FIN 301 Sample Second Quiz

FIN 301/ECON 210-01 and 10

Fall 2016

D Swanton

Roosevelt University

Money and Banking


Answer all the questions.  Include calculations and/or reasons with your answers wherever appropriate.  More credit will be given for correct reasoning than for correct numbers.

  1.     What is the “lemons” problem?   How does it apply to existing loans that one bank might try to sell to another?

2.         Your friend Dave wants to open an ice cream stand.  He knows the business, and you know him to be honest and generally hard working.  He needs $50,000 but has only $3,000 or his own to invest.  You are thinking of forming a syndicate of stockholders; each of the 20 of you would put up $2,350 to make up the other $47,000, and Dave would get a 10% share of the profits (as well as a reasonable salary for Dave).

(a)        What agency (moral hazard) problems do you see in this arrangement?

(b)        What steps could Dave and the syndicate take to minimize those problems?

3.         Give sample abbreviated balance sheets for a commercial bank and for the Fed separately each with total assets (and liabilities plus net worth) of $100.  Explain any symbols or abbreviations.   Where do we see the monetary base?

4.        What does the Fed do when it wants to increase the monetary base?

5.         Explain why banks are inherently unstable.  What is there about “making loans and taking deposits” that makes bank runs possible at almost any time without government back-up?

6.      What government back-up is there in the US?  What can the Fed do to help?