Final Exam Outline
The final exam is non-cumulative, and will therefore only cover the last few topics (Banking regulation/evolution, profit maximization and loan rates, money & output, and monetary policy). You should be still familiar with the earlier material, but you donít need to worry about the details. (E.g. you donít have to calculate duration, but you should know what it is).
Part I: Commercial Banking
Bankers actually face a pretty difficult problem. You should be able to work through the basics. Further, you should be familiar with the evolution of banking over the years.
∑ The basic strategies for banking regulation and the motivations
∑ How informational problems are dealt with in banking
∑ The mechanics behind bank profit maximization
∑ Assessing interest rate risk in the banking sector
Part II: Money
Demand/Supply and Money Market Equilibrium
Short term interest rates are determined in the money market. Money demand depends on how households allocate income between various assets (as interest rates rise, house allocate more money in savings accounts Ė therefore, M1 money demand falls) while money supply is determined by the Fed and commercial banks. The interest rates is determined through the equilibrium condition that demand equals supply. You should be familiar with:
∑ Factors affecting money demand
∑ Monetary Aggregates (M0, M1, M2)
∑ How the Fed influences the money supply
∑ How commercial Banks influence the money supply
∑ How money demand/supply determine the equilibrium interest rate
The Conduct of Monetary Policy
∑ How money affects the economy in the short run/long run
∑ Interest rate targets vs. money targets
∑ Rules vs. Discretion
∑ Implementation of Policy (i.e., given a particular policy, how should the fed respond to various economic shocks).