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  1. 1. Essentials of Investments Information Center: Table of Contents Sample Chapter Table of Contents About the Authors Preface What's New Feature Summary Supplements PageOut About the Team Overview Mobile Resources First Time Users Student Edition Instructor Edition Essentials of Investments, 5/e Zvi Bodie, Boston University Alex Kane, University of California, San Diego Alan J. Marcus, Boston College ISBN: 0072510773 Copyright year: 2004 Table of Contents Part ONE Elements of Investments 1 Investments: Background and Issues 2 Financial Instruments 3 How Securities Are Traded 4 Mutual Funds and Other Investment Companies Part TWO Portfolio Theory 5 Risk and Return: Past and Prologue 6 Efficient Diversification 7 Capital Asset Pricing and Arbitrage Pricing Theory 8 The Efficient Market Hypothesis Part THREE Debt Securities 9 Bond Prices and Yields 10 Managing Bond Portfolios Part FOUR Security Analysis 11 Macroeconomic and Industry Analysis 12 Equity Valuation 13 Financial Statement Analysis Part FIVE Derivative Markets 14 Options Markets file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/SANTOSH/Deskt...%20Information%20Center%20Table%20of%20Contents.htm (1 of 2)9/6/2006 11:01:05 AM
  2. 2. Essentials of Investments Information Center: Table of Contents 15 Option Valuation 16 Futures Markets Part SIX Active Investment Management 17 Investors and the Investment Process 18 Taxes, Inflation, and Investment Strategy 19 Behavioral Finance and Technical Analysis 20 Performance Evaluation and Active Portfolio Management 21 International Investing To obtain an instructor login for this Online Learning Center, ask your local sales representative. If you're an instructor thinking about adopting this textbook, request a free copy for review. 2004 McGraw-Hill Higher Education Any use is subject to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. McGraw-Hill Higher Education is one of the many fine businesses of The McGraw-Hill Companies. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/SANTOSH/Deskt...%20Information%20Center%20Table%20of%20Contents.htm (2 of 2)9/6/2006 11:01:05 AM
  3. 3. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition Front Matter A Note from the Authors © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 xviii A Note from the Authors . . . The last decade has been one of rapid, profound, and ongoing change in the investments industry. This is due in part to an abundance of newly designed securities, in part to the creation of new trading strategies that would have been impossible without concurrent advances in computer and communications technology, and in part to continuing advances in the theory of investments. Of necessity, our text has evolved along with the financial markets. In this edition, we address many of the changes in the investment environment. At the same time, many basic principles remain important. We continue to organize our book around one basic theme—that security markets are nearly efficient, meaning that most securities are usually priced appropriately given their risk and return attributes. There are few free lunches found in markets as competitive as the financial market. This simple observation is, nevertheless, remarkably powerful in its implications for the design of investment strategies, and our discussions of strategy are always guided by the implications of the efficient markets hypothesis. While the degree of market efficiency is, and will always be, a matter of debate, we hope our discussions throughout the book convey a good dose of healthy criticism concerning much conventional wisdom. This text also continues to emphasize asset allocation more than most other books. We prefer this emphasis for two important reasons. First, it corresponds to the procedure that most individuals actually follow when building an investment portfolio. Typically, you start with all of your money in a bank account, only then considering how much to invest in something riskier that might offer a higher expected return. The logical step at this point is to consider other risky asset classes, such as stock, bonds, or real estate. This is an asset allocation decision. Second, in most cases the asset allocation choice is far more important than specific security-selection decisions in determining overall investment performance. Asset allocation is the primary determinant of the risk-return profile of the investment portfolio, and so it deserves primary attention in a study of investment policy. Our book also focuses on investment analysis, which allows us to present the practical applications of investment theory, and to convey insights of practical value. In this edition of the text, we have continued to expand a systematic collection of Excel spreadsheets that give you tools to explore concepts more deeply than was previously possible. These spreadsheets are available through the World Wide Web, and provide a taste of the sophisticated analytic tools available to professional investors. In our efforts to link theory to practice, we also have attempted to make our approach consistent with that of the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts (ICFA). The ICFA administers an education and certification program to candidates for the title of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). The CFA curriculum represents the consensus of a committee of distinguished scholars and practitioners regarding the core of knowledge required by the investment professional. This text will introduce you to the major issues currently of concern to all investors. It can give you the skills to conduct a sophisticated assessment of current issues and debates covered by both the popular media as well as more specialized finance journals. Whether you plan to become an investment professional, or simply a sophisticated individual investor, you will find these skills essential. Zvi Bodie Alex Kane Alan J. Marcus
  4. 4. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments Introduction © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 P A R T ONE ELEMENTS OF INVESTMENTS E ven a cursory glance at The Wall Street Journal reveals a bewildering collection of securities, markets, and financial institu- tions. Although it may appear so, the financial environment is not chaotic: There is a rhyme or reason behind the vast array of financial instru- ments and the markets in which they trade. These introductory chapters provide a bird’s-eye view of the investing environment. We will give you a tour of the major types of markets in which securities trade, the trading process, and the major players in these arenas. You will see that both markets and securities have evolved to meet the changing and com- plex needs of different participants in the fi- nancial system. Markets innovate and compete with each other for traders’ business just as vigorously as competitors in other industries. The competi- tion between the National Association of Se- curities Dealers Automatic Quotation System (Nasdaq), the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and a number of non-U.S. exchanges is fierce and public. Trading practices can mean big money to investors. The explosive growth of online trading has saved them many millions of dol- lars in trading costs. Even more dramatically, new electronic communication networks will al- low investors to trade directly without a broker. These advances promise to change the face of the investments industry, and Wall Street firms are scrambling to formulate strategies that re- spond to these changes. These chapters will give you a good foun- dation with which to understand the basic types of securities and financial markets as well as how trading in those markets is conducted. www.mhhe.com/bkm > 1 Investments: Background and Issues 2 Global Financial Instruments 3 How Securities Are Traded 4 Mutual Funds and Other Investment Companies
  5. 5. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 1. Investments: Background and Issues © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 1 2 AFTER STUDYING THIS CHAPTER YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO: Define an investment. Distinguish between real assets and financial assets. Describe the major steps in the construction of an investment portfolio. Identify major participants in financial markets. Identify types of financial markets and recent trends in those markets.> > > > > INVESTMENTS: BACKGROUND AND ISSUES
  6. 6. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 1. Investments: Background and Issues © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 Related Websites http://www.ceoexpress.com This site provides a list of links related to all aspects of business, including extensive sites related to finance and investment. http://www.corpgov.net Dedicated to corporate governance issues, this site has extensive coverage and numerous links to other sites related to corporate governance. http://www.finpipe.com This is an excellent general site that is dedicated to finance education. It contains information on debt securities, equities, and derivative instruments. http://www.financewise.com This is a thorough finance search engine for other financial sites. http://www.federalreserve.gov/otherfrb.htm This site contains a map that allows you to access all of the Federal Reserve Bank sites. Most of the economic research from the various banks is available online. The Federal Reserve Economic Database, or FRED, is available through the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank. A search engine for all of the Bank’s research articles is available at the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank. http://www.cob.ohio-state.edu/fin/journal/ jofsites.htm This site contains a directory of finance journals and associations related to education in the financial area. http://finance.yahoo.com This investment site contains information on financial markets. Portfolios can be constructed and monitored at no charge. Limited historical return data is available for actively traded securities. http://moneycentral.msn.com/home.asp Similar to Yahoo! Finance, this investment site contains comprehensive information on financial markets. A n investment is the current commitment of money or other resources in the expectation of reaping future benefits. For example, an individual might pur- chase shares of stock anticipating that the future proceeds from the shares will justify both the time that her money is tied up as well as the risk of the invest- ment. The time you will spend studying this text (not to mention its cost) also is an in- vestment. You are forgoing either current leisure or the income you could be earning at a job in the expectation that your future career will be sufficiently enhanced to jus- tify this commitment of time and effort. While these two investments differ in many ways, they share one key attribute that is central to all investments: You sacrifice something of value now, expecting to benefit from that sacrifice later. This text can help you become an informed practitioner of investments. We will focus on investments in securities such as stocks, bonds, or options and futures con- tracts, but much of what we discuss will be useful in the analysis of any type of in- vestment. The text will provide you with background in the organization of various securities markets, will survey the valuation and risk-management principles useful in particular markets, such as those for bonds or stocks, and will introduce you to the principles of portfolio construction. Broadly speaking, this chapter addresses three topics that will provide a useful perspective for the material that is to come later. First, before delving into the topic of “investments,” we consider the role of financial assets in the economy. We discuss the relationship between securities and the “real” assets that actually produce goods and services for consumers, and we consider why financial assets are important to the functioning of a developed economy. Given this background, we then take a first look at the types of decisions that confront investors as they assemble a portfolio of
  7. 7. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 1. Investments: Background and Issues © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 assets. These investment decisions are made in an environment where higher returns usually can be obtained only at the price of greater risk, and in which it is rare to find assets that are so mispriced as to be obvious bargains. These themes—the risk-return trade-off and the efficient pricing of financial as- sets—are central to the investment process, so it is worth pausing for a brief discussion of their implications as we begin the text. These implications will be fleshed out in much greater detail in later chapters. Finally, we conclude the chapter with an introduction to the organization of security markets, the various players that participate in those markets, and a brief overview of some of the more important changes in those markets in recent years. Together, these various topics should give you a feel for who the major participants are in the securities markets as well as the setting in which they act. We close the chapter with an overview of the remainder of the text. 1.1 REAL ASSETS VERSUS FINANCIAL ASSETS The material wealth of a society is ultimately determined by the productive capacity of its economy, that is, the goods and services its members can create. This capacity is a function of the real assets of the economy: the land, buildings, machines, and knowledge that can be used to produce goods and services. In contrast to such real assets are financial assets, such as stocks and bonds. Such securi- ties are no more than sheets of paper or, more likely, computer entries and do not contribute directly to the productive capacity of the economy. Instead, these assets are the means by which individuals in well-developed economies hold their claims on real assets. Financial as- sets are claims to the income generated by real assets (or claims on income from the govern- ment). If we cannot own our own auto plant (a real asset), we can still buy shares in General Motors or Toyota (financial assets) and, thereby, share in the income derived from the pro- duction of automobiles. While real assets generate net income to the economy, financial assets simply define the al- location of income or wealth among investors. Individuals can choose between consuming their wealth today or investing for the future. If they choose to invest, they may place their wealth in financial assets by purchasing various securities. When investors buy these securi- ties from companies, the firms use the money so raised to pay for real assets, such as plant, equipment, technology, or inventory. So investors’ returns on securities ultimately come from the income produced by the real assets that were financed by the issuance of those securities. The distinction between real and financial assets is apparent when we compare the balance sheet of U.S. households, shown in Table 1.1, with the composition of national wealth in the United States, shown in Table 1.2. Household wealth includes financial assets such as bank ac- counts, corporate stock, or bonds. However, these securities, which are financial assets of households, are liabilities of the issuers of the securities. For example, a bond that you treat as an asset because it gives you a claim on interest income and repayment of principal from Gen- eral Motors is a liability of General Motors, which is obligated to make these payments to you. Your asset is GM’s liability. Therefore, when we aggregate over all balance sheets, these claims cancel out, leaving only real assets as the net wealth of the economy. National wealth consists of structures, equipment, inventories of goods, and land. We will focus almost exclusively on financial assets. But you shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that the successes or failures of the financial assets we choose to purchase ultimately de- pend on the performance of the underlying real assets. 4 Part ONE Elements of Investments investment Commitment of current resources in the expectation of deriving greater resources in the future. real assets Assets used to produce goods and services. financial assets Claims on real assets or the income generated by them.
