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# Exam FM/2

Practice Exam 1
c
Actuarial Investment.

1. A perpetuity makes level payments of 1 at the end of each year. The perpetuitys modified
duration is 25. Calculate the present value of the perpetuity.
(A) 16.67
(B) 22.50
(C) 24.00
(D) 24.33
(E) 25.00

Solution: The perpetuitys volitility ModD is 25. We know that the Macaulay duration of a
perpetuity is 1 + 1i , so we use the formula ModD = MacD v:
25 = (1 + 1i ) v
1
)( 1+i
)
25 = ( i+1
i

25 =

1
i

Remember that the present value of a perpetuity with level payments of 1 is 1i . Therefore the
present value of this perpetuity is 25.

2. Johnathan buys a 12-year bond with face amount 1000 and annual coupons of 4% priced to
yield i%. Rachel buys a 12-year bond with face amount 1000 and annual coupons of 4%
priced to yield j%.
Rachels bond is bought at a discount. The price of Rachels bond is less than the price of
Johnathans bond.
Which of the following is true?
(A) i < j < .04
(B) j < i < .04
(C) i < .04 < j
(D) .04 < j < i
(E) There is not enough information to determine that any of (A), (B), (C), or (D) is true.

Solution: Since the price of Rachels bond is less than the price of Johnathans bond, we
know that Rachels bond has a higher yield than Johnathans bond. (She invested less money
to get the same cashflow, so she had a higher yield.) Therefore i < j.
Since Rachels bond was bought at a discount, we know that the price of Rachels bond was
less than 1000 and we know that j > .04.
Rachels bond cost less than Johnathans bond, but we cannot determine whether Johnathans
bond cost more or less than 1000. Therefore we do not know if Johnathans bond was bought
at a discount or at a premium. No other relevant facts can be determined from the given
information.
Therefore there is not enough information to determine that any of (A), (B), (C), or (D) is
true, so the answer is (E).

3. An assets price is 81. The price of a put option for the asset that matures in 72 days and has
a strike price of 84 is 3.85. The annual effective rate of interest is 5%. What is the price of
a call option for the asset that matures in 72 days and has a strike price of 84? (Assume a
360-day year.)
(A) 0.85
(B) 1.67
(C) 2.85
(D) 4.85
(E) 6.17

72
= 15 years. Use the put-call parity formula:
Solution: The option matures in 72 days, or 360
C P = S(0) P V (K), or C 3.85 = 81 84(1 + .05)(1/5) . Solve to find the price of
the call option: C = 1.67.

4. A stock pays annual dividends, beginning in one year with a dividend of 134. The stock pays
dividends until the company goes bankrupt n years from now, at which time the stock pays
the final dividend of 248.
The present value of the final dividend is 159.86, and the present value of the stock is 1289.
Dividends increase by r% per year and the annual effective rate of interest is i%. It is known
that i + .03 = r. Calculate n.
(A) 8
(B) 9
(C) 10
(D) 11
(E) 12

Solution: Use the formula for a geometric annuity:
(1+r)n

1289 = 134

1 (1+i)n
ir

## Since i + .03 = r, we know that i r = .03.

Since the final dividend is 248 and the present value of the final dividend is 159.86, we know
248
= 1.552.
that (1 + i)n = 159.86
(1+r)n

1289 = 134
1289 = 134

1 1.552
.03

(1+r)n1 (1+r)
1.552

.03

From time 1 to time n, the dividend increases by a factor of 1 + r exactly n 1 times. Since
the first dividend is 134 and the last dividend is 248, this means that 134(1 + r)n1 = 248,
or (1 + r)n1 = 248
= 1.851.
134
1289 = 134

1.851(1+r)
1.552

.03

Solve to find r = .08. This means that i = .05. Now we know that (1+i)n = 1.05n = 1.552.
Solve to find n = 9.

