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September, 2009

What is Finance?

The idea of finance, as explained by this post from The Baseline Scenario (which I'm now subscribed to) is pretty simple:
The financial sector connects savers and borrowers - providing "intermediation services". You want to save for retirement and would obviously like your savings to earn a respectable rate of return. I have a business idea but not enough money to make it happen by myself. So you put your money in the bank and the bank makes me a loan. Or I issue securities - stocks and bonds - which you or your pension fund can buy.
What happens when you put a lot of money in one place, however, is quite a bit more complex and that's what the author tries to explain. The more I read this stuff, the more I think we're bound to swing back to the simplicity of something like peer-to-peer lending.
September 3, 2009
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