FIN6901 Ch2 - Financial Markets and Institutions

Card Set Information

FIN6901 Ch2 - Financial Markets and Institutions
2013-10-20 19:48:17

Financial Markets and Institutions
Show Answers:

  1. What are some financing decisions?
    • Source of funds (capital)
    • Capital structure
  2. Which market is bigger than the stock market?
  3. What is the financial market?
    Market where securities are issued and traded
  4. What is the primary market?
    Market for the sale of new securities by corporations. (Stocks issued to big institutions like Goldman Sachs)
  5. What is the secondary market?
    Market in which previously issued securities are traded among investors
  6. What is an IPO?
    • Initial public offering
    • First offering of stock to the general public
  7. What is the fixed-income market?
    Market for debt securities
  8. Capital markets are used for what?
    Long-term financing
  9. What are bonds?
    Example of long-term debt
  10. What are money markets used for?
    Short-term financing
  11. What is an example of short-term debt?
    • Commercial paper
    • Used by financial companies
  12. What are some alternative financial markets?
    • Foreign exchange
    • Commodities markets
    • Financial derivatives markets
  13. What is a mutual fund?
    An investment company that pools the savings of many investors and invests in a portfolio of securities.
  14. What is a hedge fund?
    A private investment pool, open to wealthy or institutional investors, that is only lightly regulated and therefore can pursue more speculative policies than mutual funds
  15. What is a pension fund?
    A fund set up by an employer to provide for employees' retirement
  16. What are examples of financial institutions?
    • Commercial bank
    • Investment bank
    • Insurance company
  17. In financial transactions, who are the intermediaries?
    • Banks
    • Insurance companies
    • Brokerages firms
  18. In financial transactions, who are the investors?
    • Depositors
    • Policyholders
    • Investors
  19. What are the functions of financial markets and intermediaries?
    • Transport cash across time
    • Risk transfer and diversification
    • Liquidity
    • Provide payment mechanism
    • Provide financial information
  20. What are some of the causes of the financial crisis of 2007-2009?
    • Falling housing prices
    • Bankruptcy
    • Credit freeze
    • International effect
  21. Did the government bailout response (TARP) effectively decrease the uncertainty in the market?