An established mining firm announces that it expects large losses over the following year due to flooding which has temporarily stalled production at its mines. Which statement(s) are correct?

(i) If the firm adheres to a full dividend payout policy it will not pay any dividends over the following year.

(ii) If the firm wants to signal that the loss is temporary it will maintain the same level of dividends. It can do this so long as it has enough retained profits.

(iii) By law, the firm will be unable to pay a dividend over the following year because it cannot pay a dividend when it makes a loss.

Select the most correct response:

You just signed up for a 30 year **fully amortising** mortgage loan with monthly payments of $2,000 per month. The interest rate is 9% pa which is not expected to change.

How much did you borrow? After 5 years, how much will be owing on the mortgage? The interest rate is still 9% and is not expected to change.

You just signed up for a 30 year **fully amortising** mortgage loan with monthly payments of $1,500 per month. The interest rate is 9% pa which is not expected to change.

To your surprise, you can actually afford to pay $2,000 per month and your mortgage allows early repayments without fees. If you maintain these higher monthly payments, how long will it take to pay off your mortgage?

You're considering making an investment in a particular company. They have preference shares, ordinary shares, senior debt and junior debt.

Which is the safest investment? Which will give the highest returns?

You believe that the price of a share will fall significantly very soon, but the rest of the market does not. The market thinks that the share price will remain the same. Assuming that your prediction will soon be true, which of the following trades is a bad idea? In other words, which trade will **NOT** make money or prevent losses?

You own some nice shoes which you use once per week on date nights. You bought them **2** years ago for $**500**. In your experience, shoes used once per week last for **6** years. So you expect yours to last for another **4** years.

Your younger sister said that she wants to borrow your shoes once per week. With the increased use, your shoes will only last for another **2** years rather than 4.

What is the present value of the cost of letting your sister use your current shoes for the next 2 years?

Assume: that bank interest rates are **10**% pa, given as an effective annual rate; you will buy a new pair of shoes when your current pair wears out and your sister will not use the new ones; your sister will only use your current shoes so she will only use it for the next 2 years; and the price of new shoes never changes.

**Question 523** income and capital returns, real and nominal returns and cash flows, inflation

A low-growth mature stock has an expected nominal total return of **6**% pa and nominal capital return of **2**% pa. Inflation is expected to be **3**% pa.

All of the above are effective **nominal** rates and investors believe that they will stay the same in perpetuity.

What are the stock's expected **real** total, capital and income returns?

The answer choices below are given in the same order.

The Australian central bank implements monetary policy by directly controlling which interest rate?

A stock is expected to pay its semi-annual dividend of $1 per share for the foreseeable future. The current stock price is $**40** and the continuously compounded risk free rate is **3**% pa for all maturities. An investor has just taken a **long** position in a **12**-month futures contract on the stock. The last dividend payment was exactly 4 months ago. Therefore the next $**1** dividend is in **2** months, and the $**1** dividend after is **8** months from now. Which of the following statements about this scenario is **NOT** correct?