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Finance is the study of money and banking. It studies the effect of inflation, interest rates, business cycles and other economic factors on the availability and value of money and the processes by which it is made available. Financial economics also includes the field of credit and the theory of money-based finance. There are many sub-disciplines within this discipline, including price theory, business cycles, financial markets, public finance and mortgage banking. Economics also deals with the distribution of wealth and the concept of rent.


The scope of finance is quite broad. It includes but is not limited to: general economics, business economics, microeconomics, applied research, econometrics, international business, decision theory, decision sciences, monetary policy and portfolio theory. All these areas deal with the behavior of markets and the effects of economic theory on the structure of the markets. All these fields are deeply interrelated and have a commonality of emphasis on the study of the process of economic activity. They also rely on many other elements for a complete understanding of the economy.


A master's degree in economics can help graduates find better career options in several different areas within the wider economic theory and practice. Finance curriculum usually includes an introduction to the concepts of macroeconomics, including microeconomics, macroeconomics, microeconomics, economics as a science, and public finance. Graduates with a bachelor's degree in economics may also opt for advanced courses focusing on specific issues in the field of finance. They may look forward to pursuing careers as financial economists, investment bankers, economists, loan officers, or budget analysts.


Microeconomics deals with the behavior of individuals and organizations within the financial markets. These include the individual investor, the commercial banks, credit managers, governments, and the financial market technicians. The breadth and depth of microeconomics encompass most of the topics in economics. The curriculum of study of microeconomics also takes into consideration numerous smaller topics such as consumer and business spending, personal savings, production and employment, international trade, money flow, and the role of financial institutions.


The graduate programs in finance offer specialization in a specific area. Two major areas that Finance students may opt for a specialization in our international finance industry. Finance specialists are also expected to be good communicators and good decision makers. Finance majors learn financial management and foresight. In addition, they learn how to apply mathematical techniques to solve practical problems. Finance programs prepare students for work in law offices, government agencies, banking, financial institutions, and non-profit organizations.


Finance students can also opt to enroll in either economics departments or business majors that focus on economics. Some Finance students study within the department of commerce, while others decide to major in pure finance. A good number of Finance students also choose to major in economics at the undergraduate level. With a mixed experience, those in economics can opt to study in either microeconomics or macroeconomics.

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