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CHAPTER 5
Introduction to Risk, Return, and
the Historical Record
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Interest Rate Determinants
Supply
Households
Demand
Businesses
Governments Net Supply and/or
Demand
Federal Reserve Actions
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Real and Nominal Rates of Interest
Nominal interest
rate: Growth rate of
your money
Real interest rate:
Growth rate of your
purchasing power
Let R = nominal
rate, r = real rate
and I = inflation
rate. Then:
i R r ~
i
i R
r
+
=
1
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Equilibrium Real Rate of Interest
Determined by:
Supply
Demand
Government actions
Expected rate of inflation
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Figure 5.1 Determination of the Equilibrium
Real Rate of Interest
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Equilibrium Nominal Rate of Interest
As the inflation rate increases, investors
will demand higher nominal rates of return
If E(i) denotes current expectations of
inflation, then we get the Fisher Equation:
Nominal rate = real rate + inflation
forecast
( ) R r E i = +
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Taxes and the Real Rate of Interest
Tax liabilities are based on nominal
income
Given a tax rate (t) and nominal
interest rate (R), the Real aftertax
rate is:
The aftertax real rate of return falls as
the inflation rate rises.
(1 ) ( )(1 ) (1 ) R t i r i t i r t it = + =
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Rates of Return for Different Holding
Periods
100
( ) 1
( )
f
r T
P T
=
Zero Coupon Bond, Par = $100, T=maturity,
P=price, r
f
(T)=total risk free return
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Example 5.2 Annualized Rates of Return
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Equation 5.7 EAR
EAR definition: percentage increase in
funds invested over a 1year horizon
( )  
T
f
T r EAR
1
1 1 + = +
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Equation 5.8 APR
APR: annualizing using simple interest
( )
T
EAR
APR
T
1 1 +
=
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Table 5.1 APR vs. EAR
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Table 5.2 Statistics for TBill Rates, Inflation
Rates and Real Rates, 19262009
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Bills and Inflation, 19262009
Moderate inflation can offset most of the
nominal gains on lowrisk investments.
A dollar invested in Tbills from19262009
grew to $20.52, but with a real value of only
$1.69.
Negative correlation between real rate and
inflation rate means the nominal rate
responds less than 1:1 to changes in
expected inflation.
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Figure 5.3 Interest Rates and Inflation,
19262009
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Risk and Risk Premiums
P
D P P
HPR
0
1 0 1
+
=
HPR = Holding Period Return
P
0
= Beginning price
P
1
= Ending price
D
1
= Dividend during period one
Rates of Return: Single Period
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Ending Price = 110
Beginning Price = 100
Dividend = 4
HPR = (110  100 + 4 )/ (100) = 14%
Rates of Return: Single Period Example
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Expected returns
p(s) = probability of a state
r(s) = return if a state occurs
s = state
Expected Return and Standard
Deviation
( ) ( ) ( )
s
E r p s r s =
2
o = STD
Standard Deviation (STD):
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Scenario VAR and STD
Example VAR calculation:
2
= .25(.31  0.0976)
2
+.45(.14  .0976)
2
+ .25(0.0675  0.0976)
2
+ .05(.52 
.0976)
2
= .038
Example STD calculation:
1949 .
038 .
=
= o
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Time Series Analysis of Past Rates of
Return
= =
= =
n
s
n
s
s r
n
s r s p r E
1 1
) (
1
) ( ) ( ) (
The Arithmetic Average of rate of return:
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Geometric Average Return
1
/ 1
=
TV
g
n
TV = Terminal Value of the
Investment
g= geometric average
rate of return
) 1 )...( 1 )( 1 (
2 1 n n
r r r TV + + + =
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Geometric Variance and Standard
Deviation Formulas
Estimated Variance = expected value of
squared deviations
( )
2
1
_
2
^
1
=
(
=
n
s
r s r
n
o
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Geometric Variance and Standard
Deviation Formulas
When eliminating the bias, Variance and
Standard Deviation become:
( )
2
1
_
^
1
1
=
(
=
n
j
r s r
n
o
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The RewardtoVolatility (Sharpe)
Ratio
Sharpe Ratio for Portfolios:
Returns Excess of SD
Premium Risk
=
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The Normal Distribution
Investment management is easier when
returns are normal.
Standard deviation is a good measure of risk
when returns are symmetric.
If security returns are symmetric, portfolio
returns will be, too.
Future scenarios can be estimated using only
the mean and the standard deviation.
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Figure 5.4 The Normal Distribution
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Normality and Risk Measures
What if excess returns are not normally
distributed?
Standard deviation is no longer a complete
measure of risk
Sharpe ratio is not a complete measure of
portfolio performance
Need to consider skew and kurtosis
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Skew and Kurtosis
Skew
Equation 5.19
Kurtosis
Equation 5.20
(
(
(
(

.

\

=
3
^
3
_
o
R R
average skew
3
4
^
4
_
(
(
(
(

.

\

=
o
R R
average kurtosis
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Figure 5.5A Normal and Skewed
Distributions
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Figure 5.5B Normal and FatTailed
Distributions (mean = .1, SD =.2)
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Value at Risk (VaR)
A measure of loss most frequently
associated with extreme negative
returns
VaR is the quantile of a distribution
below which lies q % of the possible
values of that distribution
The 5% VaR , commonly estimated in
practice, is the return at the 5
th
percentile
when returns are sorted from high to low.
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Expected Shortfall (ES)
Also called conditional tail expectation
(CTE)
More conservative measure of
downside risk than VaR
VaR takes the highest return from the
worst cases
ES takes an average return of the worst
cases
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Lower Partial Standard Deviation (LPSD)
and the Sortino Ratio
Issues:
Need to consider negative deviations
separately
Need to consider deviations of returns
from the riskfree rate.
LPSD: similar to usual standard
deviation, but uses only negative
deviations from r
f
Sortino Ratio replaces Sharpe Ratio
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Historic Returns on Risky Portfolios
Returns appear normally distributed
Returns are lower over the most recent half of
the period (19862009)
SD for small stocks became smaller; SD for
longterm bonds got bigger
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Historic Returns on Risky Portfolios
Better diversified portfolios have higher
Sharpe Ratios
Negative skew
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Figure 5.7 Nominal and Real Equity
Returns Around the World, 19002000
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Figure 5.8 Standard Deviations of Real Equity and
Bond Returns Around the World, 19002000
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Figure 5.9 Probability of Investment Outcomes
After 25 Years with a Lognormal Distribution
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Terminal Value with Continuous
Compounding
2 2
1 1
20 20
[1 ( )]
T
g gT T T
e e
E r
+ +
(
= =
(
(
+
When the continuously compounded rate
of return on an asset is normally
distributed, the effective rate of return will
be lognormally distributed.
The Terminal Value will then be:
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Figure 5.10 Annually Compounded,
25Year HPRs
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Figure 5.11 Annually Compounded,
25Year HPRs
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Figure 5.12 Wealth Indexes of Selected Outcomes of Large
Stock Portfolios and the Average Tbill Portfolio
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