Finance and Accounting are two separate disciples that often are lumped together (as we obviously have done). At a high level, Finance is the science of planning the distribution of a business’ assets. Accounting is the art of the recording and reporting financial transactions. People tend to group Finance and Accounting because both functions deal with the administration of a business’ assets.
Those who work in the financial department of a business are concerned with planning the distribution of the business’ assets. This includes the coordination of capital investments and debt backed investments for the purpose of improving the value of the business. Those in Finance also plan the exit strategy for the investors of the business, which is the way in which those that invest in the business receive their financial reward. The financial goals and objectives of the business are designed by the business’ Chief Financial Officer, who is supported by people focused on Financial Analysis, Financial Management, Budgeting, Purchasing, and Accounting.