive α may be compensating for other risks.
• . . .
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5 Applications of CAPM
Example. Required rates of return on IBM and Dell.
1. Use the valueweighted stock portfolio as a proxy for the
market portfolio.
2. Regress historic returns of IBM and Dell on the returns on the
valueweighted portfolio. Suppose the beta estimates are
β
IBM,VW
= 0.73 and β
Dell,VW
= 1.63.
3. Use historic excess returns on the value weighted portfolio to
estimated average market premium:
π = ¯ r
VW
−r
F
= 8.6%.
4. Obtain the current riskless rate. Suppose it is
r
F
= 4%.
5. Applying CAPM:
¯ r
IBM
= r
F
+β
IBM,VW
(¯ r
VW
−r
F
)
= 0.04 +(0.73)(0.086) = 0.1028.
The expected rate of return on IBM (under CAPM) is 10.28%.
Similarly, the expected rate of return on Dell is 18.02%.
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6 Empirical Evaluation of CAPM
1. Longrun average returns are signiﬁcantly related to beta:
(Source: Fisher Black, “Beta and return.”)
The dots show the actual average risk premiums from portfolios with
diﬀerent betas.
• high beta portfolios generated higher average returns
• high beta portfolios fall below SML
• low beta portfolios land above SML
• a line ﬁtted to the 10 portfolios would be ﬂatter than SML.
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2. CAPM does not seem to work well over the last 30 years:
Source: Fischer Black, “Beta and return.”
The dots show the actual average risk premiums from portfolios with
diﬀerent betas over diﬀerent periods. The relation between beta and
actual average return has been much weaker since the mid1960s.
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3. Factors other than beta seem important in pricing assets:
Source: G. Fama and K. French, “The CrossSection of Expected Stock Returns”.
Since mid1960s:
• Small stocks have outperformed large stocks
• Stocks with low ratios of markettobook value have outper
formed stocks with high ratios.
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7 Summary of CAPM
CAPM is attractive:
1. It is simple and sensible:
• is built on modern portfolio theory
• distinguishes systematic risk and nonsystematic risk
• provides a simple pricing model.
2. It is relatively easy to implement.
CAPM is controversial:
1. It is diﬃcult to test:
• diﬃcult to identify the market portfolio
• diﬃcult to estimate returns and betas.
2. Empirical evidence is mixed.
3. Alternative pricing models might do better.
• Multifactor CAPM.
• Consumption CAPM (CCAPM).
• APT.
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8 Appendix A: Capital Market Line
In the presence of a riskfree asset, all eﬃcient frontier portfolios lie on the
“Capital Market Line” (CML):
Capital Market Line (CML)
E
T
σ
E[˜ r]
σ
m
r
F
¯ r
m
¯ r
p
σ
p
¨
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m
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`
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`
`
`
s
¯ r
m
−r
F
• Investors hold only portfolios on CML
• The risk of an eﬃcient frontier portfolio is its StD
• CML gives the tradeoﬀ between portfolio risk and return
• The price of one unit risk for an eﬃcient portfolio is
E[˜ r
m
] −r
F
σ
m
[the risk premium on market portfolio per unit of its StD].
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9 Appendix B: Extensions of CAPM
9.1 Multifactor CAPM
In CAPM, investors care about returns on their investments over the next short
horizon — they follow myopic investment strategies.
Myopic strategy is optimal if
1. Investors have only short horizons, or
2. Investors’ asset demand does not change over time
• future returns same as today:
– the same r
F
, ¯ r
m
−r
F
, σ
m
, β
im
(i = 1, . . . , n)
• investors’ risk preferences same as today.
Thus, even if investors actually invest for a long horizon, CAPM may work
when future investment opportunities are the same as today.
In practice, however:
• Investors do invest over long horizons
• Investment opportunities do change over time.
Thus
• Investors may worry about unfavorable shifts in future investment oppor
tunities.
• They may accept lower expected returns on assets that help to hedge
against such shifts.