  8. 8. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 1. Investments: Background and Issues © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 1. Are the following assets real or financial? a. Patents b. Lease obligations c. Customer goodwill d. A college education e. A $5 bill 1.2 A TAXONOMY OF FINANCIAL ASSETS It is common to distinguish among three broad types of financial assets: fixed income, equity, and derivatives. Fixed-income securities promise either a fixed stream of income or a stream 1 Investments: Background and Issues 5 TABLE 1.1 Balance sheet of U.S. households Liabilities and Assets $ Billion % Total Net Worth $ Billion % Total Real assets Real estate $12,567 26.7% Mortgages $ 5,210 11.1% Durables 2,820 6.0 Consumer credit 1,558 3.3 Other 117 0.2 Bank & other loans 316 0.7 Total real assets $15,504 32.9% Other 498 1.1 Total liabilities $ 7,582 16.1% Financial assets Deposits $ 4,698 10.0% Live insurance reserves 817 1.7 Pension reserves 8,590 18.2 Corporate equity 5,917 12.6 Equity in noncorp. business 5,056 10.7 Mutual funds shares 2,780 5.9 Personal trusts 949 2.0 Debt securities 2,075 4.4 Other 746 1.6 Total financial assets 31,628 67.1 Net worth 39,550 83.9 Total $47,132 100.0% $47,132 100.0% Note: Column sums may differ from total because of rounding error. Source: Flow of Funds Accounts of the United States, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, June 2001. Concept CHECK < fixed-income securities Pay a specified cash flow over a specific period. TABLE 1.2 Domestic net worth Assets $ Billion Real estate $17,438 Plant and equipment 18,643 Inventories 1,350 Total $37,431 Note: Column sums may differ from total because of rounding error. Sources: Flow of Funds Accounts of the United States, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, June 2001; Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2000, US Census Bureau.
  9. 9. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 1. Investments: Background and Issues © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 of income that is determined according to a specified formula. For example, a corporate bond typically would promise that the bondholder will receive a fixed amount of interest each year. Other so-called floating-rate bonds promise payments that depend on current interest rates. For example, a bond may pay an interest rate that is fixed at two percentage points above the rate paid on U.S. Treasury bills. Unless the borrower is declared bankrupt, the payments on these se- curities are either fixed or determined by formula. For this reason, the investment performance of fixed-income securities typically is least closely tied to the financial condition of the issuer. Nevertheless, fixed-income securities come in a tremendous variety of maturities and pay- ment provisions. At one extreme, the money market refers to fixed-income securities that are short term, highly marketable, and generally of very low risk. Examples of money market se- curities are U.S. Treasury bills or bank certificates of deposit (CDs). In contrast, the fixed- income capital market includes long-term securities such as Treasury bonds, as well as bonds issued by federal agencies, state and local municipalities, and corporations. These bonds range from very safe in terms of default risk (for example, Treasury securities) to relatively risky (for example, high yield or “junk” bonds). They also are designed with extremely diverse provi- sions regarding payments provided to the investor and protection against the bankruptcy of the issuer. We will take a first look at these securities in Chapter 2 and undertake a more detailed analysis of the fixed-income market in Part Three. Unlike fixed-income securities, common stock, or equity, in a firm represents an owner- ship share in the corporation. Equity holders are not promised any particular payment. They receive any dividends the firm may pay and have prorated ownership in the real assets of the firm. If the firm is successful, the value of equity will increase; if not, it will decrease. The per- formance of equity investments, therefore, is tied directly to the success of the firm and its real assets. For this reason, equity investments tend to be riskier than investments in fixed-income securities. Equity markets and equity valuation are the topics of Part Four. Finally, derivative securities such as options and futures contracts provide payoffs that are determined by the prices of other assets such as bond or stock prices. For example, a call op- tion on a share of Intel stock might turn out to be worthless if Intel’s share price remains be- low a threshold or “exercise” price such as $30 a share, but it can be quite valuable if the stock price rises above that level.1 Derivative securities are so named because their values derive from the prices of other assets. For example, the value of the call option will depend on the price of Intel stock. Other important derivative securities are futures and swap contracts. We will treat these in Part Five. Derivatives have become an integral part of the investment environment. One use of de- rivatives, perhaps the primary use, is to hedge risks or transfer them to other parties. This is done successfully every day, and the use of these securities for risk management is so com- monplace that the multitrillion-dollar market in derivative assets is routinely taken for granted. Derivatives also can be used to take highly speculative positions, however. Every so often, one of these positions blows up, resulting in well-publicized losses of hundreds of millions of dol- lars. While these losses attract considerable attention, they are in fact the exception to the more common use of such securities as risk management tools. Derivatives will continue to play an important role in portfolio construction and the financial system. We will return to this topic later in the text. In addition to these financial assets, individuals might invest directly in some real assets. For example, real estate or commodities such as precious metals or agricultural products are real assets that might form part of an investment portfolio. 6 Part ONE Elements of Investments equity An ownership share in a corporation. derivative securities Securities providing payoffs that depend on the values of other assets. 1 A call option is the right to buy a share of stock at a given exercise price on or before the option’s maturity date. If the market price of Intel remains below $30 a share, the right to buy for $30 will turn out to be valueless. If the share price rises above $30 before the option matures, however, the option can be exercised to obtain the share for only $30.