5. An asset is currently worth 61. Jack buys a call option for the asset with strike price 62 and
maturity in one year. Robin buys a put option for the asset with strike price 62 and maturity
in one year.
After a year, the price of the underlying asset is 58. Jacks profit is 4.41 and Robins profit
is X. The annual effective rate of interest is 5%. Calculate X.
(A) 1.42
(B) 1.54
(C) 1.64
(D) 1.78
(E) 1.91

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Solution: Since Jacks call option expires out-of-the-money and his profit is 4.41, the
premium he paid for the call option must have been the present value of 4.41, which is
4.41(1 + .05)1 = 4.20.
Now use the put-call parity formula to calculate the premium that Robin pays for her put
option:
C P = S(0) P V (K)
4.20 P = 61 62(1 + .05)1
P = 2.25
Therefore the premium paid for the put option is 2.25. The profit from the put option is:
Profit = max{K S, 0} F V (Premium)
X = max{62 58, 0} 2.25(1 + .05)
Therefore X = 1.64.

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6. A 14-year annuity due makes payments of 100 every year except for year 3. In year 3, the
annuity makes a payment of 500. The effective annual interest rate is 4%. What is the present
value of the annuity?
(A) 1398
(B) 1412
(C) 1433
(D) 1454
(E) 1468

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Solution: Break the annuity into two separate pieces consisting of a level annuity with payments of 100 and a one-time payment of 400 during the 3rd year. Notice that because the
annuity is an annuity due, the payment in year 3 is made at the beginning of the year, which
is equivalent to the end of year 2. So the present value is:
1 2
) = 1468
100
a14.04 + 400( 1.04

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7. The following table gives one-year forward rates for the next three years.
T (years)
1
2
3

i(T 1, T )
4.6
4.3
3.9

The three-year swap rate for an interest rate swap is r%. Cacluate r.
(A) 4.28
(B) 4.32
(C) 4.38
(D) 4.44
(E) 4.60

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Solution: The swap rate is the fixed payment rate at which the present value of interest
payments using the fixed rate is equal to the present value of interest payments using the
current term structure.
Suppose that 1000 is borrowed and payments of only interest are made on the principal for
three years. Then the swap rate r solves the following equation:
1000.046
(1+.046)

1000r
(1+.046)

1000.043
(1+.046)(1+.043)

1000r
(1+.046)(1+.043)

## Solve to find r = 4.28.

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1000.039
(1+.046)(1+.043)(1+.039)

1000r
(1+.046)(1+.043)(1+.039)

8. A loan of 1000 is repaid with 14 annual payments starting one year after the loan is made.
Each of the first 12 payments is 6% more than the subsequent payment. The eighth payment
is X. The final payment is 2X.
The annual effective rate of interest is 3%. Calculate X.
(A) 72.20
(B) 73.29
(C) 74.78
(D) 76.10
(E) 77.28

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Solution: This is equivalent to a geometrically changing annuity with 13 payments, plus a
balloon payment at time 14.
1
= .9434
Since each payment is 6% more than the subsequent payment, each payment is 1.06
times the previous payment. Therefore each payment changes by 5.66% compared to the
previous payment. To find the first payment, observe that the eighth payment is X; the
seventh payment is 1.061 X; the sixth payment is 1.062 X; and the first payment is 1.067 X.

Therefore the loan amount of 1000 is equal to the present value of the geometric annuity
plus the present value of the balloon payment:
1+(.0566)

1000 = 1.067 X

1( 1+.03 )13
.03(.0566)

## Solve to find X = 76.10.

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1
+ 2X( 1+.03
)14

9. Calculate the convexity of a 3-year bond with annual coupons of 10% priced at par.
(A) 3.00
(B) 8.01
(C) 8.76
(D) 9.00
(E) 10.86

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Solution: Let F be the face amount of the bond. Since the bond is priced at par, F is also
the price of the bond. Also, the yield rate is equal to the coupon rate of 10%. Therefore
1
.
v = 1+.1
Convexity is defined as
the interest rate i.

P 00 (i)
,
P (i)

## where P (i) is the present value of a portfolio as a function of

The present value of the bond is P (i) = .1F v + .1F v 2 + 1.1F v 3 . Then P 0 (i) = .1F v 2
.2F v 3 3.3F v 4 . Also P 00 (i) = .2F v 3 + .6F v 4 + 13.2F v 5 .
Since P (i) = F , the convexity is equal to
13.2v 5 = 8.76.

