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# Interview question

Discussion in 'Risk Management' started by Soon2Bgreat, Jan 29, 2012.

Because you were using the wrong formula.

It is just a future value problem that you execute twice for each case. Once to desribe the 4 20% returns and once to describe the minus 50% return.

FV = PV(1+i)^n

#31     Jan 30, 2012

Sorry Beau, my Math degree trumps you Finance degree.

Couldn't resist one last poke.

#32     Jan 30, 2012
3. ### bwolinsky

I keep thinking that that should work. Need to get that out of my head. Level I CFA Completion is not a degree.

#33     Jan 30, 2012
4. ### Soon2Bgreat

Exactly, there is no loss since the performance was guaranteed before even investing.

...it's the same 'there is no spoon' principle from the Matrix.

#34     Jan 30, 2012
5. ### bwolinsky

It's not that the CFA credential will give you better performance, per se, but professionals who have it are a lot more informed because their knowledge of finance is so much better than people without.

#35     Jan 30, 2012

True, Beau. However, make damn sure you actually understand the content of those courses.

I still have those damn CFA 1 books from 2007. Never got around to doing that exam. Too busy with other things. I still want to complete that exam.

Please, reread "The Time Value of Money". Reading 5, starting at page 169 of the 2007 level 1, Volume 1.

Challenge Question:

Redo the original problem, however this time compound daily.

#36     Jan 30, 2012
7. ### achilles28

Using a static amount, the result is the same.

The reality is AUM is not static, but expands or shrinks according to fund performance.

The more appropriate question: which condition is the most attractive, from an investors standpoint?

That yields an answer that would maximize relative AUM during peak earning years, and thus generate peak management + incentive fees.

I would think that condition is #2, but the only way to know for sure would be to perform a historical analysis on the data and isolate the relationship.

That said, the question was more an open-ended one. It was designed to probe the applicants reasoning, analytical and persuasion skills as opposed to yielding a black or white answer. My 2 cents.

#37     Jan 30, 2012
8. ### bpcnabe

bwolinsky is a f'n moron and this thread just proves it.

This is why he trades monopoly money on C2 and does not trade any of his own and yet does not hesitate to let YOU know what YOU are doing wrong.

#38     Jan 30, 2012

No, the only thing it proves is the danger of hubris.

I remember a few years ago playing "drunk chess" with a friend of mine. I was just nailing him on this one game. Everybody was watching me, and boy was I ever full of myself. Completely convinced of my superiority, I overlooked his plan. He had me checkmated the next move.

Get control of your often very insulting ego, Beau, or you will lose, and you will lose in a big way!!

#39     Jan 30, 2012
10. ### bwolinsky

I don't trade, but my systems do.

I am a money manager, and if you want to know what I'm trading there are tons of websites to find out this information.

I hear google's good for that.

#40     Jan 30, 2012
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