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Example. Graduating MBAs saving for retirement may worry about a fall in
future real interest rates.
• They might not be content with holding the market portfolio and the
riskless asset.
• They might overweight assets that do well if real interest rates fall.
• They would be willing to accept low returns on these assets (relative to
CAPM predictions).
How does this work?
1. In order to hedge the interest rate risk, construct a portfolio q that is
uncorrelated with the market but highly correlated with changes in real
interest rates.
2. The optimal portfolio now consists of three funds — “threefund separa
tion”:
• riskless asset
• market portfolio
• hedging portfolio q.
3. In equilibrium, an asset’s premium is given by a multifactor CAPM:
¯ r
i
−r
F
= β
im
(¯ r
m
−r
F
) +β
iq
¯ r
q
−r
F
.
In general, there are two types of systematic risks:
1. Static (temporal) — Market risk
2. Dynamic (intertemporal) — Changes in investment opportunities.
Investors demand to be rewarded for bearing both types of risks.
Multifactor CAPM tries to model the two types of systematic risk and how
these risks are priced:
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• Identify macroeconomic variables, the “factors”, that might aﬀect invest
ment opportunities.
• Find portfolios of traded securities that are highly correlated with these
factors.
• Hypothesize that the risk premium on an asset is linearly related to the
risk premium on these portfolios:
¯ r
i
−r
F
= α
i
+β
i1
¯ r
f1
−r
F
+. . . +β
iK
¯ r
fK
−r
F
.
where ¯ r
fk
is the return on the portfolio that is correlated with only the
kth factor.
• The factor beta’s can be estimated using regression analysis, as in the case
of CAPM.
Advantages of multifactor CAPM:
• Model captures diﬀerent types of systematic risk
(a) temporal
(b) intertemporal.
• Model has the potential to ﬁt data better.
Weaknesses of multifactor CAPM:
• Model does may not identify the macroeconomic variables that constitute
intertemporal risks.
• Model does may not specify the relative importance of these intertemporal
risks.
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9.2 Consumption CAPM (CCAPM)
To use the multifactor CAPM, we need to identify diﬀerent sources of intertem
poral risks in asset returns and specify their relative importance to investors.
The theory itself gives little information on these factors and the data we have
may not provide suﬃcient information either.
However, there is another way to characterize how investors perceive the risk
in asset returns — a way that allows us to collapse many risk factors into one.
Consider a representative investor who decides between how much to invest in
each asset:
She faces the following choices:
1. Consume $1 today
• achieve utility u
0
(c
0
), or
2. Invest the $1 in asset i
• receive $(1 +˜ r
i
) tomorrow
• consume the payoﬀ, and achieve utility u
1
(˜c
1
)(1 +˜ r
i
).
At optimum, she should be indiﬀerent between choice 1 and 2.
• If 1 is better, sell asset i and consume today.
• If 2 is better, cut consumption today and invest in asset i.
Thus, at the optimum:
u
0
(c
0
) = E
u
1
(˜c
1
)(1 +˜ r
i
)
.
In particular, for the riskfree asset:
u
0
(c
0
) = E
u
1
(˜c
1
)(1 +r
F
)
.
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Take the diﬀerence between the two equations:
E
u
1
(˜c
1
) (˜ r
i
−r
F
)
= 0.
Observation: For two random variables ˜ x and ˜ y,
E[˜ x˜ y] = Cov[˜ x, ˜ y] + ¯ x¯ y.
Thus
¯ r
i
−r
F
= −
1
E
u
1
(˜c
1
)
Cov
u
1
(˜c
1
), ˜ r
i
.
An asset’s risk premium is negatively related to the covariance between its
return and an investor’s future marginal utility.
Observation: The above must be true for any investor who is at optimum.
(a) For Cov
u
1
(˜c
1
), ˜ r
i
> 0
• asset i pays when future marginal utility money is high
• its payoﬀ is more valuable
• it commands negative premium.