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P 00 (i)
P (i)

## .2F v 3 +.6F v 4 +13.2F v 5

F

= .2v 3 + .6v 4 +

10. Mark takes out a 10-year loan worth 1000 with payments of 120 at the end of every year.
After 4 years, he extends the loan by an additional 5 years. How much additional interest
will Mark pay by extending the loan?
(A) 52
(B) 61
(C) 69
(D) 73
(E) 82

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Solution: The annual effective interest rate is given by 1000 = 120a10i . Use a financial
calculator to find i = .0346. After 4 years, the outstanding balance is 120a6.0346 = 640.
The interest Mark would pay on this outstanding balance if he did not extend the loan is
120 6 640 = 80. Let P be the new payment after extending the loan. There were 6
payments left, but Mark added an additional 5 payments, so he now has 11 payments left.
Then 640 = P a11.0346 , so P = 71. The interest Mark will pay on the outstanding balance of
640 is therefore 11 71 640 = 140. Thus the additional interest Mark will pay by extending
the loan is 140 80 = 61.

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11. Abigail takes out a 48-month loan worth 132,000 with payments of 3100 at the end of each
month. In order to pay off the loan early, Abigail instead makes payments of 3800 at the end
of each month for n months, plus a final payment of X at the end of the n + 1st month such
that X < 3800.
Calculate X.
(A) 893
(B) 904
(C) 918
(D) 950
(E) 954

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Solution: Let j be the monthly rate of interest. Then use a financial calculator to solve the
formula 132, 000 = 3100a48j to find j = .005. Then find out how many payments of 3800
will be made by solving the formula 132, 000 = 3800an.005 to find n = 38.25. This means
that Abigail will make 38 payments of 3800 plus a final payment of X. The outstanding
balance immediately after the 38th payment is 132, 000(1 + .005)38 3800s38.005 = 950.
The final payment is made one month after this, so the final payment is 950(1+.005)1 = 954.

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12. A 3-year annuity immediate with monthly payments makes its first payment on January 31.
In each July and in each December, the payment is 30. In all other months, the payment
is 10. The annual effective rate of interest is 7%. Calculate the accumulated value of the
annuity immediately after the final payment.
(A) 529
(B) 541
(C) 594
(D) 604
(E) 613

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Solution: The monthly rate of interest is (1 + .07) 12 1 = .005654 and the 6-month rate
1
of interest is (1 + .07) 2 1 = .03441. Now break the annuity into two separate annuities.
The first has 36 monthly payments of 10. Its accumulated value is 10s36.005654 = 398. The
second has 6 semi-annual payments of 20. Its accumulated value is 20s6.03441 = 131. The
total accumulated value is 398 + 131 = 529.

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13. A stock currently pays no dividends, but will begin paying annual dividends in n years. The
first years dividend will be 18 and subsequent dividends will increase by 2% per year. At a
price of 288.61, the stock is priced to yield 5%.
Calculate n.
(A) 12
(B) 13
(C) 14
(D) 15
(E) 16

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Solution: Since the stock price at time 0 is 288.61, and the stock is priced to yield 5%, then
the stock price at time n is 288.61(1 + .05)n .
At time n, the dividends form a geometrically increasing perpetuity due. The first dividend
is 18. The second dividend is 18 1.02, and subsequent dividends increase by 2%. The value
1
).
of the perpetuity is 18 + 18 1.02 ( .05.02
1
Therefore 288.61(1 + .05)n = 18 + 18 1.02 ( .05.02
). Solve to find n = 16.

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14. An n-year bond has annual coupons of 5%. The bond is bought to yield 6.89%. The accumulated value of the coupons is equal to the face amount of the bond. Calculate n.
(A) 10
(B) 11
(C) 12
(D) 13
(E) 14

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Solution: Since the accumulated value of the coupons is equal to the face amount of the
bond, we know that F = .05F sn.0689 , or 20 = sn.0689 . Use a financial calculator to find
n = 13.

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## 15. Which of the following are true about zero-cost collars?

