FINANCIAL MARKETS AND INSTITUTIONS

Assignment 1: Financial Markets and Institutions, Part 1

Write a five to seven (5-7) page paper in which you:

1. Explore one (1) financial market and the types of transactions supported by it in the U.S. and global economies. Determine how valuable these transactions are to the overall U.S. and the global economies. 

2. Evaluate all the factors that affect interest rates to determine the one that appears to impact interest rates the most in today’s economic climate. Support your answer with evidence and examples. 

3. Analyze the ease or difficulty of forecasting interest rate changes. Assess the value the forecast provides.

4. Examine why the Federal Reserve was created. Then construct an argument as to whether or not the Federal Reserve’s major roles are essential to the U.S. economy. 

5. Choose a recent monetary policy (adopted during the past twelve (12) months). Analyze its current and future impact on the U.S. and global economies. 

6. Imagine you are a financial manager. Develop a strategy for the use of bond markets by either an investor or firm of your choice to meet a stated financial objective of your choice for that investor or firm. 

7. Use at least four (4) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

· This course requires use of new Strayer Writing Standards (SWS). The format is different than other Strayer University courses. Please take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details.

· Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow SWS or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

· Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

· Describe the various types of financial markets and the types of transactions supported by each market in the U.S. and globally.

· Analyze the factors that affect interest rates and forecast interest rate changes.

· Explain the operation of the Federal Reserve and describe how monetary policy is used in the U.S. and other countries to manage the economy.

· Develop strategies for the use of bond markets by investors and firms to meet stated financial objectives.

· Use technology and information resources to research issues in financial markets and institutions.

· Write clearly and concisely about financial markets and institutions using proper writing mechanics.

Click here to view the grading rubric for this assignment.

RUBRIC

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

Points: 190Assignment 1: Financial Markets and Institutions, Part 1
Criteria UnacceptableBelow 60% FMeets Minimum Expectations60-69% D Fair70-79% C Proficient80-89% B Exemplary90-100% A
1. Explore one (1) financial market and the types of transactions supported by it in the U.S. and global economies. Determine how valuable these transactions are to the overall U.S. and the global economies.Weight: 10%Did not submit or incompletely explored one (1) financial market and the types of transactions supported by it in the U.S. and global economies; did not submit or incompletely determined how valuable these transactions are to the overall U.S. and the global economies.Insufficiently explored one (1) financial market and the types of transactions supported by it in the U.S. and global economies; insufficiently determined how valuable these transactions are to the overall U.S. and the global economies.Partially explored one (1) financial market and the types of transactions supported by it in the U.S. and global economies; partially determined how valuable these transactions are to the overall U.S. and the global economies.Satisfactorily explored one (1) financial market and the types of transactions supported by it in the U.S. and global economies; satisfactorily determined how valuable these transactions are to the overall U.S. and the global economies.Thoroughly explored one (1) financial market and the types of transactions supported by it in the U.S. and global economies; thoroughly determined how valuable these transactions are to the overall U.S. and the global economies.
2. Evaluate all the factors that affect interest rates to determine the one that appears to impact interest rates the most in today’s economic climate. Support your answer with evidence and examples. Weight: 10%Did not submit or incompletely evaluated all the factors that affect interest rates to determine the one that appears to impact interest rates the most in today’s economic climate; did not submit or incompletely supported the answer with evidence and examples.Insufficiently evaluated all the factors that affect interest rates to determine the one that appears to impact interest rates the most in today’s economic climate; insufficiently supported the answer with evidence and examples.Partially evaluated all the factors that affect interest rates to determine the one that appears to impact interest rates the most in today’s economic climate; partially supported the answer with evidence and examples.Satisfactorily evaluated all the factors that affect interest rates to determine the one that appears to impact interest rates the most in today’s economic climate; satisfactorily supported the answer with evidence and examples.Thoroughly evaluated all the factors that affect interest rates to determine the one that appears to impact interest rates the most in today’s economic climate; thoroughly supported the answer with evidence and examples.
3. Analyze the ease or difficulty of forecasting interest rate changes.  Assess the value the forecast provides.Weight: 15%Did not submit or incompletely analyzed the ease or difficulty of forecasting interest rate changes; did not submit or incompletely assessed the value the forecast provides.Insufficiently analyzed the ease or difficulty of forecasting interest rate changes; insufficiently assessed the value the forecast provides.Partially analyzed the ease or difficulty of forecasting interest rate changes; partially assessed the value the forecast provides.Satisfactorily analyzed the ease or difficulty of forecasting interest rate changes; satisfactorily assessed the value the forecast provides.Thoroughly analyzed the ease or difficulty of forecasting interest rate change; thoroughly assessed the value the forecast provides.
4. Examine why the Federal Reserve was created. Then, construct an argument as to whether or not the Federal Reserve’s major roles are essential to the U.S. economy.Weight: 15%Did not submit or incompletely examined why the Federal Reserve was created; did not submit or incompletely constructed an argument as to whether or not the Federal Reserve’s major roles are essential to the U.S. economy. Insufficiently examined why the Federal Reserve was created; insufficiently constructed an argument as to whether or not the Federal Reserve’s major roles are essential to the U.S. economy. Partially examined why the Federal Reserve was created; partially constructed an argument as to whether or not the Federal Reserve’s major roles are essential to the U.S. economy. Satisfactorily examined why the Federal Reserve was created; satisfactorily constructed an argument as to whether or not the Federal Reserve’s major roles are essential to the U.S. economy. Thoroughly examined why the Federal Reserve was created; thoroughly constructed an argument as to whether or not the Federal Reserve’s major roles are essential to the U.S. economy.  
5. Analyze a current monetary policy’s (adopted in the past 12 months) current and future impact on the U.S. and global economies.Weight: 20%Did not submit or incompletely analyzed a current monetary policy’s (adopted in the past 12 months) current and future impact on the U.S. and global economies.Insufficiently analyzed a current monetary policy’s (adopted in the past 12 months) current and future impact on the U.S. and global economies. Partially analyzed a current monetary policy’s (adopted in the past 12 months) current and future impact on the U.S. and global economies.Satisfactorily analyzed a current monetary policy’s (adopted in the past 12 months) current and future impact on the U.S. and global economies.Thoroughly analyzed a current monetary policy’s (adopted in the past 12 months) current and future impact on the U.S. and global economies.
6. Develop a strategy for the use of bond markets by either an investor or firm of your choice to meet a stated financial objective of your choice for that investor or firm. Weight: 15% Did not submit or incompletely developed a strategy for the use of bond markets by either an investor or firm of your choice to meet a stated financial objective of your choice for that investor or firm.Insufficiently developed a strategy for the use of bond markets by either an investor or firm of your choice to meet a stated financial objective of your choice for that investor or firm.Partially developed a strategy for the use of bond markets by either an investor or firm of your choice to meet a stated financial objective of your choice for that investor or firm.Satisfactorily developed a strategy for the use of bond markets by either an investor or firm of your choice to meet a stated financial objective of your choice for that investor or firm.Thoroughly developed a strategy for the use of bond markets by either an investor or firm of your choice to meet a stated financial objective of your choice for that investor or firm.
7. Four (4) referencesWeight: 5%No references providedDoes not meet the required number of references; all references poor quality choices.Does not meet the required number of references; some references poor quality choices.Meets number of required references; all references high quality choices.Exceeds number of required references; all references high quality choices.
8. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirementsWeight: 10%More than 8 errors 

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