(b) For Cov
u
1
(˜c
1
), ˜ r
i
< 0
• asset i pays when future marginal utility of money is low
• its payoﬀ is less valuable
• it commands positive premium.
Thus, an asset’s risk is measured by the covariance between its return and
investors’ marginal utility.
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More generally, we have
E
t
[˜ r
it+1
] −r
Ft
= −
1
E
t
u
1
(˜c
t+1
)
Cov
t
u
t+1
(˜c
t+1
), ˜ r
it+1
.
This is the Consumption CAPM.
Advantages of CCAPM:
• It gives the most general theory of risk.
• There is really only one risk — the risk in future consumption.
Weaknesses of CCAPM:
• Theory itself does not specify investors’ marginal utilities.
• Implementation relies on consumption data, which is lacking.
• Theory relies on rationality of individual investors.
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10 Homework
Readings:
• BKM Chapters 9.
• BM Chapters 8.2, 8.3.
• Readings package: “Beta and return” (F. Black).
Assignment:
• Problem Set 8.
• Project 2 on equity portfolio management.
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Contents
1 2 3 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 The Market Portfolio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Derivation of CAPM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
3.1 3.2 3.3 A Numerical Illustration of CAPM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 A Formal Derivation of CAPM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Implications of CAPM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
4 5 6 7 8 9
Understanding Risk in CAPM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1112 Applications of CAPM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1118 Empirical Evaluation of CAPM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1120 Summary of CAPM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1123 Appendix A: Capital Market Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1124 Appendix B: Extensions of CAPM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1125
9.1 9.2 Multifactor CAPM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1125 Consumption CAPM (CCAPM) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1128
10
Homework . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1131
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1
Introduction
Portfolio theory analyzes investors’ asset demand given asset returns. This chapter studies how investors’ asset demand determines the relation between assets’ risk and return in a market equilibrium (when demand equals supply). A model to price risky assets. Main question of this chapter
r E [˜i] = ?
Main points of portfolio theory 1. Diversify to eliminate nonsystematic risk. 2. Hold only the riskfree asset and the tangent portfolio. 3. An asset’s systematic risk is measured by contribution to the risk of the tangent portfolio – its beta βiT. 4. An asset’s risk premium is proportional to its systematic risk:
r ri − rF = βiT (¯T − rF) . ¯
Identifying the tangent portfolio gives a pricing model.
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Asset i’s market capitalization is MCAPi = (price per share)i × (# of shares outstanding)i. . .114 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) Chapter 11 2 The Market Portfolio Deﬁnition: The market portfolio is the portfolio of all risky assets traded in the market. The market portfolio is the portfolio with weights in each risky asset i being wi = MCAPi MCAPi = . . Suppose there are a total of i = 1. n MCAPj MCAPM j=1 We denote the market portfolio by wM. Deﬁnition: The market capitalization of an asset is its total market value. The total market capitalization of all risky assets is n MCAPM = i=1 MCAPi.407 Lecture Notes Fall 2003 c Jiang Wang . n risky assets. 15. .
Every investor puts their money into two pots: • the riskless asset • a single portfolio of risky assets – the tangent portfolio. 2. Investors have the same ﬁxed (static) investment horizon. There is a riskfree asset: • paying interest rate rF • in zero net supply. Investors agree on the distribution of asset returns. the tangent portfolio. Implications: 1.Chapter 11 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) 115 3 Derivation of CAPM Assumptions for this chapter: 1.407 Lecture Notes . c Jiang Wang Fall 2003 15. Investors hold eﬃcient frontier portfolios. 2. 5. 3. The tangent portfolio is the market portfolio. Demand of assets equals supply in equilibrium. All investors hold the risky assets in same proportions • they hold the same risky portfolio. 3. 4.