(I) A zero-cost collar has no net premium.
(II) The payoff of a long position in a zero-cost collar is greater than the payoff of a long
position in a collar with a positive premium paid.
(III) Buying a call option and writing a put option with the same maturity date, strike price,
and premium creates a zero-cost collar.
(A) (I) only
(B) (III) only
(C) (I) and (II)
(D) (II) and (III)
(E) The answer is not given by any of (A), (B), (C), or (D)

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Solution: The definition of a zero-cost collar is that it has no net premium. Therefore (I) is
true.
The payoff of a zero-cost collar is less than the payoff of a collar with positive premium
because the premium paid allows for a larger payoff. Therefore (II) is false.
A long position in a call option and a short position in a put option with the same strike price
is equivalent to a long forward position, not a collar. Therefore (III) is false.

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16. An investor sells 1000 barrels of oil at a forward price of 60 per barrel with maturity in six
months. At expiration, the price of oil is 52 per barrel. There is a 3% commission on the
futures contract. Calculate the investors net gain from the futures contract.
(A) -9800
(B) -9560
(C) -8240
(D) 6200
(E) 7760

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Solution: At expiration, the investor sells 1000 barrels of oil for 60 per barrel, and must buy
1000 barrels of oil to offset this sale. Therefore the payoff (not profit) from the contract is
1000(60 52) = 8000. Then he must pay a commission of 3% on the futures contract, or
.03 1000 60 = 1800. Therefore his net gain is 8000 1800 = 6200.

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17. Tabitha buys a 20-year bond purchased to yield 8% convertible semiannually with semiannual coupons at a rate of 4% convertible semiannually. Coupons are reinvested into an
account earning interest at a nominal rate of 6% convertible semiannually.
John buys a 20-year bond purchased to yield j% convertible semiannually with semiannual
coupons at a rate of 12% convertible semiannually. Coupons are reinvested into an account
earning interest at a nominal rate of 6% convertible semiannually.
The rate of return of Johns investment is the same as the rate of return of Tabithas investment. Calculate j.
(A) 8.29
(B) 8.42
(C) 8.53
(D) 8.69
(E) 8.98

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Solution: Suppose that Tabitha purchases a bond with a face amount of 1000. Then the price
of the bond can be found using a financial calculator with N = 40, I = 4, P M T = 20,
and F V = 1000 to find P V = 604.14. Then the amount she has after 20 years is the face
amount plus the accumulated value of the reinvested coupons, or 1000 + 20s40.03 = 2508.03.
Therefore, the rate of return of Tabithas investment can be found by solving the equation
604.14(1 + i)20 = 2508.03 to find i = .07377.
Suppose that at the end of 20 years, John has 10,000. Since the rate of return of Johns
investment is also .07377, this means that he invests 2408.83. The portion of the 10,000
that he earns from accumulation of coupons is .06F s40.03 . The final amount of 10,000
is composed of the face amount of the bond plus the accumulated value of the reinvested
coupons. Therefore 10, 000 = F + .06F s40.03 . Solve this to find F = 1810.26. Then,
since he invested 2408.83, use a financial calculator with N = 40, P V = 2408.83,
P M T = .06 1810.26 = 108.62, and F V = 1810.26 to find I = 4.26. This is Johns
bond yield per coupon period. Therefore his yield rate is j = 4.26 2 = 8.53.

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18. The six-month forward price for a stock is 35.94. The prepaid six-month forward price for
the stock is 34.05. Assume that the stock pays no dividends and that there are no opportunities for arbitrage. The implied annual effective rate of interest is i%. Calculate i.
(A) 2.7
(B) 5.3
(C) 5.6
(D) 11.1
(E) 11.4

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Solution: Based on the two available options, the stock can be purchased in two ways:
it can either be purchased now for 34.05 or in six months for 35.94. Therefore the six 1 = .0555. Therefore the annual effective rate of interest is
month interest rate is 35.94
34.05
(1 + .0555)2 = 11.4%.

