# risk and return

**Topics:**Capital asset pricing model, Financial markets, Modern portfolio theory

**Pages:**21 (2076 words)

**Published:**October 11, 2013

TOPIC 4

Learning Objectives

1. Understand the meaning of risk and return

2. Identify risk and return relationship

3. Discuss the measurement of expected return

and standard deviation

4. Understand portfolio and diversification

5. Distinguish the different types of investment

risks

6. Measurement of return based on CAPM

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RETURN DEFINED

• Return represents the total gain or loss on an investment. •

Basic concept:

Each investor desires a return for every single dollar of their investment.

Example 1:

Rita invests in 10 unit shares valued at RM1000. At the end of year, she sells all the shares @ RM1100. How much return

received by Rita for her investment?

RM100 (Holding return dollar gain)

r = RM1,100 + 0 – RM1,000

RM1,000

= 10% (so holding period rate of return is 10%)

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Return Defined

Exercise 1

Calculate the holding period rate of return of each

quarter below.

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Dividend

0.50

1.20

0

1.95

Purchase price

100

98

101

102

Selling Price

98

101

102

108

HP Rate of

Return

?

?

?

?

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EXPECTED RETURN

• Expected Return ( r )- the return that an investor expects to earn on an asset, given its price, growth potential, etc.

• Required Return ( r )- the return that an investor requires on an asset given its risk and market interest rates.

Expected rate of return from investment is determined by the different possible outcomes such probabilities of the

occurrence of the various states of the economy.

In the unstable situation, it is hard for the investors to be assured on the expected rate of return.

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Expected Rate of Return

• Expected rate of return - The weighted average of all possible returns where the returns are weighted by the probability that each will occur.

OR, WE CAN PUT THIS WAY

r = Pb1*r1 + Pb2*r2 + ...+ Pbn*rn

where;

Pb = probability of occurrence of the outcome

r = return for the outcome

n = number of outcomes considered

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Expected Rate of Return

Example 2

State of the

economy

Probability

Return

Recession

20%

10%

Normal

30%

12%

Boom

50%

14%

r = (0.2)(10%) + (0.3)(12%) + (0.5)(14%)

= 12.6%

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Expected Rate of Return

Exercise 2

State of

Economy

Recession

Normal

Boom

Probability

Return

(Pb)

Company A

Company B

0.20

4%

-10%

0.50

10%

14%

0.30

14%

30%

a. What is the expected return for each company?

b. Explain which company’s return is more risky?

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RISK DEFINED

• Risk is potential variability in future cash flow.

• The possibility that an actual return will differ from our expected return.

• The wider the range of possible future events that can occur, the greater the risk.

• Concept: If the investment involved is a high risk investment, the investor will target for the greater expected rate of return. (High risk, high return)

Probability- Chances that an

investment will generate

expected rate of return for

investor.

Return

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STANDARD DEVIATION

HOW DO WE MEASURE RISK?

• Standard deviation (SD) is one way to measure risk. It

measures the volatility or riskiness of portfolio returns

(dispersion of possible outcomes).

•

SD (-sigma) = square root of the weighted average squared deviation of each possible return from the expected return.

•

The greater the standard deviation, the greater the

uncertainty, and the greater the risk.

Standard Deviation Formula:

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Standard Deviation

Example 3 (From Exercise 2)

Which stock would you prefer?

How would you decide?

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Standard Deviation

Summary

Expected Return

Standard Deviation

Company

A

B

10%

14%

3.46% 13.86%

We can conclude that, company A has lower risk compared to

investment B BUT Company B has higher return.

Final choice is determined...

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