116 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) Chapter 11 3.407 Lecture Notes Fall 2003 c Jiang Wang . Their asset holdings (in billion dollars) are: Investor 1 2 3 Total Riskless 100 200 300 0 A 100 200 450 750 B C 200 100 400 200 900 450 1500 750 Claim: The market portfolio is the tangent portfolio: wM = wT .25. 1000.50. 0. There are only three investors in the economy. 15. 1500 billion dollars. wB . We show this through the example below. B and C. wC ) = (0.25). 0. 2 and 3. 1. Suppose that the tangent portfolio is wT = (wA . with total wealth of 500.1 A Numerical Illustration of CAPM CAPM requires that in equilibrium total asset holdings of all investors must equal the total supply of assets. There are only three risky assets. respectively. A.
25.00 3.0 5.Chapter 11 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) 117 In equilibrium.50 Efficiency frontier 4.0 1.50.00 = (0.25) = wT .0 3. 0.00 T=M 2. The market portfolio is the tangent portfolio: wM = 750 1500 750 . 4. 3000 3000 3000 5. 000 billion. The total market capitalization is 750 + 1500 + 750 = $3.0 6.0 Standard Deviation (%. the total dollar holding of each asset must equal its market value: Market capitalization of A = $750 billion Market capitalization of B = $1500 billion Market capitalization of C = $750 billion.00 0. per month) 3.50 1.50 Return (%.0 9.00 0.0 8.0 7.50 0.0 2.00 1. 0.0 10.407 Lecture Notes . . per month) c Jiang Wang Fall 2003 15.50 2.0 4.
2 A Formal Derivation of CAPM (1) There are k = 1. Stock market equilibrium: K k=1 k W k −WF wT = MCAPM wM . Thus. .407 Lecture Notes Fall 2003 c Jiang Wang . all wealth is invested in stocks: K k=1 W k = MCAPM. Since the net amount invested in the riskfree asset is zero. 2. . . . Market equilibrium — demand equals supply: 1. Money market equilibrium: K k=1 k WF = 0 (riskfree asset is in zero net supply) 2. The tangent portfolio is the market portfolio! 15. K investors. the total wealth of investors equals the total value of stocks: wT = wM .118 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) Chapter 11 3. (2) Investor k has wealth Wk and invests in two funds: k • WF in riskless asset k • W k −WF in the tangent portfolio wT.
c Jiang Wang Fall 2003 15. The market portfolio is the tangent portfolio. 3.3 Implications of CAPM 1. The part of an asset’s risk that is not correlated with the market portfolio. The risk of an individual asset is characterized by its covariability with the market portfolio.Chapter 11 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) 119 3. • Bearing systematic risk needs to be rewarded. • Bearing nonsystematic risk need not be rewarded. cannot be diversiﬁed away. 2. Combining the riskfree asset and the market portfolio gives the portfolio frontier. 4. The part of the risk that is correlated with the market portfolio.407 Lecture Notes . the systematic risk. can be diversiﬁed away by holding a frontier portfolio. the nonsystematic risk. 5.
We thus have an asset pricing model — the CAPM. Security Market Line (SML) E[˜] r T SML¨ ¨ M¨¨¨ v ¨¨ ¨ ¨ ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ¨¨ s ¨ ` ¨ ` ` rM − rF ¯ ¨¨ ¨ ` ¨ ` ¨¨ ` ¨ ` βi ` ` ` ` ` ` ¨ ¨¨ ¨ rM ¯ ri ¯ rF ` ` ¨¨ βM = 1 E β 15.1) determines the premium of all assets. For any asset i: E[˜i] − rF = βiM (E[˜M] − rF) r r 2 where βiM = σiM/σM. equation (11. The relation between an asset’s risk premium and its market beta is called the “Security Market Line” (SML).1) Given the premium of market portfolio. the riskless rate and assets’ market betas.1110 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) Chapter 11 6. (11.407 Lecture Notes Fall 2003 c Jiang Wang .