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19. The current price of a stock is 55 and the annual effective rate of interest is 8%. The profit
earned by a call option with maturity in one year and strike price of 62 is 5.48. The profit
earned by a put option with maturity in one year and strike price of 62 is -3.80. What is the
price of the stock one year from now?
(A) 67.01
(B) 67.80
(C) 68.68
(D) 68.87
(E) 69.31

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Solution: Since the call option has a positive profit and the put option has a negative profit,
we know that S > K.
Let C be the premium paid for the call option. The formula for the profit of a call option is:
Profitcall = max{S K, 0} F V (Premium)
Profitcall = S K F V (Premium)
5.48 = S 62 C(1 + .08)1 .
Let P be the premium paid for the put option. The formula for the profit of a put option is:
Profitput = max{K S, 0} F V (Premium)
Profitput = 0 F V (Premium)
3.80 = 0 P (1 + .08)1
Since we are given information about call options and put options with the same strike price
and maturity, we can use the put-call parity formula. If S(0) is the current price of the stock,
then:
C P = S(0) P V (K)
C P = 55 62(1 + .08)1
This is a system of three equations with three unknowns. Solve to find S = 68.68.

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20. Rons account earns interest at a force of interest of 1+kt. Money deposited into the account
will double after n years.
Janes account earns interest at a force of interest of kt + t2 . Money deposited into the
account will double after n years.
Calculate k.
(A) -0.69
(B) -0.39
(C) 0.26
(D) 0.84
(E) 1.21

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Solution: Money in Rons account doubles after n years:
Rn
2 = exp( 0 (1 + kt)dt)
ln(2) = n + 21 kn2
Money in Janes account doubles after n years:
Rn
2 = exp( 0 (kt + t2 )dt)
ln(2) = 21 kn2 + 13 n3
Solve this system of two equations with two unknowns to find k = 0.69.

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21. At time 0, Sally deposits \$100 into an account bearing an annual rate of discount of 4.77%,
and Alan deposits \$88 into an account bearing a nominal rate of interest convertible monthly
of 6.5%. At time t, the values of the accounts are equal.
Find t.
(A) 6
(B) 7
(C) 8
(D) 9
(E) 10

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Solution:
Solve the following equation for t:
100(1 .0477)t = 88(1 +
Guess-and-check may be appropriate.

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.065 12t
)
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22. The annual effective rate of interest is i. It is known that (Is)15i = 136 and s15i = 18.
Calculate (Ds)15i .
(A) 134
(B) 140
(C) 144
(D) 149
(E) 152

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Solution: Recognize that (Is)15i + (Ds)15i = 16s15i . Plug in the information that is already
known to get 136 + (Ds)15i = 16 18. Then (Ds)15i = 152.

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23. A company has provided Redington immunization for its liability of L in 1 year. The company has two assets: a five-year zero-coupon bond with face amount of L, and current cash
on hand of X.
The values of X and L are related such that X = rL. Calculate r.
(A) .298
(B) .376
(C) .432
(D) .457
(E) .535

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Solution: The first two conditions for Redington immunization are:
X + Lv 5 = Lv
and
0 5Lv 6 = Lv 2 .
Using the second condition, we see that 5v 6 = v 2 or v 4 = 51 . Therefore v = .6687. Then,
using the first condition, we see that X + .1337L = .6687L or X = .535L.

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24. Andrew takes out a 5-year loan worth 10,000 with payments of 197 at the end of each month.
After 2 years, Andrew decides to pay the loan off faster by paying an additional P per month.
This allows him to pay the loan off 8 months early.
Calculate P .
(A) 20
(B) 31
(C) 34
(D) 40
(E) 51

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Solution: Find the monthly interest rate j by using a financial calculator to solve the equation
10, 000 = 197a60j to find j = .005654. The outstanding balance after 2 years is 10, 000(1 +
.005654)24 197s24.005654 = 6400. Now there are 36 months remaining until the loan
would be paid off with payments of 197, but there are only 28 months remaining until the
loan will be paid off with payments of 197 + P . Find P by solving the equation 6400 =
(197 + P )a28.005654 to find P = 51.

