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Chapter 1 FINANCIAL MARKETS & INSTITUTIONS. FINANCIAL MARKETS. Is a market in which financial assets such as stocks and bonds are traded. They facilitate the flow of funds, allowing financing and investing.

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financial markets
FINANCIAL MARKETS
  • Is a market in which financial assets such as stocks and bonds are traded.
  • They facilitate the flow of funds, allowing financing and investing.
  • Financial markets transfer funds from those who have excess funds to those who need funds
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Participants of the market:

    • Households
    • Firms
    • Government agencies
  • The ones providing funds to financial markets are called Surplus Units-(households)
  • Participants who use financial markets to obtain funds are called Deficit Units
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Security:

      • A certificate that represents a claim on the issuer.
  • How do deficit units work:
    • They issue (sell) securities to surplus units IN order to obtain funds
types of financial markets
TYPES OF FINANCIAL MARKETS

Primary versus secondary markets

  • New securities are issued in primary markets,
  • while existing securities are traded in secondary markets.
    • Facilitate the Trading of Existing Securities
    • Provide Liquidity
    • Continuous Information
    • Makes it easy for firms to raise Funds
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Money versus Capital Markets

  • Financial markets that facilitate the flow of short-term funds (with maturities less than one year) are known as money markets,
  • While those that facilitate the flow of long-term funds are known as capital markets.
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Organized versus Over-the-Counter Markets

  • Some secondary stock market transactions occur at an organized exchange, which is a visible market place for secondary market transactions.
  • Over the counter market is a telecommunication network for market transactions
securities traded in financial markets
Securities traded in Financial Markets
  • Equity securities represent ownership in business.
  • Debt securities represent IOU’S, investors who purchase these securities are creditors.
  • While equity securities typically have no maturity, debt securities have maturities ranging from one day top twenty years or longer.
securities traded
Securities traded
  • Money market securities:
    • Are debt securities that have a maturity of one year or less.
    • Have a high degree of liquidity,
    • Low expected return.
capital market securities
CAPITAL MARKET SECURITIES
  • Securities with a maturity of more than one year.
    • Bonds and mortgages: are long term debt obligations issued by corporations and government.
    • Mortgages are debt obligations to finance real estate
    • Stocks represent partial ownership in the firms that issue them, they have no maturity and serve as long-term source of funds.
role of financial markets and institutions
Role of Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Even if markets are efficient, this does not imply that individual or institutional investors should ignore the various investment instruments available.
  • Investors normally intend to balance the objective of high return with their particular preference for low default risk and adequate liquidity.
  • As time passes, new information about economic conditions and corporate performance becomes available.
  • Announcements that do not contain any new valuable information will not elicit a market response.
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Financial institutions are required to resolve the problems caused by market imperfections

  • They match up buyers and sellers of securities, breakdown securities to the desired size of an investor.
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Depository institutions are the major type of financial intermediary which accept deposits from surplus units and provide credit to deficit units

depository institutions
Depository institutions

1. Commercial Banks:

  • They serve surplus units by offering a wide variety of deposit accounts, and they transfer deposited funds to deficit units by providing direct loans or purchasing securities.

2. Saving Institutions:

  • Like commercial Banks, savings and loan associations offer deposit accounts to surplus units and then channel these deposits to deficit units.
  • S&L’s have concentrated on residential mortgage loans, while commercial banks have concentrated on commercial loans.
  • Saving Banks are similar to savings and loan associations, except that they have more diversified uses of funds.
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3. Credit Unions:

  • Credit unions differ from commercial banks and savings institutions in that:
  • They are non-profit
  • They restrict their business to the credit union members, who share a common bond.
functions of non depository financial institutions
Functions of Non Depository Financial Institutions

1. Finance Companies:

  • Most finance companies obtain funds by issuing securities, then lend the funds to individuals and small businesses.

2. Mutual Funds:

  • Mutual Funds sell shares to surplus units and use the funds received to purchase a portfolio of securities.
  • By purchasing shares of mutual funds and money market mutual funds, small savers are able to invest in a diversified portfolio of securities with a relatively small amount of funds.
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3. Securities Firms:

  • Some securities Firms use their information resources to act as a broker, executing securities transactions between two parties. The fee is reflected in the difference between their bid and ask quotes.
  • Furthermore, securities firms often act as dealers, making a market in specific securities by adjusting their inventory of securities.

4. Pension Funds:

  • Many corporations and government agencies offer pension plans to their employees in which funds are periodically contributed by the employees, their employees or both.
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5. Insurance Companies:

  • Insurance companies receive premiums in exchange for insurance policies payable upon death, illness, or accidents and use the funds to purchase a variety of securities.
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Deposits

Purchase

securities

Purchase

shares

Premiums

Employee contributions

exposure of financial institutions to risk
Exposure of Financial Institutions to Risk
  • Bonds and mortgages are subject to interest rate risk, whereby prices of existing bonds or mortgages decline in response to an increase in interest rates.
  • Stocks are subject to market risk, whereby the stock market experiences lower prices in response to adverse economic conditions or pessimistic expectations of investors.
  • All types of securities dominated in foreign currencies are subject to exchange rate risk, in which the currencies dominating the securities depreciate against the investor’s home currency.