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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to finance:

Finance – addresses the ways in which individuals and organizations raise and allocate monetary resources over time, taking into account the risks entailed in their projects.



The word finance may incorporate any of the following:

Fundamental financial conceptsEdit


Finance terms by fieldEdit

Accounting (financial record keeping)Edit


Corporate financeEdit

Investment managementEdit

See also: #General concepts under Portfolio theory below.

Personal financeEdit

Public financeEdit


Economics and financeEdit

Mathematics and financeEdit

Time value of moneyEdit

Financial mathematicsEdit

Mathematical toolsEdit
Derivatives pricingEdit

Constraint financeEdit

Financial marketsEdit

Market and instrumentsEdit

Equity marketEdit

Equity valuationEdit

See also: #Discounted cash flow valuation below

Investment theoryEdit

Bond marketEdit

Money marketEdit

Commodity marketEdit

Derivatives marketEdit

Forward markets and contractsEdit

Futures markets and contractsEdit

Option markets and contractsEdit

Swap markets and contractsEdit

see: Swap (finance)

Derivative markets by underlyingsEdit

Equity derivativesEdit
Interest rate derivativesEdit
Credit derivativesEdit
Foreign exchange derivativeEdit

Financial regulationEdit

Designations and accreditationEdit



Industry bodiesEdit

Regulatory bodiesEdit


European UnionEdit

Regulatory bodies by countryEdit

United KingdomEdit
United StatesEdit

United States legislationEdit

Actuarial topicsEdit

Asset typesEdit

Raising capitalEdit


Note that this section is corporate finance focused: for the valuation of derivatives and interest rate / fixed income instruments see #Derivatives pricing above.

Underlying theoryEdit

Discounted cash flow valuationEdit

Relative valuationEdit

Contingent claim valuationEdit

Portfolio theoryEdit

General conceptsEdit

Modern portfolio theoryEdit

Post-modern portfolio theoryEdit

Performance measurementEdit

See List of financial performance measures.

Mathematical techniquesEdit

Financial software toolsEdit

Financial institutionsEdit


See alsoEdit

External linksEdit