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FHCE 3200 Week 2 Notes

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These are lecture notes from August 15, 17, and 19. These are still over Module 1 (1A,B, 1C,D, 1E,F, 1G,H, and the beginning of 1I,,J,K). Some of the topics: Financial literacy Risk toleran...
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Date Created: 08/22/16
August 15, 2016 Module 1 A,B Cont. Why Financial Literacy Matters  Many people—baby boomers now in retirement—don’t have enough money to live on o Money they have is often inadequate o Many people near retirement have a problem of outliving their money o Can be avoided if you start early enough o 50% of baby boomers don’t have enough o Average American is $4,000 in debt  The more education you have, the more your net worth, wealth, and financial literacy increases o Most financially knowledgeable people are also the most likely to reach out to a financial advisor and ask for more help  The more financial policies in place to protect people from going bankrupt, the better off the average person’s quality of life/ society is o Mandatory auto insurance, health insurance, etc. o Ex. People at individual levels may think auto insurance is a waste of money until they get into an accident and don’t have a car o If they don’t have insurance, then they’re out of a car and their quality of life plummets o By enforcing people to get these things, society as a whole is better  Trend away from mandatory policies, guaranteed retirement income, pensions, etc. o Complex financial decisions being shifted from institutions to individuals o Ex. Nowadays, no pensions and people don’t contribute to 401k at all or nearly enough o Little confidence in getting social security  Baby Boomers were financially illiterate and didn’t know how to deal with absence of pensions and retirement income  Government had to step in with Social Security  This bankrupted the system and depleted these resources for the next generation o Finances in general are more complex: ROTHs, IRA’s, ACA, etc.  Characteristics of Financially Capable Individuals o Self-Regulation: Make yourself do things you don’t want to do  Self-Efficacy: Belief that you can do it  Self-Control: Actually pushing yourself to do it o Experience o Education/ Information o Interest o Being involved/ engaged in making financial decisions o Altruism  Pathways to Wealth/ Financial Independency o Keep good financial records; tracking o Spending less than is earned o Maintaining appropriate risk management strategies  Insurances  Emergency funds o Saving money on a regular basis Module 1 C,D  Risk Tolerance: Risk that you’re willing to accept  Risk Capacity: How much risk you really should be accepting  People who don’t have much money are risk-averse; not willing to take a lot of risk o If you don’t have the capacity, you shouldn’t be taking the risk  Those who grew up wealthy are willing to take more risk than people who didn’t o This higher risk tolerance comes from a higher risk capacity o Higher risk tolerance grow wealthier o They invest in riskier things, which yield higher returns  People who started poor tend to stay that way o Their risk capacity increases o Their risk tolerance doesn’t increase with the higher capacity  Why is financial risk tolerance a big deal? o Investments in different asset classes require different levels of risk taking  Ex. Savings accounts are very low risk; even if bank collapses the federal government insures it o Riskier assets lead to higher yields/ returns in order to remain competitive o Higher return from the market requires you to take higher risks o Amount of risk we take is constrained by our risk tolerance  People are unwilling to take on additional amounts of risk o In order to take a little bit of risk people require a lot of return o No one will buy stocks or bonds unless given a higher return than a savings account o Assets from higher return (riskiest) to lowest: Stocks, corporate bonds, US government bonds, savings accounts  How much should college students be investing in stocks fore retirement? o 95% of their portfolio  What Increases Financial Risk Tolerance? o Experience of investing in financial markets o Educational attainment o Investment related education/ knowledge o Age o Gender o Other psycho-social factors  Other Risk Tolerance Facts o Nobody is born with high financial risk tolerance; learned o What is riskier than investing in stocks?  Investing in startup companies  Investing in lottery tickets (don’t—there is such a thing as too much risk) o Risk taking behavior in other areas of your life does not mean that you are also financially risk taking o Risk tolerance can change- changes with the factors above o Everything else being equal, who accumulates greater wealth across time?  