each student must pick out four securities that will be tracked over the semester. You will need to make sure that your four securities include at least two different kinds of financial assets. In addition, you must make sure that you can weekly prices for your assets so that you can measure their weekly performance.
1. Continue to download weekly closing prices and where relevant dividends and coupon payments as of close of financial markets each Friday through Friday, May 11, 2012.
2. Continue to calculate the weekly holding period yields through May 11 2012 for both the portfolio and the individual assets in the portfolio.
3. For the period from February 24, 2012 through May 11, 2012, calculate the following:
a. Mean holding period return for each asset and entire portfolio.
b. The standard deviation of the holding period return for each asset and the entire portfolio
c. Return-risk ratio (mean holding period return/divided by standard deviation of holding period returns) for each asset and the portfolio.
d. A correlation matrix for holding period returns.
4. Prepare a report that documents how your portfolio and individual assets in the portfolio performed from February 24, 2012 through May 11, 2012. Your report should include discussion of:
a. The summary statistics calculated in 3.
b. Whether or not the chosen assets reduced the riskiness of the portfolio
c. How each of your assets and the portfolio performed relative to the overall market over the February 24, 2012 through May 11, 2012 period. To compare the performance of your investments with the overall market, you will need to download weekly closing values for the S&P 500 Composite Index over the period from February 24, 2012 through May 11, 2012 and calculate the summary statistics in 3a, 3b, and 3c. for the S&P 500 Composite Index.
d. Anything specific to the assets in your portfolio that affected the performance of the portfolio. To answer this properly will require research concerning the individual assets.
3 stock companies 1 bond company
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