  10. 10. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 1. Investments: Background and Issues © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 1.3 FINANCIAL MARKETS AND THE ECONOMY We stated earlier that real assets determine the wealth of an economy, while financial assets merely represent claims on real assets. Nevertheless, financial assets and the markets in which they are traded play several crucial roles in developed economies. Financial assets allow us to make the most of the economy’s real assets. Consumption Timing Some individuals in an economy are earning more than they currently wish to spend. Others, for example, retirees, spend more than they currently earn. How can you shift your purchas- ing power from high-earnings periods to low-earnings periods of life? One way is to “store” your wealth in financial assets. In high-earnings periods, you can invest your savings in fi- nancial assets such as stocks and bonds. In low-earnings periods, you can sell these assets to provide funds for your consumption needs. By so doing, you can “shift” your consumption over the course of your lifetime, thereby allocating your consumption to periods that provide the greatest satisfaction. Thus, financial markets allow individuals to separate decisions con- cerning current consumption from constraints that otherwise would be imposed by current earnings. Allocation of Risk Virtually all real assets involve some risk. When GM builds its auto plants, for example, it cannot know for sure what cash flows those plants will generate. Financial markets and the di- verse financial instruments traded in those markets allow investors with the greatest taste for risk to bear that risk, while other, less risk-tolerant individuals can, to a greater extent, stay on the sidelines. For example, if GM raises the funds to build its auto plant by selling both stocks and bonds to the public, the more optimistic or risk-tolerant investors can buy shares of stock in GM, while the more conservative ones can buy GM bonds. Because the bonds promise to provide a fixed payment, the stockholders bear most of the business risk. Thus, capital mar- kets allow the risk that is inherent to all investments to be borne by the investors most willing to bear that risk. This allocation of risk also benefits the firms that need to raise capital to finance their in- vestments. When investors are able to select security types with the risk-return characteristics that best suit their preferences, each security can be sold for the best possible price. This fa- cilitates the process of building the economy’s stock of real assets. Separation of Ownership and Management Many businesses are owned and managed by the same individual. This simple organization is well-suited to small businesses and, in fact, was the most common form of business organiza- tion before the Industrial Revolution. Today, however, with global markets and large-scale production, the size and capital requirements of firms have skyrocketed. For example, General Electric has property, plant, and equipment worth over $40 billion, and total assets in excess of $400 billion. Corporations of such size simply cannot exist as owner-operated firms. GE ac- tually has over one-half million stockholders with an ownership stake in the firm proportional to their holdings of shares. Such a large group of individuals obviously cannot actively participate in the day-to-day management of the firm. Instead, they elect a board of directors which in turn hires and su- pervises the management of the firm. This structure means that the owners and managers of 1 Investments: Background and Issues 7
  11. 11. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 1. Investments: Background and Issues © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 the firm are different parties. This gives the firm a stability that the owner-managed firm can- not achieve. For example, if some stockholders decide they no longer wish to hold shares in the firm, they can sell their shares to another investor, with no impact on the management of the firm. Thus, financial assets and the ability to buy and sell those assets in the financial mar- kets allow for easy separation of ownership and management. How can all of the disparate owners of the firm, ranging from large pension funds holding hundreds of thousands of shares to small investors who may hold only a single share, agree on the objectives of the firm? Again, the financial markets provide some guidance. All may agree that the firm’s management should pursue strategies that enhance the value of their shares. Such policies will make all shareholders wealthier and allow them all to better pursue their personal goals, whatever those goals might be. Do managers really attempt to maximize firm value? It is easy to see how they might be tempted to engage in activities not in the best interest of shareholders. For example, they might engage in empire building or avoid risky projects to protect their own jobs or overconsume lux- uries such as corporate jets, reasoning that the cost of such perquisites is largely borne by the shareholders. These potential conflicts of interest are called agency problems because man- agers, who are hired as agents of the shareholders, may pursue their own interests instead. Several mechanisms have evolved to mitigate potential agency problems. First, compensa- tion plans tie the income of managers to the success of the firm. A major part of the total com- pensation of top executives is typically in the form of stock options, which means that the managers will not do well unless the stock price increases, benefiting shareholders. (Of course, we’ve learned more recently that overuse of options can create its own agency prob- lem. Options can create an incentive for managers to manipulate information to prop up a stock price temporarily, giving them a chance to cash out before the price returns to a level re- flective of the firm’s true prospects.) Second, while boards of directors are sometimes por- trayed as defenders of top management, they can, and in recent years increasingly do, force out management teams that are underperforming. Third, outsiders such as security analysts and large institutional investors such as pension funds monitor the firm closely and make the life of poor performers at the least uncomfortable. Finally, bad performers are subject to the threat of takeover. If the board of directors is lax in monitoring management, unhappy shareholders in principle can elect a different board. They can do this by launching a proxy contest in which they seek to obtain enough proxies (i.e., rights to vote the shares of other shareholders) to take control of the firm and vote in an- other board. However, this threat is usually minimal. Shareholders who attempt such a fight have to use their own funds, while management can defend itself using corporate coffers. Most proxy fights fail. The real takeover threat is from other firms. If one firm observes an- other underperforming, it can acquire the underperforming business and replace management with its own team. 1.4 THE INVESTMENT PROCESS An investor’s portfolio is simply his collection of investment assets. Once the portfolio is es- tablished, it is updated or “rebalanced” by selling existing securities and using the proceeds to buy new securities, by investing additional funds to increase the overall size of the portfolio, or by selling securities to decrease the size of the portfolio. Investment assets can be categorized into broad asset classes, such as stocks, bonds, real estate, commodities, and so on. Investors make two types of decisions in constructing their portfolios. The asset allocation decision is the choice among these broad asset classes, while the security selection decision is the choice of which particular securities to hold within each asset class. 8 Part ONE Elements of Investments agency problem Conflicts of interest between managers and stockholders. asset allocation Allocation of an investment portfolio across broad asset classes. security selection Choice of specific securities within each asset class.
  12. 12. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 1. Investments: Background and Issues © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 “Top-down” portfolio construction starts with asset allocation. For example, an individual who currently holds all of his money in a bank account would first decide what proportion of the overall portfolio ought to be moved into stocks, bonds, and so on. In this way, the broad features of the portfolio are established. For example, while the average annual return on the common stock of large firms since 1926 has been about 12% per year, the average return on U.S. Treasury bills has been only 3.8%. On the other hand, stocks are far riskier, with annual returns that have ranged as low as Ϫ46% and as high as 55%. In contrast, T-bill returns are ef- fectively risk-free: you know what interest rate you will earn when you buy the bills. There- fore, the decision to allocate your investments to the stock market or to the money market where Treasury bills are traded will have great ramifications for both the risk and the return of your portfolio. A top-down investor first makes this and other crucial asset allocation decisions before turning to the decision of the particular securities to be held in each asset class. Security analysis involves the valuation of particular securities that might be included in the portfolio. For example, an investor might ask whether Merck or Pfizer is more attractively priced. Both bonds and stocks must be evaluated for investment attractiveness, but valuation is far more difficult for stocks because a stock’s performance usually is far more sensitive to the condition of the issuing firm. In contrast to top-down portfolio management is the “bottom-up” strategy. In this process, the portfolio is constructed from the securities that seem attractively priced without as much concern for the resultant asset allocation. Such a technique can result in unintended bets on one or another sector of the economy. For example, it might turn out that the portfolio ends up with a very heavy representation of firms in one industry, from one part of the country, or with exposure to one source of uncertainty. However, a bottom-up strategy does focus the portfo- lio on the assets that seem to offer the most attractive investment opportunities. 1.5 MARKETS ARE COMPETITIVE Financial markets are highly competitive. Thousands of intelligent and well-backed analysts constantly scour the securities markets searching for the best buys. This competition means that we should expect to find few, if any, “free lunches,” securities that are so underpriced that they represent obvious bargains. There are several implications of this no-free-lunch proposi- tion. Let’s examine two. The Risk-Return Trade-Off Investors invest for anticipated future returns, but those returns rarely can be predicted precisely. There will almost always be risk associated with investments. Actual or realized returns will al- most always deviate from the expected return anticipated at the start of the investment period. For example, in 1931 (the worst calendar year for the market since 1926), the stock market lost 43% of its value. In 1933 (the best year), the stock market gained 54%. You can be sure that in- vestors did not anticipate such extreme performance at the start of either of these years. Naturally, if all else could be held equal, investors would prefer investments with the highest expected return.2 However, the no-free-lunch rule tells us that all else cannot be held equal. If you want higher expected returns, you will have to pay a price in terms of accepting higher in- vestment risk. If higher expected return can be achieved without bearing extra risk, there will be 1 Investments: Background and Issues 9 security analysis Analysis of the value of securities. 2 The “expected” return is not the return investors believe they necessarily will earn, or even their most likely return. It is instead the result of averaging across all possible outcomes, recognizing that some outcomes are more likely than others. It is the average rate of return across possible economic scenarios.
  13. 13. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 1. Investments: Background and Issues © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 a rush to buy the high-return assets, with the result that their prices will be driven up. Individu- als considering investing in the asset at the now-higher price will find the investment less at- tractive: If you buy at a higher price, your expected rate of return (that is, profit per dollar invested) is lower. The asset will be considered attractive and its price will continue to rise until its expected return is no more than commensurate with risk. At this point, investors can antici- pate a “fair” return relative to the asset’s risk, but no more. Similarly, if returns are independent of risk, there will be a rush to sell high-risk assets. Their prices will fall (and their expected fu- ture rates of return will rise) until they eventually become attractive enough to be included again in investor portfolios. We conclude that there should be a risk-return trade-off in the securities markets, with higher-risk assets priced to offer higher expected returns than lower-risk assets. Of course, this discussion leaves several important questions unanswered. How should one measure the risk of an asset? What should be the quantitative trade-off between risk (properly measured) and expected return? One would think that risk would have something to do with the volatility of an asset’s returns, but this guess turns out to be only partly correct. When we mix assets into diversified portfolios, we need to consider the interplay among assets and the effect of diversification on the risk of the entire portfolio. Diversification means that many as- sets are held in the portfolio so that the exposure to any particular asset is limited. The effect of diversification on portfolio risk, the implications for the proper measurement of risk, and the risk-return relationship are the topics of Part Two. These topics are the subject of what has come to be known as modern portfolio theory. The development of this theory brought two of its pioneers, Harry Markowitz and William Sharpe, Nobel Prizes. Efficient Markets Another implication of the no-free-lunch proposition is that we should rarely expect to find bargains in the security markets. We will spend all of Chapter 8 examining the theory and ev- idence concerning the hypothesis that financial markets process all relevant information about securities quickly and efficiently, that is, that the security price usually reflects all the infor- mation available to investors concerning the value of the security. According to this hypothe- sis, as new information about a security becomes available, the price of the security quickly adjusts so that at any time, the security price equals the market consensus estimate of the value of the security. If this were so, there would be neither underpriced nor overpriced securities. One interesting implication of this “efficient market hypothesis” concerns the choice be- tween active and passive investment-management strategies. Passive management calls for holding highly diversified portfolios without spending effort or other resources attempting to improve investment performance through security analysis. Active management is the at- tempt to improve performance either by identifying mispriced securities or by timing the per- formance of broad asset classes—for example, increasing one’s commitment to stocks when one is bullish on the stock market. If markets are efficient and prices reflect all relevant infor- mation, perhaps it is better to follow passive strategies instead of spending resources in a futile attempt to outguess your competitors in the financial markets. If the efficient market hypothesis were taken to the extreme, there would be no point in active security analysis; only fools would commit resources to actively analyze securities. Without ongoing security analysis, however, prices eventually would depart from “correct” values, creating new incentives for experts to move in. Therefore, even in environments as competitive as the financial markets, we may observe only near-efficiency, and profit op- portunities may exist for especially diligent and creative investors. This motivates our dis- cussion of active portfolio management in Part Six. More importantly, our discussions of security analysis and portfolio construction generally must account for the likelihood of nearly efficient markets. 10 Part ONE Elements of Investments risk-return trade-off Assets with higher expected returns have greater risk. passive management Buying and holding a diversified portfolio without attempting to identify mispriced securities. active management Attempting to identify mispriced securities or to forecast broad market trends.
