This text describes financial markets and institutions by providing a conceptual framework to understand why markets exist and what their role is in the financial environment. Each type of financial market is described with a focus on its utilization by financial institutions, its internationalization, and recent events that have affected it. Each type of financial institution is described with a focus on its regulatory aspects, management, use of financial markets, and performance. . This edition continues its strong tradition of emphasizing timely examples and practical applications, including Internet materials, and offers a unique tie into Internet resources.