Course Objectives Chapters 1 and 2 Econ 423 - Financial MarketsLauren Heller, Summer 2009 Chapter 1: Why Study Financial Markets?Objectives–By the end of this chapter, you should be able to: oRecognize the roles that financial markets play in the daily transactions of consumers, firms, and governments. oUnderstand the reasons why sound financial markets and institutions are needed in a well-functioning economy, as well as the relationship between strong financial markets and long run economic growth. oIdentify basic terms relating to securities and foreign exchange markets, and apply these terms to future concepts discussed in class. Assigned Reading–Mishkin and Eakins, pp. 4-9Optional/Recommended Reading oFor those who are not completely comfortable with Microsoft Excel and downloading data from the internet, please read pp. 10-14. Optional Practice Problems oMishkin and Eakins, p. 15: Questions #7-9, Quantitative Problems #1, Web Exercises #1 o
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