Women more so than men; tend to take more appropriate amount of risk  It is a 1% difference ($1 million)  Men tend to make more over-confident risks o Perceived risk tolerance  Risk Preference: prefer to be wealthy or poor? Important priority to someone? o Person’s ability to take risk determines how much wealth they will accumulate  Risk preference determines whether they are willing to invest in certain assets o People unfamiliar with the financial market will prefer to stay away from them (stocks, bonds, wills, trusts, etc.) o Research indicates that people are awful at perceiving the riskiness of an asset  Human Capital o Net Worth= Total Assets – Total debt o Total Net Worth= Net worth + Value of your human capital o Human Capital: your skills, knowledge, and capacity  Your ability to work, learn, earn, and make rational financial decisions  Increased with income, education, health, training, experience, skill development  People most likely to be taking reasonable risks: Those with high income and advanced degrees August 17, 2016 Module 1 E,F  Financial Decision Making Influences: o Constraints: Other needs, income, time o Ability to Prioritize: Goals, deadlines, needs vs. wants  Complex decisions result from too many choices, not sure which choice leads to best outcome, too little information o Use heuristics to simplify choices o Could use wrong heuristic  e.g. focus on APR when choosing a credit card but you won’t go in debt  Neuro-Economics o Two-Mind Framework  Fast: emotional, intuitive thinking based on heuristics  How we make almost every decision  Slow: rational, calculating, patient thinking o Constant struggle between the two o Many people favor one over the other o Certain situations favor one over the other: stressful situations can overwhelm slow thinking and force people to rely on fast thinking  Heuristics can create bias o Status Quo Bias: preference for how things are, resistance to change, fear of making wrong decision o Loss Aversion: Fearful of loss  Investors with 20 year investment time horizon tend to focus on short term losses and not long term gains o Optimism Bias: Most believe they will never experience painful losses, most believe they are a little better than average in their tasks,  Leads to overconfidence and risky decisions o Confirmatory Bias: Seeking to confirm that their decision is correct  People often check reviews about a product after they bought it instead of before  Ex. Right-wing people more likely to watch Fox; Left- wing more likely to watch msnbc  Watch Out o Many business use behavioral economics to increase profits form customers o Insurance companies raise their premiums  Status quo bias prevents consumers from shopping around o Cell phone providers add extra charges to monthly bills  Status Quo o Credit card teaser rates  Status Quo o Consumer staples companies often reduce the quantity within their packages while keeping price constant  Status Quo o Poor saving is in our ancestry  Hunter-gathers focused on getting food day by day  Bad at accumulating  How to Use Biases to Our Advantage o Pre-commit to decisions: use deadlines, friends, family, colleagues to hold you accountable and reduce procrastination o Automate good decisions: automatically save money through your employer or banks; have bills automatically paid o Set clear goals: Clearly define where you want to be financially and then begin working toward that goals; small steps are best  Other things that increasing savings o How much should we save every month?  Setting certain amount is an anchor; forces you to do it o Save before you spend o Pre-commit to saving future pay raises  “Save more tomorrow” proven to be effective  Save extra dollar each month  People must save today to sustain their life style in retirement  The outcome of investment decisions made today can only be known in the future  Many financial decisions have to be made with incomplete information  Inter-temporal decisions o Choices made depends on person’s time preference o Present Oriented: Prefer spending more today and save less for the future o Future Oriented: Spend less today to save more for the future o Marshmallow Test: Require kids to sit at table, marshmallow is put in front of them; If they cant eat marshmallow in next 5 minutes, they get two marshmallows and can then eat both of them  2/3 of the kids ate the first marshmallow before time was up  These kids were present oriented and didn’t wait  The 1/3 that were future oriented, in the future, had higher SAT scores and were more content/ healthier in life  Changing the construal of the situation helped make children future oriented  “Think of the marshmallow as a brick”; majority of kids then waited  Told them to sit on their hands while waiting (new status quo, bigger effort to change it and grab marshmallow); also resulted in more kids waiting  We are not bound by our personalities; changing our thinking can help us make better choices  Hyperbolic Discounting o Would you rather hand $100 today or $102 tomorrow?  