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25. A 20-year loan has level annual payments of 500 at the end of each year. The interest paid
in the 6th year is 150. Calculate the total amount of interest paid during the loan.
(A) 2136
(B) 2394
(C) 2610
(D) 2871
(E) 3109

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Solution: The interest paid during the 6th year is 150 = 500(1 v 206+1 ). Solve this
equation to calculate v = .9765, so i = .02406. Then the loan amount A is given by A =
500a20.02406 = 7864, but the total number of dollars paid over the loan is 20 500 = 10000.
Therefore the total amount of interest paid during the loan is 10000 7864 = 2136.

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26. A perpetuity due has a payment of P at time 0. Payments are annual and increase by 3% per
year. The annual effective rate of interest is 5%. The present value of the perpetuity is 4000.
Calculate P .
(A) 72
(B) 74
(C) 76
(D) 78
(E) 80

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Solution: This perpetuity is equivalent to a perpetuity immediate that has an initial payment
of 1.03P and is worth 4000 P . Then we can use the formula for the present value of a
1
. Solve this equation to find
geometrically increasing perpetuity: 4000 P = 1.03P .05.03
P = 76.

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27. A 30-year bond has a face value of 50,000 with semiannual coupons at a rate of 8% convertible semiannually and a price of 48,936. What is the adjustment to book value in the 16th
year?
(A) Write-down of 25.19
(B) Write-down of 27.05
(C) Write-down of 27.30
(D) Write-up of 27.30
(E) Write-up of 29.31

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Solution: First we note that since the bond is priced at a discount, the adjustment to book
value will be a write-up.
Let j be the interest rate per coupon period. Then j can be found using a financial calculator
with N = 60, P V = 48, 936, P M T = 2000, and F V = 50, 000; solve on I to find
j = .04096.
To find the adjustment to book value in the 16th year, we will find the book value of the bond
immediately after the 32nd payment and the book value of the bond after the 30th payment;
their difference is the adjustment. After the 32nd payment, there are 28 payments remaining.
The book value can be found using a financial calculator with N = 28, I = 4.096, P M T =
2000, and F V = 50, 000 to find P V = 49, 211, so the book value is 49,211. The book
value after the 30th payment can be found the same way with N = 30, which gives a book
value of 49,181. The difference is 29.31, so the adjustment to book value is a write-up of
29.31.

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28. It is known that K1 < K2 < K3 . Let X be the premium paid for a straddle around K2 , Y
be the premium paid for a K1 -K2 strangle, and Z be the premium paid for a call option with
strike price K2 . What is the relationship between X, Y , and Z?
(A) X > Y > Z
(B) Y > X > Z
(C) Y > Z > X
(D) Z > X > Y
(E) Z > Y > X

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because a straddle has more spot prices which result in a positive payoff. Therefore X > Y .
The premium paid for a strangle is more than the premium paid for a call option because the
strangle has a positive payoff when the spot price decreases whereas the call option does not.
Therefore Y > Z.

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29. An investor purchases a call ratio spread. The strike price of the purchased call option is
230 and the strike price of the written call options is 245. The following table shows the
investors profit for several spot prices of the underlying asset at maturity.
Spot price at maturity
220
240
260
280
Calculate X.
(A) -20
(B) -30
(C) -40
(D) -50
(E) -60

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Profit
5
5
20
X

options at a higher strike price. Let P be the future value of the net premium paid for the call
ratio spread. Then, if S is the spot price at maturity, the call ratio spreads profit function is:
Profit = max{S 230, 0} n max{S 245, 0} P
If the spot price at maturity is 220, the net profit is 5:
5 = max{220 230, 0} n max{220 245, 0} P
5 = P
Therefore the premium paid is 5.
If the spot price at maturity is 260, the net profit is 20:
20 = max{260 230, 0} n max{260 245, 0} 5
20 = 30 n 15 5
Solve to find n = 3. Therefore the investor purchased a 3:1 call ratio.
If the spot price at maturity is 280, the net profit is X:
X = max{280 230, 0} 3 max{280 245, 0} 5
Solve to find X = 60.

