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A capital market is a financial market in which long-term debt or equity-backed securities are bought and sold. Capital markets channel the wealth of savers to those who can put it to long-term productive use, such as companies or governments making long-term investments. The term capital market broadly defines the place where various entities trade different financial instruments. These venues may include the stock market, the bond market, and the currency and foreign exchange markets. Capital markets are composed of the suppliers and users of funds, suppliers include households and the institutions serving them pension funds, life insurance companies, charitable foundations, and non-financial companies that generate cash beyond their needs for investment. Users of funds include home and motor vehicle purchasers, non-financial companies, and governments financing infrastructure investment and operating expenses. Capital markets are used to sell financial products such as equities and debt securities equities are stocks, which are ownership shares in a company, debt securities such as bonds are interest-bearing IOUs. Capital markets help channelise surplus funds from savers to institutions which then invest them into productive use. Generally, this market trades mostly in long-term securities. Capital market consists of primary markets and secondary markets. Primary markets deal with trade of new issues of stocks and other securities, whereas secondary market deals with the exchange of existing or previously-issued securities, another important division in the capital market is made on the basis of the nature of security traded, i.e. stock market and bond market.
* Capital markets describe any exchange marketplace where financial securities and assets are bought and sold.
* Capital markets may include trading in bonds, derivatives, and commodities in addition to stocks.
* Stock markets are a particular category of capital market that only trades shares of corporations.