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In our T-Bill or CD example, one can argue that an investor in a fixed-rate CD is a speculator as he gambles on the rates not increasing prior to the maturity of his CD. The fact that his net receipts from the CD at maturity are guaranteed to be positive is irrelevant. There is nothing special about a 0% threshold for your return objective (especially if one takes into account inflation). The Purpose and Structure of Financial Markets 21 In the context of this book, all investors who take a position in an asset, whether by borrowing or using owned funds, and the asset’s return over its life is not contractually identical to the investor’s cost of capital, will be considered speculators.

You would always pay less than $100 today for a promise of $100 in the future. This is not only because of a risk of the promise, but also because it would cost you less than $100 today to buy an investment that, with interest earned, would produce $100 in the future. Whether you use owned funds or borrowed funds to purchase an investment is not important. If you use borrowed funds you pay explicit interest. If you spend owned funds, you forgo the interest that you could have earned. This forgone interest is commonly referred to as an opportunity cost and it is as real a cost as the interest paid on borrowed funds.

T-Bill and CD investors lock in the rates until the maturity of the instruments they hold. Are they then risk-free investors and not speculators? They can calculate in advance the exact dollar amount their investment will pay at maturity. After subtraction of the original investment, the computed percentage return will always be positive. Yet, by locking in the cash flows, they are forgoing the chance to make more. If, while they are holding their CD, short-term or rollover rates increase, they will have lost the extra opportunity return they could have earned.

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