A financial market is a market that brings buyers and sellers together to trade in financial assets such as stocks, bonds, commodities, derivatives and currencies. The purpose of a financial market is to set prices for global trade, raise capital, and transfer liquidity and risk. Although there are many components to a financial market, two of the most commonly used are money markets and capital markets. Capital markets are perhaps the most widely followed markets. Both the stock and bond markets are closely followed, and their daily movements are analysed as proxies for the general economic condition of the world markets.