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2011 Seminar Quiz

Test how well you paid attention to the 2011 Landaas & Company investment outlook seminar (now available online) by answering the following questions. (A link to the correct responses is below. No fair peeking.)

 What is the Boy Scout motto, which Bob Landaas advised investors to follow? _______

a. Do a good turn daily.

b. On my honor, I will do my best.

c. Be prepared.

Name three of the five major components of Gross Domestic Product.

1.

2.

3.

This rarely happens, but recently, dividends from the S&P 500 stock index have been yielding _______ the 10-year Treasury note.

a. More than

b. Less than

c. The same as

If bonds appreciate when stock values go down, we would say those asset categories have a correlation that is ______.

a. High

b. Low

c. Intergenerational

What three broad asset categories besides stocks and bonds can be added to investment portfolios to try to use correlations to lower risk?

1.

2.

3.

It wouldn’t be a seminar if Bob didn’t remind everyone that the only two things that matter to investors long term are: _______.

a. Stocks and bonds

b. Last in, first out

c. Earnings and interest rates

Of eight major stock market downturns since Bob began his career, which four surprised the experts?

1.

2.

3.

4.

Referring to separate charts, Bob noted that since 1981 corporate profits had grown about ten-fold while the Dow Jones Industrial Average essentially ______.

a. Stayed even

b. Fell by half

c. Also rose ten-fold

What did Bob refer to as the “canary in the coal mine” that investors should monitor? _______

a. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note

b.  The Volatility Index at the Chicago Board Options Exchange

c. The price-earnings ratio of the Standard & Poor’s 500 index

When asked what he worries about, Bob said two things: _______

a. The Yankees and the Bears

b. Death and taxes

c. Declining earnings and off-kilter correlations

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initially posted Oct. 7, 2011

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