The 60 year old group is indifferent between investing all of their assets in either the risk-free asset (given an interest rate of 1.5%) or in the stock market (the market has a risk premium of 6.35% and a standard deviation of 17.6%).
Use this calculation to estimate the risk aversion (A) of the 60 year old group. Assume that our investors have utility preferences expressed as ? = ?(?) − 0.5A(standard deviation)^2.
Answer :
Calculation of risk aversion (A) of the 60 year old group :
? = ?(?) − 0.5A(standard deviation)^2.
where ,
U = Interest rate of Risk free asset i.e 0.015
?(?) = Expected Return of stock market = Risk free interest rate + Risk Premium
= 1.5% + 6.35%
=7.85% or 0.0785
Standard Deviation = 17.6% or 0.176
0.015 = 0.0785 − 0.5A(0.176)^2.
0.5A*0.030976 = 0.0785 - 0.015
0.015488 A = 0.0635
A = 0.0635 / 0.015488
= 4.0999 or 4.10 or 4
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