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Demand and Supply for Financial Assets Mishkin ch. 5: Bonds
• Motivation: – Monetary policy works primarily by manipulating interest rates. – Interest rates are determined by the demand and supply for bonds. – Demand and supply for other financial assets are determined similarly.
• Perspectives on the bond market: 1. Bonds as financial assets => Determinants of Asset Demand.

• Bond demand affected by relative risk, relative liquidity, and wealth.
• Asset pricing (Finance) issues. Instantaneous responses to news. 2. Saving and Borrowing => Real Factors. Bond market matches savers and borrowers, affected by their behavior.
• Macro issues: Real savings/investment. Takes time. 3. Liquidity Preference
• View bonds as alternative to holding money. Affected by monetary changes.
• Special issues: Flexible versus “sticky” prices. DEFER.
• Application: Money & Interest Rates
• Mishkin provides survey. Needs more analysis – Start reading the lecture notes.

[Mishkin ch. 5 – P. 1] Perspective #1: Bonds as Financial Assets
• General Finance Question: – What determines the demand for financial assets? . Expected return (+) 2. Risk (-) 3. Liquidity (+) 4. Wealth (+) – Applies to all financial assets. Bonds as example.
• The Demand Curve for Bonds
• Remember “High price Low yield”. Implies downward sloping demand function.
• Demand function shifts if bonds’ risk or liquidity change.
• Demand is relative shifts if return, risk, or liquidity on other assets change.
• Note: Bond market responds quickly to financial news, to any news relevant for determining the return, risk, or liquidity of bonds relative to other assets.

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Time horizon: Instantaneous (within seconds). [Mishkin ch. 5 – P. 2] Demand for other financial assets
• Same arguments as for bonds: – Downward sloping, because “higher Price lower expected return” logic applies to all financial assets, provided the asset’s payment stream remains unchanged. – Shifting down/left when risk increases. Shifting up/right when liquidity increases. Examples: Stocks, mutual funds, real estate, gold, investments abroad. Similar for equity-type assets, except future payments are uncertain – New element: Unexpected new information about payments shift the demand curve
• Example: Stock with expected value next year $100 – More demand now at $80 than at $90 => Downward sloping demand curve. – Suppose the expected value next year rises to $120: Demand at $96 (20% discount) is similar to previous demand at $80 => Shift right/up in the demand curve
• Special factor for long-term bonds: – Rising interest rate before maturity would reduce the price => Reduce the return => Expected increases in interest rates reduce the demand for long-term bonds. Mishkin ch. 5 – P. 3] Wealth as Demand Factor: Caution
• Basic point: More wealth => More demand for all financial assets.
• Contrast wealth with the demand factors that affect relative values: – Demands for different financial assets are negatively related when relative returns, relative risks, and relative liquidity levels shift. – Demands for different financial assets are positive related when wealth changes.
• Wealth can change in two ways: 1. New savings. 2. Re-valuation. – Re-valuation is a distraction (or even misleading): Not a source of new demand.

Example: Hold 100 bonds @100 = $10,000 wealth. If price rises to $110 => Wealth $11,000. Will demand increase? Demand from existing wealth is still 100 bonds. – New savings must come from real activity = Surplus of income over spending. – New savings take time: NOT an instantaneous factor => Creates dynamics. – Purchasing power of wealth is eroded by inflation => Real returns (after inflation) determine the incentives to save
• Lessons for applications: – Source of wealth changes is savings. Savings raise all asset demands. Quantity axis in diagrams = Number of securities or their face value (not $ value). [Mishkin ch. 5 – P. 4] The supply of bonds and other financial assets
• Simple: the supplier/issues of securities defines the market! – Treasury bond market = supply by U. S. Treasury – Market for Microsoft stock = supply by Microsoft
• Supply incentives in the primary market: 1. Need for funds: – Private: Profitability of capital investments. – Public: Level of government budget deficits. 2. Cost of borrowing: – Borrow more if the cost is low => upward-sloping supply curve. Inflation reduces the real value of debt => Real returns (after inflation) determine the incentives to issue securities
• Secondary market: Fixed supply except for buyback/new issues. => Steep or vertical supply curve.
• Mishkin’s demand & supply diagrams: generic up/down slopes [Mishkin ch. 5 – P. 5] Demand & Supply => Equilibrium Price and Volume
• For bonds: Exact price-yield relationship (Example: F=1000)
• For all financial assets: High price tends to imply low future returns. [Mishkin ch. 5 – P. 6]

