Chapter 1: Why Study Money, Banking, and Financial Markets?

Why Study Money, Banking, and Financial Markets?

  • To examine how financial markets such as bond, stock and foreign exchange markets work
  • To examine how financial institutions such as banks and insurance companies work
  • To examine the role of money in the economy

Financial market

  • Markets in which funds are transferred from people who have an excess of available funds to people who have a shortage of funds

The Bond Market and Interest Rates

  • A security (financial instrument) is a claim on the issuer’s future income or assets
  • A bond is a debt security that promises to make payments periodically for a specified period of time
  • An interest rate is the cost of borrowing or the price paid for the rental of funds

The Stock Market

  • Common stock represents a share of ownership in a corporation
  • A share of stock is a claim on the earnings and assets of the corporation

Financial Institutions and Banking

Financial Intermediaries: institutions that borrow funds from people who have saved and make loans to other people:

  • –Banks: accept deposits and make loans–Other Financial Institutions: insurance companies, finance companies, pension funds, mutual funds and investment banks
  • Financial Innovation: in particular, the advent of the information age and e-finance

Financial Crises

  • Financial crises are major disruptions in financial markets that are characterized by sharp declines in asset prices and the failures of many financial and nonfinancial firms.

Money and Business Cycles

  • Evidence suggests that money plays an important role in generating business cycles
  • Recessions (unemployment) and expansions affect all of us
  • Monetary Theory ties changes in the money supply to changes in aggregate economic activity and the price level

Money and Inflation

  • The aggregate price level is the average price of goods and services in an economy
  • A continual rise in the price level (inflation) affects all economic players
  • Data shows a connection between the money supply and the price level

Money and Interest Rates

  • Interest rates are the price of money
  • Prior to 1980, the rate of money growth and the interest rate on long-term Treasury bonds were closely tied
  • Since then, the relationship is less clear but the rate of money growth is still an important determinant of interest rates

Monetary and Fiscal Policy

  • Monetary policy is the management of the money supply and interest rates
  • –Conducted in the U.S. by the Federal Reserve System (Fed)
  • Fiscal policy deals with government spending
    and taxation

-Budget deficit is the excess of expenditures over revenues for a particular year

–Budget surplus is the excess of revenues over expenditures for a particular year

–Any deficit must be financed by borrowing

The Foreign Exchange Market

  • The foreign exchange market is where funds are converted from one currency into another
  • The foreign exchange rate is the price of one currency in terms of another currency
  • The foreign exchange market determines the foreign exchange rate

International Finance

  • Financial markets have become increasingly integrated throughout the world.
  • The international financial system has tremendous impact on domestic economies:

–How a country’s choice of exchange rate policy affect its monetary policy?

–How capital controls impact domestic financial systems and therefore the performance of the economy?

–Which should be the role of international financial institutions like the IMF?

How We Will Study Money, Banking, and Financial Markets

  • A simplified approach to the demand for assets
  • The concept of equilibrium
  • Basic supply and demand to explain behavior in financial markets
  • The search for profits
  • An approach to financial structure based on transaction costs and asymmetric information
  • Aggregate supply and demand analysis

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Why Study Money, Banking, and Financial Markets?