- Technology and Invention in Finance
- Financial Markets: Course Introduction
- Risk and Financial Crises
- Portfolio Diversification and Supporting Financial Institutions
- Insurance, the Archetypal Risk Management Institution
- Barron's Criticism, Determinants of Investment Return
- Lecture 7 - Efficient Markets
- Lecture 8 - Theory of Debt, Its Proper Role, Leverage Cycles
- Lecture 9 - Corporate Stocks
- Lecture 10 - Real Estate Finance
- Lecture 11 - Behavioral Finance
- Lecture 12 - Misbehavior, Crises, Regulation and Self Regulation
- Lecture 13 - Overview of Banks
- Lecture 14 - A Brief History of AIG with Maurice "Hank" Greenberg
- Lecture 15 - Forward and Futures Markets
- Lecture 16 - Banking and Regulations in China with Laura Cha
- Lecture 17 - Options Markets
- Lecture 18 - Monetary Policy
- Lecture 19 - Overview of Investment Banking
- Lecture 20 - Professional Money Managers and Their Influence
- Lecture 21 - Exchanges, Brokers, Dealers, Clearinghouses
Lecture 8 - Theory of Debt, Its Proper Role, Leverage Cycles
Professor Shiller devotes the beginning of the lecture to exploring the theoretical determinants of the level of interest rates. Eugen von Boehm-Bawerk names technical progress, roundaboutness, and time preference as the crucial factors. Professor Shiller complements von Boehm-Bawerk's analysis with two of Irving Fisher's modeling approaches, the view of the interest rate as the equilibrium variable in the savings market and the perspective of simple Robinson Crusoe economies on the determination of interest rates.
Subsequently, Professor Shiller focuses his attention on present discounted values and derives the price for discount bonds, consols, annuities, as well as corporate bonds. His treatment of the term structure of interest rates leads him to forward rates and the expectations theory of the term structure of interest rates.
At the end of the lecture, he offers insights on usurious loan practices, from ancient times until today, and describes the improvements in consumer financial protection that have been made after the financial crisis of the 2000s.
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