Most would choose $100 today o Would you have $100 one year from today or $102 one year and one day from today?  Most would choose $102 o Having time pushed away allows us to be more rational o 60-70% of people make impulsive decisions in general o Many people to defer gratification, but not today—in the future August 19, 2016 Module E,F Cont.  Make financial decisions based on your time horizon o If goal is ultra short-term, be very cautious with your investments  Keep money in safe assets (Savings accounts, CDs, money market, etc. o If horizon is more than 10 years, you can take more risks (equities, stock, etc.)  A longer period of time means we have a larger sample size so our guesses are more likely to be right o More certainty= less risk o Very little of the time you will lose money in the stock market when time horizon is 20+ years o It’s much more likely to lose money in the stock market if time horizon is just one day/ one month/ a few years  The percentage of risky assets in your investment portfolio can increase based on when you need the money (time horizon)  How to become future oriented o Practice self-regulation o Greater human capital attainment o Setting goals o Prioritizing goals o Deciding between needs and wants Module 1G,H  Time Value of Money (TVM): takes into account the rate of return (interest) when comparing investments o Also called opportunity cost o Also takes into account the effect of compounding interest rates o The Rule of 72: How to find out how long it’ll take to double your investment  N= 72/i  N= Number of years  i= expected rate of return o Future Value (FV)= Present value (PV) * (1+r) t  r= rate of return, t= time or number of periods for which money is invested  Ex. You start with $100 (PV). You earn 10% yearly (r) for two years (t). What will your balance be at the end of the two years (FV)? t 2  FV= PV*(1+r) = 100*(1.10) =$121  How Does Compounding Work? o Money can be invested  We earn rate of return on the investment  Longer time periods means more wealth because of this power of compounding  You gain interest on your investment, then that interest gains interest, and that interest gains interest, etc. o Money can be borrowed  Auto loans, student loans, mortgages  We pay the lenders interest computed on a compounding basis o Money can be lent  Governments borrow money (bonds) and corporations borrow money (stock)  We earn interest on this money that we lend out  How Fast Does Your Money Grow? o Based on APR (Annual Percentage Rate) o Ex. Bank pays you 2.4% interest per year. APR= 2.4%  Monthly interest= 2.4%/12= .2% o If you know the monthly rate, multiply by 12 to get APR  APR vs. APY o APR ignores compounding; simple rate o Annual Percentage Yield (APY) tells the percent by which your investment actually increases; effective rate o APY= [1+ periodic interest rate) (number of period]-1n year) o Ex. Bank pays you .2% interest monthly.  APY= [(1+.002) ]-1= 2.68%  “Number of periods in a year” is 12 if monthly, 2 if semi-annually, etc. o APY > APR if there is more than one compounding period in a year  APR=APY if it’s annually compounded o Financial institutions quote APR or APY, depending on what they’re selling  EX. Amy wants to go on a cruise. The ticket costs $600 (pv), and the trip is in one month. She borrows money to buy the ticket with an APR of 18%. The APY is 19.56% (r). She plans to pay $50 a month toward the debt (pmt). o How long will it take Amy to pay off the debt (N)?  PV= 600, N=?, r= 19.56/12, pmt=-50, FV=0  Presently, the cost of the loan is $600, so that is the present value. Use APY for the interest rate, and divide that by 12 to get the monthly rate. She makes monthly payments of $50. The future value is zero because at that point the loan will be paid off and at a balance of zero. Solve for N (number of periods)  N= 13.46 months (1.12 years) **Substitute used excel to solve for this, which professor says we don’t need to know ** Substitute used APR and not APY; I believe this is a mistake, so I used APY, but this is up to you o If Amy saved up $50 each month and earned an APY of 2% interest, how much money would Amy have after a year?  N=1x12, r= 2%/12, PV= 0, FV=?  Amy starts off with zero dollars, so PV= 0. Use APY as r, and divide that by 12 because we are looking at it monthly. She saves $50 each month, so pmt=50. Solve for what the balance of the savings account will be in one year (12 months) (FV).  FV= $605.53 o Ex. Johns buys a car for $20,000. He has a 5 year car loan at 2% APR. How much monthly payment does he have to make to pay off the loan in 5 years?  PV= 20000, FV=0, N=5x12, r=2/12, Pmt=?  Pmt=$350.56 Module 1 I,J,K  Setting goals helps us develop focus towards achieving an objective  Make goals objective rather than subjective o SMART goals o Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-bound


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