1. Profile photo of Mahoysam says

    Hi Mr John,

    You mentioned in the lecture that you will provide a checklist of the formulae that will need to be learned and the ones that are on the sheet. I already have the formula sheet, I wonder if the list of formulas that I need to learn by heart is available ? Other wise, I will just make sure to compile them all throughout your lectures.

    Thanks, Maha

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says


      Oh dear – I don’t remember saying that I would provide a checklist.

      However, it is less relevant these days. As I have written in the Course Notes, the examiner has said that he will not test calculations on portfolio theory and so those formulate are not needed. I have only left the examples there because I think they help understand what is happening (and he can expect you to be able to write about the idea).

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      Sorry – it was a very long time ago.
      It has been removed from the notes because (as the notes say) you can no longer be asked for calculations on portfolio theory.
      You can only be expected to be aware of the idea.

      • Profile photo of Mahoysam says

        Hi Mr John – Yeah, I realised that it was unlikely but it is better to be safe than sorry. Ok sure I understand now, the examples were helpful and I am glad to know that I will only be requested to write when it comes to portfolio theory.

        May I ask, I can also see formulas in the next chapter (capital asset pricing model) which are not in the formula sheet, do I take it as a rule that any formulas included in the notes but not on the formula sheet are important and need to be memorised by heart because they could come in the exam ? (even if unlikely).

        I tend to assume that anything in the notes is relevant, so right now I am assuming that any formulas included there should be memorised by heart if not provided in the formula sheet.

        Thanks a lot and :)


  2. Profile photo of chiclarence says

    in the examples we have had so far we are combining two investments or chose one from a group to combine with an already existing investment. in real life we may have to combine more than 2 investments. is there a formula for this?
    thank you

      • Profile photo of John Moffat says

        It could be, but please make sure you have noticed that the Course Notes stress that the examiner has said that he will no longer ask portfolio calculations (and will no longer therefore give the formula). However he can expect you to be able to explain the idea.
        That is the reason that I have left the chapter in the notes (and the lectures) – not because you can be asked for the arithmetic, but because it might help you make sense of the idea behind it.

  3. avatar says

    I had a problem, I know that the best thing to do was to work the question out however just looking at the options. A has a return of 8% and risk of 5% while B provide the same return for a lower risk and also has a positive correlation with Janis current protfolio.
    Could i have use that to eliminate A immediate/

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