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 term **finance** may incorporate any of the following:

- The study of money and other assets
- The management and control of those assets
- Profiling and managing project risks

- Finance
- Arbitrage
- Capital (economics)
- Capital asset pricing model
- Cash flow
- Cash flow matching
- Debt
- Asset types
- Discounted cash flow
- Financial capital
- Financial modeling
- Entrepreneur
- Fixed income analysis
- Gap financing
- Global financial system
- Hedge
- Interest rate
- Short-rate model
- Interest
- Investment
- Leverage
- Long (finance)
- Liquidity
- Margin (finance)
- Mark to market
- Market impact
- Medium of exchange
- Microcredit
- Money
- Portfolio
- Reference rate
- Return
- Risk
- Scenario analysis
- Short (finance)
- Speculation
- Position trader
- Spread trade
- Standard of deferred payment
- Store of value
- Time horizon
- Time value of money
- Trade
- Unit of account
- Volatility
- Yield
- Yield curve

- History of finance
- History of banking
- History of insurance
- Tulip mania (Dutch Republic), 1620s/1630s
- South Sea Bubble (UK) & Mississippi Company (France), 1710s; see also Stock market bubble
*Vix pervenit*1745, on usury and other dishonest profit- Panic of 1837 (US)
- Railway Mania (UK), 1840s
- Erie War (US), 1860s
- Long Depression, 1873–1896 (mainly US and Europe, though other parts of the world were affected)
- Post-World War I hyperinflation; see Hyperinflation and Inflation in the Weimar Republic
- Wall Street Crash of 1929
- Great Depression 1930s
- Bretton Woods Accord 1944
- 1973 oil crisis
- 1979 energy crisis
- Savings and Loan Crisis 1980s
- Black Monday 1987
- Asian financial crisis 1990s
- Dot-com bubble 1995-2001
- Stock market downturn of 2002
- United States housing bubble
- Financial crisis of 2007–08, followed by the Great Recession

Main articles: Accounting and List of accounting topics |

- Auditing
- Accounting software
- Book keeping
- FASB
- Financial accountancy
- Management accounting
- Philosophy of Accounting
- Working capital
- Hedge accounting

- See articles listed under: Bank § See also

Main article: Corporate finance |

See also: Financial management and § Corporate finance theory |

- Balance sheet analysis
- Business plan
- Capital budgeting
- Corporate action
- (Strategic) Financial management
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Real options
- Working capital management

Main article: Investment management |

See also: § Portfolio theory |

- Active management
- Efficient market hypothesis
- Portfolio
- Modern portfolio theory
- Arbitrage pricing theory
- Passive management
- Activist shareholder
- Mutual fund
- Financial engineering
- Hedge fund
- Hedge
- #Quantitative investing, below

Main article: Personal finance |

- 529 plan (US college savings)
- ABLE account (US plan for benefit of individuals with disabilities)
- Asset allocation
- Budget
- Coverdell Education Savings Account (Coverdell ESAs, formerly known as Education IRAs)
- Credit and debt
- Debit card
- Direct deposit
- Employment contract
- Financial literacy
- Insurance
- Predatory lending
- Retirement plan
- Australia – Superannuation in Australia
- Canada
- Japan – Nippon individual savings account
- New Zealand – KiwiSaver
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Pension

- Simple living
- Social security
- Tax advantage
- Wealth
- Comparison of accounting software
- Personal financial management
- Investment club
- Collective investment scheme

Main article: Public finance |

- Central bank
- Federal Reserve
- Fractional-reserve banking
- Tax
- Capital gains tax
- Estate tax (and inheritance tax)
- Gift tax
- Income tax
- Inheritance tax
- Payroll tax
- Property tax (including land value tax)
- Sales tax (including value added tax, excise tax, and use tax)
- Transfer tax (including stamp duty)
- Tax advantage
- Tax, tariff and trade
- Tax amortization benefit

- Crowding out
- Industrial policy
- Agricultural policy
- Currency union
- Monetary reform

Main article: Insurance |

- Actuarial science
- Annuities
- Catastrophe modeling
- Earthquake loss
- Extended coverage
- Insurable interest
- Insurable risk
- Insurance
- Insurance contract
- Loss payee clause
- Risk Retention Group

Main articles: Financial economics and Asset pricing |

See also: Finance § Financial theory |

- Financial economics
- Monetary economics
- Mathematical economics
- Managerial economics
- Economic growth theory
- Decision theory
- Game theory
- Experimental economics / Experimental finance
- Behavioral economics / Behavioral finance

