Financial Markets Questions; Interest Rates, Currency Swaps and Derivatives

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This 9 page paper answers a number of questions regarding financial markets. The first considers short-term and long-term interest rates and considers how comparing can indicate the way that the market believes interest rates will move. The paper then discusses the use of interest rate swaps and looks at the importance of the swap network. The last part of the paper discusses the different tools that can be used by an investor including forward contracts, options and hedging. The bibliography cites 10 sources.