  14. 14. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 1. Investments: Background and Issues © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 1.6 THE PLAYERS From a bird’s-eye view, there would appear to be three major players in the financial markets: 1. Firms are net borrowers. They raise capital now to pay for investments in plant and equipment. The income generated by those real assets provides the returns to investors who purchase the securities issued by the firm. 2. Households typically are net savers. They purchase the securities issued by firms that need to raise funds. 3. Governments can be borrowers or lenders, depending on the relationship between tax revenue and government expenditures. Since World War II, the U.S. government typically has run budget deficits, meaning that its tax receipts have been less than its expenditures. The government, therefore, has had to borrow funds to cover its budget deficit. Issuance of Treasury bills, notes, and bonds is the major way that the government borrows funds from the public. In contrast, in the latter part of the 1990s, the government enjoyed a budget surplus and was able to retire some outstanding debt. Corporations and governments do not sell all or even most of their securities directly to in- dividuals. For example, about half of all stock is held by large financial institutions such as pension funds, mutual funds, insurance companies, and banks. These financial institutions stand between the security issuer (the firm) and the ultimate owner of the security (the indi- vidual investor). For this reason, they are called financial intermediaries. Similarly, corpora- tions do not market their own securities to the public. Instead, they hire agents, called investment bankers, to represent them to the investing public. Let’s examine the roles of these intermediaries. Financial Intermediaries Households want desirable investments for their savings, yet the small (financial) size of most households makes direct investment difficult. A small investor seeking to lend money to busi- nesses that need to finance investments doesn’t advertise in the local newspaper to find a will- ing and desirable borrower. Moreover, an individual lender would not be able to diversify across borrowers to reduce risk. Finally, an individual lender is not equipped to assess and monitor the credit risk of borrowers. For these reasons, financial intermediaries have evolved to bring lenders and borrowers together. These financial intermediaries include banks, investment companies, insurance com- panies, and credit unions. Financial intermediaries issue their own securities to raise funds to purchase the securities of other corporations. For example, a bank raises funds by borrowing (taking deposits) and lending that money to other borrowers. The spread between the interest rates paid to depositors and the rates charged to borrowers is the source of the bank’s profit. In this way, lenders and borrowers do not need to contact each other directly. Instead, each goes to the bank, which acts as an intermediary be- tween the two. The problem of matching lenders with borrowers is solved when each comes independently to the common intermediary. Financial intermediaries are distinguished from other businesses in that both their assets and their liabilities are overwhelmingly financial. Table 1.3 shows that the balance sheets of financial institutions include very small amounts of tangible assets. Compare Table 1.3 to the aggregated balance sheet of the nonfinancial corporate sector in Table 1.4. The contrast arises because intermediaries simply move funds from one sector to another. In fact, the primary so- cial function of such intermediaries is to channel household savings to the business sector. 1 Investments: Background and Issues 11 financial intermediaries Institutions that “connect” borrowers and lenders by accepting funds from lenders and loaning funds to borrowers.
  15. 15. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 1. Investments: Background and Issues © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 12 Part ONE Elements of Investments TABLE 1.3 Balance sheet of financial institutions Assets $ Billion % Total Liabilities and Net Worth $ Billion % Total Tangible assets Liabilities Equipment and structures $ 528 3.1% Deposits $ 3,462 20.1% Land 99 0.6 Mutual fund shares 1,564 9.1 Total tangibles $ 628 3.6% Life insurance reserves 478 2.8 Pension reserves 4,651 27.0 Money market securities 1,150 6.7 Bonds and mortgages 1,589 9.2 Financial assets Other 3,078 17.8 Deposits and cash $ 364 2.1% Total liabilities $15,971 92.6% Government securities 3,548 20.6 Corporate bonds 1,924 11.2 Mortgages 2,311 13.4 Consumer credit 894 5.2 Other loans 1,803 10.4 Corporate equity 3,310 19.2 Other 2,471 14.3 Total financial assets 16,625 96.4 Net worth 1,281 7.4 Total $17,252 100.0% Total $17,252 100.0% Note: Column sums subject to rounding error. Source: Balance Sheets for the U.S. Economy, 1945–94, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, June 1995. TABLE 1.4 Balance sheet of nonfinancial U.S. business Liabilities and Assets $ Billion % Total Net Worth $ Billion % Total Real assets Liabilities Equipment and software $ 3,346 18.9% Bonds & mortgages $ 2,754 15.6% Real estate 4,872 27.6 Bank loans 929 5.3 Inventories 1,350 7.6 Other loans 934 5.3 Total real assets $ 9,568 54.2% Trade debt 1,266 7.2 Other 2,804 15.9 Financial assets Total liabilities $ 8,687 49.2% Deposits and cash $ 532 3.0% Marketable securities 509 2.9 Consumer credit 72 0.4 Trade credit 1,705 9.7 Other 5,275 29.9 Total financial assets 8,093 45.8 Net worth 8,974 50.8 Total $17,661 100.0% $17,661 100.0% Note: Column sums may differ from total because of rounding error. Source: Flow of Funds Accounts of the United States, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, June 2001.
  16. 16. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 1. Investments: Background and Issues © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 Other examples of financial intermediaries are investment companies, insurance compa- nies, and credit unions. All these firms offer similar advantages in their intermediary role. First, by pooling the resources of many small investors, they are able to lend considerable sums to large borrowers. Second, by lending to many borrowers, intermediaries achieve sig- nificant diversification, so they can accept loans that individually might be too risky. Third, in- termediaries build expertise through the volume of business they do and can use economies of scale and scope to assess and monitor risk. Investment companies, which pool and manage the money of many investors, also arise out of economies of scale. Here, the problem is that most household portfolios are not large enough to be spread among a wide variety of securities. It is very expensive in terms of bro- kerage fees and research costs to purchase one or two shares of many different firms. Mutual funds have the advantage of large-scale trading and portfolio management, while participat- ing investors are assigned a prorated share of the total funds according to the size of their investment. This system gives small investors advantages they are willing to pay for via a management fee to the mutual fund operator. Investment companies also can design portfolios specifically for large investors with partic- ular goals. In contrast, mutual funds are sold in the retail market, and their investment philoso- phies are differentiated mainly by strategies that are likely to attract a large number of clients. Economies of scale also explain the proliferation of analytic services available to investors. Newsletters, databases, and brokerage house research services all engage in research to be sold to a large client base. This setup arises naturally. Investors clearly want information, but with small portfolios to manage, they do not find it economical to personally gather all of it. Hence, a profit opportunity emerges: A firm can perform this service for many clients and charge for it. 2. Computer networks have made it much cheaper and easier for small investors to trade for their own accounts and perform their own security analysis. What will be the likely effect on financial intermediation? Investment Bankers Just as economies of scale and specialization create profit opportunities for financial interme- diaries, so too do these economies create niches for firms that perform specialized services for businesses. Firms raise much of their capital by selling securities such as stocks and bonds to the public. Because these firms do not do so frequently, however, investment banking firms that specialize in such activities can offer their services at a cost below that of maintaining an in-house security issuance division. Investment bankers such as Goldman, Sachs, or Merrill Lynch, or Salomon Smith Barney advise the issuing corporation on the prices it can charge for the securities issued, appropriate interest rates, and so forth. Ultimately, the investment banking firm handles the marketing of the security issue to the public. Investment bankers can provide more than just expertise to security issuers. Because in- vestment bankers are constantly in the market, assisting one firm or another in issuing securi- ties, the public knows that it is in the banker’s own interest to protect and maintain its reputation for honesty. The investment banker will suffer along with investors if the securities it under- writes are marketed to the public with overly optimistic or exaggerated claims; the public will not be so trusting the next time that investment banker participates in a security sale. The in- vestment banker’s effectiveness and ability to command future business thus depend on the reputation it has established over time. Obviously, the economic incentives to maintain a trust- worthy reputation are not nearly as strong for firms that plan to go to the securities markets only once or very infrequently. Therefore, investment bankers can provide a certification role—a 1 Investments: Background and Issues 13 investment companies Firms managing funds for investors. An investment company may manage several mutual funds. Concept CHECK < investment bankers Firms specializing in the sale of new securities to the public, typically by underwriting the issue.
