Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Books Worth Reading: CORPORATE FINANCE by Greg SHIELDS

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CORPORATE FINANCE


From Amazon:

This book contains five manuscripts:

  • Financial Reporting: The Ultimate Guide to Creating Financial Reports and Performing Financial Analysis

  • Business Valuation: The Ultimate Guide to Business Valuation for Beginners, Including How to Value a Business Through Financial Valuation Methods

  • Risk Management: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Risk Management as Applied to Corporate Finance

  • Financial Management: The Ultimate Guide to Planning, Organizing, Directing, and Controlling the Financial Activities of an Enterprise

  • Financial Statements The Ultimate Guide to Financial Statements Analysis for Business Owners and Investors

This bundle book explains corporate finance in a detailed, but business-friendly way. This isn't a package of textbooks to teach you how to become an accountant or a risk manager for a major bank; it's a package that will introduce you to the five basic areas of finance that make the most difference to investors and business managers.

With Corporate Finance: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Reporting, Business Valuation, Risk Management, Financial Management, and Financial Statements you will get

  • A book that is written in a style that's meant to be easy to read, whether you're grabbing five minutes at your desk over lunchtime or settling in for half an hour's unwind after a long day

  • Real-world examples so you can learn how to spot signs of stress at some companies before things go badly wrong, or how investment analysts might disagree widely on a valuation depending on which method they're using to value a stock

  • A look at how different banks have come a cropper by mismatching their funding and lending maturities, or how particular companies have tried to manage their exposure to commodities prices through running hedging operations

  • Insight into two sets of financial reports - one US and one European - to take a detailed look not just at how to calculate financial ratios, but at what they mean

  • Get information on how to carry out an analysis of a competitor, customer, or potential acquisition

Here are just a few reasons to pick up this book now and allow it to help you improve your financial skills:

  • Competitive analysis: By discovering how to take a really in-depth look at their financial statements, you can pinpoint where the extra profit comes from

  • Customer checks: you won't just get you a feeling for their creditworthiness now, but you will be able to see exactly where the pain points are - so that you know just where to look to spot any deterioration in their ability to pay

  • You'll discover how to mitigate risk

  • You'll learn how to make the right acquisitions by asking the right questions and ensure no one tries to pull the wool over your eyes

  • You'll discover how to achieve a better price if you ever were to sell a business

  • You'll learn what financial ratios are most important for your business, and how to budget effectively

  • You'll learn how to analyze your business's performance

  • You'll be able to deal with experts much better. For example, you'll know what an accountant is talking about when he says a competitor's revenue recognition policy is "on the aggressive side"

  • And much, much more!




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