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Not all questions with some economic-financial content are on-topic here. Here is a differentiation.
- Homework questions are subject to their own policy, which can be found at http://meta.economics.stackexchange.com/questions/1465/economics-se-policy-on-homework-questions.
- Personal finance: Personal matters of finance and investment are offtopic here. Have a go at Personal Finance & Money.
- Accounting: Accounting is a separate discipline, and there is no StackExchange site dedicated to that matter yet.
- Too broad questions: We are dealing with a scientific discipline here, and science works by initially narrowing its focus in order to be able to go deep. We suggest you do the same: narrow the focus of your question. In social sciences, very rarely do we have truly "universal laws", and Economics is no different.
- Opinion-requests: it is natural to want some expert to evaluate, or to make a value-judgement on, something that preoccupies you: But questions like "Is communism better than capitalism? Is money a sin?" are off-topic here.Try to ask something that a member can answer using facts, studies, economic theory and reasoning -not moral/political/religious/philosophical values.
The following topics belong to economics and are welcome here. However, there may be a different StackExchange community with a more narrow focus, where you might get an answer of higher quality:
- Financial Economics: There is also Quantitative Finance.
- Corporate Finance/Business Economics: Corporate Finance/Business Economics is usually either really simple Economics, or horribly complex applied micro-macro-economic-o-metrics (and then some). Fire away and ask though, and we will see what happens.
- Econometrics: Totally on topic, but especially for theoretical questions, you may subsequently try the "All of Statistics" .SE site Cross-Validated.
- Software questions: Questions related to software used in economics and econometrics, are on-topic here.
- Literature/books requests
- Queries for Data: Queries for Data sets and data in general are on-topic here. You can also try the Open Data SE site.
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