Financial Market Structure
In economics, a financial market is a mechanism that allows people to easily buy and sell financial securities, commodities, and other fungible items of value at low transaction costs and at prices that reflect the efficient market hypothesis.
Financial markets have evolved significantly over several hundred years and are undergoing constant innovation to improve liquidity.
Both general markets and specialized markets exist. Markets work by placing many interested sellers in one "place", thus making them easier to find for prospective buyers. An economy which relies primarily on interactions between buyers and sellers to allocate resources is known as a market economy in contrast either to a command economy or to a non-market economy that is based, such as a gift economy.
Financial markets facilitate:
* The raising of capital
* The transfer of risk
* International trade
They are used to match those who want capital to those who have it. Typically a borrower issues a receipt to the lender promising to pay back the capital. These receipts are securities which may be freely bought or sold. In return for lending money to the borrower, the lender will expect some compensation in the form of interest or dividends.
Financial markets could mean:
1. organizations that facilitate the trade in financial products. i.e. Stock exchanges facilitate the trade in stocks, bonds and warrants.
2. the coming together of buyers and sellers to trade financial products. i.e. stocks and shares are traded between buyers and sellers in a number of ways including: the use of stock exchanges; directly between buyers and sellers etc.
In academia, students of finance will use both meanings but students of economics will only use the second meaning. Financial markets can be domestic or they can be international.
IMF says US/UK Housing Boom Poses 40% Risk of
U.S., U.K. Housing Boom Poses 40% Risk of Going Bust, IMF Says
Washington, April 3 (Bloomberg) -- The boom in U.S. and U.K.
housing prices has a 40 percent chance of collapsing and damaging
the world economy, the International Monetary Fund said.
A 70 percent rise in U.K. housing prices since 1994 and
27 percent rise in the U.S. since 1996 ``exceed our measures of
what constitute a boom,'' Kenneth Rogoff, the fund's chief
economist, told reporters by telephone.
``Given that there are linkages in trade and finance and
other areas, a housing bust in one country will have spillovers in
the rest of the world,'' Rogoff said
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Well, now we know SOME of what Obama is hiding!
President Obamaâs campaign has left off its public list of âbundlersâ at least 25 names its own finance team considers to be among their most valuable funders, including seven who live in foreign countries, a review of records by The Washington Times found.
In one case the campaignâs own internal documents listed Cynthia Stroum as bundling $400,000 this election cycle, yet she is not on the campaignâs official public list.
The documents obtained by the New York Times listed Elizabeth Birch, a prominent gay-rights activist, as having raised $446,450 over the 17 months ending in May
Is this a sign of the Antichrist?
Hard to believe anyone in their right mind would want to replace the coke-lined currency of a fraudulent, corrupt & bankrupt nation like the USA. What's the world coming too? We're doomed... eeeek!
UN wants new global currency to replace dollar
The dollar should be replaced with a global currency, the United Nations has said, proposing the biggest overhaul of the world's monetary system since the Second World War.
In a radical report, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has said the system of currencies and capital rules which binds the world economy is not working properly, and was largely responsible for the financial and economic crises