  17. 17. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 1. Investments: Background and Issues © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 “seal of approval”—to security issuers. Their investment in reputation is another type of scale economy that arises from frequent participation in the capital markets. 1.7 MARKETS AND MARKET STRUCTURE Just as securities and financial institutions are born and evolve in response to investor de- mands, financial markets also develop to meet the needs of particular traders. Consider what would happen if organized markets did not exist. Any household wishing to invest in some type of financial asset would have to find others wishing to sell. This is how financial markets evolved. Meeting places established for buyers and sellers of financial assets became a financial market. A pub in old London called Lloyd’s launched the maritime insurance industry. A Manhattan curb on Wall Street became synonymous with the financial world. We can differentiate four types of markets: direct search markets, brokered markets, dealer markets, and auction markets. Direct Search Markets A direct search market is the least organized market. Buyers and sellers must seek each other out directly. An example of a transaction in such a market is the sale of a used refrigerator where the seller advertises for buyers in a local newspaper. Such markets are characterized by sporadic participation and low-priced and nonstandard goods. It does not pay most people or firms to seek profits by specializing in such an environment. Brokered Markets The next level of organization is a brokered market. In markets where trading in a good is active, brokers find it profitable to offer search services to buyers and sellers.Agood example is the real estate market, where economies of scale in searches for available homes and for prospective buyers make it worthwhile for participants to pay brokers to conduct the searches. Brokers in particular markets develop specialized knowledge on valuing assets traded in that market. An important brokered investment market is the so-called primary market, where new is- sues of securities are offered to the public. In the primary market, investment bankers who market a firm’s securities to the public act as brokers; they seek investors to purchase securi- ties directly from the issuing corporation. Another brokered market is that for large block transactions, in which very large blocks of stock are bought or sold. These blocks are so large (technically more than 10,000 shares but usually much larger) that brokers or “block houses” often are engaged to search directly for other large traders, rather than bring the trade directly to the stock exchange where relatively smaller investors trade. Dealer Markets When trading activity in a particular type of asset increases, dealer markets arise. Dealers specialize in various assets, purchase these assets for their own accounts, and later sell them for a profit from their inventory. The spreads between dealers’ buy (or “bid”) prices and sell (or “ask”) prices are a source of profit. Dealer markets save traders on search costs because market participants can easily look up the prices at which they can buy from or sell to dealers. A fair amount of market activity is required before dealing in a market is an attractive source of income. The over-the-counter (OTC) market is one example of a dealer market. 14 Part ONE Elements of Investments primary market A market in which new issues of securities are offered to the public. dealer markets Markets in which traders specializing in particular assets buy and sell for their own accounts.
  18. 18. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 1. Investments: Background and Issues © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 Trading among investors of already-issued securities is said to take place in secondary markets. Therefore, the over-the-counter market is also an example of a secondary market. Trading in secondary markets does not affect the outstanding amount of securities; ownership is simply transferred from one investor to another. Auction Markets The most integrated market is an auction market, in which all traders converge at one place to buy or sell an asset. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is an example of an auction market. An advantage of auction markets over dealer markets is that one need not search across dealers to find the best price for a good. If all participants converge, they can arrive at mutually agreeable prices and save the bid-ask spread. Continuous auction markets (as opposed to periodic auctions, such as in the art world) re- quire very heavy and frequent trading to cover the expense of maintaining the market. For this reason, the NYSE and other exchanges set up listing requirements, which limit the stocks traded on the exchange to those of firms in which sufficient trading interest is likely to exist. The organized stock exchanges are also secondary markets. They are organized for in- vestors to trade existing securities among themselves. 3. Many assets trade in more than one type of market. What types of markets do the following trade in? a. Used cars b. Paintings c. Rare coins 1.8 RECENT TRENDS Four important trends have changed the contemporary investment environment: (1) globaliza- tion, (2) securitization, (3) financial engineering, and (4) information and computer networks. Globalization If a wider range of investment choices can benefit investors, why should we limit ourselves to purely domestic assets? Increasingly efficient communication technology and the dismantling of regulatory constraints have encouraged globalization in recent years. U.S. investors commonly can participate in foreign investment opportunities in several ways: (1) purchase foreign securities using American Depository Receipts (ADRs), which are domestically traded securities that represent claims to shares of foreign stocks; (2) purchase for- eign securities that are offered in dollars; (3) buy mutual funds that invest internationally; and (4) buy derivative securities with payoffs that depend on prices in foreign security markets. Brokers who act as intermediaries for American Depository Receipts purchase an inventory of stock from some foreign issuer. The broker then issues an American Depository Receipt that represents a claim to some number of those foreign shares held in inventory. The ADR is denominated in dollars and can be traded on U.S. stock exchanges but is in essence no more than a claim on a foreign stock. Thus, from the investor’s point of view, there is no more dif- ference between buying a British versus a U.S. stock than there is in holding a Massachusetts- based company compared with a California-based one. Of course, the investment implication may differ: ADRs still expose investors to exchange-rate risk. World Equity Benchmark Shares (WEBS) are a variation on ADRs. WEBS use the same depository structure to allow investors to trade portfolios of foreign stocks in a selected coun- try. Each WEBS security tracks the performance of an index of share returns for a particular country. WEBS can be traded by investors just like any other security (they trade on the Amer- 1 Investments: Background and Issues 15 secondary markets Already existing securities are bought and sold on the exchanges or in the OTC market. auction market A market where all traders meet at one place to buy or sell an asset. Concept CHECK < globalization Tendency toward a worldwide investment environment, and the integration of national capital markets.
  19. 19. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 1. Investments: Background and Issues © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 ican Stock Exchange) and thus enable U.S. investors to obtain diversified portfolios of foreign stocks in one fell swoop. A giant step toward globalization took place recently when 11 European countries replaced their existing currencies with a new currency called the euro. The idea behind the euro is that a common currency will facilitate global trade and encourage integration of markets across na- tional boundaries. Figure 1.1 is an announcement of a debt offering in the amount of 500 mil- lion euros. (Each euro is currently worth just about $1; the symbol for the euro is €.) Securitization In 1970, mortgage pass-through securities were introduced by the Government National Mort- gage Association (GNMA, or Ginnie Mae). These securities aggregate individual home mort- gages into relatively homogeneous pools. Each pool acts as backing for a GNMA pass-through security. Investors who buy GNMA securities receive prorated shares of all the principal and in- terest payments made on the underlying mortgage pool. For example, the pool might total $100 million of 8%, 30-year conventional mortgages. The rights to the cash flows could then be sold as 5,000 units, each worth $20,000. Each unit 16 Part ONE Elements of Investments FIGURE 1.1 Globalization: A debt issue denominated in euros Source: North West Water Finance PLC, April 1999. pass-through securities Pools of loans (such as home mortgage loans) sold in one package. Owners of pass-throughs receive all of the principal and interest payments made by the borrowers.
  20. 20. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 1. Investments: Background and Issues © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 holder would then receive 1/5,000 of all monthly interest and principal payments made on the pool. The banks that originated the mortgages continue to service them (receiving fee-for- service), but they no longer own the mortgage investment; the investment has been passed through to the GNMA security holders. Pass-through securities represent a tremendous innovation in mortgage markets. The securi- tization of mortgages means mortgages can be traded just like other securities. Availability of funds to homebuyers no longer depends on local credit conditions and is no longer subject to lo- cal banks’potential monopoly powers; with mortgage pass-throughs trading in national markets, mortgage funds can flow from any region (literally worldwide) to wherever demand is greatest. Securitization also expands the menu of choices for the investor. Whereas it would have been impossible before 1970 for investors to invest in mortgages directly, they now can purchase mortgage pass-through securities or invest in mutual funds that offer portfolios of such securities. Today, the majority of home mortgages are pooled into mortgage-backed securities. The two biggest players in the market are the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA, or Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC, or Freddie Mac). Over $2.5 trillion of mortgage-backed securities are outstanding, making this market larger than the market for corporate bonds. Other loans that have been securitized into pass-through arrangements include car loans, student loans, home equity loans, credit card loans, and debts of firms. Figure 1.2 documents the rapid growth of nonmortgage asset-backed securities since 1995. Securitization also has been used to allow U.S. banks to unload their portfolios of shaky loans to developing nations. So-called Brady bonds (named after former Secretary of Treasury Nicholas Brady) were formed by securitizing bank loans to several countries in shaky fiscal condition. The U.S. banks exchange their loans to developing nations for bonds backed by those loans. The payments that the borrowing nation would otherwise make to the lending bank are directed instead to the holder of the bond. These bonds are traded in capital markets. There- fore, if they choose, banks can remove these loans from their portfolios simply by selling the bonds. In addition, the U.S. in many cases has enhanced the credit quality of these bonds by designating a quantity of Treasury bonds to serve as partial collateral for the loans. In the event of a foreign default, the holders of the Brady bonds have claim to the collateral. 1 Investments: Background and Issues 17 securitization Pooling loans into standardized securities backed by those loans, which can then be traded like any other security. FIGURE 1.2 Asset-backed securities outstanding Source: The Bond Market Association, 2001. 1,400 1,200 1,000 800 600 400 200 0 1995 Other Debt obligations Student loan Home equity Credit card Automobile $billion 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
  21. 21. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 1. Investments: Background and Issues © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 4. When mortgages are pooled into securities, the pass-through agencies (Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae) typically guarantee the underlying mortgage loans. If the homeowner defaults on the loan, the pass-through agency makes good on the loan; the investor in the mortgage-backed security does not bear the credit risk. a. Why does the allocation of risk to the pass-through agency rather than the se- curity holder make economic sense? b. Why is the allocation of credit risk less of an issue for Brady bonds? Financial Engineering Financial engineering refers to the creation of new securities by unbundling—breaking up and allocating the cash flows from one security to create several new securities—or by bundling—combining more than one security into a composite security. Such creative engi- neering of new investment products allows one to design securities with custom-tailored risk attributes. An example of bundling appears in Figure 1.3. Boise Cascade, with the assistance of Goldman, Sachs and other underwriters, has issued a hybrid security with features of preferred stock combined with various call and put option contracts. The security is structured as preferred stock for four years, at which time it is con- verted into common stock of the company. However, the number of shares of common stock into which the security can be converted depends on the price of the stock in four years, which means that the security holders are exposed to risk similar to the risk they would bear if they held option positions on the firm. 18 Part ONE Elements of Investments Concept CHECK > bundling, unbundling Creation of new securities either by combining primitive and derivative securities into one composite hybrid or by separating returns on an asset into classes. FIGURE 1. 3 Bundling creates a complex security Source: The Wall Street Journal, December 19, 2001.
