**Question 35** bond pricing, zero coupon bond, term structure of interest rates, forward interest rate

A European company just issued two bonds, a

- 1 year zero coupon bond at a yield of 8% pa, and a
- 2 year zero coupon bond at a yield of 10% pa.

What is the company's forward rate over the second year (from t=1 to t=2)? Give your answer as an effective annual rate, which is how the above bond yields are quoted.

A stock is expected to pay the following dividends:

Cash Flows of a Stock | ||||||

Time (yrs) | 0 | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | ... |

Dividend ($) | 0 | 6 | 12 | 18 | 20 | ... |

After year 4, the dividend will grow in perpetuity at 5% pa. The required return of the stock is 10% pa. Both the growth rate and required return are given as effective annual rates.

What is the current price of the stock?

A company increases the proportion of debt funding it uses to finance its assets by issuing bonds and using the cash to repurchase stock, leaving assets unchanged.

Ignoring the costs of financial distress, which of the following statements is **NOT** correct:

**Question 442** economic depreciation, no explanation

A fairly valued share's current price is $**4** and it has a total required return of **30**%. Dividends are paid annually and next year's dividend is expected to be $1. After that, dividends are expected to grow by **5**% pa. All rates are effective annual returns.

What is the expected dividend cash flow, economic depreciation, and economic income and economic value added (EVA) that will be earned over the second year (from t=**1** to t=**2**) and paid at the end of that year (t=**2**)?

**Question 554** inflation, real and nominal returns and cash flows

On his 20th birthday, a man makes a resolution. He will put $**30** cash under his bed at the **end** of every month starting from today. His birthday today is the first day of the month. So the first addition to his cash stash will be in one month. He will write in his will that when he dies the cash under the bed should be given to charity.

If the man lives for another **60** years, how much money will be under his bed if he dies just after making his last (720th) addition?

Also, what will be the **real** value of that cash in today's prices if inflation is expected to **2.5%** pa? Assume that the inflation rate is an effective annual rate and is not expected to change.

The answers are given in the same order, the amount of money under his bed in 60 years, and the real value of that money in today's prices.

Find the cash flow from assets (CFFA) of the following project.

Project Data | |

Project life | 2 years |

Initial investment in equipment | $8m |

Depreciation of equipment per year for tax purposes | $3m |

Unit sales per year | 10m |

Sale price per unit | $9 |

Variable cost per unit | $4 |

Fixed costs per year, paid at the end of each year | $2m |

Tax rate | 30% |

Note 1: Due to the project, the firm will have to purchase $40m of inventory initially (at t=0). Half of this inventory will be sold at t=1 and the other half at t=2.

Note 2: The equipment will have a book value of $2m at the end of the project for tax purposes. However, the equipment is expected to fetch $1m when it is sold. Assume that the full capital loss is tax-deductible and taxed at the full corporate tax rate.

Note 3: The project will be fully funded by equity which investors will expect to pay dividends totaling $10m at the end of each year.

Find the project's CFFA at time zero, one and two. Answers are given in millions of dollars ($m).

**Question 700** utility, risk aversion, utility function, gamble

Mr Blue, Miss Red and Mrs Green are people with different utility functions.

Each person has $50 of initial wealth. A coin toss game is offered to each person at a casino where the player can win or lose $50. Each player can flip a coin and if they flip heads, they receive $50. If they flip tails then they will lose $50. Which of the following statements is **NOT** correct?

**Question 721** mean and median returns, return distribution, arithmetic and geometric averages, continuously compounding rate

Fred owns some Commonwealth Bank (CBA) shares. He has calculated CBA’s monthly returns for each month in the past 20 years using this formula:

###r_\text{t monthly}=\ln \left( \dfrac{P_t}{P_{t-1}} \right)###He then took the arithmetic average and found it to be **1**% per month using this formula:

He also found the standard deviation of these monthly returns which was **5**% per month:

Which of the below statements about Fred’s CBA shares is **NOT** correct? Assume that the past historical average return is the true population average of future expected returns.

**Question 883** monetary policy, impossible trinity, foreign exchange rate

It’s often thought that the ideal currency or exchange rate regime would:

1. Be **fixed** against the USD;

2. Be **convertible** to and from USD for traders and investors so there are open goods, services and capital markets, and;

3. Allow **independent** monetary policy set by the country’s central bank, independent of the US central bank. So the country can set its own interest rate independent of the US Federal Reserve’s USD interest rate.

However, not all of these characteristics can be achieved. One must be sacrificed. This is the 'impossible trinity'.

Which of the following exchange rate regimes sacrifices **convertibility**?

**Question 904** option, Black-Scholes-Merton option pricing, option on future on stock index

A **six** month European-style **call** option on six month S&P500 index **futures** has a strike price of **2800** points.

The six month **futures** price on the S&P500 index is currently at **2740.805274** points. The futures underlie the call option.

The S&P500 stock index currently trades at **2700** points. The stock index underlies the futures. The stock index's standard deviation of continuously compounded returns is **25**% pa.

The risk-free interest rate is **5**% pa continuously compounded.

Use the Black-Scholes-Merton formula to calculate the option price. The call option price now is: