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  1. Chapter 6: Risk and Rates of Return

  2. Chapter 6: Objectives • Inflation and rates of return • How to measure risk (variance, standard deviation, beta) • How to reduce risk (diversification) • How to pricerisk (security market line, Capital Asset Pricing Model)

  3. Risk and Return Annual Rates of Return 1926-2002 Standard Deviation Real Average Return Small- 33.2% 13.8% Stock Large- 20.5 9.1 Stock Long-term 8.7 3.1 Corp-bond Long-term 9.4 2.7 Gov-bond U.S. Tre-bill 3.2 0.7

  4. Interest Rates Inflation, Rates of Return, and the Fisher Effect

  5. Conceptually: Real risk-free Interest Rate k* Nominal risk-free Interest Rate krf Inflation- risk premium IRP = + Mathematically: (1 + krf) = (1 + k*) (1 + IRP) This is known as the “Fisher Effect” Interest Rates


  6. Interest Rates • Suppose the real rate is 3%, and the nominal rate is 8%. What is the inflation rate premium? (1 + krf) = (1 + k*) (1 + IRP) (1.08) = (1.03) (1 + IRP) (1 + IRP) = (1.0485), so IRP = 4.85%

  7. yield to maturity time to maturity (years) Term Structure of Interest Rates • The pattern of rates of return for debt securities that differ only in the length of time to maturity.

  8. yield to maturity time to maturity (years) Term Structure of Interest Rates • The yield curve may be downward sloping or “inverted” if rates are expected to fall.

  9. Required rate of return Risk-free rate of return = For a Treasury security, what is the required rate of return? Since Treasuries are essentially free of default risk, the rate of return on a Treasury security is considered the “risk-free” rate of return.

  10. Required rate of return Risk-free rate of return Risk premium = + For a corporate stock or bond, what is the required rate of return? How large of a risk premium should we require to buy a corporate security?

  11. Returns • Expected Return - the return that an investor expects to earn on an asset, given its price, growth potential, etc. • Required Return - the return that an investor requires on an asset given itsriskand market interest rates.

  12. Expected Return State of Probability Return Economy (P) Orl Utility Orl Tech Recession .20 4% -10% Normal .50 10% 14% Boom .30 14% 30% For each firm, the expected return on the stock is just a weighted average: k = P(k1)*k1 + P(k2)*k2 + ...+ P(kn)*kn

  13. Expected Return State of Probability Return Economy (P) Orl Utility Orl Tech Recession .20 4% -10% Normal .50 10% 14% Boom .30 14% 30% k = P(k1)*k1 + P(k2)*k2 + ...+ P(kn)*kn k (OU) = .2 (4%) + .5 (10%) + .3 (14%) = 10%

  14. Expected Return State of Probability Return Economy (P) Orl Utility Orl Tech Recession .20 4% -10% Normal .50 10% 14% Boom .30 14% 30% k = P(k1)*k1 + P(k2)*k2 + ...+ P(kn)*kn k(OT) = .2 (-10%)+ .5 (14%) + .3 (30%) = 14%

  15. Based only on your expected return calculations, which stock would you prefer?

  16. Have you considered RISK?

  17. What is Risk? • The possibility that an actual return will differ from our expected return. • Uncertainty in the distribution of possible outcomes.

  18. Company A Company B return return What is Risk? • Uncertainty in the distribution of possible outcomes.

  19. How do We Measure Risk? • To get a general idea of a stock’s price variability, we could look at the stock’s price range over the past year. 52 weeks Yld Vol Net Hi Lo Sym Div % PE 100s Hi Lo Close Chg 134 80 IBM .52 .5 21 143402 98 95 9549 -3 115 40 MSFT … 29 558918 55 52 5194 -475

  20. How do We Measure Risk? • A more scientific approach is to examine the stock’s standard deviation of returns. • Standard deviation is a measure of the dispersion of possible outcomes. • The greater the standard deviation, the greater the uncertainty, and, therefore, the greater the risk.

