666 Week 2 Discussion

1. How might expectations of higher global oil prices affect the demand for loanable funds, the supply of loanable funds, and interest rates in the United States? Will this affect the interest rates of other countries in the same way? Explain.

2. Assume that the yield curves in the United States, France, and Japan are flat. If the U.S. yield curve suddenly becomes so positively sloped, do you think the yield curves in France and Japan would be affected? If so, how?