  22. 22. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 1. Investments: Background and Issues © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 Often, creating a security that appears to be attractive requires the unbundling of an asset. An example is given in Figure 1.4. There, a mortgage pass-through certificate is unbundled into classes. Class 1 receives only principal payments from the mortgage pool, whereas Class 2 receives only interest payments. The process of bundling and unbundling is called financial engineering, which refers to the creation and design of securities with custom-tailored characteristics, often regarding ex- posures to various sources of risk. Financial engineers view securities as bundles of (possible risky) cash flows that may be carved up and rearranged according to the needs or desires of traders in the security markets. Computer Networks The Internet and other advances in computer networking are transforming many sectors of the economy, and few more so than the financial sector. These advances will be treated in greater detail in Chapter 3, but for now we can mention a few important innovations: online trading, online information dissemination, and automated trade crossing. Online trading connects a customer directly to a brokerage firm. Online brokerage firms can process trades more cheaply and therefore can charge lower commissions. The average commission for an online trade is now below $20, compared to perhaps $100–$300 at full- service brokers. 1 Investments: Background and Issues 19 FIGURE 1.4 Unbundling of mortgages into principal- and interest-only securities Source: Goldman, Sachs & Co., March 1985. financial engineering The process of creating and designing securities with custom-tailored characteristics.
  23. 23. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 1. Investments: Background and Issues © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 20 Part ONE Elements of Investments www.mhhe.com/bkm SUMMARY • Real assets create wealth. Financial assets represent claims to parts or all of that wealth. Financial assets determine how the ownership of real assets is distributed among investors. • Financial assets can be categorized as fixed income, equity, or derivative instruments. Top-down portfolio construction techniques start with the asset allocation decision—the allocation of funds across broad asset classes—and then progress to more specific security-selection decisions. • Competition in financial markets leads to a risk-return trade-off, in which securities that offer higher expected rates of return also impose greater risks on investors. The presence of risk, however, implies that actual returns can differ considerably from expected returns at the beginning of the investment period. Competition among security analysts also results in financial markets that are nearly informationally efficient, meaning that prices reflect all available information concerning the value of the security. Passive investment strategies may make sense in nearly efficient markets. • Financial intermediaries pool investor funds and invest them. Their services are in demand because small investors cannot efficiently gather information, diversify, and monitor portfolios. The financial intermediary sells its own securities to the small investors. The intermediary invests the funds thus raised, uses the proceeds to pay back the small investors, and profits from the difference (the spread). • Investment banking brings efficiency to corporate fund-raising. Investment bankers develop expertise in pricing new issues and in marketing them to investors. • There are four types of financial markets. Direct search markets are the least efficient and sophisticated, where each transactor must find a counterpart. In brokered markets, brokers The Internet has also allowed vast amounts of information to be made cheaply and widely available to the public. Individual investors today can obtain data, investment tools, and even analyst reports that just a decade ago would have been available only to professionals. Electronic communication networks that allow direct trading among investors have ex- ploded in recent years. These networks allow members to post buy or sell orders and to have those orders automatically matched up or “crossed” with orders of other traders in the system without benefit of an intermediary such as a securities dealer. 1.9 OUTLINE OF THE TEXT The text has six parts, which are fairly independent and may be studied in a variety of se- quences. Part One is an introduction to financial markets, instruments, and trading of securi- ties. This part also describes the mutual fund industry. Part Two is a fairly detailed presentation of “modern portfolio theory.” This part of the text treats the effect of diversification on portfolio risk, the efficient diversification of investor portfolios, the choice of portfolios that strike an attractive balance between risk and return, and the trade-off between risk and expected return. Parts Three through Five cover security analysis and valuation. Part Three is devoted to debt markets and Part Four to equity markets. Part Five covers derivative assets, such as op- tions and futures contracts. Part Six is an introduction to active investment management. It shows how different in- vestors’ objectives and constraints can lead to a variety of investment policies. This part dis- cusses the role of active management in nearly efficient markets and considers how one should evaluate the performance of managers who pursue active strategies. It also shows how the principles of portfolio construction can be extended to the international setting.
  24. 24. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 1. Investments: Background and Issues © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 specialize in advising and finding counterparts for fee-paying traders. Dealers provide a step up in convenience. They keep an inventory of the asset and stand ready to buy or sell on demand, profiting from the bid-ask spread. Auction markets allow a trader to benefit from direct competition. All interested parties bid for the goods or services. • Recent trends in financial markets include globalization, securitization, financial engineering of assets, and growth of information and computer networks. 1 Investments: Background and Issues 21 www.mhhe.com/bkm KEY TERMS PROBLEM SETS active management, 10 agency problem, 8 asset allocation, 8 auction market, 15 bundling, 18 dealer markets, 14 derivative securities, 6 equity, 6 financial assets, 4 financial engineering, 19 financial intermediaries, 11 fixed-income securities, 5 globalization, 15 investment, 3 investment bankers, 13 investment companies, 13 passive management, 10 pass-through securities, 16 primary market, 14 real assets, 4 risk-return trade-off, 10 secondary markets, 15 securitization, 17 security analysis, 9 security selection, 8 unbundling, 18 1. Suppose you discover a treasure chest of $10 billion in cash. a. Is this a real or financial asset? b. Is society any richer for the discovery? c. Are you wealthier? d. Can you reconcile your answers to (b) and (c)? Is anyone worse off as a result of the discovery? 2. Lanni Products is a start-up computer software development firm. It currently owns computer equipment worth $30,000 and has cash on hand of $20,000 contributed by Lanni’s owners. For each of the following transactions, identify the real and/or financial assets that trade hands. Are any financial assets created or destroyed in the transaction? a. Lanni takes out a bank loan. It receives $50,000 in cash and signs a note promising to pay back the loan over three years. b. Lanni uses the cash from the bank plus $20,000 of its own funds to finance the development of new financial planning software. c. Lanni sells the software product to Microsoft, which will market it to the public under the Microsoft name. Lanni accepts payment in the form of 1,500 shares of Microsoft stock. d. Lanni sells the shares of stock for $80 per share and uses part of the proceeds to pay off the bank loan. 3. Reconsider Lanni Products from problem 2. a. Prepare its balance sheet just after it gets the bank loan. What is the ratio of real assets to total assets? b. Prepare the balance sheet after Lanni spends the $70,000 to develop its software product. What is the ratio of real assets to total assets? c. Prepare the balance sheet after Lanni accepts the payment of shares from Microsoft. What is the ratio of real assets to total assets? 4. Financial engineering has been disparaged as nothing more than paper shuffling. Critics argue that resources used for rearranging wealth (that is, bundling and unbundling financial assets) might be better spent on creating wealth (that is, creating real assets). Evaluate this criticism. Are any benefits realized by creating an array of derivative securities from various primary securities? 5. Examine the balance sheet of the financial sector in Table 1.3. What is the ratio of tangible assets to total assets? What is that ratio for nonfinancial firms (Table 1.4)? Why should this difference be expected?
