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Finance. It's a scary word to a lot of people. It seems much more serious than just "money" or "figures" or even "investment." Probably because people use the term "Finance" to describe a lot of things that feel out of reach unless you have an accounting degree. Think about "economics theory," "fiscal matters," or "capitalization." All big ideas that make my head spin, but are included in the meaning of "finance."

It's a hard word to show in a photograph; although, if you've ever had your personal finances go south, you certainly know what that feels like.

Scroll down and see what the DB&A photographers came up with. Nothing too scary, I promise.

Finance is Just a Word
But the Connotation Can Be Quite Scary to Some   
What does it mean to you?

I was introduced to the wonderful world of finance at around eight years old. Here's how it happened. 


One day my father gave me a money clip. You know, one of those old-fashioned things that men used to use instead of their wallets to hold their billfolds. The one my father gave me was in the shape of a dollar sign--pretty cool, I thought.


He showed me how to use it by giving me a one-dollar bill, folding it over and sticking it into the clip. Wow! Now I really had some cash. He told me that it was a good place to put my money--and by money he meant birthday money, tooth fairy money, allowance money. Not exactly high finance, but it was a start.  


My mother got into the act, too, when she offered me a safe place to stash my nest egg. She had a secret drawer in her desk, and let me put my growing money-clip money in there out of sight of my two, shall we say curious, sisters.


If my parents were trying to instill in me a sense of saving as opposed to spending, I have to say it worked. Even now I get more of a charge out of squirreling money away than spending it. Though it's a heck of a lot harder than when I was eight, needless to say.  


 As we all know, the word "Finance" today encompasses many different issues: the economy,  investments, debt, budgets, taxes, income, expenses, etc. So, there's a lot of variation in what the DB&A photographers envisioned to illustrate the word.


Have a peek at these photos and see if any of them resonate with your idea of "Finance." 


(c) Robin Moyer (based in Hong Kong)
A woman shows her stock certificates for a company on the illegal (but tolerated) stock exchange on a street in Chengdu, Sichuan (near the home of Deng Xiao Ping, architect of China's current prosperity)

(c) Bill Gallery (based in New England)

(c) Amos Chan (based in NYC)

(c) Yasu Nakaoka (based in Tokyo)

(c) Neal Wilson (based in the UK)

(c) Jon Love (based in Sydney, Australia)
This shot is from a diamond mine in Guinea. The man is holding an uncut diamond worth $10 million over a table of other diamonds being sorted in Conakry.

(c) Bill Gallery (based in New England)
I couldn't resist putting Bill's shot of an abacus in with the rest of the images. For those of you who are strictly in the digital age, an abacus (or counting frame) was one of the earliest calculators--like more than 2,000 BC early. No problem with dying batteries or power grid snafus!

Sadly, I have no idea where my money clip is today. I probably wouldn't be using it anyway, because who uses cash anymore these days? But it served its purpose, and I have a great memory, so who could ask for more?

Be on the lookout for next month's word: HEALTHCARE.

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