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Answer to Question #6127 in Economics of Enterprise for Lamarcus Streeter

Question #6127
2. Jane has a portfolio of 20 average stocks, and Dick has a portfolio of 2 average stocks. Assuming the market is in equilibrium, which of the following statements is CORRECT? Explain.

a. Jane's portfolio will have less diversifiable risk and also less market risk than Dick's portfolio.
b. The required return on Jane's portfolio will be lower than that on Dick's portfolio because Jane's portfolio will have less total risk.
c. Dick's portfolio will have more diversifiable risk, the same market risk, and thus more total risk than Jane's portfolio, but the required (and expected) returns will be the same on both portfolios.
d. If the two portfolios have the same beta, their required returns will be the same, but Jane's portfolio will have less market risk than Dick's.
e. The expected return on Jane's portfolio must be lower than the expected return on Dick's portfolio because Jane is more diversified.
Expert's answer
d. If the two portfolios have the same beta, their required returns will be the same, but Jane's portfolio will have less market risk than Dick's.
Jane's portfolio will have less market risk than Dick's because Jane is more diversified, and also If the two portfolios have the same beta, their
required returns will be the same

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