4%.05) = −0. What should be the expected return on a stock with β = 0? Answer: Same as the riskfree rate. What should be the expected return on a portfolio made up of 50% Tbills and 50% market portfolio? Answer: the expected return should be r = (0. Note: • The stock may have signiﬁcant uncertainty in its return.Chapter 11 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) 1111 Example.5)(0. 1.14 − 0. ¯ How can this be? c Jiang Wang Fall 2003 15.6)(0. The expected market return is 14% and Tbill rate is 5%. ¯ 4.6? Answer: The expected return should be r = 0.5)(0. What should be expected return on stock with β = −0. What should be the expected return on a stock with β = 1? Answer: The same as the market return. 5%. • This uncertainty is uncorrelated with the market return.05) + (0.5%. 14%. 3. 2.407 Lecture Notes . Suppose that CAPM holds.14) = 9.05 + (−0.
εi] = 0. we can decompose an asset’s return into three pieces: r ˜ ri − rF = αi + βiM (˜M − rF) + εi ˜ where • E[˜i] = 0 ε • Cov[˜M.1112 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) Chapter 11 4 Understanding Risk in CAPM In CAPM. • Sigma = StD (εi). 15.407 Lecture Notes Fall 2003 c Jiang Wang . ˜ • Alpha. r ˜ Three characteristics of an asset: • Beta.
8 1 market return 1.407 Lecture Notes .5 0 −0. market volatility = 25%.5 asset return 1 0.2 asset return 1 0. • Assets with higher betas are more sensitive to the market.5 10 20 time 30 40 2 1.5 10 20 time 30 40 return 1 1 0.4 0.5 0 −0.5 0 −0.) Solid lines – asset rturns.2 return 0.2 2 1. Dotted lines – market returns.6 0.4 0. c Jiang Wang Fall 2003 15.5 2 1.Chapter 11 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) 1113 Beta r ˜ ri − rF = αi + βiM (˜M − rF) + εi ˜ • Beta measures an asset’s systematic risk.5 0.6 0. Two assets with same total volatility but diﬀerent betas asset beta = 0.2 (Market premium = 8%.5 2 1. asset volatility = 40%.8 1 market return 1.5 asset beta = 1.5 0.5 0 −0.
Dotted lines – market returns. Dashed lines – idiosyncratic component.) Solid lines – asset rturns.5 10 20 time 30 40 (Market premium = 8%. • Nonsystematic risk is uncorrelated with systematic risk.5 0 −0.407 Lecture Notes Fall 2003 c Jiang Wang .2 1.5 1 1.1114 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) Chapter 11 Sigma r ri − rF = αi + βiM (˜M − rF) + εi ˜ ˜ • An asset’s sigma measures its nonsystematic risk.5 10 20 time 30 40 return 0. market volatility = 25%.2 return 0.5 1 1. 15.5 1 asset beta = 1.5 0 −0. Two assets with same total volatility but diﬀerent betas asset beta = 0.5 10 20 time 30 40 return 0. Dashdot lines – market component.5 0 −0.5 0 −0. asset volatility = 40%.5 10 20 time 30 40 1.5 1 return 0.
nonsystematic risk Var[˜i] r = 2 βiMVar[˜M] r + Var[˜i] ε . Nonsystematic risk 0.25)2 + Var[˜].2)2 (0.75%.Chapter 11 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) 1115 We can decompose return and risk as follows: systematic component nonsystematic component ri − rF ˜ total risk = r βiM (˜M − rF) systematic risk + εi ˜ .07 = = 43. Example.407 Lecture Notes . Systematic risk is only a part of return volatility.16 c Jiang Wang Fall 2003 15. ε Var[˜] = 0. ε σε = 0.2. Total risk 0. Consider an asset with • annual volatility (σ ) of 40% • market beta of 1.2645. Suppose that the annual volatility of the market is 25%. What percentage of the total volatility of the asset is attributable to nonsystematic risk? (0.0700.4)2 = (1.
