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# 6 marks answer the theoretical futures price s 0 1 r

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(6 marks)Answer: The theoretical futures price = S0 (1+ rf)T= \$1,700 (1 + .02) = \$1,734. At \$1,641, the gold futures contract is underpriced. To benefit from the mispricing, we sell gold short \$1,700 today, lend the money at risk-free rate, and long gold future of \$1,641. One year from today well have cash inflows from the loan of \$1,734 and the proceeds from future position of (ST\$1,641), and outflow to close the short position of gold at spot price (ST). The arbitrage profit is thus \$1,734 + (ST\$1,641) + (ST) = \$93. Question 5 (12 marks) a. Answer the following two questions concerning portfolio risk/return measures versus the risk/return measures of the individual securities that make up the portfolio. Assume all weights are positive. 1) Can the return on the portfolio ever be less than the lowest return on an individual security in the portfolio? 2) Can the variance of the portfolio ever be less than the lowest variance of an individual security in the portfolio? (3 marks) b. What is the difference in cash flow between short-selling an asset and entering a short futures position? (3 Marks) Short selling results in an immediate cash inflow, whereas the short futures position does not:
Action Initial Cash Flow Cash Flow at Time T Short sale +S0STShort futures 0 F0STc. Differentiate between the Primary Market and the Secondary Market for stock markets. (3 marks) d. Differentiate between the Close-end mutual fund and the Open-end mutual fund. (3 marks) \

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