A depository institution where one can keep and borrow money and take care of financial affairs; two types are commercial and investment.
The central bank of the United States. "The Fed" incorporates 12 branch banks, along with all the national banks, all state-chartered commercial banks, and some trust companies. It can regulate the money supply through various tools such as the discount rate & reserve ratio and through open-market operations.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
An agency of the U.S. that promotes public confidence in the U.S. financial system by insuring deposits in banks and thrift institutions for at least $250,000; by identifying, monitoring and addressing risks to the deposit insurance funds; and by limiting the effect oon the economy and the financial system when a bank or thrift instutution fails.
The ability of individuals to make appropriate decisions in managing their personal finances.
financial services industry
Financial institutions that help consumers, businesses, and governments manage money. These institutions can be depository or not.
What an amount invested today at a particular interest rate will be worth in the future.
National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)
An independent federal agency that serves to supervise and regulate federal credit unions. It also provides account insurance for many state-chartered credit unions through the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund.
time value of money
Money's potential to grow in value over time. The relationship between time, money, a rate of return, and earnings growth.
Depository institutions that include savings and loans, savings banks, and credit unions. They specialize in saving accounts and real estate financing.
savings and loan
Depository financial institutions that specialize in home mortgage loans; it is required by law to make a certain percentage of its loans as home mortgages
Financial providers that specialize in gathering payments (from corporations, unions, governments, and non-profits) into retirement funds, and investing those payments so that they may accumulate to an amount that provides enough income at retirement for beneficiaries.
An investment vehicle that is made up of a pool of funds collected from many investors for the purpose of investing in securities such as stocks, bonds, money market instruments and similar assets.
An institution that acts as a service for both those who have extra money to save or lend and channels it to those who wish to invest or borrow.