**Question 121** capital structure, leverage, costs of financial distress, interest tax shield

Fill in the missing words in the following sentence:

All things remaining equal, as a firm's amount of debt funding falls, benefits of interest tax shields __________ and the costs of financial distress __________.

An industrial chicken farmer grows chickens for their meat. Chickens:

- Cost $
**0.50**each to buy as chicks. They are bought on the day they’re born, at t=**0**. - Grow at a rate of $
**0.70**worth of meat per chicken per week for the first 6 weeks (t=**0**to t=**6**). - Grow at a rate of $
**0.40**worth of meat per chicken per week for the next 4 weeks (t=**6**to t=**10**) since they’re older and grow more slowly. - Feed costs are $
**0.30**per chicken per week for their whole life. Chicken feed is bought and fed to the chickens once per week at the beginning of the week. So the first amount of feed bought for a chicken at t=**0**costs $0.30, and so on. - Can be slaughtered (killed for their meat) and sold at no cost at the
**end**of the week. The price received for the chicken is their total value of meat (note that the chicken grows fast then slow, see above).

The required return of the chicken farm is **0.5%** given as an effective **weekly** rate.

Ignore taxes and the fixed costs of the factory. Ignore the chicken’s welfare and other environmental and ethical concerns.

Find the equivalent **weekly** cash flow of slaughtering a chicken at **6** weeks and at **10** weeks so the farmer can figure out the best time to slaughter his chickens. The choices below are given in the same order, 6 and 10 weeks.

Unrestricted negative gearing is allowed in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Negative gearing laws allow income losses on investment properties to be deducted from a tax-payer's pre-tax personal income. Negatively geared investors benefit from this tax advantage. They also hope to benefit from capital gains which exceed the income losses.

For example, a property investor buys an apartment funded by an interest only mortgage loan. Interest expense is $2,000 per month. The rental payments received from the tenant living on the property are $1,500 per month. The investor can deduct this income loss of $500 per month from his pre-tax personal income. If his personal marginal tax rate is 46.5%, this saves $232.5 per month in personal income tax.

The advantage of negative gearing is an example of the benefits of:

Select the most correct statement from the following.

'Chartists', also known as 'technical traders', believe that:

Some countries' interest rates are so low that they're zero.

If interest rates are **0**% pa and are expected to stay at that level for the foreseeable future, what is the most that you would be prepared to pay a bank now if it offered to pay you $**10** at the end of every year for the next **5** years?

In other words, what is the present value of five $10 payments at time 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 if interest rates are 0% pa?

**Question 526** real and nominal returns and cash flows, inflation, no explanation

How can a **nominal** cash flow be precisely converted into a **real** cash flow?

A company conducts a **2** for **3** rights issue at a subscription price of $**8** when the pre-announcement stock price was $**9**. Assume that all investors use their rights to buy those extra shares.

What is the percentage increase in the stock price and the number of shares outstanding? The answers are given in the same order.

An investor owns a portfolio with:

- 80% invested in stock A; and
- 20% invested in stock B.

Today there was a:

- 10% rise in stock A's price; and
- No change in stock B's price.

No dividends were paid on either stock. What was the total historical **portfolio** return on this day? All returns above and answer options below are given as effective daily rates.

Which derivatives position has the possibility of unlimited potential gains?