Let’s summarize where we are so far: The optimal combinations result in lowest level of risk for a given return. The optimal trade-off is described as the efficient frontier. These portfolios are dominant (i.e., better). Including Riskless Investments. The optimal combination becomes linear
Let’s summarize where we are so far:
The optimal combinations result in lowest level of risk for a given return.
The optimal trade-off is described as the efficient frontier.
These portfolios are dominant (i.e., better).
The optimal combination becomes linear
A single combination of risky and riskless assets will dominate
The Capital Market Line or CML
CAL (P) = CML
CAL(P) = Capital Market Line or CML dominates other lines because it has the the largest slope
Slope = (E(rp) - rf) / sp
(CML maximizes the slope or the return per unit of risk or it equivalently maximizes the Sharpe ratio)
We want our CAL to be drawn tangent to the Efficient Frontier and the risk-rate. This tells us the “optimal risky portfolio”.
Once we’ve drawn the CAL, we can use the investor’s risk-aversion to determine where he or she should be on the CAL.
Assume that for the “optimal risky portfolio”: E(rp) =15%, σp = 22%, and rf = 7%.
Each investor’s “complete portfolio” (we’ll use subscript “C” to designate it) is determined by their risk aversion. Let “y” be the fraction of the dollars they invest in the optimal risky portfolio and “1-y” equal the fraction in T-bills.
Expected reward, risk, and Sharpe measure for each investor’s “complete portfolio”:
E(rc) = (1- y) rf + (y) E(rp)
σc = y σp
S = (E(rp) - rf ) / σp
y 1-y E(rc) – rfsc S
Retiree Fred01.0 0 0 ?
Mid-life Rose0.50.5 (.5)(8%) = 4% 11% 8/22
The Just-Married Jones1.0 0.0 8% 22% 8/22
“Single and Loving it” Sali *1.4 - 0.4 (1.4)(8%) =11.2% 30.8% 8/22
Doubling the risk, doubles the expected reward. Sharpe ratio doesn’t change.
Here is the Capital Allocation Line for the example: E(rp) =15%, σp = 22%, and rf = 7%.
Optimal risky portfolio is point “P”
The Capital Allocation Line has an intercept of rf and a slope (rise/run) equal to the Sharpe ratio.
6.5 A Single Index Asset Market
We have learned that investors should diversify.
Individual securities will be held in a portfolio.
What do we call the risk that cannot be diversified away, i.e., the risk that remains when the stock is put into a portfolio?
How do we measure a stock’s systematic risk?
Consequently, the relevant risk of an individual security is the risk that remains when the security is placed in a portfolio.
Systematic risk arises from events that effect the entire economy such as a change in interest rates or GDP or a financial crisis such as occurred in 2007and 2008.
If a well diversified portfolio has no unsystematic risk then any risk that remains must be systematic.
That is, the variation in returns of a well diversified portfolio must be due to changes in systematic factors.
How do we measure a stock’s systematic risk?
Δ interest rates,
Δ consumer spending,
Risk Premium Format
Let: Ri = (ri - rf)
Rm = (rm - rf)
Ri = ai + ßi(Rm)+ ei
Ri = E(Ri) + ßiM + ei
Ri = Actual excess return = ri – rf
E(Ri) = expected excess return
Two sources of Uncertainty
= some systematic factor or proxy; in this case M is unanticipated movement in a well diversified broad market index like the S&P500
= sensitivity of a securities’ particular return to the factor
= unanticipated firm specific events
Market Risk Prem
or Index Risk Prem
= the stock’s expected excess return if the
market’s excess return is zero, i.e., (rm - rf) = 0
ßi(rm - rf)= the component of excess return due to
movements in the market index
ei = firm specific component of excess return that is not due to market movements
Excess Returns (i)
on market index
Ri = ai + ßiRm + ei
Slope of SCL = beta
y-intercept = alpha
Market or systematic risk:
Unsystematic or firm specific risk:
Total risk =
ßiM + ei
risk related to the systematic or macro economic factorin this case the market index
risk not related to the macro factor or market index
Systematic + Unsystematic
i2 = Systematic risk + Unsystematic Risk
bi2sm2 + s2(ei)
si2 = total variance
bi2sm2 = systematic variance
s2(ei) = unsystematic variance
Total Risk =
Systematic Risk / Total Risk =
Systematic Risk + Unsystematic Risk
ßi2 sm2 / si2 = r2
bi2sm2 / (bi2sm2 + s2(ei)) = r2
Reduces the number of inputs needed to account for diversification benefits
If you want to know the risk of a 25 stock portfolio you would have to calculate 25 variances and (25x24) = 600 covariance terms
With the index model you need only 25 betas
Easy reference point for understanding stock risk.
βM = 1, so if βi > 1 what do we know?
If βi < 1?
When ranking portfolios and security performance
we must consider both return & risk
“Well performing” diversified portfolios provide high Sharpe ratios:
Sharpe = (rp – rf) / p
You can also use the Sharpe ratio to evaluate an individual stock if the investor does not diversify
“Well performing” individual stocks held in diversified portfolios can be evaluated by the stock’s alpha in relation to the stock’s unsystematic risk.