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Corporate Finance For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-41279-4
360 pages
December 2012
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Score your highest in corporate finance

The math, formulas, and problems associated with corporate finance can be daunting to the uninitiated. Corporate Finance For Dummies introduces you to the practices of determining an operating budget, calculating future cash flow, and scenario analysis in a friendly, un-intimidating way that makes comprehension easy.

Corporate Finance For Dummies covers everything you'll encounter in a course on corporate finance, including accounting statements, cash flow, raising and managing capital, choosing investments; managing risk; determining dividends; mergers and acquisitions; and valuation.

  • Serves as an excellent resource to supplement coursework related to corporate finance
  • Gives you the tools and advice you need to understand corporate finance principles and strategies
  • Provides information on the risks and rewards associated with corporate finance and lending

With easy-to-understand explanations and examples, Corporate Finance For Dummies is a helpful study guide to accompany your coursework, explaining the tough stuff in a way you can understand.

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Introduction 1

Part I: What’s Unique about Corporate Finance 7

Chapter 1: Introducing Corporate Finance 9

Chapter 2: Navigating the World of Corporate Finance 17

Chapter 3: Raising Money for Business Purposes  35

Part II: Reading Financial Statements as a Second Language 43

Chapter 4: Proving Worth Using the Balance Sheet  45

Chapter 5: Getting Paid with the Income Statement 57

Chapter 6: Easy Come, Easy Go: Statement of Cash Flows 65

Chapter 7: Making Financial Statements Useful with Metrics Analysis 73

Chapter 8: Measuring Financial Well-Being with Special Use Metrics 95

Part III: Valuations on the Price Tags of Business 111

Chapter 9: Determining Present and Future Values: Time Is Money 113

Chapter 10: Bringing in the CAValry for Capital Asset Valuations  121

Chapter 11: Bringing on Your Best Bond Bets 137

Chapter 12: Being Savvy When Shopping for Stock 153

Chapter 13: Measuring Valuations of the Might-Be: Derivatives 169

Part IV: A Wonderland of Risk Management 181

Chapter 14: Managing the Risky Business of Corporate Finances 183

Chapter 15: Through the Looking Glass of Modern Portfolio Theory 193

Chapter 16: Financially Engineering Yourself Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole 211

Chapter 17: Assessing Capital Structure Is WACC 227

Part V: Financial Management 235

Chapter 18: Assessing Financial Performance 237

Chapter 19: Forecasting Finances Is Way Easier than the Weather 257

Chapter 20: The 411 on M&A 271

Part VI: The Part of Tens 289

Chapter 21: Ten Things You Need to Know about International Finance 291

Chapter 22: Ten Things You Need to Understand about Behavioral Finance 305

Index 317

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Michael Taillard, PhD, MBA, owns and operates OPII Schools, an award-winning national private school and tutoring company designed as a philanthropic experiment in macroeconomic cash flows as a form of urban renewal.

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