An Introduction to Financial Markets, Business Finance, and Portfolio Management
Author: Pamela Peterson Drake
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
An introductory guide to the world of finance The Basics of Finance is an accessible book for those who want to gain a better understanding of this field, but lack a strong business background. It covers essential concepts, tools, methods, and strategies in finance without delving too far into theory. Written by the experienced author team of Frank Fabozzi and Pamela Peterson Drake, this reliable resource discusses everything from financial instruments and markets to portfolio management techniques, understanding and analyzing financial statements, and different types of corporate financial strategy, planning, and policy. Explores, in a basic way, topics such as cash flow analysis, asset valuation, capital budgeting, and derivatives Provides a solid foundation in the field of finance, which you can quickly build upon Explains concepts in various areas of finance without getting too complicated The Basics of Finance offers essential guidance on financial markets and institutions, corporate finance, portfolio management, risk management, and much more. If you're looking to learn more about finance, this is the best place to start.
Intimidated by corporate finance? The numbers (and the jargon) can feel overwhelming--but you have to understand them to manage effectively. Finance Basics explains the fundamentals simply and quickly, introducing you to key terms and concepts such as: How to navigate financial statements How to weigh costs and benefits What’s involved in budgeting and forecasting How to gauge a company's financial health Don't have much time? Get up to speed fast on the most essential business skills with HBR's 20-Minute Manager series. Whether you need a crash course or a brief refresher, each book in the series is a concise, practical primer that will help you brush up on a key management topic. Advice you can quickly read and apply, for ambitious professionals and aspiring executives--from the most trusted source in business. Also available as an ebook.
Between 40 and 70 percent of start-up businesses fail in their first four years, mostly because of money problems. Even growth can kill you! Unlike many other business finance books, this one shows you how to recognize if you need outside help-- getting funding, planning cash flow, growing a business, controlling costs, avoiding pitfalls, running day-to-day finances, using accountants and software tools, and more. But it also sets you up to successfully do the things you can do yourself. Each of the books in the Crash Course for Entrepreneurs series offers a high-level overview of the critical things you need to know and do if you want to survive and thrive in our super-competitive world. Of course, there's much more to learn about each topic, but what you'll read here will give you the framework for learning the rest. Between them, Marc A. Price, Michael F. O'Keefe, and Scott L. Girard, Jr. have successfully started 17 companies in a wide variety of fields. Scott was formerly executive vice president of Pinpoint Holdings Group, Inc. Mike founded O'Keefe Motor Sports in 2004 and grew it into the largest database of aftermarket automotive components in the world. Marc has launched seven companies of his own and collaborated with the Federal government, U.S. military, and major nonprofits and corporations.
In The Basics of Public Budgeting and Financial Management: A Handbook for Academics and Practitioners, 4th Edition, Charles E. Menifield carefully examines the key areas that every budgeting and financial management student needs to know in order to be a successful budgeteer in a local government, nonprofit, or state-level budget office. His analysis includes a discussion of: basic budgeting concepts; accounting techniques; a discussion of the budget process; budget techniques and analytical models; capital and personnel budgets; financial management; and budget presentations. Homework assignments reinforce the various subjects with practical applications that allow the students to reflect and engage the material in a realistic manner. This book blends budgetary theory and practice in a volume that is easy to understand by both undergraduate and graduate students alike.
These days, everyone is talking about "the numbers," and more of us are being held accountable for them. But how many of us know what they really mean? This collection gives you smart, succinct guidance on understanding the essentials of business finance.
what do students need to know to plan for the future? : hearing before the Subcommittee on Education Reform of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, first session, October 28, 2003
Author: Michael F. O'Keefe Scott L. Girard, Marc A. Price
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Category: Business & Economics
When you start a business, legal issues can seem complex, even scary. This simple guide helps you ask smart questions and get the right advice. Find out what practices will help you keep your legal matters clear and simple! You will learn key concepts and terms, how to choose an attorney, contract essentials, and what you need to protect (such as processes or intellectual property). Plus the basics of partnership and corporate structures, license and regulation essentials, employment issues, legal aspects of buying and selling, common pitfalls, international business issues—and more. Each of the books in the Crash Course for Entrepreneurs series offers a high-level overview of the critical things you need to know and do if you want to survive and thrive in our super-competitive world. Of course, there’s much more to learn about each topic, but what you’ll read here will give you the framework for learning the rest.