  25. 25. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 1. Investments: Background and Issues © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 6. Consider Figure 1.5, below, which describes an issue of American gold certificates. a. Is this issue a primary or secondary market transaction? b. Are the certificates primitive or derivative assets? c. What market niche is filled by this offering? 7. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the following forms of managerial compensation in terms of mitigating agency problems, that is, potential conflicts of interest between managers and shareholders. a. A fixed salary. b. Stock in the firm. c. Call options on shares of the firm. 8. We noted that oversight by large institutional investors or creditors is one mechanism to reduce agency problems. Why don’t individual investors in the firm have the same incentive to keep an eye on management? 9. Why would you expect securitization to take place only in highly developed capital markets? 10. What is the relationship between securitization and the role of financial intermediaries in the economy? What happens to financial intermediaries as securitization progresses? 11. Although we stated that real assets comprise the true productive capacity of an economy, it is hard to conceive of a modern economy without well-developed financial markets and security types. How would the productive capacity of the U.S. economy be affected if there were no markets in which one could trade financial assets? 12. Give an example of three financial intermediaries and explain how they act as a bridge between small investors and large capital markets or corporations. 13. Firms raise capital from investors by issuing shares in the primary markets. Does this imply that corporate financial managers can ignore trading of previously issued shares in the secondary market? 22 Part ONE Elements of Investments www.mhhe.com/bkm FIGURE 1.5 A gold-backed security
  26. 26. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 1. Investments: Background and Issues © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 1 Investments: Background and Issues 23 www.mhhe.com/bkm SOLUTIONS TO WEBMASTER Stock Options Go to http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/ 02_09/b3772049.htm to view the article “Too Much of a Good Incentive.” This article discusses current issues related to stock option compensation. After reading this article, answer the following questions: 1. What factors did the author suggest caused problems with options being granted to companies in the late 1990s? 2. What is the controversy related to having companies expense options when they are given rather than the current method of not recording an expense? 3. What does the author suggest is the real cost associated with options that is not recognized when the options are granted? 14. The rate of return on investments in large stocks has outpaced that on investments in Treasury bills by over 8% since 1926. Why, then, does anyone invest in Treasury bills? 15. What are some advantages and disadvantages of top-down versus bottom-up investing styles? 16. You see an advertisement for a book that claims to show how you can make $1 million with no risk and with no money down. Will you buy the book? Concept CHECKS < 1. a. Real b. Financial c. Real d. Real e. Financial 2. If the new technology enables investors to trade and perform research for themselves, the need for financial intermediaries will decline. Part of the service intermediaries now offer is a lower-cost method for individuals to participate in securities markets. This part of the intermediaries’ service would be less sought after. 3. a. Used cars trade in dealer markets (used-car lots or auto dealerships) and in direct search markets when individuals advertise in local newspapers. b. Paintings trade in broker markets when clients commission brokers to buy or sell art for them, in dealer markets at art galleries, and in auction markets. c. Rare coins trade mostly in dealer markets in coin shops, but they also trade in auctions and in direct search markets when individuals advertise they want to buy or sell coins. 4. a. The pass-through agencies are far better equipped to evaluate the credit risk associated with the pool of mortgages. They are constantly in the market, have ongoing relationships with the originators of the loans, and find it economical to set up “quality control” departments to monitor the credit risk of the mortgage pools. Therefore, the pass-through agencies are better able to incur the risk; they charge for this “service” via a “guarantee fee.” Investors might not find it worthwhile to purchase these securities if they must assess the credit risk of these loans for themselves. It is far cheaper for them to allow the agencies to collect the guarantee fee. b. In contrast to mortgage-backed securities, which are backed by large numbers of mortgages, Brady bonds are backed by large government loans. It is more feasible for the investor to evaluate the credit quality of a few governments than it is to evaluate dozens or hundreds of individual mortgages.
  27. 27. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 2. Global Financial Instruments © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 2 24 AFTER STUDYING THIS CHAPTER YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO: Distinguish among the major assets that trade in money markets and in capital markets. Describe the construction of stock market indexes. Calculate the profit or loss on investments in options and futures contracts. GLOBAL FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS > > >
  28. 28. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 2. Global Financial Instruments © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 Related Websites http://www.ceoexpress.com This site provides a list of links related to all aspects of business, including extensive sites related to finance and investment. http://www.finpipe.com This is an excellent general site that is dedicated to finance education. It contains information on debt securities, equities, and derivative instruments. http://www.nasdaq.com http://www.nyse.com http://www.bloomberg.com http://finance.yahoo.com These sites contain information on equity securities. http://www.investinginbonds.com/ This site has extensive information on bonds and interest rates. http://www.bondsonline.com/docs/bondprofessor- glossary.html http://www.investorwords.com These two sites contain extensive glossaries of financial terms. http://www.amex.com http://www.cboe.com/education http://www.cme.com http://www.commoditytrader.net http://www.erisk.com http://www.erivativesreview.com http://www.appliederivatives.com http://www.isda.org/index.html http://www.fiafii.org The above sites contain information on derivative securities T his chapter covers a range of financial securities and the markets in which they trade. Our goal is to introduce you to the features of various security types. This foundation will be necessary to understand the more analytic material that fol- lows in later chapters. We first describe money market instruments. We then move on to debt and eq- uity securities. We explain the structure of various stock market indexes in this chap- ter because market benchmark portfolios play an important role in portfolio construction and evaluation. Finally, we survey the derivative security markets for op- tions and futures contracts. A summary of the markets, instruments, and indexes cov- ered in this chapter appears in Table 2.1. TABLE 2.1 Financial markets and indexes The money market The bond market Treasury bills Treasury bonds and notes Certificates of deposit Federal agency debt Commercial paper Municipal bonds Bankers’ acceptances Corporate bonds Eurodollars Mortgage-backed securities Repos and reverses Equity markets Federal funds Common stocks Brokers’ calls Preferred stocks Indexes Derivative markets Dow Jones averages Options Standard & Poor’s indexes Futures and forwards Bond market indicators International indexes
  29. 29. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 2. Global Financial Instruments © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 2.1 THE MONEY MARKET Financial markets are traditionally segmented into money markets and capital markets. Money market instruments include short-term, marketable, liquid, low-risk debt securities. Money market instruments sometimes are called cash equivalents, or just cash for short. Cap- ital markets, in contrast, include longer-term and riskier securities. Securities in the capital market are much more diverse than those found within the money market. For this reason, we will subdivide the capital market into four segments: longer-term debt markets, equity mar- kets, and the derivative markets for options and futures. The money market is a subsector of the debt market. It consists of very short-term debt se- curities that are highly marketable. Many of these securities trade in large denominations and so are out of the reach of individual investors. Money market mutual funds, however, are eas- ily accessible to small investors. These mutual funds pool the resources of many investors and purchase a wide variety of money market securities on their behalf. Figure 2.1 is a reprint of a money rates listing from The Wall Street Journal. It includes the various instruments of the money market that we describe in detail below. Table 2.2 lists out- standing volume in 2000 of the major instruments of the money market. 26 Part ONE Elements of Investments money markets Include short-term, highly liquid, and relatively low-risk debt instruments. capital markets Include longer-term, relatively riskier securities. FIGURE 2.1 Rates on money market securities Source: From The Wall Street Journal, October 19, 2001. Reprinted by permission of Dow Jones & Company, Inc. via Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. © 2001 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.
  30. 30. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 2. Global Financial Instruments © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 Treasury Bills U.S. Treasury bills (T-bills, or just bills, for short) are the most marketable of all money mar- ket instruments. T-bills represent the simplest form of borrowing. The government raises money by selling bills to the public. Investors buy the bills at a discount from the stated ma- turity value. At the bill’s maturity, the holder receives from the government a payment equal to the face value of the bill. The difference between the purchase price and the ultimate matu- rity value represents the investor’s earnings. T-bills with initial maturities of 28, 91, and 182 days are issued weekly. Sales are con- ducted by an auction where investors can submit competitive or noncompetitive bids. A competitive bid is an order for a given quantity of bills at a specific offered price. The or- der is filled only if the bid is high enough relative to other bids to be accepted. If the bid is high enough to be accepted, the bidder gets the order at the bid price. Thus, the bidder risks paying one of the highest prices for the same bill (bidding at the top), against the hope of bid- ding “at the tail,” that is, making the cutoff at the lowest price. A noncompetitive bid is an unconditional offer to purchase bills at the average price of the successful competitive bids. The Treasury ranks bids by offering price and accepts bids in or- der of descending price until the entire issue is absorbed by the competitive plus noncompet- itive bids. Competitive bidders face two dangers: They may bid too high and overpay for the bills or bid too low and be shut out of the auction. Noncompetitive bidders, by contrast, pay the average price for the issue, and all noncompetitive bids are accepted up to a maximum of $1 million per bid. Individuals can purchase T-bills directly at the auction or on the secondary market from a government securities dealer. T-bills are highly liquid; that is, they are easily converted to cash and sold at low transaction cost and with little price risk. Unlike most other money market in- struments, which sell in minimum denominations of $100,000, T-bills sell in minimum de- nominations of only $10,000. While the income earned on T-bills is taxable at the Federal level, it is exempt from all state and local taxes, another characteristic distinguishing T-bills from other money market instruments. Certificates of Deposit A certificate of deposit (CD) is a time deposit with a bank. Time deposits may not be with- drawn on demand. The bank pays interest and principal to the depositor only at the end of the 2 Global Financial Instruments 27 certificate of deposit A bank time deposit. Treasury bills Short-term government securities issued at a discount from face value and returning the face amount at maturity. TABLE 2.2 Components of the money market $ Billion Repurchase agreements 354.3 Small-denomination time deposits* 1,037.8 Large-denomination time deposits† 766.0 Bankers’ acceptances 7.8 Eurodollars 196.1 Treasury bills 682.1 Commercial paper 1,539.0 Savings deposits 1,852.6 Money market mutual funds 1,657.1 * Small denominations are less than $100,000. † Large denominations are greater than or equal to $100,000. Source: Economic Report of the President, U.S. Government Printing Office, 2001; and Flow of Funds Accounts: Flows and Outstandings, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, June 2000.
