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Corporate Finance For Dummies


Score your highest in corporate finance? Easy.

The math, formulas, and problems associated with corporate finance can be daunting to the uninitiated. With easy-to-understand explanations and examples, Corporate Finance For Dummies introduces you to the practices of determining an operating budget, calculating future cash flow, and analyzing scenarios in a friendly, unintimidating way.

  • Corporate Finance 101 — get a plain-English intro to corporate finance, the role it plays, and the people and organizations that utilize it
  • That pile of numbers — make sense of reading financial statements with easy-to-understand explanations of what simple metrics are and why they're used
  • The price tags of business — find out how to evaluate capital assets, stocks, bonds, and derivatives — all the major assets you want to know how to value
  • Risky business — discover the 4-1-1 of risk and more cutting-edge topics in corporate finance, like futures and options
  • Manage assets and capital — learn how to evaluate corporate financial performance, forecast future financial performance, and assess the performance of other corporations for potential mergers and acquisitions

Open the book and find:

  • The difference between finance and accounting
  • How to raise money selling equity or debt
  • Plain-English explanations of corporate finance jargon
  • Metrics analysis to make financial statements useful
  • The scoop on debt analytics
  • Your best bond bets
  • How to measure values of derivatives
  • Ways to identify costs of capital
  • Things you need to know to understand international finance

Learn to:

  • Make sense of difficult concepts
  • Supplement your course work and boost your confidence
  • Score your highest in a corporate finance course

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.

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