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-The '''Rothschild family''' (known as '''The House of Rothschild''', or more simply as '''the Rothschilds''') is a European [[dynasty]] of German [[Jew]]ish origin that established European [[banking]] and [[finance]] houses from the late 1700s. Five brothers of the Austrian branch of the family were given hereditary baronies of the Habsburg Empire by [[Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor|Emperor Francis II]] in 1816. The British branch of the family was elevated into the nobility by [[Queen Victoria]]. During the 19th century, the family possessed by far the largest private fortune in the world, and by far the largest fortune in modern history. Although family financial records have not been preserved, at its height in the mid-19th century, the total family worth spread across Europe would have been, in today's terms, at the lowest estimates in the many hundreds of billions ($US), if not in the trillions.+'''Finance''' is a term for matters regarding the management, creation, and study of [[money]] and [[investment]]s.
 +==Etymology==
 +From Middle English ''finaunce'', from Anglo-Norman, Middle French ''finance'', from ''finer'' (“to pay ransom”) (whence also English ''[[fine]]'' (“to pay a penalty”)), from ''[[fin]]'' (“end”), from Latin ''fīnis''.
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 +Original English sense c. 1400 was “[[ending]]”. Sense of “ending/satisfying a [[debt]]” came from French influence: in sense of [[ransom]]” mid 15th century, in sense of [[taxation]]” late 15th century. In sense of “manage money” first recorded 1770.
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 +==See also==
 +* [[Financial crisis of 2007–2010]]
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Finance is a term for matters regarding the management, creation, and study of money and investments.

Etymology

From Middle English finaunce, from Anglo-Norman, Middle French finance, from finer (“to pay ransom”) (whence also English fine (“to pay a penalty”)), from fin (“end”), from Latin fīnis.

Original English sense c. 1400 was “ending”. Sense of “ending/satisfying a debt” came from French influence: in sense of “ransom” mid 15th century, in sense of “taxation” late 15th century. In sense of “manage money” first recorded 1770.

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