Further information: Financial economics § Corporate finance theory |

- Fisher separation theorem
- Modigliani–Miller theorem
- Theory of the firm
- The Theory of Investment Value
- Agency theory
- Capital structure
- Dividend policy
- Capital budgeting (valuation)
- Corporate finance § Investment and project valuation
- Clean surplus accounting
- Residual income valuation
- Economic value added / Market value added
- T-model
- Adjusted present value
- Penalized present value
- Expected commercial value
- Risk-adjusted net present value
- Contingent claim valuation
- Real options
- Monte Carlo methods

- Risk management

Main article: Asset pricing |

Further information: Financial economics § Underlying economics |

- Value (economics)
- Equilibrium price
- General equilibrium theory
- Arbitrage-free price
- Utility
- Economic efficiency
- State prices
- Fundamental theorem of asset pricing
- Martingale pricing
- Quantum finance

- Equilibrium pricing
- Equities; foreign exchange and commodities
- Bonds; other interest rate instruments

- Risk neutral pricing
- Equities; foreign exchange and commodities; interest rates
- Bonds; other interest rate instruments

Main article: Time value of money |

Main article: Financial mathematics |

- Probability
- Stochastic calculus
- Monte Carlo methods
- Partial differential equations
- Volatility

Main article: Financial mathematics § Derivatives pricing |

See also: Financial economics § Derivative pricing |

- Underlying logic (see also #Economics and finance above)
- Forward contract
- Futures
- Options (incl. Real options and ESOs)
- Valuation of options
- Black–Scholes formula
- Approximations for American options

- Black model
- Binomial options model
- Finite difference methods for option pricing
- Garman–Kohlhagen model
- The Greeks
- Lattice model (finance)
- Margrabe's formula
- Monte Carlo methods for option pricing
- Monte Carlo methods in finance
- Quasi-Monte Carlo methods in finance
- Least Square Monte Carlo for American options

- Trinomial tree
- Volatility

- Swaps
- Interest rate derivatives (bond options, swaptions, caps and floors, and others)
- Black model
- Short-rate models (generally applied via lattice based- and specialized simulation-models, although "Black like" formulae exist in some cases.)
- Forward rate / Forward curve -based models (Application as per short-rate models)
- LIBOR market model (also called: Brace–Gatarek–Musiela Model, BGM)
- Heath–Jarrow–Morton Model (HJM)
- Cheyette model

- Valuation adjustments
- Yield curve modelling

- Capital markets
- Securities
- Financial markets
- Primary market
- Initial public offering
- Aftermarket
- Free market
- Bull market
- Bear market
- Bear market rally
- Market maker
- Dow Jones Industrial Average
- Nasdaq
- List of stock exchanges
- List of stock market indices
- List of corporations by market capitalization
- Value Line Composite Index

Main article: Equity market |

- Stock market
- Stock
- Common stock
- Preferred stock
- Treasury stock
- Equity investment
- Index investing
- Private Equity
- Financial reports and statements
- Fundamental analysis
- Dividend
- Dividend yield
- Stock split

Main article: Equity valuation |

See also: § Context |

- Dow theory
- Elliott wave principle
- Economic value added
- Fibonacci retracement
- Gordon model
- Growth stock
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Leveraged buyout
- Takeover
- Corporate raid
- PE ratio
- Market capitalization
- Income per share
- Stock valuation
- Technical analysis
- Chart patterns
- V-trend
- Paper valuation

Main article: Investment theory |

- Behavioral finance
- Dead cat bounce
- Efficient market hypothesis
- Market microstructure
- Stock market crash
- Stock market bubble
- January effect
- Mark Twain effect
- Quantitative behavioral finance
- Quantitative analysis (finance)
- Statistical arbitrage

Main article: Bond market |

- Bond (finance)
- Zero-coupon bond
- Junk bonds
- Convertible bond
- Accrual bond
- Municipal bond
- Sovereign bond
- Bond valuation
- Fixed income

Main article: Money market |

- Repurchase agreement
- International Money Market
- Currency
- Exchange rate
- International currency codes
- Table of historical exchange rates

