Go to http://stockcharts.com/freecharts/yieldcurve.html and click on the animated yield-curve graph (be sure JAVA is enabled on your browser). Answer the following questions:
a. Is the yield curve typically upward sloping, downward sloping, or flat?
b. Notice the behavior of the yield curve and the S&P 500 during the fall of 2008. How did the yield curve behave as the stock market was falling precipitously, and how has the position of the yield curve been different since then compared to the years leading up to the fall of 2008?