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30. It is known that the interest rate i is equal to the present value factor v. Calculate the discount
rate d.
(A) .089
(B) .244
(C) .382
(D) .618
(E) .733

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1
1
. Since i = v, this gives i = 1+i
.
Solution: The present value factor v is given by v = 1+i
This is a quadratic equation; solve to find i = 1.618, .618. Therefore i = .618. (The other
.618
i
= 1+.618
= .382.
choice is not logical.) Then the discount rate d is given by d = 1+i

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31. Option X is an out-of-the-money put option. Option Y is a call option for the same asset
with the same strike price as option X. Under which of the following conditions will option
Ys payoff be positive?
(I) A large decrease in the price of the underlying asset
(II) No change in the price of the underlying asset
(III) A large increase in the price of the underlying asset
(A) (I) only
(B) (I) and (II)
(C) (II) only
(D) (II) and (III)
(E) (III) only

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Solution: Option X, which is a put option, is out-of-the-money. Since option X and option Y
have the same strike price, option Y is therefore in-the-money. This means that if it expires
with no change in the price of the underlying asset, option Y will have a positive payoff.
Since it is a call option, it will also have a positive payoff if the price of the underlying asset
increases. Therefore the answer is (D).

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32. The annual effective interest rate is 8%. A 36-month annuity due makes monthly payments
of 50. Calculate the accumulated value of the annuity immediately after the final payment.
(A) 1992
(B) 2005
(C) 2018
(D) 2031
(E) 2042

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Solution: The monthly rate of interest is (1 + .08) 12 1 = .006434. Then calculate the
accumulated value of the annuity after 36 months: 50
s36.006434 = 2031. However, since this
is an annuity due, the final payment occurs at the end of the 35th month. Thus we need to
2031
discount this result by one month, so the answer is 1+.006434
= 2018.

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33. A company has liabilities of L in 1 year and 1000 in 2 years. Bond X is a one-year bond
with annual coupons of 4% and is priced at par. Bond Y is a two-year bond with annual
coupons of 8% and is priced at par.
The company has created a portfolio using bond X and bond Y that exactly matches its
liabilities. The present value of this portfolio is 2000. Calculate L.
(A) 1080
(B) 1120
(C) 1191
(D) 1220
(E) 1278

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Solution: Let X be the face amount of bond X and let Y be the face amount of bond Y .
To exactly match the liabilities, after one year the company receives the face amount of bond
X, one coupon from bond X, and one coupon from bond Y . Therefore X + .04X + .08Y =
L.
After two years the company receives the face amount of bond Y and one coupon from bond
Y . Therefore Y + .08Y = 1000.
Since both bonds are priced at par, their price is equal to their face amount. Therefore
X + Y = 2000.
Solve this system of three equations with three unknowns to find L = 1191.

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34. An investor wants to buy 20-year bonds. Current interest rates are 8%, but the investor
believes that interest rates will rise within the next 10 years. The following 20-year bonds
are available in any face amount. Which type of bond should the investor choose?
(I) Zero-coupon bond
(II) Bond with a coupon rate of 5%
(III) Bond with a coupon rate of 10%
(A) The investor should invest solely in bond (I)
(B) The investor should invest solely in bond (II)
(C) The investor should invest solely in bond (III)
(D) The investor should invest in a combination of bond (I) and bond (II)
(E) The investor should invest in a combination of bond (I) and bond (III)

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Solution: Since the investor believes that interest rates will rise in the future, she should
invest in bonds that have higher coupon rates so that she can reinvest more money sooner. (If
she thought interest rates would go down, she should invest in zero-coupon bonds because
her money would be locked into the rate of 8% for longer.) Therefore the investor should
invest solely in bond (III) so that she can reinvest as much money as possible at the higher
rate in the future.

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35. On January 1, a fund has a balance of 1000. On March 31, a withdrawal is made of 200.
On June 30, a deposit is made of X. On December 31, the fund has a balance of 1400. The
dollar-weighted rate of return is 25%. Calculate X.
(A) 322
(B) 344
(C) 349
(D) 362
(E) 390

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9
6
200 12
+X 12
.
Solution: The net gain is 1400X +2001000. The exposure is 1000 12
12
Since the dollar-weighted rate of return is .25, we have:

.25 =

1400X+2001000
9
6
1000 12
200 12
+X 12
12

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