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Corporate Finance: A Practical Approach (CFA Institute Investment Series) [Hardcover]

Matthew Scanlan , Michelle R. Clayman , Martin S. Fridson , George H. Troughton

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"Valuable reading not only for grad students and CFA wannabes but also for sophisticated investors and professional managers who want to understand what corporate finance is all about." ( Seeking Alpha , April 2012)

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As part of the CFA Institute Investment Series, the Second Edition of Corporate Finance: A Practical Approach has been designed for a wide range of individuals, from graduate–level students focused on finance to practicing investment professionals. This globally relevant guide outlines the essential tools and concepts of corporate finance that today′s companies need to embrace to enable rapid and sustainable growth not just to survive, but to thrive. In this latest edition, featuring an all–new Foreword by Matthew Scanlan, the distinguished team of Michelle R. Clayman, Martin S. Fridson, and George H. Troughton present a fully revised and updated look at this important discipline. Preserving the hallmark conciseness of the first edition while offering expanded coverage of key topics, the book integrates relevant, real–world examples—that are rigorous but make minimal use of mathematics—to provide the reader with a concrete understanding of critical business growth concepts. Each chapter presents learning objectives that highlight key material, helping the reader obtain the most effective business advice possible. An invaluable resource for study and general reference, this book focuses on the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to succeed in today′s global corporate world. Topics discussed include: Corporate governance Capital budgeting Cost of capital Measures of leverage Capital structure Dividends and share repurchases Working capital management Financial statement analysis Mergers and acquisitions And to further enhance your understanding of the tools and techniques presented, Corporate Finance Workbook, Second Edition —an essential study guide that contains challenging problems and solutions related to the concepts developed here—is also available. With the authors bringing their own unique experiences and perspectives to the study of corporate finance, the book distills everything you need to succeed in today′s fast–paced financial environment into just one volume. Filled with in–depth insights and practical advice, Corporate Finance, Second Edition offers a comprehensive overview of the tools you need to master to succeed in finance today.

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"This book provides a concise and practical treatment of important topics in corporate finance."—Steven N. Kaplan, Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business Praise for the First Edition : "Covers the basics of corporate finance—working capital, capital budgeting, M&A, cost of capital, capital structure, and dividend policy—in one volume. Chapters on financial statement analysis and corporate governance give context to the core subjects presented. Corporate Finance: A Practical Approach will be helpful to the student seeking to learn the field and to the experienced practitioner in need of a desk–top reference tool."—Thomas A. King, Treasurer, Progressive Insurance "This text is very comprehensive in its treatment of many issues within corporate finance, making it a great resource for both academics and practitioners."—Tom Arnold, CFA, Assistant Professor of Finance, Robins School of Business, University of Richmond " Corporate Finance teaches future CFA charterholders what they need to know about corporate finance to be successful practitioners. The CFA curriculum, including the substance and pedagogy of this book, is a market–sensitive collaboration between sophisticated practitioners and academics. This approach and this book provide an excellent bridge between the principles and their application to corporate finance."—Douglas R. Emery, Bank of America Scholar and Professor of Finance, University of Miami Don′t forget to pick up the Corporate Finance Workbook, Second Edition, a companion study guide that mirrors this text chapter by chapter.

About the Author

MICHELLE R. CLAYMAN, CFA , is Founder, Managing Partner, and Chief Investment Officer of New Amsterdam Partners LLC, an institutional money management firm in New York City. She has been published in the Financial Analysts Journal and the Journal of Investing, and is a frequent commentator for CNBC, Bloomberg, and other financial media outlets. MARTIN S. FRIDSON, CFA , is CEO of FridsonVision LLC in New York City and is known for his innovative work in credit analysis and investment strategy. He is the author of several highly acclaimed books on financial statement analysis, high–yield debt, and financial history and is the youngest person ever inducted into the Fixed Income Analysts Society Hall of Fame. GEORGE H. TROUGHTON, CFA , is Professor Emeritus of Finance at California State University, Chico. He is a recipient of the C. Stewart Sheppard Award for the advancement of education in the investment profession as well as the Donald L. Tuttle Award for CFA Grading Excellence.
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