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Corporate Financial Management

Glen Arnold (4th ed 2008, originally 1998)

Why Read It?

· · · A comprehensive introductory text on corporate finance that helps the beginner move up to an intermediate level of knowledge. Sets out the basic principles of finance in a clear style, while working through the main elements of business management. Examines financial decision-making, and how the financial markets operate, while integrating it into a practical analysis of how companies operate.

Getting Started

Corporate Financial Management is a comprehensive introduction to corporate finance that covers all the relevant topics, as well as emerging issues such as risk management using derivatives and shareholder value analysis. It is a practical and focused textbook that is used on many undergraduate and business courses.

Author

Glen Arnold is Professor of Finance at Salford Business School, Manchester, and the Director of the Finance, Accounting and Banking Research Interest Group, as well as being a bestselling finance textbook author.

Context

· · Aimed primarily at second/third-year undergraduates of accounting and finance, economics, business studies/management. Provides an overview of the financial world, from an extensive treatment of the investment decision, risk and return, and sources of finance, to a comprehensive analysis of corporate value, including mergers, risk management using derivatives, and managing exchange rate risk. Explores the theory behind corporate finance, and looks at where it impacts on real-world practice. The emphasis is on connecting finance theory to practical management, and examining current theoretical re-evaluations. Uses extensive case studies and examples to explain financial theory, and worked examples and questions in each chapter to aid learning.

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Impact

· · · · · The core principles of corporate financial management are explained with the beginner in mind. Uses a learning format, and includes Financial Times articles, and key concepts summarized at the end of each chapter. Has been internationally developed to the quality of a typical US finance textbook. Non-technical treatment, as equations and math are kept to a minimum. Contains useful references to other materials for further learning.

Quotations

"Without a vibrant and adaptable finance sector all parts of the economy would be starved of investment and society would be poorer."

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"It is vital for the health of the firm and the economic welfare of the finance providers that management employ the best techniques available when analysing which of all the possible investment opportunities will give the best return." "Defining and measuring future receipts and outlays accurately is central to successful project appraisal."

More Info

Books:

· · Arnold, Glen. Essentials of Corporate Financial Management. Harlow, UK: FT Prentice Hall, 2007. Textbook aimed at courses on the core topics of finance. Emery, Douglas R., and John D. Finnerty. Corporate Financial Management. London: Prentice Hall International, 1997. Connects theory and practice, with many useful examples from the corporate world. Weaver, Samuel C., and Fred Weston. Strategic Financial Management: Application of Corporate Finance. Mason, OH: Thomson/South-Western, 2008. Works through the tools, techniques, and concepts for understanding financial management.

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See Also

Finance Library · Principles of Corporate Finance

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