# Risk-free Asset Essay

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CHAPTER 6
RISK AVERSION AND CAPITAL
ALLOCATION TO RISKY ASSETS

6-1

Allocation to Risky Assets
• Investors will avoid risk unless there is a reward. • The utility model gives the optimal allocation between a risky portfolio and a risk-free asset.

6-2

Risk and Risk Aversion
• Gamble
– Bet or wager on an uncertain outcome for enjoyment, a sure way to make a profit
– Parties assign the same probabilities to the possible outcomes

6-3

Risk and Risk Aversion
• Sports Betting
– Taking considerable risk for a commensurate gain – Parties have heterogeneous expectations

6-4

Risk Aversion and Utility Values
• Investors are willing to consider:
– risk-free assets
– speculative positions with positive risk premiums • Portfolio attractiveness increases with expected return and decreases with risk.
• What happens when return increases with risk? 6-5

Table 6.1 Available Risky Portfolios (Risk-free
Rate = 5%)

Each portfolio receives a utility score to assess the investor’s risk/return trade off
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1
2
U

E
(r)2A

Utility Function
U = utility
E ( r ) = expected return on the asset or portfolio
A = coefficient of risk aversion  = variance of returns ½ = a scaling factor

6-7

Table 6.2 Utility Scores of Alternative Portfolios for
Investors with Varying Degree of Risk Aversion

6-8

Mean-Variance (M-V) Criterion
• Portfolio A dominates portfolio B if:

E  rA  E  rB 
• And

 A  B
6-9

Estimating Risk Aversion
• Use questionnaires
• Observe individuals’ decisions when confronted with risk
• Observe how much people are willing to pay to avoid risk
6-10

Capital Allocation Across Risky and Risk-Free
Portfolios
Asset Allocation:
• Is a very important part of portfolio construction. • Refers to the choice among broad asset classes. Controlling Risk:
• Simplest way:
Manipulate the fraction of the portfolio invested in risk-free assets versus the portion invested in the risky assets

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Basic Asset Allocation
Total Market Value
Risk-free money market fund \$300,000
\$90,000

Equities
Bonds (long-term)
Total risk assets

\$113,400
\$96,600
\$210,000

\$113,400
WE 
0.54
\$210,000

\$96,600
WB 
0.46
\$210,00

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Basic Asset Allocation
• Let y = weight of the risky portfolio, P, in the complete portfolio; (1-y) = weight of risk-free assets:
\$210,000
y
0.7
\$300,000

\$113,400
E:
.378
\$300,000

\$90,000
1 y 
0.3
\$300,000

\$96,600
B:
.322
\$300,000

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The Risk-Free Asset
• Only the government can issue defaultfree bonds.
– Risk-free in real terms only if price indexed and maturity equal to investor’s holding period. • T-bills viewed as “the” risk-free asset
• Money market funds also considered risk-free in practice
6-14

CD and T-bill Rates

6-15

Portfolios of One Risky Asset and a Risk-Free
Asset
• It’s possible to create a complete portfolio by splitting investment funds between safe and risky assets.
– Let y=portion allocated to the risky portfolio, P
– (1-y)=portion to be invested in risk-free asset, F.

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Example Using Chapter 6.4 Numbers rf = 7%

 rf = 0%

E(rp) = 15%

 p = 22%

y = % in p

(1-y) = % in rf

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E
(rc)
rfP

y
E
(r)rf

Example (Ctd.)
The expected return on the complete portfolio is the risk-free rate plus the weight of
P times the risk premium of P

E  rc  7  y 15  7 

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Example (Ctd.)
• The risk of the complete portfolio is the weight of P times the risk of P:

 C  y P 22 y

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Example (Ctd.)
• Rearrange and substitute y=C/P:

C
8

E  rC  rf 
E  rP   rf  7   C
P
22
Slope 

E  rP   rf

P

8

22

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Figure 6.4 The Investment
Opportunity Set

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Capital Allocation Line with