Main article: Commodity market |

- Commodity
- Asset
- Commodity Futures Trading Commission
- Commodity trade
- Drawdowns
- Forfaiting
- Fundamental analysis
- Futures contract
- Fungibility
- Gold as an investment
- Hedging
- Jesse Lauriston Livermore
- List of traded commodities
- Ownership equity
- Position trader
- Risk (Futures)
- Seasonal traders
- Seasonal spread trading
- Slippage
- Speculation
- Spread trade
- Technical analysis
- Trade
- Trend

Main article: Derivatives market |

- Derivative (finance)
- (see also Financial mathematics topics; Derivatives pricing)
- Underlying instrument

Main article: Forward market |

Main article: Futures market |

- Backwardation
- Contango
- Futures contract
- Financial future

- Futures exchange

Main article: Option market |

- Options
- Stock option
- Warrants
- Foreign exchange option
- Interest rate options
- Bond options
- Real options
- Options on futures

Main article: Swap market |

Main article: Equity derivative |

- Contract for difference (CFD)
- Exchange-traded fund (ETF)
- Equity options
- Equity swap
- Real estate investment trust (REIT)
- Warrants

Main article: Interest rate derivative |

- LIBOR
- Forward rate agreement
- Interest rate swap
- Interest rate cap
- Exotic interest rate option
- Bond option
- Interest rate future
- Money market instruments
- Range accrual Swaps/Notes/Bonds
- In-arrears Swap
- Constant maturity swap (CMS) or Constant Treasury Swap (CTS) derivatives (swaps, caps, floors)
- Interest rate Swaption
- Bermudan swaptions
- Cross currency swaptions
- Power Reverse Dual Currency note (PRDC or Turbo)
- Target redemption note (TARN)
- CMS steepener
- Snowball
- Inverse floater
- Strips of Collateralized mortgage obligation
- Ratchet caps and floors

Main article: Credit derivative |

- Credit default swap
- Collateralized debt obligation
- Credit default option
- Total return swap
- Securitization

Main article: Foreign exchange derivative |

Further information: Professional certification in financial services; Professional certification § Accountancy, auditing and finance; and § Education |

- Certified Financial Planner
- Chartered Financial Analyst
- Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst
- Professional risk manager
- Chartered Financial Consultant
- Canadian Securities Institute
- Independent financial adviser
- Financial risk manager
- Chartered Market Technician
- Certified Financial Technician

Main article: List of financial regulatory authorities by country |

- Bank for International Settlements
- International Organization of Securities Commissions
- Security Commission
- Basel Committee on Banking Supervision
- Basel Accords – Basel I, Basel II, Basel III
- International Association of Insurance Supervisors
- International Accounting Standards Board

- Commodity Futures Trading Commission
- Federal Reserve
- Federal Trade Commission
- Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board
- Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
- Securities and Exchange Commission

This section is corporate-finance-focused: for the valuation of derivatives and interest rate / fixed income instruments see § Derivatives pricing; for the economic theory see § Asset pricing theory. |

- Value (economics)
- Valuation (finance) and specifically § Valuation overview
- "The Theory of Investment Value"
- Financial economics § Corporate finance theory
- Valuation risk
- Real versus nominal value (economics)
- Real prices and ideal prices
- Fair value
- Intrinsic value
- Market price
- Value in use
- Fairness opinion
- Asset pricing (see also #Asset pricing theory above)

- (Corporate) Bonds
- Equity valuation
- Real estate valuation

- Bonds
- Equity

Main article: Valuation using discounted cash flows |

Further information: Discounted cash flow and Time value of money |

- Bond valuation
- Modeling
- Results
- Cash flows
- Principal (finance)
- Coupon (bond)
- Fixed rate bond
- Floating rate note
- Zero-coupon bond
- Accrual bond
- sinking fund provisions

- Real estate valuation
- Equity valuation
- Results
- Specific models and approaches
- Cash flows

Main article: Relative valuation |

Further information: Valuation using multiples |

- Bonds
- Real estate
- Equity

Main article: Contingent claim valuation |

- Valuation techniques
- Applications
- Corporate investments and projects
- Balance sheet assets and liabilities
- warrants and other convertible securities
- securities with embedded options such as callable bonds
- employee stock options
- structured finance investments (funding dependent)
- special purpose entities (funding dependent)

- "Fundamentals"-based (relying on accounting information)

Further information: Financial modeling § Accounting |

Not to be confused with Financial modeling § Quantitative finance. |

- Cash flow
- Required return (i.e. discount rate)
- Terminal value
- Forecasted financial statements

