Percival Hygiene has $10 million invested in long-term corporate bonds. This bond,portfolio’s expected annual rate of return is 9 percent, and the annual standard deviation,is 10 percent.,Amanda Reckonwith, Percival’s financial adviser, recommends that Percival consider,investing in an index fund which closely tracks the Standard and Poor’s 500 index.,The index has an expected return of 14 percent, and its standard deviation is 16 percent.,a. Suppose Percival puts all his money in a combination of the index fund and Treasury,bills. Can he thereby improve his expected rate of return without changing the,risk of his portfolio? The Treasury bill yield is 6 percent.,b. Could Percival do even better by investing equal amounts in the corporate bond,portfolio and the index fund? The correlation between the bond portfolio and the index,fund is .1.
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