Outline of finance

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 concepts


Finance terms by field

Accounting (financial record keeping)


Corporate finance

Investment management

See also: #General concepts under Portfolio theory below.

Personal finance

Public finance


Economics and finance

Mathematics and finance

Time value of money

Financial mathematics

Mathematical tools
Derivatives pricing

Constraint finance

Financial markets

Market and instruments

Equity market

Equity valuation

See also: #Discounted cash flow valuation below

Investment theory

Bond market

Money market

Commodity market

Derivatives market

Forward markets and contracts

Futures markets and contracts

Option markets and contracts

Swap markets and contracts

Derivative markets by underlyings

Equity derivatives
Interest rate derivatives
Credit derivatives
Foreign exchange derivative

Financial regulation

Designations and accreditation



Industry bodies

Regulatory bodies


European Union

Regulatory bodies by country

United Kingdom
United States

United States legislation

Actuarial topics

Asset types

Raising capital


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

Underlying theory

Discounted cash flow valuation

Relative valuation

Contingent claim valuation

Other approaches

Portfolio theory

General concepts

Modern portfolio theory

Post-modern portfolio theory

Performance measurement

See List of financial performance measures.

Mathematical techniques

Financial software tools

Financial institutions

Financial institutions


See also

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