A study on concepts of finance for finance decision making

May 28th, 2015
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We attempt to understand the workings of the Banking Industry, the Federal Reserve and the behavior of financial intermediaries. Topics include valuation of financial assets and the characteristics of financial instruments in money and capital markets. We analyze the relationships among financial institutions, monetary policy and the stability of the economy as a whole.

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CHAPTER I - IntroductionWhat is Finance?Finance the study of how individuals, institution, governments and businesses acquire, spend and manage money and other financial assets.Financial Environment includes financial system, institutions, markets and individuals that make the economy operate efficiently.Financial Institution organizations or intermediaries like banks, insurance companies, investment companies. They engage in financial activities to aid the flow of funds from savers, to borrowers or investors.Financial Markets Physical or electronic forums that facilitate the flow of funds among investors, businesses, and governments.Investments involve the sale or marketing of securities, the analysis of securities and the management of investment risk. Investors include savers and lenders as well as equity investors. Investors can be corporate or personal.Financial Management involves financial planning, asset management and fund raising decisions to enhance the value of businesses. This involves decision-making relating to the efficient use of financial resources in the production and sale of goods and services. The goal of the financial manager in a profit seeking organization is to maximize the owners wealth.Three Areas in Finance1.) Institution and markets2.) Investments3.) Financial ManagementReasons for Studying Finance1.) To make informed economic and financial decisions.2.) To acquire basic knowledge of inves

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