5)2 (0.19 15.19 2 2 2 2 σ2 = β2M σM + σ2ε = (0.18 What is the total variance of each return? 2 2 2 2 σ1 = β1M σM + σ1ε = (1.2) = 5%.10 = 0.2)2 + 0.1116 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) Chapter 11 Example. R2 0.18 = 0.19.19 2 2 2 = (0. Two assets with the same total risk can have very diﬀerent systematic risks.5 0. Suppose that σM = 20%.10 Software 0.5) (0.5)2 (0.2) = 47% R1 0. However 2 2 2 = (1.5 0. Stock 1 2 Business Market beta Residual variance Steel 1.2)2 + 0.5) (0.407 Lecture Notes Fall 2003 c Jiang Wang .
.407 Lecture Notes .. c Jiang Wang Fall 2003 15. • Positive α may be compensating for other risks. What to do with an asset of positive α? • Check estimation error. • Past value of α may not predict its future value. • . α should be zero for all assets.Chapter 11 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) 1117 Alpha r ˜ ri − rF = αi + βiM (˜M − rF) + εi ˜ • According to CAPM. • α measures an asset’s return in access of its riskadjusted award according to CAPM.
15.6%. the expected rate of return on Dell is 18. Similarly.VW = 0.1118 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) Chapter 11 5 Applications of CAPM Example.407 Lecture Notes Fall 2003 c Jiang Wang . Applying CAPM: rIBM = rF + βIBM. 3.VW = 1. ¯ 4.VW (¯VW − rF ) ¯ r = 0.28%.02%. 1.04 + (0. Regress historic returns of IBM and Dell on the returns on the valueweighted portfolio. Required rates of return on IBM and Dell. Suppose the beta estimates are βIBM.086) = 0. 5. Use the valueweighted stock portfolio as a proxy for the market portfolio.73)(0.73 and βDell. Suppose it is rF = 4%. Obtain the current riskless rate.1028. Use historic excess returns on the value weighted portfolio to estimated average market premium: π = rVW − rF = 8. The expected rate of return on IBM (under CAPM) is 10. 2.63.
27 0.813 1. (c) Adjusted beta is obtained using other information.30 0.57 2.15 2.98 8.93 9.10 0.99 1.250 2.23 42.52 2.92 4.290 7. The alpha.44 1.25 America Online 67. Beta Alpha Num.72 17.21 1. of Obs.30 6. according to CAPM. DevN.26 6. (b) Betas are estimated with raw returns.– Std of of RSqr.05 4.13 Resid –Std. Beta AmerAlia 2.31 0.44 0.125 1. not risk risk premiums.40 GeneLink 0.407 Lecture Notes 1119 .55 1.12 16.25 0.74 General Mtrs 82.21 0.438 2.03 0.01 1.17 37.Chapter 11 Reading the Beta Book MLPF&S’s Beta Book 00/03 Close Price Beta 10.06 1. 15.09 Alpha Adj. 60 60 17 60 60 c Jiang Wang Ticker Symbol AALA AOL GNLK GM TSN Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) Fall 2003 Note: (a) S&P 500 is used as a proxy for the market.01 Tyson Foods 11.15 0.79 0. is rF (1 − β). Err.
15.1120 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) Chapter 11 6 Empirical Evaluation of CAPM 1. • high beta portfolios generated higher average returns • high beta portfolios fall below SML • low beta portfolios land above SML • a line ﬁtted to the 10 portfolios would be ﬂatter than SML. Longrun average returns are signiﬁcantly related to beta: (Source: Fisher Black.”) The dots show the actual average risk premiums from portfolios with diﬀerent betas.407 Lecture Notes Fall 2003 c Jiang Wang . “Beta and return.
” The dots show the actual average risk premiums from portfolios with diﬀerent betas over diﬀerent periods. c Jiang Wang Fall 2003 15. The relation between beta and actual average return has been much weaker since the mid1960s. “Beta and return.407 Lecture Notes .Chapter 11 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) 1121 2. CAPM does not seem to work well over the last 30 years: Source: Fischer Black.