- Portfolio (finance)
- Portfolio manager
- Investment management
- Investor profile
- Rate of return on a portfolio / Investment performance
- Risk return ratio
- Risk factor (finance)
- Portfolio optimization
- Diversification (finance)
- Asset classes
- Asset allocation
- Sector rotation
- Correlation & covariance
- Risk-free interest rate
- Leverage (finance)
- Utility function
- Intertemporal portfolio choice
- Portfolio insurance
- Mathematical finance § Risk and portfolio management: the P world
- Quantitative investment / Quantitative fund (see below)

Main article: Modern portfolio theory |

Further information: Financial economics § Uncertainty |

- Portfolio optimization
- Theory and results (derivation of the CAPM)
- Equilibrium price
- Market price
- Systematic risk
- Idiosyncratic risk / Specific risk
- Mean-variance analysis (Two-moment decision model)
- Efficient frontier (Mean variance efficiency)
- Feasible set
- Mutual fund separation theorem
- Tangent portfolio
- Market portfolio
- Beta (finance)
- Capital allocation line
- Capital market line
- Security characteristic line
- Capital asset pricing model
- Security market line
- Roll's critique

- Related measures
- Optimization models

- Equilibrium pricing models (CAPM and extensions)

Main article: Post-modern portfolio theory |

Further information: Financial economics § Portfolio theory |

- Approaches
- Optimization considerations
- Pareto efficiency
- Bayesian efficiency
- Multiple-criteria decision analysis
- Multi-objective optimization
- Stochastic dominance
- Downside risk
- Volatility skewness
- Semivariance
- Expected shortfall (ES; also called conditional value at risk (CVaR), average value at risk (AVaR), expected tail loss (ETL))
- Tail value at risk
- Statistical dispersion
- Discounted maximum loss
- Indifference price

- Measures
- Optimization models

See also: List of financial performance measures |

- Performance attribution
- Fixed-income attribution
- Benchmark
- Lipper average
- Returns-based style analysis
- Rate of return on a portfolio
- Holding period return
- Tracking error
- Alpha (finance)
- Beta (finance)
- Simple Dietz method
- Modified Dietz method
- Modigliani risk-adjusted performance
- Upside potential ratio
- Maximum Downside Exposure
- Maximum drawdown
- Sharpe ratio
- Treynor ratio
- Jensen's alpha
- Bias ratio
- V2 ratio
- Calmar ratio (hedge fund specific)

- Modern portfolio theory § Mathematical model
- Quadratic programming
- Nonlinear programming
- Mixed integer programming
- Stochastic programming (§ Multistage portfolio optimization)
- Copula (probability theory) (§ Quantitative finance)
- Principal component analysis (§ Quantitative finance)
- Deterministic global optimization
- Genetic algorithm (List of genetic algorithm applications § Finance and Economics)
- Machine learning (§ Applications)
- Artificial neural network

Main article: Quantitative investing |

- Quantitative investing
- Quantitative fund
- Quantitative analysis (finance) § Quantitative investment management and § Algorithmic trading quantitative analyst
- Trading:
- Portfolio optimization:
- Risks:
- Discussion:
- Automated trading system § Market disruption and manipulation
- High-frequency trading § Risks and controversy
- Algorithmic trading § Issues and developments
- Positive feedback § Systemic risk
- 2010 flash crash
- Black Monday (1987) § Possible causes
- Statistical arbitrage § StatArb and systemic risk: events of summer 2007

- Leading companies:

Main article: Financial modeling |

- Business valuation / stock valuation - especially via discounted cash flow, but including other valuation approaches
- Scenario planning and management decision making ("what is"; "what if"; "what has to be done"
^{[1]}) - Capital budgeting, including cost of capital (i.e. WACC) calculations
- Financial statement analysis / ratio analysis (including of operating- and finance leases, and R&D)
- Revenue related: forecasting, analysis
- Project finance modeling
- Cash flow forecasting
- Credit decisioning: Credit analysis, Consumer credit risk; impairment- and provision-modeling
- Working capital- and treasury management; asset and liability management
- Management accounting: Activity-based costing, Profitability analysis, Cost analysis, Whole-life cost

