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Is DARA utility implying CRRA most of the time?

The Wikipedia page on risk aversion states that a "Constant Relative Risk Aversion implies a Decreasing Absolute Risk Aversion, but the reverse is not always true". Let me decompose this statement in ...
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Does dollar cost averaging actually have any advantage over one time investment?

Some banks promote savings plans by stating that investing a fixed amount of money in regular time intervals minimizes the average buying price or the downside risk (dollar cost averaging). Since the ...
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Is the loan principal ever delivered in pieces over time?

Not sure if this is the right place for this question but it's more of a theoretical finance question than a personal finance question. So a loan has a principal amount that is given to the borrower ...
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What is the need for a special purpose entity/vehicle in mortgage backed securities

What is the need to create a special purpose entity/vehicle (SPV) for mortgage backed securities? What potential risks are avoided due to the creation of SPV? It is my naive idea that the holder of ...
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How is project value enhanced by uncertainty in market payoff?

I was reading about the concept of real options valuation. It says that ROV has shown that uncertainty in market pay-off enhances the project value (V). How is that? Will it be possible to explain ...
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Definition of Absolute Risk Aversion

In its Wikipedia article, absolute risk aversion is defined as $ARA = -\frac{u''(c)}{u'(c)}$. However, I have alternatively seen absolute risk aversion defined as half the decrease in consumption ...
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Risky Assets over Bernoulli Utility

My question is about 6.C.4. of Mas-Colell et.al.'s Microeconomic Theory book. We have N risky assets with returns $z_n, n = (1,...,N)$ per dollar invested which are distributed over $F(z_1,...,z_n).$ ...
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Independence axiom of lottery when $\alpha \ge 1$

When studying preference over lotteries we learned the independence axiom which goes like this: The preference relation $\succsim$ on the space of simple lotteries $\mathscr{L}$ satisfies the ...
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What is the importance of Epstein-Zin preferences?

I've heard that there is a lot of work being done recently that applies Epstein-Zin preferences. The Wikipedia page doesn't seem to be very full. Why are Epstein-Zin preferences important? How does ...
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How is momentum justified as a common risk factor?

Momentum as a common risk factor? This question is partly a follow-up to another question found here. In this other question it was noted in momentum is difficult to explain as a common risk factor ...
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Perfect risk sharing in Arrow-Debreu w/ the same subjective beliefs over states

So I'm looking at a 2-agent Arrow-Debreu economy with one good. Consumption and endowments are zero in t=0, and 2 states are possible in t=1 with aggregate endowment in both states equal to 1. We ...
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How do governments deflect risk through greater volatility in the housing market?

Source: p 123 of 296, Understanding Housing Policy, by Brian Lund Although housing immobility limits the impact of globalisation, its influence on financial and labour markets magnifies ...
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Probability of states of nature

I've been given the following question and would really appreciate any help on part a. I've looked over all of my resources for this course and we have always been given the probability of the ...
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What is the necessity of the FDIC in the US banking system?

A bank's basic function is to "borrow short and lend long". In other words, it borrows money from depositors over the short term, promising to repay it on demand, while it lends most of that money out ...
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How to evaluate if an activity is likely to produce a positive ROI?

I am trying to establish if it would be worth my while to sell a product in a particular online marketplace but am unsure how to evaluate if it would be financially worth my while. The marketplace in ...
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What can we conclude from the overdetermined equity premium puzzle?

The equity premium: A puzzle (Mehra and Prescott (1985)) lays out the basic problem with equity returns: Restrictions that a class of general equilibrium models place upon the average returns of ...
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Question about constant relative risk aversion

The question: Consider a person with constant relative risk aversion $p$. (a) Suppose the person has wealth of $100,000$ and faces a gamble in which he wins or loses $x$ with equal probabilities. ...
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Multiplicative factorization of stochastic growth time series--solving for an eigenfunction/eigenvector

I'm trying to understand the tools used/presented in Lars Hansen's Econometrica paper "Dynamic Valuation Decomposition within Stochastic Economies." In a part in the paper, Hansen introduces a long-...
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How can I construct a process for cumulative returns that is riskless?

This question is a little more specific than the title. Here I use the same notation that is set forth in this other question about cumulative returns (the sum of return observations). That is, let $...
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Portfolio choice of a risk lover

Take the standard portfolio choice problem as presented in MWG (p.188-189), but with a risk loving decision maker: with initial wealth $w$ invests an amount $\alpha$ in a risky asset with a random ...
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What are the economic justifications of the size premium?

What are the economic justifications of the size premium? In factor pricing models like the intertemportal capital asset pricing model (I-CAPM) or arbitrage pricing theory (APT), it is assumed that ...
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Absolute vs Relative Risk Aversion

Are there results that says the monotonicity of one measure of risk aversion implies the monotonicity of the other measure? For example, Does constant relative risk aversion imply decreasing ...