A finance minister
is an executive or cabinet
position in charge of one or more of government finances, economic policy and financial regulation. The title may also refer to a junior minister in the finance department. The British Treasury, for example, has four junior ministers.
A finance minister's portfolio
has a large variety of names across the world, such as "treasury", "finance", "financial affairs", "economy" and "economic affairs". The position of the finance minister might be named for this portfolio, but it may also have some other name, like "Treasurer" or, in the United Kingdom
, "Chancellor of the Exchequer
". The finance minister is usually in charge of monetary policy
, economic policy
, fiscal policy
, and financial regulation
. Many women have been appointed to the post since the mid 1920s. This is a list of women who entitled the position[clarification needed]
of finance minister; thus an economy minister who is in charge of financial policy will also be included. However economy ministers who head a separate ministry from the finance ministry will not appear in the list.