- Option pricing and calculation of their "Greeks"
- Other derivatives, especially interest rate derivatives, credit derivatives and exotic derivatives
- Modeling the term structure of interest rates (bootstrapping / multi-curves, short-rate models, HJM framework) and credit spreads
- Credit valuation adjustment, CVA, as well as the various XVA
- Credit risk, counterparty credit risk, and regulatory capital: EAD, PD, LGD, PFE
- Structured product design and manufacture
- Portfolio optimization
^{[2]}and Quantitative investing more generally; see further re optimization methods employed. - Financial risk modeling: value at risk (parametric- and / or historical, CVaR, EVT), stress testing, "sensitivities" analysis

- Bank
- List of banks
- Advising bank
- Central bank
- Commercial bank
- Community development bank
- Cooperative bank
- Custodian bank
- Depository bank
- Ethical bank
- Investment bank
- Islamic banking
- Merchant bank
- Microcredit
- Mutual savings bank
- National bank
- Offshore bank
- Private bank
- Savings bank
- Swiss bank
- Bank holding company

- Building society
- Broker
- Clearing house
- Commercial lender
- Community development financial institution
- Credit rating agency
- Credit union
- Diversified financial
- Edge Act Corporation
- Export Credit Agencies
- Financial adviser
- Financial intermediary
- Financial planner
- Futures exchange
- Government sponsored enterprise
- Hard money lender
- Independent financial adviser
- Industrial loan company
- Insurance company
- Investment adviser
- Investment company
- Investment trust
- Large and Complex Financial Institutions
- Mutual fund
- Non-banking financial company
- Savings and loan association
- Stock exchange
- Trust company

- For the typical finance career path and corresponding education requirements see:
- Financial analyst generally, and esp. § Qualification, discussing various investment, banking, and corporate roles (i.e. financial management, corporate finance, investment banking, securities analysis & valuation, portfolio & investment management, credit analysis, working capital & treasury management; see Financial modeling § Accounting)
- Quantitative analyst, Quantitative analysis (finance) § Education and Financial engineering § Education, specifically re roles in quantitative finance (i.e. derivative pricing & hedging, interest rate modeling, financial risk management, financial engineering, computational finance; also, the mathematically intensive variant on the banking roles; see Financial modeling § Quantitative finance)

- Business education lists undergraduate degrees in business, commerce, accounting and economics; "finance" may be taken as a major in most of these, whereas "quantitative finance" is almost invariably postgraduate, following a math-focused Bachelors; the most common degrees for (entry level) investment, banking, and corporate roles are:
- Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
- Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
- Bachelor of Accountancy (B.Acc)
- Bachelor of Economics (B.Econ)
- The tagged BS / BA "in Finance" - the undergraduate version of the MSF below - or less common, "in Investment Management" or "in Personal Finance"

- At the postgraduate level, the MBA, MCom and MSM (and recently the Master of Applied Economics) similarly offer training in finance generally; at this level there are also the following specifically focused master's degrees, with MSF the broadest - see Master of Finance § Comparison with other qualifications for their focus and inter-relation:
- Master of Applied Finance (M.App.Fin)
- Master of Computational Finance
- Master's in Corporate Finance
- Master of Finance (M.Fin, MIF)
- Master's in Financial Analysis
- Master of Financial Economics
- Master of Financial Engineering (MFE)
- Master of Financial Planning
- Master's in Financial Management
- Master of Financial Mathematics
- Master's in Financial Risk Management
- Master's in Investment Management
- Master of Mathematical Finance
- Master of Quantitative Finance (MQF)
- Master of Science in Finance (MSF, MSc Finance)
- Master of Science in Global Finance

- Doctoral-training in finance is usually a requirement for academia, but not relevant to industry
- quants often
*enter*the profession with PhDs in disciplines such as physics, mathematics, engineering, and computer science, and learn finance "on the job” - as an academic field, finance theory is studied and developed within the disciplines of management, (financial) economics, accountancy, and applied / financial mathematics.

- quants often
- For specialized roles, there are various Professional Certifications in financial services (see #Designations and accreditation above); the best recognized are arguably:
- Association of Corporate Treasurers (MCT / FCT)
- Certificate in Quantitative Finance (CQF)
- Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
- Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA)
- Certified Treasury Professional (CTP)
- Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA)
- Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
- Chartered Wealth Manager (CWM)
- CISI Diploma in Capital Markets (MCSI)
- Financial Risk Manager (FRM)
- Professional Risk Manager (PRM)

- Various organizations offer executive education, CPD, or other focused training programs, including:
- See also qualifications in related fields: