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July 20, 2017 at 1:01 pm
Apologies, but I cannot get my head around this – how come adding a more riskier investment with positive correlation brings down the total risk? Could you may be try to explain in more detail?
John Moffat says
July 21, 2017 at 7:04 am
It is a fundamental part of CAPM that even though virtually all shares are positively correlated, it is possible to reduce risk by creating a portfolio (it is the unsystematic risk that is removed) but that it is not possible to eliminate risk (the systematic risk remains and it is that that is measured by the beta). I go on to explain this in the later lectures.
The calculation example is just to show how it can happen, but as I explain in the notes you cannot be asked calculations on this in the exam.
February 9, 2017 at 3:10 am
Is there a lecture video on Chapter 8 of Lecture Notes:
The Valuation of Debt Finance & The Macaulay Duration ?
July 31, 2016 at 12:55 am
Good day Prof,
Portfolio theory is no longer in the syllabus. Does one really need to know it? Would it help understanding other aspects of the syllabus?
September 12, 2016 at 3:59 pm
Good afternoon prof,
I have finally watched the videos on Portfolio Theory. I find it very interesting and very useful beyond writing to pass P4. I do not think the decision to remove it from the P4 syllabus is a good one. For me, this is the foundation to understanding the CAPM model.
I have one question though. As an investor and for practical purposes, how do I go about obtaining data to measure the riskiness of shares and their coefficient of correlation?
September 12, 2016 at 8:24 pm
In practice that is not possible 🙂
It is just the idea that creating a portfolio is a good idea for reducing risk.
May 13, 2016 at 9:06 am
the exam formula sheet , for example Dec 14, does not give the TWO Asset formula. does that mean we have to learn this formula?
May 13, 2016 at 4:12 pm
If you read the Introduction paragraph to the chapter in the lecture notes, you will see that you can no longer be asked for calculations on portfolio theory.
However, as again I have written in the paragraph, you are expected to understand the idea of portfolio theory and for that reason I have left the calculation examples there because it helps make sense of what portfolio theory is.
So no – you do not have to learn or use that formula.
March 9, 2016 at 2:18 pm
Can you shed more light on Macaulay Duration please.
February 9, 2017 at 5:58 am
It has nothing to do with portfolio theory!!
(It is explained separately in the free lecture notes)
December 16, 2015 at 11:50 am
Hiya when the valuation of debt & Macaulay duration videos will be recorded¿ thanks
December 16, 2015 at 4:16 pm
There are Paper F9 lectures on the valuation of debt (because that is revision from F9).
I wil try to find time to record a lecture on the duration soon.
September 25, 2015 at 6:19 pm
What I understood, the more the possible returns on two investments are -vely correlated the more likely the overall reduction in risk. Is it true?
If it is true, then if they are +vely correlated what still cause the reduction in overall risk?
Thanks in advance.
September 26, 2015 at 9:26 am
You need to watch the remaining lectures on portfolio theory as well, because I explain that it is because the unsystematic risk is being reduced.
In practice investments are positively correlated due to the systematic risk, but it is by creating a portfolio that the unsystematic risk can be removed.
September 26, 2015 at 3:20 pm
Thanks. I did watch the remaining lectures and got the query solved.
September 7, 2015 at 4:56 am
within example 5 how did u calculate Proportion invested in each ivestment option that 80% and 20%?i need to know this please.
September 7, 2015 at 8:19 am
I assume you have downloaded the lecture notes (otherwise there is no point in watching the lecture)?
Tha last line of the question says “the new investment will comprise 20% of his enlarged portfolio” (so the other 80% must be in the existing portfolio).
Do appreciate (as is written in the introduction to the chapter) that you cannot be asked for calculations on portfolio theory but you are expected to understand the idea. The lecture and chapter show calculations because that makes it easier to understand, but you will not have to do them in the exam.
September 8, 2015 at 7:17 am
i did download the course note and I am referring to it.and thanks for the info.
August 8, 2015 at 5:04 pm
Chapter 8 on the lecture print out refers to Macaulay duration. Is the video for that lecture located elsewhere ?)
August 8, 2015 at 4:56 pm
Chapter 8 in th notes refers to Macaulay duration and not portfolio theory.
Where can I find that lecture ? Or is the motes outdated
August 8, 2015 at 8:56 pm
The notes are all up to date, but some of the chapter numbers against the lectures are wrong. I will have it corrected, but in the meantime you can tell from the title of the lecture which chapter of the lectures notes it is.
There is no lecture on the Macauley duration. I will record one when I have the time.
August 8, 2015 at 9:01 pm
Thank you for taking the time. Gearing up for the repeats in sept . First time using this resource . Have to say it’s great . Please keep up the good work.