  31. 31. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 2. Global Financial Instruments © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 fixed term of the CD. CDs issued in denominations larger than $100,000 are usually nego- tiable, however; that is, they can be sold to another investor if the owner needs to cash in the certificate before its maturity date. Short-term CDs are highly marketable, although the mar- ket significantly thins out for maturities of three months or more. CDs are treated as bank deposits by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, so they are insured for up to $100,000 in the event of a bank insolvency. Commercial Paper The typical corporation is a net borrower of both long-term funds (for capital investments) and short-term funds (for working capital). Large, well-known companies often issue their own short-term unsecured debt notes directly to the public, rather than borrowing from banks. These notes are called commercial paper (CP). Sometimes, CP is backed by a bank line of credit, which gives the borrower access to cash that can be used if needed to pay off the paper at maturity. CP maturities range up to 270 days; longer maturities require registration with the Securi- ties and Exchange Commission and so are almost never issued. CP most commonly is issued with maturities of less than one or two months in denominations of multiples of $100,000. Therefore, small investors can invest in commercial paper only indirectly, through money market mutual funds. CP is considered to be a fairly safe asset, given that a firm’s condition presumably can be monitored and predicted over a term as short as one month. It is worth noting, though, that many firms issue commercial paper intending to roll it over at maturity, that is, issue new pa- per to obtain the funds necessary to retire the old paper. If lenders become complacent about monitoring a firm’s prospects and grant rollovers willy-nilly, they can suffer big losses. When Penn Central defaulted in 1970, it had $82 million of commercial paper outstanding—the only major default on commercial paper in the past 40 years. CP trades in secondary markets and so is quite liquid. Most issues are rated by at least one agency such as Standard & Poor’s. The yield on CP depends on the time to maturity and the credit rating. Bankers’ Acceptances A bankers’ acceptance starts as an order to a bank by a bank’s customer to pay a sum of money at a future date, typically within six months. At this stage, it is like a postdated check. When the bank endorses the order for payment as “accepted,” it assumes responsibility for ul- timate payment to the holder of the acceptance. At this point, the acceptance may be traded in secondary markets much like any other claim on the bank. Bankers’ acceptances are consid- ered very safe assets, as they allow traders to substitute the bank’s credit standing for their own. They are used widely in foreign trade where the creditworthiness of one trader is un- known to the trading partner. Acceptances sell at a discount from the face value of the pay- ment order, just as T-bills sell at a discount from par value. Eurodollars Eurodollars are dollar-denominated deposits at foreign banks or foreign branches of Ameri- can banks. By locating outside the United States, these banks escape regulation by the Federal Reserve Board. Despite the tag “Euro,” these accounts need not be in European banks, al- though that is where the practice of accepting dollar-denominated deposits outside the United States began. 28 Part ONE Elements of Investments commercial paper Short-term unsecured debt issued by large corporations. bankers’ acceptance An order to a bank by a customer to pay a sum of money at a future date. Eurodollars Dollar-denominated deposits at foreign banks or foreign branches of American banks.
  32. 32. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 2. Global Financial Instruments © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 Most Eurodollar deposits are for large sums, and most are time deposits of less than six months’ maturity. A variation on the Eurodollar time deposit is the Eurodollar certificate of de- posit. A Eurodollar CD resembles a domestic bank CD except it is the liability of a non-U.S. branch of a bank, typically a London branch. The advantage of Eurodollar CDs over Eurodollar time deposits is that the holder can sell the asset to realize its cash value before maturity. Eurodollar CDs are considered less liquid and riskier than domestic CDs, however, and so offer higher yields. Firms also issue Eurodollar bonds, that is, dollar-denominated bonds outside the U.S., although such bonds are not a money market investment by virtue of their long maturities. Repos and Reverses Dealers in government securities use repurchase agreements, also called repos, or RPs, as a form of short-term, usually overnight, borrowing. The dealer sells securities to an investor on an overnight basis, with an agreement to buy back those securities the next day at a slightly higher price. The increase in the price is the overnight interest. The dealer thus takes out a one- day loan from the investor. The securities serve as collateral for the loan. A term repo is essentially an identical transaction, except the term of the implicit loan can be 30 days or more. Repos are considered very safe in terms of credit risk because the loans are backed by the government securities. A reverse repo is the mirror image of a repo. Here, the dealer finds an investor holding government securities and buys them with an agreement to resell them at a specified higher price on a future date. Brokers’ Calls Individuals who buy stocks on margin borrow part of the funds to pay for the stocks from their broker. The broker in turn may borrow the funds from a bank, agreeing to repay the bank im- mediately (on call) if the bank requests it. The rate paid on such loans is usually about one per- centage point higher than the rate on short-term T-bills. Federal Funds Just as most of us maintain deposits at banks, banks maintain deposits of their own at the Fed- eral Reserve Bank, or the Fed. Each member bank of the Federal Reserve System is required to maintain a minimum balance in a reserve account with the Fed. The required balance de- pends on the total deposits of the bank’s customers. Funds in the bank’s reserve account are called Federal funds or Fed funds. At any time, some banks have more funds than required at the Fed. Other banks, primarily big New York and other financial center banks, tend to have a shortage of Federal funds. In the Federal funds market, banks with excess funds lend to those with a shortage. These loans, which are usually overnight transactions, are arranged at a rate of interest called the Federal funds rate. While the Fed funds rate is not directly relevant to investors, it is used as one of the barom- eters of the money market and so is widely watched by them. The LIBOR Market The London Interbank Offer Rate (LIBOR) is the rate at which large banks in London are willing to lend money among themselves. This rate has become the premier short-term interest rate quoted in the European money market and serves as a reference rate for a wide range of transactions. A corporation might borrow at a rate equal to LIBOR plus two percentage points, for example. Like the Fed funds rate, LIBOR is a statistic widely followed by investors. 2 Global Financial Instruments 29 repurchase agreements (repos) Short-term sales of government securities with an agreement to repurchase the securities at a higher price. Federal funds Funds in the accounts of commercial banks at the Federal Reserve Bank. LIBOR Lending rate among banks in the London market.
  33. 33. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 2. Global Financial Instruments © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 Yields on Money Market Instruments Although most money market securities are of low risk, they are not risk-free. As we noted earlier, the commercial paper market was rocked by the Penn Central bankruptcy, which pre- cipitated a default on $82 million of commercial paper. Money market investments became more sensitive to creditworthiness after this episode, and the yield spread between low- and high-quality paper widened. The securities of the money market do promise yields greater than those on default-free T-bills, at least in part because of greater relative riskiness. Investors who require more liq- uidity also will accept lower yields on securities, such as T-bills, that can be more quickly and cheaply sold for cash. Figure 2.2 shows that bank CDs, for example, consistently have paid a risk premium over T-bills. Moreover, that risk premium increases with economic crises such as the energy price shocks associated with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) disturbances, the failure of Penn Square Bank, the stock market crash in 1987, or the collapse of Long Term Capital Management in 1998. 2.2 THE BOND MARKET The bond market is composed of longer-term borrowing or debt instruments than those that trade in the money market. This market includes Treasury notes and bonds, corporate bonds, municipal bonds, mortgage securities, and federal agency debt. These instruments are sometimes said to comprise the fixed-income capital market, be- cause most of them promise either a fixed stream of income or stream of income that is deter- mined according to a specified formula. In practice, these formulas can result in a flow of 30 Part ONE Elements of Investments FIGURE 2.2 Spread between three-month CD and T-bill rates 5.0 4.5 4.0 3.5 3.0 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 0.5 0 1970 1975 1980 OPEC I OPEC II Penn Square Market Crash LTCM 1985 1990 1995 2000 Percentagepoints
  34. 34. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments 2. Global Financial Instruments © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 income that is far from fixed. Therefore, the term “fixed income” is probably not fully appro- priate. It is simpler and more straightforward to call these securities either debt instruments or bonds. Treasury Notes and Bonds The U.S. government borrows funds in large part by selling Treasury notes and bonds. T-note maturities range up to 10 years, while T-bonds are issued with maturities ranging from 10 to 30 years. The Treasury announced in late 2001 that it would no longer issue bonds with maturities beyond 10 years. Nevertheless, investors often refer to all of these securities col- lectively as Treasury or T-bonds. They are issued in denominations of $1,000 or more. Both bonds and notes make semiannual interest payments called coupon payments, so named be- cause in precomputer days, investors would literally clip a coupon attached to the bond and present it to an agent of the issuing firm to receive the interest payment. Aside from their dif- fering maturities at issuance, the only major distinction between T-notes and T-bonds is that T- bonds may be callable during a given period, usually the last five years of the bond’s life. The call provision gives the Treasury the right to repurchase the bond at par value. While callable T-bonds still are outstanding, the Treasury no longer issues callable bonds. Figure 2.3 is an excerpt from a listing of Treasury issues in The Wall Street Journal. The highlighted bond matures in August 2009. The coupon income or interest paid by the bond is 6% of par value, meaning that for a $1,000 face value bond, $60 in annual interest payments will be made in two semiannual installments of $30 each. The numbers to the right of the colon in the bid and ask prices represent units of 1 ⁄32 of a point. 2 Global Financial Instruments 31 Treasury notes or bonds Debt obligations of the federal government with original maturities of one year or more. FIGURE 2.3 Listing of Treasury issues Source: From The Wall Street Journal, October 19, 2001. Reprinted by permission of Dow Jones & Company, Inc. via Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. © 2001 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

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