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Basic corporate finance questions

Problem 1-6: In most large corporations, ownership and management are separated. What are the main implications of this separation?

Problem 1-8: We can imagine the financial manager doing several things on behalf of the firm's stockholders. For example, the manager might:
a. Make shareholders as wealthy as possible by investing in real assets.
b. Modify the firm's investment plan to help shareholders achieve a particular time pattern of consumption.
c. Choose high- or low-risk assets to match shareholders' risk preferences.
d. Help balance shareholders' checkbooks.

But in well-functioning capital markets, shareholders will vote for only one of these goals. Which one? Why?

Problem 2-9:
A. The cost of an automobile is $10,000. If the interest rate is 5%, how much would you have to set aside now to provide this sum in five years?
B. You have to pay $12,000 a year in school fees at the end of each of the next six years. If the interest rate is 8%, how much do you set aside today to cover these bills?
C. You have invested $60,476 at 8%. After paying the above school fees, how much would you remain at the end of six years?

Problem 2-12: "What is the PV of $100 received in:
A. Year 10 (at a discount rate of 1%)
B. Year 10 (at a discount rate of 13%)
C. Year 15 (at a discount rate of 25%)
D. Each of years 1 through 3 (at a discount rate of 12%)?"

Problem 3-3: In February 2009 Treasury 6s of 2026 offered a semiannually compounded yield of 3.5985%. Recognizing that coupons are paid semiannually, calculate the bond's price.

Problem 3-4: Here are the prices of three bonds with 10-year maturities:

Bond Coupon (%) Price (%)
2 81.62
4 98.39
8 133.42

If coupons are paid annually, which bond offered the highest yield to maturity?
Which had the lowest?
Which bonds had the longest and shortest durations?

Solution Summary

Answers to corporate finance questions in Excel dealing with separation of ownership and management, capital markets, time value of money, bond price etc.