Corporate Finance: The Basics is a concise introduction to the inner workings of finance at the company level. It aims to take the fear out of corporate finance and add the fun in, presenting the subject in a way that is simple to grasp and easy to digest. Its aim is to explain – and demystify – the essential ideas of corporate finance, avoiding the heavy use of maths and formulae. The calculations and figures in the book are purely to illustrate fundamental concepts, appealing to readers’ common sense, rather than stretch their ability to do "number-crunching". Topics covered include: Financial statements through the corporate finance lens How to make investment decisions Cash versus profit Net working capital management How to determine the value of a business Through the use of a subject map, this book explains how the key components of the subject are connected with each other, strengthening the reader’s understanding. This book is the ideal introduction for anyone looking for a short yet scholarly overview of corporate finance.
Authoritative yet accessible, this text is ideal for first year undergraduates with no previous exposure to financial concepts, as well as those looking for simple yet comprehensive explanations of the primary elements of the topic.
An introductory course in finance, management accounting and financial accounting
Author: Peter de Boer
Category: Business & Economics
This basic book is to familiarize students in (international) English-language programmes with the basics in the fields of finance, finance management and accounting. No prior knowledge of business economics is required. This book is user-friendly, accessible, and yet comprehensive in its approach. It takes an in-depth, integrated look at the principles of management accounting, financial accounting and finance. Examples and case studies from newspapers and professional journals encourage the practical application of the material. Study questions reinforce and test the student's understanding of the key concepts. A glossary of key terms is included at the end of each chapter. The book also contains multiple choice questions and other assignments designed to stimulate thinking about the topics that are discussed. Further self-test materials are available at www.basicsfinancialmanagement.noordhoff.nl including interactive multiple choice questions, exercises, cases and teachers manual.
Personal Finance: The Basics provides students with an approachable, comprehensive guide for developing critical skills related to finances and money management. Students learn how to establish a budget that will help them accomplish their financial goals. Dedicated chapters address filing taxes, accessing financial services, applying for and using credit, and the consideration of large purchases, including a car or home. Students learn the basics of health and disability insurance, home and auto insurance, and investing wisely. They grow to understand the importance of planning ahead through retirement and estate planning, as well as the purchase of life insurance. The final chapter focuses on career planning for financial success. The text features robust appendices and guide sheets, providing students with additional information and opportunities to develop financial skills. Appendices provide useful charts and equations to help students determine the present and future values of lump sums and annuity. A personal balance sheet guides students through the process of assessing their net worth and personal financial condition. Sixteen dedicated guide sheets help students compare salaries within two different cities, develop a personal cash-flow statement, create a budget for non-monthly expenses, learn how to write a check, and more. Personal Finance is an ideal resource for courses related to business and finance. It is also a fantastic text for any individual interested in honing skills related to personal finance and money management.
The Basics of Finance provides the tools you can use to understand the principles of financial management in your business. The Basics of Finance can help you: understand your company’s annual report interact with the financial people in your organization understand the viability of projects you are considering use financial analyses to help you better understand your business explain your ideas more convincingly using financial terms The book includes explanations of fundamental accounting principles, basic financial statements, budgeting, and forecasting…All made clear and understandable for managers who may lack a background in business finance and accounting. 31 fundamental principles of financial management clearly and concisely explained Simple case histories illustrate each principle A glossary of key terms help you understand the language of finance Simple straightforward language dispenses with much of the accounting and finance jargon and clarifies the basic tenets of effective financial management “FINANCIAL FACTS,” one or two sentence ideas found throughout the book, provide the conceptual and practical foundation for profitable financial management As you work through a business and management career, it’s essential to know The Basics of Finance.