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    Financial economics evaluates how economic resources are allocated within a market with uncertain conditions and applies economic methods in assessing the financial topics of time, transaction options, and information. This area of economics focuses on how interest rates, prices, shares, and financial variables interact. It intersects financial variables with economic variables and studies how a value of an asset is determined as well as topics in financial markets.

    Financial economics constructs models to locate possible implications from theories and assumptions about the market. An example of an idea in financial economics is the Capital Asset Pricing Model. This model is used to determine the price of assets based on their risk. Time, uncertainty, options, and information are variables that decisions are based off of in financial economics, demonstrated by an asset’s risk being a variable in determining its value.

    Financial economics is different from regular economics because it emphasizes the impact individual investments have on financial markets. Financial economists see prices and rates as being the outcomes of the choices to buy or sell that investors make. By using factors that alter investment decisions, financial economists predict the behaviour of financial markets. Market conditions can be predicted using financial economic theories and equations.

    Arbitrage, the process of making money through trade without the risk of losing money, is an important concept in financial economics. It relates to profit maximization and is used in parts of financial theory.

    As a quantitative discipline, financial economics uses econometrics and other mathematical processes in its theory development and practices.

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    A bond is a tool used in financial economics to ensure debt security and function as fixed-income financial assets.


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    In economics, an investment refers to saving a sum such as income or postponing consumption.

    The Time Value of Money

    Solutions: 102

    The time value of money follows the idea that the value of money at the present time has a greater amount of value than the same amount it would have in the future because of potential earning capacity.

    Personal Finance & Savings

    Solutions: 621

    Personal finance refers to the financial management of which an individual or a family is required to make to obtain, budget, save and spend monetary resources over time, taking into account various financial risks and future life events.


    Risk Management

    Solutions: 27

    Risk management is the process of identifying and analyzing the possibilities of financial risk and how to monitor and control the possibility of these risks occurring.

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