Questions tagged [finances]

For questions relating to the procedures, technologies, and processes of finance. Finance questions may concern any entity of size from an individual or small company to the economics of galaxies.

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Why is monster index still going strong?

An index is a measure of how a stock market is performing. Even the monsters know how to build up their portfolio. When a kill is secured -- say a human being -- or a carcass is recovered, they are ...
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How would a group of extra-terrestrial infiltrators go about destroying a free market economy [closed]

Let's say that a small group (around 20 or so) of well-equipped, highly intelligent ETs have secretly made their way on to Earth. They have all the knowledge they need of our various languages and ...
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What employment would there be in a simulated world? [closed]

Real life is rubbish and society has evolved so the majority of human interaction is done in a simulated world. Real world tasks such as maintenance, healthcare, and farming are usually done by robots ...
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How can I reinstitute the gold standard in the current global economy?

The gold standard is a monetary system where a country's currency or paper money has a value directly linked to gold. The U.S.A (United States of Amestris) operated on this standard, allowing the ...
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Magic economy: Using mana as a standardized unit of currency?

I'm toying with the idea for a world where instead of minting coins out of valuable metals all countries us mana, the 'fuel' of magic, as a currency itself. Since mana always has value, in it's ...
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How to perform important transactions over vast distances?

I asked a similar question on the History Stack Exchange, but it was suggested I might get better feedback here. How can you guarantee atomicity of a transaction in a high-latency system? High-latency ...
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How can I establish a long term banking system for the Medieval period?

Bernius Madolffo was a good and honest priest who turned to entrepreneurship after the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire. The death of the Catholic Church and fall of Christianity in the world ...
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If a mayor were to find his city was about to be razed to the ground, who would he appeal to? [closed]

Let's imagine a scenario, where, in a dystopic industrial society, a mayor of a medium-sized city learns that his city is about to be destroyed by some powerful force within the bureaucracy of his ...
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Does this type of organization make sense if it's all people have known?

These were taken from a bulletted list, so sorry if the grammar is weird. ...They do all this to keep the wealth and luxuries of the world within the city, so that no one inside is poor; it is a ...
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Can blockchain for all currency eliminate financial corruption in society?

Suppose I create a country where all currency is a cryptocurrency with tracked transactions. All income and outcome for a given country is registered in a block chain. All the public workers (...
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How would black market stock exchange in a communist country work?

I have an oppressive communist country which doesn't have any free speech, secret police, a new supreme leader every few decades and obviously, a planned economy. But somehow, the country is still ...
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How do rulers get rich from war?

For centuries, the rulers of the elven and human kingdoms have conspired to keep their peoples in a constant state of war with the sole purpose of making both of them extremely wealthy. Given, there ...
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Choosing a World's/Region's/etc. Interest Rates

In several RPG campaigns, I've seen player characters try to either make investments or borrow significant amounts of money. This made me wonder: which sorts of worlds should have interest rates that ...
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What would be the effects of (relatively) widespread precognition on the stock market?

I am working on a story in which around 1% of the world population has at least some semblance of a metahuman ability. Many metahuman abilities are advantageous in traditional employment, and I ...
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How could you make banking profitable during the middle ages?

I'm doing a medieval fantasy project and I wanted to include a banking faction. The main issues I've run into are: banks during the middle ages don't seem to be profitable. What factors would allow ...
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Maintaining assets during time jumps

I started to ask this question in the Writing SE, but realized that I want both a method and a mechanism, so decided that for the latter, I'd come over here. I'm building a novel where the MCs are ...
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Insurance in a world with Superheroes

The less likely an event is, the easier it is to insure against it, as the risk is low. Meteor insurance, if it exists, is probably cheap, and still pretty profitable for the company, as the number of ...
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What methods might a government employ to stay wealthy?

I currently have a world-spanning empire doing great deeds such as supporting the poor while creating massive pieces of machinery and swimming in art and lavish decoration. Surely they have a ...
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How to steal money if you have a quantum computer? [closed]

I'm writing about whistle blower who discovers that his employer, huge profitable corporation is just a front operation. All their diverse products and services are a sham, and the company is ...
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How to survive the collapse of civilization? [closed]

Say you're an immortal, who's seen civilizations rise and fall around your ears; and you've decided to ride the wave, the next time the barbarians are at the gates. You've had to keep your head down ...
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Could social score be implemented without internet & social networks?

My hero is western tween born to rich emigres from fictional country, inspired by Romania. His parents escaped in the west, before demonstrators toppled the regime and took quite a wealth with them. ...
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Why would my billionaire have health insurance? [closed]

In my world there is a billionaire. She's one of the richest people in the world, comparable to to the very richest people in our real world. In the country she lives in, there is no significant ...