Since mid1960s: • Small stocks have outperformed large stocks • Stocks with low ratios of markettobook value have outperformed stocks with high ratios.407 Lecture Notes Fall 2003 c Jiang Wang . Factors other than beta seem important in pricing assets: Source: G. French.1122 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) Chapter 11 3. Fama and K. 15. “The CrossSection of Expected Stock Returns”.
• APT. c Jiang Wang Fall 2003 15. It is simple and sensible: • is built on modern portfolio theory • distinguishes systematic risk and nonsystematic risk • provides a simple pricing model.407 Lecture Notes . Empirical evidence is mixed.Chapter 11 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) 1123 7 Summary of CAPM CAPM is attractive: 1. It is relatively easy to implement. • Consumption CAPM (CCAPM). CAPM is controversial: 1. 3. 2. It is diﬃcult to test: • diﬃcult to identify the market portfolio • diﬃcult to estimate returns and betas. • Multifactor CAPM. 2. Alternative pricing models might do better.
1124 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) Chapter 11 8 Appendix A: Capital Market Line In the presence of a riskfree asset. 15.407 Lecture Notes Fall 2003 c Jiang Wang . all eﬃcient frontier portfolios lie on the “Capital Market Line” (CML): Capital Market Line (CML) E[˜] r T CML v ¨¨ rm ¯ ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ¨¨ s ¨ ` ` ¨¨ ` ¨¨ ` ¨ ` ¨ ¨ ` ¨ ` ¨ ` rF ¨ ` ` ` ` ` m ¨¨¨ ¨ ¨¨ ¨ ¨¨ rp ¯ ¨¨ rm − r F ¯ σp σm E σ • Investors hold only portfolios on CML • The risk of an eﬃcient frontier portfolio is its StD • CML gives the tradeoﬀ between portfolio risk and return • The price of one unit risk for an eﬃcient portfolio is E[˜m ] − rF r σm [the risk premium on market portfolio per unit of its StD].
. .Chapter 11 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) 1125 9 9.407 Lecture Notes . In practice.1 Appendix B: Extensions of CAPM Multifactor CAPM In CAPM. n) ¯ • investors’ risk preferences same as today. however: • Investors do invest over long horizons • Investment opportunities do change over time. Thus • Investors may worry about unfavorable shifts in future investment opportunities. Thus. investors care about returns on their investments over the next short horizon — they follow myopic investment strategies. Investors have only short horizons. Myopic strategy is optimal if 1. . . • They may accept lower expected returns on assets that help to hedge against such shifts. σm . or 2. rm −rF . c Jiang Wang Fall 2003 15. CAPM may work when future investment opportunities are the same as today. even if investors actually invest for a long horizon. βim (i = 1. Investors’ asset demand does not change over time • future returns same as today: – the same rF .
Dynamic (intertemporal) — Changes in investment opportunities. In equilibrium. there are two types of systematic risks: 1. Investors demand to be rewarded for bearing both types of risks. • They would be willing to accept low returns on these assets (relative to CAPM predictions). Multifactor CAPM tries to model the two types of systematic risk and how these risks are priced: 15. How does this work? 1. Graduating MBAs saving for retirement may worry about a fall in future real interest rates. • They might overweight assets that do well if real interest rates fall. • They might not be content with holding the market portfolio and the riskless asset. an asset’s premium is given by a multifactor CAPM: r ri − rF = βim (¯m −rF ) + βiq rq −rF .1126 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) Chapter 11 Example.407 Lecture Notes Fall 2003 c Jiang Wang . In order to hedge the interest rate risk. ¯ ¯ In general. 3. Static (temporal) — Market risk 2. 2. The optimal portfolio now consists of three funds — “threefund separation”: • riskless asset • market portfolio • hedging portfolio q . construct a portfolio q that is uncorrelated with the market but highly correlated with changes in real interest rates.
