Basic Finance

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Finance has a close relationship to a number of other business disciplines. It is important that we understand why a finance major needs these other skills and abilities. Let's take them one at a time: 1. Economics provides the theory that finance uses. The field of finance is a very new discipline, beginning formally around 1920. Before that, financial problems were referred to as "economic problems" or (even earlier) "problems in political economy." During the 1920s, finance broke away from economics and became a discipline of its own. Think of finance today as being applied economics. In other words, economics provides the theory; finance takes that theory and applies it to real world situations. 2. Accounting is…show more content…
Since insurance also enjoys some tax benefits, utilizing insurance investment products may be a critical piece of the overall investment planning.
Tax planning: typically the income tax is the single largest expense in a household. Managing taxes is not a question of if you will pay taxes, but when and how much. Government gives many incentives in the form of tax deductions and credits, which can be used to reduce the lifetime tax burden. Most modern governments use a progressive tax. Typically, as one's income grows, a higher marginal rate of tax must be paid.[citation needed] Understanding how to take advantage of the myriad tax breaks when planning one's personal finances can make a significant impact.
Investment and accumulation goals: planning how to accumulate enough money - for large purchases and life events - is what most people consider to be financial planning. Major reasons to accumulate assets include, purchasing a house or car, starting a business, paying for education expenses, and saving for retirement. Achieving these goals requires projecting what they will cost, and when you need to withdraw funds. A major risk to the household in achieving their accumulation goal is the rate of price increases over time, or inflation. Using net present value calculators, the financial planner will suggest a combination of asset earmarking and regular savings to be invested in a variety of investments. In order to overcome the rate of inflation, the investment
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