CFA CFA Level 1 Calculating return on margin investments.

Calculating return on margin investments.

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    • RoyD
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      I have a doubt since the CFAI practice exam and KS notes give a conflicting method. The CFAI suggests the formula is:
      Market value of stock – Loan amount / Investor’s own equity

      The KS notes suggest:
      Market Value of stock – Purchase Price (this numerator is basically capital gain) / Investor’s own equity

      Which one is correct?

    • justgo
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      It´s both correct and not necessarily different. The first gives the result based upon 1+rate and the second one gives the rate.

    • RoyD
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      But you get two distinct answers. Since we are subtracting the Market Value of the Stock with only the Loan Amount according to CFAI, the return should be higher this way.
      The KS method subtracts Market Value of Stock with the Purchase Price so the return would be higher.

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