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Discussion #1: From the first e-Activity, speculate one specific area in which the next Triennial report may show a significant change. Explain how you arrived at your conclusion.

E-activity for discussion #1: Go to the Bank for International Settlements Website to read the results summarized in the article titled “Triennial Central Bank Survey of Foreign Exchange and Derivatives Market Activity in April 2010 – Preliminary Global Results – Turnover”, dated September 2010, located at

Discussion #2: Considering the U.S. Federal Reserve Board announced that U.S. interest rates will stay low through mid-2014, analyze how this will affect the foreign exchange derivatives market. Suggest whether or not you agree with this strategy. Provide support for your rationale.

Discussion #3: Assess the obligation commercial banks have in building consumer confidence and rate how the banks are doing in this regard. Support your response with evidence or an example.

Discussion #4: From the second e-Activity, summary the author’s or authors’ criticism of commercial banks. Provide a counter argument to the criticism using examples or evidence to support your response.

E-activity for discussion #4: Research the Internet or the Strayer Library for recent articles (within the last 12 months) that criticizes the activities or performance of commercial banks. Be prepared to discuss.

Discussion #5: From the e-Activity, assess how changes in the regulatory environment related to money market funds would cause companies to reconsider their holdings in a money market fund giving consideration to the impact of investor risk. Provide support for your answer.

E-activity for discussion #5: Search the Internet for information related to regulatory changes in the money market environment.

Discussion #6: Money market investments have little, if any, risk. Agree or disagree with the statement, providing support for your argument.

Discussion #7: Given the Federal Reserve Board’s current and forward-looking position on interest rates, predict the level of risk associated with investing in bonds and recommend a portfolio percentage for investment in bonds for a financial institution. Provide support for your recommendation.

Discussion #8: Assess how an increase in the interest rate would change your recommendation provided above. Indicate the basis for your rationale.