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Quantitative Methods and Decsion Making : Expected Values and Expected Utility

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You have received your MBA from Trinity University and been hired by Deutsche Bank as the Executive Vice President of Finance. You negotiated a hefty salary and received a signing bonus, so you are relied upon heavily to make decisions using quantitative methods. Today, you are faced with three investment alternatives with the following payoffs (thousands of dollars).

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a. Using the expected value approach, which decision is preferred?

b. For the lottery having a payoff of $100,000 with probability p and $0 with probability (1-p), three decision makers expressed the following indifference probabilities. Find the most preferred decision for each decision maker using the expected utility approach.

Indifference Probability (p)
Profit Decision Maker A Decision Maker B Decision Maker C
$75,000 0.80 0.60 .90
$50,000 0.60 0.30 .70
$25,000 0.30 0.15 .50

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Decsion-Making, Expected Values and Expected Utility are investigated. The solution is detailed and well presented.