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2011 Seminar Quiz Answers

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

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. Consumer spending

2. Government spending

3. Private investment

4. Net exports

5. Housing

This rarely happens, but recently, dividends from the S&P 500 stock index hae been yielding ___a___ 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 __b___.

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.   Commodities

2.   Real estate investment trusts

3.   Treasury Inflation Protected Securities

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

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 caught the experts unawares?

1.   The 1970s Arab oil embargo

2.   The Black Monday crash of 1987

3.   The 1991 Persian Gulf crisis

4.   The 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001

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

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___

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: ___c___

a. The Yankees and the Bears

b. Death and taxes

c. Declining earnings and out-of-whack correlations

initially posted Oct. 7, 2011

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