FIN 364 DeVry Complete Week Discussions Package

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FIN 364 DeVry Complete Week Discussions Package


FIN 364 DeVry Complete Week Discussions Package


FIN 364 DeVry Week 1 Discussion 1

Financial Institutions (graded)

Financial institutions are classifiable by their origins, purposes, and major characteristics. What is the role of financial institutions as a part of financial systems? What are the main types of financial institutions, and what are the characteristics of the markets each institution serves? What are the risks that each type of institution faces, and can these risks change according to varying economic conditions? Which types of risk are most important to each type of institution? Why?


FIN 364 DeVry Week 1 Discussion 2

Efficiency of Financial Markets (graded)

Financial markets operate with varying degrees of efficiency. What are the main ways in which the efficiency of financial markets and instruments are defined? Which markets are most efficient? Least efficient? Based on what measures? Why?


FIN 364 DeVry Week 2 Discussion 1

Federal Reserve Policy Objectives (graded)

What objectives does the Fed keep in mind when setting monetary policy? What are the Fed’s priorities in terms of alternative objectives? Does the Fed always meet the intended objectives? Take some time and research historic and recent examples of monetary policy actions on the Internet. Did the Fed always meet the intended objective? Why or why not? (Once you have found the information, please be sure to post your source(s) within your response).


FIN 364 DeVry Week 2 Discussion 2

Monetary Policy Tools (graded)

Let’s discuss the actual tools of the Fed. What tools does the Fed use to execute monetary policy, and how do they work in practice? Of the monetary policy tools available to the Fed, which is preferred? Why?


FIN 364 DeVry Week 3 Discussion 1

Loanable Funds and Interest Rates (graded)

Let’s discuss the relationship between loanable funds and interest rates. What are the sources of loanable funds in the economy? How does the availability of loanable funds affect interest rates? What does this imply for the way in which the Fed manages the money supply?


FIN 364 DeVry Week 3 Discussion 2

Expectations and Interest Rates (graded)

What is the role of expectations in interest rate determination? How does expectations affect real and nominal interest rates? How and why do lenders make interest rate adjustments? How does this affect borrowers?


FIN 364 DeVry Week 4 Discussion 1

Bonds and Bond Duration (graded)

Suppose you have a goal of starting a new business 3 years from now and must accumulate enough funds for this project. You decide to invest in bonds, but are concerned about interest rate risk. How can duration be used to estimate and manage interest rate risk? How can the duration of a bond portfolio be adjusted? Why might an institution or investor want to do this?


FIN 364 DeVry Week 4 Discussion 2

Bond Characteristics and Behavior (graded)

How are bond prices related to interest rates? What are the impacts of tax treatments; marketability; and characteristics such as call provisions, put options, and conversion options on yield? Given your earlier answer, what are the characteristics of an ideal bond from an investor’s perspective?


FIN 364 DeVry Week 5 Discussion 1

Money Market Instruments in Detail (graded)

You are the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. You have two objectives:

  1. invest $5 million cash on hand short term (overnight to one month); and
  2. borrow $100 million for your firm’s working capital needs.

How would you achieve both objectives using the money markets? Describe your alternatives in terms of the characteristics of money markets instruments. Which of the money market instruments would you choose in each case? Why?

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FIN 364 DeVry Week 5 Discussion 2

Repos and Repo Transactions (graded)

What are repos? How popular are they as a money market instrument compared to other money market options? Under what circumstances does engaging in a repo transaction makes sense? How important are expectations to the repo transaction?


FIN 364 DeVry Week 6 Discussion 1

Securitizing Debt (graded)

What are the key things to consider when considering securitizing consumer debt such as auto loans or credit card debt? Should we trust the securitization of other loans such as mortgage notes? Why are these issues important? What is the role of guarantees in the securitization process?


FIN 364 DeVry Week 6 Discussion 2

Using Capital Markets (graded)

Capital markets can involve both large corporations and investors seeking long term investment options. Under what circumstances are capital markets appropriate for use by a large firm raising capital? Which capital markets instruments would be preferred by such a borrower? Why? And, should investors consider investing in instruments based in emerging markets? What are the risks?


FIN 364 DeVry Week 7 Discussion 1

Agency Debt (graded)

How do agencies such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac allow individual mortgage holders to collectively benefit from the agencies’ access to the capital markets? Does this access result in lower mortgage rates than would otherwise be the case? Are consumers able to have greater access to mortgage opportunities? Why or why not?


FIN 364 DeVry Week 7 Discussion 2

Mortgages and Mortgage-Backed Securities (graded)

Who are the typical holders of mortgages and mortgage-backed securities? What characteristics of mortgage-backed securities make them attractive to these entities? What entities are involved in the origination of mortgages and the exchange of mortgage-backed securities, and how can industry conditions impact these markets?