What Is Beta? Beta is **a measure of the volatility—or systematic risk—of a security or portfolio compared to the market as a whole**. Beta is used in the capital asset pricing model (CAPM), which describes the relationship between systematic risk and expected return for assets (usually stocks).

Contents

- 1 What is the beta of an average asset?
- 2 What does a beta of 1.3 mean?
- 3 What is a risk free assets beta?
- 4 What does beta asset mean?
- 5 How do you interpret beta?
- 6 What is a good portfolio beta?
- 7 Is a high beta good or bad?
- 8 What does a beta of 2 mean?
- 9 What does a beta of 0.4 mean?
- 10 Is the beta of a risk free asset Zero?
- 11 Can a risky asset have a beta of zero?
- 12 How do you calculate asset beta?
- 13 What is considered a high beta?
- 14 What affects a company’s beta?
- 15 What is a total beta?

## What is the beta of an average asset?

In finance, the beta (β or market beta or beta coefficient) is a measure of how an individual asset moves (on average) when the overall stock market increases or decreases. Thus, beta is a useful measure of the contribution of an individual asset to the risk of the market portfolio when it is added in small quantity.

## What does a beta of 1.3 mean?

The market is described as having a beta of 1. The beta for a stock describes how much the stock’s price moves compared to the market. For example, if an asset has a beta of 1.3, it’s theoretically 30% more volatile than the market. Stocks generally have a positive beta since they are correlated to the market.

## What is a risk free assets beta?

A zero-beta portfolio is a portfolio constructed to have zero systematic risk, or in other words, a beta of zero. Such a portfolio would have zero correlation with market movements, given that its expected return equals the risk-free rate or a relatively low rate of return compared to higher-beta portfolios.

## What does beta asset mean?

Unlevered beta (or asset beta) measures the market risk of the company without the impact of debt. In other words, how much did the company’s equity contribute to its risk profile.

## How do you interpret beta?

Interpreting Beta A β of 1 indicates that the price of a security moves with the market. A β of less than 1 indicates that the security is less volatile than the market as a whole. Similarly, a β of more than 1 indicates that the security is more volatile than the market as a whole.

## What is a good portfolio beta?

For example, a portfolio with an overall beta of +0.7 would be expected to earn 70% of the market’s return under normal circumstances. Portfolios, however, can also have betas greater than 1.0, such that a portfolio with a beta of +1.25 would be expected to earn 125% of the market’s return and so on.

## Is a high beta good or bad?

A high beta means the stock price is more sensitive to news and information, and will move faster than a stock with low beta. In general, high beta means high risk, but also offers the possibility of high returns if the stock turns out to be a good investment.

## What does a beta of 2 mean?

Essentially, beta expresses the trade-off between minimizing risk and maximizing return. Say a company has a beta of 2. This means it is two times as volatile as the overall market. We expect the market overall to go up by 10%. That means this stock could rise by 20%.

## What does a beta of 0.4 mean?

For a fund with a beta of 0.4, if the market rises 1%, the fund will rise on average, 0.4%. The relationship is the same in a falling market. (Please note that funds can have a negative beta, meaning that on average they rise when the market falls and vice versa).”

## Is the beta of a risk free asset Zero?

The Beta of a risk-free asset is zero because the risk-free asset’s covariance and the market are zero.

## Can a risky asset have a beta of zero?

Yes. It is possible, in theory, to construct a zero beta portfolio of risky assets whose return would be equal to the risk-free rate. It is also possible to have a negative beta; the return would be less than the risk-free rate.

## How do you calculate asset beta?

The formula for calculating beta is the covariance of the return of an asset with the return of the benchmark, divided by the variance of the return of the benchmark over a certain period.

## What is considered a high beta?

A high-beta stock, quite simply, is a stock that has been much more volatile than the index it’s being measured against. A stock with a beta above 2 — meaning that the stock will typically move twice as much as the market does — is generally considered a high-beta stock.

## What affects a company’s beta?

A company’s debt level impacts its beta, which is a calculation investors use to measure the volatility of a security or portfolio. If a company increases its debt to the point where its levered beta is greater than 1, the company’s stock is more volatile than the market.

## What is a total beta?

Total beta is a risk measure equal to the standard deviation of total returns expected for a stock (using returns for proxy publicly-traded companies) divided by the standard deviation of total returns expected for the market portfolio.