429mtf05 - Name: SID: HADM 429 MIDTERM FALL 2005: OCTOBER...

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Name: SID: HA DM 429 M IDTERM F ALL 2005: O CTOBER 6, 2005 This midterm will highlight for you “why have we learned this?” and “what can I use these tools to do?”—questions that are inevitably circulating in your mind. The focus is not just on application of but also on applying your qualitative understanding in a variety of contexts. 1. You will have exactly 3 hours for this exam. Any failure to turn in your response IMMEDIATELY when instructed to at the conclusion of the exam will result in a PENALTY. Please take care to use your time wisely as some questions are lengthier than others. When asked for short answer responses— be concise . Use of bullet points will suffice; you need not present answers in a full essay format. 2. The exam has 7 sections. All Sections except the Bonus are worth the same amount: 30 pts each. Bonus is worth 20. 3. Make all responses in your whitebooks; turn in your whitebook and your 8.5x11 crib sheet when you have completed. Make sure your name is on everything you turn in. You may keep the test questions. As much as possible, please record your answers in order. Only responses in your whitebooks will be considered . 4. One-side of an 8.5x11 sheet of paper is all the outside help you will be afforded. You must hand in this crib sheet with your exam. The use of spreadsheet applications, additional outside assistance or materials of any kind, including that of another student, is strictly prohibited and will be dealt with as a violation of the Code of Academic Integrity. Penalties may include failure in this class and expulsion. Your participation in this exercise and any grade granted for it presupposes and is conditional on acceptance of the aforementioned conditions.
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P ART I: I NTERVIEW Q UESTIONS [6 P TS E A /30 T OTAL ] One very important goal of this class is to make you literate and fluent in the language of finance and investing. Time and again, I receive feedback from students saying that the things spoken about in class have been integral in interviews and have helped them to carry on meaningful conversations in the workplace. These questions are actual interview questions that students have relayed to me from full-time job interviews that pertain to this class. 1. When investing in bonds, one takes on a variety of risks. Explain to me at least two distinct sources of risk and how they pertain to evaluating bonds. 2. We are now in a period of rapidly decreasing slope in the Treasury yield curve. Some believe that the curve will soon be negatively sloped. From the three major yield curve theories, explain how each would seek to explain this phenomenon if they can at all. 3.
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