Asset Demand

Applications: Predict the Effect of Changes
• Reasons why bond demand may shift
• Reasons why bond supply may shift
• Scenarios that involve shifts in demand and supply: – Business cycles – Inflation: The Fisher Effect
• In each case: – Task: Determine the impact on prices and quantities. – Ask additional questions: What’s the time horizon? What’s the likely impact on other markets, e. g. , the stock market?
• Alternative view: Loanable Funds analysis (see Online Appendix5#1) – Supply of securities = Demand for financing – Demand for securities = Supply of funds to financial markets. > Helpful way to think about markets, but not required for exams. [Mishkin ch. 5 – P. 7] Summary: Factors that shift the Demand for Bonds [Mishkin ch. 5 – P. 8] Summary: Factors that shift the Supply for Bonds [Mishkin ch. 5 – P. 9] Notes on Mishkin’s Examples (1)
• About higher expected interest rates: – Higher yield expected => Lower expected return => Decline in demand => Reduced price => Yield rises immediately. – Lesson: Rational investors act on expectations. Markets move when information arrives that changes investor expectations. About the slopes of demand and supply curves: – Demand: Depends on how easily investors can go elsewhere when prices rise: – For a specific bond relative to others: Essentially horizontal/very flat. – For bonds as an asset class: Elastic/flat. Investors can substitute to stocks etc. – For bonds as reflecting the supply of savings: Quite inelastic/steep. Consumptionsavings decisions are not highly sensitive to interest rates. – Supply: usually inelastic/steep. New issues are small relative to outstanding quanties of identical or similar securities. Relevance of slopes: Steeper vs. flatter Larger vs. smaller price changes. [Exam: Generic slopes okay. But remember for real-world applications. ] [Mishkin ch. 5 – P. 10] Notes on Mishkin’s Examples (2)
• About the time horizon and level of aggregation: – Instructive to separate two sets of issues: 1. Allocation of existing financial assets: – Instantaneous: Supply is well-approximated by a vertical line. – Pricing is relative to other financial assets. – Economic arguments involve relative return, risk, liquidity (nothing else). In equilibrium, all financial assets must attract investors => Must offer the same risk- and liquidity-adjusted return. 2. Flows of savings and capital investment: – Takes time: New demand and supply more important relative to existing financial assets the more time passes. – Savings are unspecific: Savers will invest in any savings vehicles that pays the equilibrium return: Markets clear at the aggregate level. – Equilibrium return must match aggregate flow of funds into financial markets with total demand for funds from issuers of securities. [Mishkin ch. 5 – P. 11]

Scenario: Business Cycle Expansion
• Shifts in Demand and Supply: Higher incomes. Real capital investment is more profitable. [Caution: Distinguish real and financial investments! ]
• Questions: What causes business cycles? How do we know that supply shifts more than demand? => Macroeconomic issues. [Mishkin ch. 5 – P. 12] Scenario: Increase in Expected Inflation
• Lower real cost of borrowing => More security issues (supply).
• Lower real return => Less savings (demand). Conclude: Fisher effect.
• Questions: What causes higher expected inflation? => Macroeconomic issue. Mishkin ch. 5 – P. 13] Evidence on the Fisher Effect (Fits the data – at least in the long-run) [Mishkin ch. 5 – P. 14] Collect Open Questions
• Why does expected inflation change? – Leading answer: Money growth. Not an exogenous disturbance. => Needs analysis. Topic: Money and Inflation.
• What causes business cycles? – Many causes. Among them: “Mistakes” in monetary policy. => Needs analysis. Topic: Money and Output.
• Agenda: 1. Reinforce the lessons on demand and supply: More examples. 2. Examine how monetary policy influences inflation and output. 3.

Return to the interest rates – remainder of Mishkin ch. 5 [Mishkin ch. 5 – P. 15] Applications of Asset Demand & Supply Analysis 1. A Classic: The “Flight to Quality” (Lesson: Asset demand is relative) Stock Market Price Supply Price Bond Market Supply Demand Stocks Demand Bonds 1987 stock market crash: stocks -> flight to bonds 1994 Mexican Peso crisis: emerging market stocks -> to US stocks and bonds 1997 Asian crisis: Asian stocks and bonds -> to US and Europeans stocks and bonds 1998 Russian default: risky bonds (foreign and US low quality) -> to US Treasury bonds . The Term Structure of interest rates: (Mishkin ch. 6, part 2) – Defer discussion, raises macro issues. [Mishkin ch. 5 – P. 16] 3. The Risk-structure of interest rates: (Mishkin ch. 6, part 1) – Good measures of riskiness: Bond Ratings – Good measures of promised return: Yield to maturity. – Find: (1) Changes in risk => Changes in relative yields (2) Holding risk constant, yields move together 4. The Stock Market Crash of 1987 – Can we always assume that demand is downward sloping? . The Market for Foreign Exchange (Mishkin ch. 17. Much improved in 8ed. ) – Exchange rate = Relative price of different country’s financial assets – Demand = Function of relative return, risk, and liquidity – Supply = Fixed in short run (apart from official interventions – later) – More later if time – for now, note one key point: High US interest rates relative to foreign interest rates increase the demand for dollar assets => Stronger dollar [Mishkin ch. 5 – P. 17]

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