Financial Institution, writing homework help


  • There are six chapter slides, read these slides, you should be able to find most answers in these PowerPoint. Also, read the attached notes.
  • If you need more details or evidence supporting your arguments, feel free to use online resources. Just make sure you include citations if you cite external articles/journal publications.
  • Bullet points copied from lecture slides are not accepted; you need to explain them in details. Please think carefully and write your answers in a clear and logical way. Also for most questions, you want to support your arguments using data.


  • Font size 12, 1.15 line space, “normal” margin.
  • Answer to each question is about 1 full page long (or at least 1 page, but do not exceed that length too much). Answers that are too short will not get full credit. Bibliography, graphs, and tables are not counted toward main text. Include them at the end of each essay.

Format of citations:

  • Example for in-text journal publications: “Chevalier & Ellison (J. Finance, 1999) found that the funds whose managers attended colleges with higher-SAT scores performed better.” You do not need to provide the full citation of this paper.
  • Example for citing online articles: “In 2014, 85% of active large-cap stock funds failed to beat or match their benchmark index[1].”


8 Questions:

  • Discuss federal government’s involvement in the secondary mortgage market, specifically, the roles and functions of government agencies and GSEs in helping the evolvement of the secondary market. Were there excessive risks taken by the GSEs?
  • Despite the criticism against mortgage-backed securities, MBSs provide benefits to investors. Discuss its role in portfolio management as a potential diversification tool.
  • What is high frequency trading? Discuss the competing perspectives (supports and concerns) regarding high frequency trading.
  • Does empirical evidence generally support EMH in weak, semi-strong, and strong form? Please provide some details of the supportive evidence or evidence against it.
  • Discuss the rationale and main criticisms of the following stock market interventions. Is there any evidence that these interventions failed to work?
    • Short-selling restrictions.
    • Circuit breaker.
  • Give a few examples of psychological factors or behavioral biases that could affect investment behavior. Provide details on how they affect investment behavior.
  • How have actively managed funds performed relative to passive funds? Discuss the values provided to investors of active funds. Do fund manager quality, experience and risk attitude affect fund performance?
  • Discuss the changes and overall healthiness in the commercial banking industry after the recent recession.
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