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1. Two stocks, i and j have the following probability distributions (see attached file). Calculate the expected returns, standard deviations and coefficient of variations for stocks i and j. Which stock would be preferred by the average investor? Explain why in your own words.

2. Calculate the return distribution of a portfolio, P, constructed of 60% in i and 40% in j.

3. Use the probability distribution in questions 2 above to calculate the expected return and standard deviation of the portfolio, P.

4. Use the expected returns of i and j to calculate the expected return on portfolio, P. Compare the answer in this question to the answer in question 3 above. What do you notice?

5. Assume that the risk-free interest rate is 3%, the expected return on the market is 8%, the beta of stock i is 1.50, and the beta of stock j is 1.8. Are i and j overpriced, underpriced or fairly priced?

6. Calculate the beta of portfolio, P. Given the beta of P and the information in question 5 above, is portfolio P overpriced, underpriced, or fairly priced?

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