finance

(redirected from finances)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Wikipedia.

finance,

theory and practice of conducting large public and private dealings in money. Important institutions of private finance include those that deal with insuranceinsurance
or assurance,
device for indemnifying or guaranteeing an individual against loss. Reimbursement is made from a fund to which many individuals exposed to the same risk have contributed certain specified amounts, called premiums.
..... Click the link for more information.
, bankingbanking,
primarily the business of dealing in money and instruments of credit. Banks were traditionally differentiated from other financial institutions by their principal functions of accepting deposits—subject to withdrawal or transfer by check—and of making loans.
..... Click the link for more information.
, stocks (see stockstock,
in finance, instrument certifying to shares in the ownership of a corporation. Bonds are similar evidences of shares in a loan to a corporation. Stock yields no dividends until claims of bondholders have been met.
..... Click the link for more information.
), bonds, and other securities. With the development of the national state, public finance—the management of the revenues, expenditures, and debts of the state—has been of great political, as well as economic, importance. The most important source of government revenue is taxes, but sale of public properties and franchises, as well as the sale of interest-bearing bonds, also contribute. Since the Korean War, a large part of governmental expenditures has gone for various military and defense needs. Other important areas of governmental expenditure are health, education, and welfare (the Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid programs); interest on the national debt; and public works. Important institutions of international finance are the International Bank for Reconstruction and DevelopmentInternational Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)
(IBRD), independent specialized agency of the United Nations, with headquarters at Washington, D.C.; one of five closely associated development institutions (also including the International Center for Settlement of
..... Click the link for more information.
 and the International Monetary FundInternational Monetary Fund
(IMF), specialized agency of the United Nations, established in 1945. It was planned at the Bretton Woods Conference (1944), and its headquarters are in Washington, D.C.
..... Click the link for more information.
.

Bibliography

See D. Allen, Finance (1983); D. Swain, Managing Public Money (1987); L. Harris et al., ed., New Perspectives on the Financial System (1988); N. Gianaris, Contemporary Public Finance (1989).

Finance

See also Money.
Bourse
the Paris stock exchange. [Fr. Commerce: Misc.]
Dow Jones
the best known of several U.S. indexes of movements in price on Wall Street. [Am. Hist.: Payton, 202]
Lombard Street
London bankers’ row; named for 13th-century Italian moneylenders. [Br. Hist.: Plumb, 15]
Old Lady of Threadneedle Street
nickname for the Bank of England. [Br. Culture: Misc.]
Praxidice
goddess of commerce. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 88]
Rockefeller, John
D(avison) (1839–1937) multimillionaire oil tycoon and financier, [Am. Hist.: EB, VIII: 623]
Throgmorton Street
location of Stock Exchange; by extension, financial world. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1079]
Wall Street N.Y.C.
financial district. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 530]

finance

1. funds or the provision of funds
2. funds; financial condition
References in periodicals archive ?
Setting up a joint venture between a manufacturer and a finance company can be a real boon for a company with large volumes of receivables weighing down its balance sheet.
Health care REITs (real estate investment trusts) own or finance approximately 1,500 of the nation's 17,000 nursing homes.
NASDAQ:YHOO) today launched a new personal finance website, which brings together the Internet's most useful tools and information to help consumers manage their personal finances.
Marking a milestone in its relationship with Garden Fresh, GE Commercial Finance, Franchise Finance is the sole lead arranger on a $175 million transaction.
AUSTIN, Texas & LOS ANGELES -- Dental Finance Options (DFO) has announced a new patient financing program offered through dentists participating in Aetna dental networks.
Polls Show that Lifestyle Choices Impact 80 Percent of Respondents' Finances
Taking control of one's personal finances can be a difficult task, but being armed with the right information is vital to accomplish that goal.
16, 1998--Computer remarketers can close financing deals in minutes instead of days, and suppliers can track their working capital finances much more closely, using new Internet Financing Tools introduced by IBM Credit Corporation today at IBM's annual Business Partner Executive Conference.
The company underwrites, finances and services sub-prime finance contracts generated at its Ugly Duckling dealerships in Arizona and purchased from third-party dealers located in selected markets throughout the country.
Enersis' corporate finances have been positively affected, as reflected by the lower risk premium for our corporate bonds," Alvial says.

Full browser ?