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Based on the attached data, answer the questions below:

a) The client will notice that the Sharpe ratio of the hedge fund (Portfolio B) is much higher than that of the equity strategy (Portfolio A) and will ask why the optimal risky portfolio wouldn’t be 100% of Portfolio B. How would you respond?

b) Your client vehemently believes in the semi-strong form of market efficiency as it relates to security selection. Is the performance of Portfolio A sufficient justification to convince the client otherwise – that markets are inefficient or at least less efficient? Why or why not?

c) Given your client’s belief regarding market efficiency as it pertains to security selection, what portfolio substitution(s) would you make in your optimal portfolio? No calculations are necessary to answer this.

d) Your client is expected to ask why you are recommending the optimal complete portfolio instead of the optimal portfolio even though the latter has a higher expected return. How will you respond?

e) After meeting with the client, she appears to prefer the risk/return tradeoff of the optimal portfolio rather than that of the optimal complete portfolio. What does that indicate about your initial assumptions regarding the indifference curve?


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