  21. s n i=1 S Standard Deviation = (ki - k)2 P(ki)

  22. s = (ki - k)2 P(ki) n i=1 S Utility ( 4% - 10%)2 (.2) = 7.2 (10% - 10%)2 (.5) = 0 (14% - 10%)2 (.3) = 4.8 Variance = 12 Stand. dev. = 12 = 3.46%

  23. s = (ki - k)2 P(ki) n i=1 S Technology (-10% - 14%)2 (.2) = 115.2 (14% - 14%)2 (.5) = 0 (30% - 14%)2 (.3) = 76.8 Variance = 192 Stand. dev. = 192 = 13.86%

  24. Which stock would you prefer? How would you decide?

  25. Summary Orlando Orlando Utility Technology Expected Return10% 14% Standard Deviation3.46% 13.86%

  26. Return Risk It depends on your tolerance for risk! Remember, there’s a tradeoff between risk and return.

  27. Portfolios • Combining several securities in a portfolio can actually reduce overall risk. • How does this work?

  28. kA rate of return kB time Suppose we have stock A and stock B. The returns on these stocks do not tend to move together over time (they are not perfectly correlated).

  29. What has happened to the variability of returns for the portfolio? kA kp rate of return kB time

  30. Diversification • Investing in more than one security to reduce risk. • If two stocks are perfectly positively correlated, diversification has no effect on risk. • If two stocks are perfectly negatively correlated, the portfolio is perfectly diversified.

  31. If you owned a share of every stock traded on the NYSE and NASDAQ, would you be diversified? YES! • Would you have eliminated all of your risk? NO! Common stock portfolios still have risk.

  32. Some risk can be diversified away and some cannot. • Market risk (systematic risk) is nondiversifiable. This type of risk cannot be diversified away. • Company-unique risk(unsystematic risk) is diversifiable. This type of risk can be reduced through diversification.

  33. Market Risk • Unexpected changes in interest rates. • Unexpected changes in cash flows due to tax rate changes, foreign competition, and the overall business cycle.

  34. Company-unique Risk • A company’s labor force goes on strike. • A company’s top management dies in a plane crash. • A huge oil tank bursts and floods a company’s production area.

  35. portfolio risk company- unique risk Market risk number of stocks As you add stocks to your portfolio, company-unique risk is reduced.

  36. Do some firms have more market risk than others? Yes. For example: Interest rate changes affect all firms, but which would be more affected: a) Retail food chain b) Commercial bank

  37. Note As we know, the market compensates investors for accepting risk - but only for market risk. Company-unique risk can and should be diversified away. So - we need to be able to measure market risk.

  38. This is why we have Beta. Beta: a measure of market risk. • Specifically, beta is a measure of how an individual stock’s returns vary with market returns. • It’s a measure of the “sensitivity” of an individual stock’s returns to changes in the market.

  39. The market’s beta is 1 • A firm that has a beta = 1 has average market risk. The stock is no more or less volatile than the market. • A firm with a beta > 1 is more volatile than the market. • (ex: technology firms) • A firm with a beta < 1 is less volatile than the market. • (ex: utilities)

  40. Beta = slope = 1.20 XYZ Co. returns . . . 15 . . . . . . . . 10 . . . . . . . . 5 . . . . S&P 500 returns . . . . -15 -10 5 15 -5 10 -5 . . . . . . . . -10 . . . . . . . . -15 Calculating Beta

  41. $50 $60 Pt+1 - Pt 60 - 50 Pt 50 = = 20% t t+1 Simple Return Calculations Pt+1 60 Pt 50 - 1 = -1 = 20%

  42. Portfolio Beta • Beta of Portfolio = Σ (percent invested in stock j) * (Bate of stock j)

  43. Summary: • We know how tomeasure risk, using standard deviation for overall risk and beta for market risk. • We know how to reduce overall risk to only market risk through diversification. • We need to know how to price risk so we will know how much extra return we should require for accepting extra risk.

  44. What is the Required Rate of Return? • The return on an investment required by an investor given market interest rates and the investment’s risk.

  45. Required rate of return Risk-free rate of return Risk premium = + market risk company- unique risk can be diversified away

  46. Let’s try to graph this relationship! Required rate of return Beta

  47. security market line (SML) 12% Risk-free rate of return (6%) Beta 1 Required rate of return .

  48. This linear relationship between risk and required return is known as the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM).

  49. SML Is there a riskless (zero beta) security? 12% Treasury securities are as close to riskless as possible. Risk-free rate of return (6%) 0 1 Required rate of return . Beta

  50. SML Where does the S&P 500 fall on the SML? 12% The S&P 500 is a good approximation for the market Risk-free rate of return (6%) 0 Beta 1 Required rate of return .