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The Economy page and menu link within Hattrick has been renamed Finances as of 12/09/2008. The Hattrick Team feels it better reflects what the Economy section is about.

Economist staff, a no longer existing type of staff, had been renamed Accountants for the same reason.

The Finances or Economy is what prevents a manager from spending money. You need money to run your club. You pay the expenses and collect the income of the week every weekend.

You have a line of credit for 500 000 US$, but you're going to have to pay some heavy interest on this borrowed money. If you do not return your balance to within the 500 000 US$ debt limit within two weeks of your bankruptcy warning, you may be forced to leave the Hattrick series system!

The budget and all matters concerning finances can be found at "Finances" the "Finances page" caption on "Your Club" menu. It shows your budget for the week and last week's financial status.

Revenues and Expenses

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Every week, during the updates, all your income and expenses are stacked and drawn from your account each weekend.

You can keep spending even if your balance is zero. For example,

if you buy a player from the transfer list for 5 000 US$ the player is accessible immediately, the "temporary costs" entry is increased by 5 000 US$ but you still have the money in your account, for the time being. This also goes for income from attendance, which is paid a week after the entry (payment for cup matches is delayed by half a week).

However, think twice before you get yourself into debt!

If you run up debts amounting to 500 000 US$, after you'll be given a bankruptcy warning, you'll have severely limited access to debt line and eventually the Hattrick Central Bank could take your team away from you to get back in. In other words, stay clear of that limit: long before you reach this limit your interest costs will have become insurmountable!

Besides, you won't be allowed to purchase players if this will push your debts over 200 000 US$. When you're about to place a bid the program will take into consideration other bids you've placed, and what's been offered for your own players listed for transfer.

During the week the following things occur:

The exact time varies by league: check the "league events" for when it occurs in your league.
If you want to calculate money into your own native currency you can check the "Currencies page".

Income

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Income from sponsors
Keep good relations with your sponsors and it will earn you a higher income.
Income from attendance
Have you played a home match last round and/or had a match mid week? For details on how attendance income is calculated, look at the information at arena.
Temporary income
Some things give you extra income during the week, particularly player sales, but also membership fees from new fan club members (they pay a small subscription fee per person) may come in.

Expenses

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Costs for the squad
Each week you pay a wage for each [player you have in your team.
If you're lucky to have an international player on your squad, and he plays for his national team this week, you get a partial wages refund, which is deducted from this figure.
Additional staff
Your staff cost a minimun of 2 115 US$ per person per week.
Arena costs
The running and servicing of your arena.
Note that this is a sum you pay every week regardless of whether you're at home or away.
Investments in your youth squad
None, small, medium or large for the youth squad, or the wages of your scouts for the youth academy.
Interest costs
If you have debts you pay 2% interest rate on the borrowed money.
Temporary costs
Besides the purchasing of players, changing coaches, firing specialists, transfer-listing players, moving up youth squad players etc. costs money. All the week's one-off costs are accumulated here.

Seasonal money

At the end of every season the league authorities distribute a bonus to clubs that have done well enough. Money is handed out to first, second, third, and fourth place in series; how much money it depends on your place and how high up you are in the league system:

End of season bonus (US$ = €)
Series placement 1st 2nd 3th 4th
Tier division 2 000 000 1 175 000  825 000  500 000 
Level 2 1 350 000 1 050 000 750 000 450 000
Level 3 1 200 000 925 000 675 000 400 000
Level 4 900 000 700 000 500 000 300 000
Level 5 600 000 475 000 325 000 200 000
Level 6 525 000 400 000 300 000 175 000
Level 7 and below 450 000 350 000 250 000 150 000

Promotion special bonus

Promotion bonus (US$ = €)
Promotion Automatic after Qualifier
Level 2 500 000 175 000
Level 3 450 000 150 000
Level 4 400 000 125 000
Level 5 300 000 100 000
Level 6 200 000 75 000
Level 7 and below 175 000 50 000
All promoted teams will also get a 10% supporter bonus.
Similarly, relegated teams will lose 10% of their supporters.

The teams also agreed that another bonus should be given to those who manage to promote their team to a higher level.

In league levels 7 and below, both the winners and runners-up of odd-numbered divisions gain automatic promotion without having to play a qualifying match. Even-numbered divisions lower this level will have only the winners promote without qualification. The runners-up in these leagues will stay in their leagues. In all divisions where two teams are promoted, the winner gets the higher bonus, while the runner up gets the lower bonus (when only one team is promoted, the winner gets the higher bonus, while the runner up doesn't get any bonus payment).

But if your team is automatically promoted from Level 6 or above, you get a higher bonus than teams that reach the higher division after playing a qualifying game. If your team loses a qualifying game and stays in the lower division, no bonus at all is paid out.

Here is an example of how the bonus system may look:

Club A wins its Division IV and is promoted without qualification to Division III. They will get 900 000 US$ in prize money for winning its Division IV and 400 000 US$ in bonus money for being promoted without qualification. Total: 1 300 000 US$.

Top scorer

There is also a 10 000 US$ bonus paid for having the series' top scorer. The money is paid out after the last match of the season. If two players tie for this award, both current owners of the players will receive the award; however, if two of your own players tie, then you only receive one prize.

See also