August 8, 2015 at 9:04 pm
What you might find useful as well is that under the heading ‘revision kit live’ on the main P4 page, there are lectures working through three recent question 1’s from past papers (and I will add the one from June soon also).
It might be helpful for you with regard to the approach as well as the actual technical content.
September 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm
Dear John Moffat,
I would like to thank you for all the lectures and state that your notes and lectures are valuable.
Could you please advise if you had time to upload lectures for Chapter 8 “Valuation of Finance, and the Macaulay duration and the modified duration”?
Thank you in advance with best regards
September 24, 2017 at 9:27 am
Sorry, but not yet.
June 29, 2015 at 1:25 pm
Sir, what does that 4.08% mean? i have studied it in the past but never understood what it meant.
June 29, 2015 at 1:58 pm
Its a measure of the riskiness – the greater the figure the more risky.
However do appreciate (as it says in the lecture notes) that these calculations can no longer be asked in the exam. You are only expected to understand the idea of portfolio theory without calculations.
I have left the lectures because I think the idea makes more sense if you have seen a few numbers.
June 29, 2015 at 2:03 pm
Ok I get that. Thank you very much. Examples are useful for understanding the concept and I appreciate that. Thank you again.
May 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Hi you say in this lecture the formula for combining investments is given in the exam but I don’t see it on the past papers I have – is this no longer the case?
May 22, 2015 at 6:49 pm
It is no longer the case. The reason is that (as you will have read in the Lecture Notes that go with the lecture) the examiner has said that he will no longer ask for calculations on portfolio theory.
The only reason that I have left the lecture in, is that he has said that he does expect you to understand the ideas in portfolio theory. I think the best way of understanding is to see the examples, even though (again) you will not be expected to do calculations in the exams.
April 11, 2015 at 8:21 am
March 28, 2015 at 11:24 am
Is this lecture still relevant to Jun 2015 exam?
March 28, 2015 at 12:40 pm
As it says in the Lecture Notes that go with the lectures, you are expected to understand and explain portfolio theory but you will not be asked calculations. The calculations are in the lecture just to make sense of the discussion.
( We do not have lectures on this website that are not relevant to the next exam )
March 28, 2015 at 3:58 pm
If so, may I know the lectures that are irrelevant to Jun 2015 exam? Thank you so much for your reply.
March 28, 2015 at 4:33 pm
Ooops – I mistyped my previous reply (and I have now corrected it!!!)
All our lectures for all papers are relevant for the next exams (otherwise we would remove them) and where relevant we add more lectures (as I have done recently for P4).
January 29, 2015 at 2:05 pm
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January 23, 2015 at 7:41 am
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January 23, 2015 at 8:50 am
Thank you very much for your comments 🙂
October 25, 2014 at 3:39 pm
Is it possible when adding new investment giving rise to higher risk?
October 25, 2014 at 3:45 pm
Yes it is possible. The example is simply to show that is is possible to mix two investments and end up with lower risk than either (but that is not always going to be the case 🙂 )
Do remember that you can not be asked portfolio calculations – you can only be asked to explain the principles. I only go through the examples to (hopefully) make the idea more clear.
October 26, 2014 at 7:04 am
April 20, 2014 at 2:55 pm
How to download these lectures?? plz help
April 20, 2014 at 4:14 pm
You can not download the lectures – you can only watch them online.
Only the course notes can be downloaded.
It is the only way that we can keep this website free of charge.
January 30, 2014 at 12:25 pm
This is a technical paper, but manageable if we thoroughly practice the past papers after completion of course
November 1, 2013 at 3:22 pm
last paper, lots of unforeseen events and 20days to my credit! Can i do this/
November 1, 2013 at 3:26 pm
Yes you can 🙂
(Since you are on portfolio theory, do appreciate that you will no longer be asked calculations but you can be expected to understand/explain)
October 7, 2013 at 4:41 pm
Hi , I am unable to view your lectures. I keep getting the message server not found. any advice on what i should do? Thanks
October 7, 2013 at 7:36 pm
use google chrome please
October 6, 2013 at 5:03 am
I no longer see the asset portfolio formulae on the formulae sheet. Was this section removed?
October 6, 2013 at 10:21 am
If you read the last paragraph of the introduction to the chapter in the Course Notes, I make it clear that you are now only expected to know the principles involved and will not be required to use the formulae.
As I explain in the note, I have left the examples in the notes just to help make the principles clear.
January 7, 2013 at 1:30 am
I am fairly comfortable with P4
November 12, 2011 at 12:09 am
i am comforted in the knowledge that i’m not the only one struggling with this paper p4…….. my final paper!
September 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm
I need to pass P4 no matter what
September 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm
me too. i am tired of this paper and am doing everything i can to pass it once and for all. it has been a nightmare to me.
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