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# As a portfolio manager for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, you are managing a portfolio of...

1. As a portfolio manager for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, you are managing a portfolio of \$48.50 million. You would like to estimate how much your portfolio might be losing over the next 9 trading days. Suppose the portfolio has a daily volatility of 2.5%.

a. What is 9 day volatility?

b. What is the VaR (in dollars) over a 9 day time period at a 95% confidence level?

(Sample answer: \$2.5 million; or \$2,500,000.0)

a. What is 9 day volatility?

Volatility over 9 days period = Daily volatility *√9

= 2.5% *√9 = 2.5% * 3 = 7.5%

b. What is the VaR (in dollars) over a 9 day time period at a 95% confidence level?

Formula to calculate value at risk over a 9 day time period at the 95% confidence level

VaR over a 9 day time period = V0 * (z *σ)

Where,

V0 is the value of investment = \$48.50 million

Z-score at 95% confidence interval = 1.96

Volatility over 9 days period of asset σ = 7.5%

Therefore

VaR over 9 days’ time period = \$48,500,000* 1.96 *7.5%

= \$7,129,500

Therefore 95% of the time, you will not lose more than \$7,129,500 of your investments in 9 days’ time period.