as in the case of CAPM. • The factor beta’s can be estimated using regression analysis. Advantages of multifactor CAPM: • Model captures diﬀerent types of systematic risk (a) temporal (b) intertemporal. + βiK rf K −rF . c Jiang Wang Fall 2003 15. • Model has the potential to ﬁt data better. • Find portfolios of traded securities that are highly correlated with these factors. Weaknesses of multifactor CAPM: • Model does may not identify the macroeconomic variables that constitute intertemporal risks.Chapter 11 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) 1127 • Identify macroeconomic variables.407 Lecture Notes . that might aﬀect investment opportunities. • Hypothesize that the risk premium on an asset is linearly related to the risk premium on these portfolios: ri −rF = αi + βi1 rf 1 −rF + . . • Model does may not specify the relative importance of these intertemporal risks. ¯ ¯ ¯ where rf k is the return on the portfolio that is correlated with only the ¯ kth factor. . the “factors”.
she should be indiﬀerent between choice 1 and 2. Consume $1 today • achieve utility u0 (c0 ). Invest the $1 in asset i • receive $(1 + ri ) tomorrow ˜ • consume the payoﬀ. c 15.1128 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) Chapter 11 9. sell asset i and consume today. at the optimum: u0 (c0 ) = E u1 (˜1 )(1 + ri ) . However. Thus. • If 2 is better. c ˜ In particular. Consider a representative investor who decides between how much to invest in each asset: She faces the following choices: 1. • If 1 is better. cut consumption today and invest in asset i.2 Consumption CAPM (CCAPM) To use the multifactor CAPM. c ˜ At optimum. and achieve utility u1 (˜1 )(1 + ri ). we need to identify diﬀerent sources of intertemporal risks in asset returns and specify their relative importance to investors. The theory itself gives little information on these factors and the data we have may not provide suﬃcient information either. or 2. for the riskfree asset: u0 (c0 ) = E u1 (˜1 )(1 + rF ) . there is another way to characterize how investors perceive the risk in asset returns — a way that allows us to collapse many risk factors into one.407 Lecture Notes Fall 2003 c Jiang Wang .
c ˜ (a) For Cov u1 (˜1 ). (b) For Cov u1 (˜1 ). y ] + xy .407 Lecture Notes . Observation: The above must be true for any investor who is at optimum. an asset’s risk is measured by the covariance between its return and investors’ marginal utility. ˜ ˜ E[˜y ] = Cov[˜. c r Observation: For two random variables x and y . c Jiang Wang Fall 2003 15. c ˜ An asset’s risk premium is negatively related to the covariance between its return and an investor’s future marginal utility. ri < 0 c ˜ • asset i pays when future marginal utility of money is low • its payoﬀ is less valuable • it commands positive premium. Thus. x˜ x ˜ ¯¯ Thus ri − r F = − ¯ 1 E u1 (˜1 ) c Cov u1 (˜1 ).Chapter 11 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) 1129 Take the diﬀerence between the two equations: E u1 (˜1 ) (˜i − rF ) = 0. ri > 0 • asset i pays when future marginal utility money is high • its payoﬀ is more valuable • it commands negative premium. ri .
rit+1 . Weaknesses of CCAPM: • Theory itself does not specify investors’ marginal utilities. we have Et [˜it+1 ] − rFt = − r 1 Et u1 (˜t+1 ) c Covt ut+1 (˜t+1 ).1130 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) Chapter 11 More generally. • There is really only one risk — the risk in future consumption. Advantages of CCAPM: • It gives the most general theory of risk. • Theory relies on rationality of individual investors.407 Lecture Notes Fall 2003 c Jiang Wang . c ˜ This is the Consumption CAPM. 15. • Implementation relies on consumption data. which is lacking.
2. c Jiang Wang Fall 2003 15. 8.407 Lecture Notes . • Project 2 on equity portfolio management. Black). • BM Chapters 8. Assignment: • Problem Set 8. • Readings package: “Beta and return” (F.3.Chapter 11 Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) 1131 10 Homework Readings: • BKM Chapters 9.
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