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This is one of six different sets of questions I need assistance with. Please see attachment. The questions are efficient capital markets and efficient market hypothesis, amongst other things.

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Questions about efficient capital market and efficient market hypothesis such as weak-form EMH, semi strong-form EMH and strong form-EMH are explained.

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General Questions on How Captital Markets Work

I need to produce something about the general theory of how capital markets work.

To explain how capital markets work, I would like to provide definitions and practical examples of the concepts of adaptive expectations, rational expectations, optimal forecast, random walk, and mean reversion.

Assumption -
The historical inflation rate has ranged between 4 percent and 6 percent, the average inflation rate has been 5 percent, and the inflation rate is 1 percent higher than the average when the unemployment rate is 4.5 percent or below.

Using a Microsoft Word document, please answer help me address the following questions -
· Given that the unemployment rate dropped recently to 4.0 percent, what is the adaptive expectation of inflation? What is the rational expectation of inflation?
· What does rational expectations theory state about forecast errors of expectations?
· How does rational expectations theory relate to efficient markets theory?
· If the current price of an asset is $100, the cash payment to be received is $5, and you expect the price to increase to $103 in one year, what is the expectation of return at the beginning of this investment? How does the forecast of the future price relate to the optimal forecast in the theory of rational expectations?
· What is the "equilibrium" return of a security?
· What is the relationship between the current prices in a financial market and the security's equilibrium return?
· How does the market react to unexploited profits in an efficient market?
· If an investment adviser has performed well in the past, what does this indicate about the future?
· If stock prices follow a "random walk," what does this indicate about the predictability of future stock prices?
· What is the performance record of "technical analysts" relative to the overall market?
· What evidence exists against the theory of market efficiency with respect to the following?
1. Small-firm effect
2. January effect
3. Market overreaction
4. Excessive volatility
5. Mean reversion
· Explain why foreign exchange rates should or should not follow a random walk.


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