Principles of Corporate Finance (The Mcgraw-Hill/Irwin Series in Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate) Hardcover – 1 Dec 2002
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- Project Investment Decision (NPV/ Capital Budgeting/Project Valuation/ Real Options) - 5 Stars - The book does a very good job here. This is somewhat mechanical and by doing problems, one can understand and master this important material on one's own.
- Capital Structure (obtaining the money for these investments, paying dividends, and how these decisions about debt/ equity affect the value of the firm) - 2 stars. The book does provide some intuition for these economic concepts, but overall the coverage is poor. The problems at end of the chapters are poor and do not drill in these important concepts. I found Donald Chew's New Corporate Finance to be an excellent complement. By reading this collection of articles one can easily grasp how these academic concepts are used in the real world.
According to me, they give a good overview of the financial industry in a structured way. Moreover, this book is extensively used by the top business schools. I'm an Harvard grad this book is also used at MIT Sloan.
This is definitely not a practical book. You need first to digest the content and read it again and again.
I would say that the CD-rom attached to it is useless...
I have taken several finance and accounting classes in my M.B.A. program, and I received an "A" in all of them. This book confused me after 2 chapters. They take what I belive to be "simple" concepts and make them extremely difficult to understand. I have had to re-read many pages to figure out how they came to their conclusions because they don't do a very good job of explaining themselves.
For me, this book is a waste of time. Unfortunately, I have to read it for a required class. For someone who has never taken a finance class, this book will probably discourage them from entering the world of finance (or from taking any additional classes).
Come on, professors. Wake up and choose another book!