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Now in its 9th edition, Financial Management is the leading text on the theory and application of corporate finance in southern Africa.
Set against the backdrop of recent developments in financial markets, instruments and financial theory, the text refers to real-world applications and financial decisions by South African companies.
Let a professor who used to be a financial executive and CFO introduce you to today's most important financial management topics within the pages of PRACTICAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, Eighth Edition. Author William R. Lasher uses his experience as a CFO to give you an insider's look into the issues and challenges facing financial managers every day. From hidden agendas to decision maker biases and their effect on the analyses of financial proposals, you will see principles in action in this dynamic text. You will examine the latest developments, like activist investors who put pressure on companies to change their ways and behavioral finance which uses psychological ideas to explain financial markets. Dr. Lasher keeps the presentation as relevant and practical as it is engaging with a thorough approach that's ideal for today's business students. He has made the necessary mathematics simple and easy to follow and included lots of worked out examples to show you how to do homework problems. Develop the first-hand understanding of financial management you'll need for your future success with PRACTICAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, Eighth Edition.
Personal Financial Management provides an excellent and holistic structure for planning and managing your personal finances.
Everything you need to know in order to make informed decisions about any and every aspect of your finances is contained in the nine key personal financial planning areas: career, income tax, estate, investment, protection, credit, healthcare, retirement and emigration planning.
Ultimately, we all hope for financial independence after retirement, and how you plan and manage your finances in any one of these key areas can have far-reaching positive or negative implications for your future.
The goal of investment management is to achieve the investor's required rate of return by putting assets to their most productive use. The return should compensate the investor for the time during which the funds are committed, the expected rate of inflation and the uncertainty of the future financial benefits anticipated from the investment. Investment management is a concise, yet comprehensive introduction to investment analysis and portfolio management, specifically in the South African context. Investment management provides a broad framework and a thorough network of guidelines for the investment management student. It focuses on investment in financial assets such as shares and bonds, and explains both fundamental and technical analysis. It investigates portfolio management and how derivative instruments such as futures, options and swaps may be used for this purpose. A chapter is devoted to the foreign exchange market and its management, and a new chapter dealing with the governance of investment management has been added. With self-assessment questions at the end of each chapter, it prepares undergraduates for postgraduate study and is written with the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA (R) ) Level I learning outcomes in mind. Investment management is aimed at undergraduate investment management students. Johan Marx (editor) is a professor in financial and investment management at the University of South Africa (Unisa). He is the author of five financial management publications, and has presented and published numerous articles. He has a keen interest in financial markets. Johan de Beer lectured at Unisa before joining the University of Pretoria as a senior lecturer in investments and derivatives. He has since immigrated to Canada. He is a CFA charter holder and completed his MCom on the topic of single stock futures. His particular field of interest is derivatives and technical analysis. Raphael Mpofu is a professor and the deputy executive dean of the College of Economic and Management Sciences at Unisa. His research interests include financing small businesses and personal investments in emerging market economies. Henry Mynhardt is head of the School of Business and Economics at Southern Business School (SBS). He has vast experience in securities trading and has a keen interest in fixed interest securities as well as corporate governance, risk and compliance management.
Dr Mark Bussin has consistently contributed to the development of a host of human resource managers in the remuneration field in Africa via his corporate and consulting experience, wise counsel, writings, and hundreds of lectures, TV and radio interviews. He has developed a generation of remuneration experts, helped define the field of practice, and made a significant contribution to the national level of excellence in the field.
How we remunerate employees reflects the dynamics of the market and context in which we operate. It aligns at all times to the strategic direction and specific value drivers of the businesses within which our organisation operates. Remuneration plays a critical role in attracting, motivating and retaining high-performing individuals. Remuneration also reinforces, encourages and promotes superior performance.
Through variable remuneration linked to value drivers, superior performance is recognised and rewarded, while poor performance and under-achievement are coached and managed. Remuneration is never a stand-alone management process, but is rather fully integrated into other management processes, such as the performance management process, and the overall Human Resources policies.
Your step-by-step guide to financial peace of mind! How can you become financially secure with the resources at your disposal? What is the safest way to invest and accumulate money? And why is it never too late to start planning your financial well-being? In this new, updated edition of the bestselling Become Your Own Financial Advisor, all of this, and much, much more, is explained.
Money plays a role in nearly every aspect of our lives, and yet very few of us know how to save, where to invest and how to avoid money troubles. This highly accessible book is aimed at anyone who wants to improve their financial situation, from the financial novice who needs clear basic guidelines on how to deal with money, to those who are more financially savvy but want to supplement their knowledge.
Covering a range of topics, from saving, investing, debt management and buying a house to blunders to avoid, Become Your Own Financial Advisor provides people of all ages and levels of wealth with practical information on how to improve their finances. In the process, it shows that financial freedom is possible for everyone. This, the second edition of Become Your Own Financial Advisor, has been updated with new types of investments, fresh approaches to technology, the latest tax information and further feedback on ‘Julia’, the savings rock star.
How the greatest thinkers in finance changed the field and how their wisdom can help investors today Is there an ideal portfolio of investment assets, one that perfectly balances risk and reward? In Pursuit of the Perfect Portfolio examines this question by profiling and interviewing ten of the most prominent figures in the finance world-Jack Bogle, Charley Ellis, Gene Fama, Marty Leibowitz, Harry Markowitz, Bob Merton, Myron Scholes, Bill Sharpe, Bob Shiller, and Jeremy Siegel. We learn about the personal and intellectual journeys of these luminaries-which include six Nobel Laureates and a trailblazer in mutual funds-and their most innovative contributions. In the process, we come to understand how the science of modern investing came to be. Each of these finance greats discusses their idea of a perfect portfolio, offering invaluable insights to today's investors. Inspiring such monikers as the Bond Guru, Wall Street's Wisest Man, and the Wizard of Wharton, these pioneers of investment management provide candid perspectives, both expected and surprising, on a vast array of investment topics-effective diversification, passive versus active investment, security selection and market timing, foreign versus domestic investments, derivative securities, nontraditional assets, irrational investing, and so much more. While the perfect portfolio is ultimately a moving target based on individual age and stage in life, market conditions, and short- and long-term goals, the fundamental principles for success remain constant. Aimed at novice and professional investors alike, In Pursuit of the Perfect Portfolio is a compendium of financial wisdom that no market enthusiast will want to be without.
"Marketers know that they must use metrics. The key--which this book addresses superbly--is which metrics to use and how to use them."
Erv Shames, Chairman, Western Connecticut Health Network; former President and CEO of Borden, Inc. and Stride Rite Corporation
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Updated version of Strategy + Business “2006 Best Books in Marketing award winner”
WHAT TO MEASURE AND HOW TO MEASURE IT TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MARKETING
As the old adage goes, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” Key Marketing Metrics is the definitive guide to today’s most valuable marketing metrics to measure the results of your marketing. In this thoroughly updated and significantly expanded book, you will understand the pros, the cons and the nuances of more than 50 of the most important metrics and know exactly how to choose the right metrics for every challenge.
Key Marketing Metrics gives you a portfolio, or "dashboard", of the most valuable metrics for your business to maximise the return on your marketing investment and identify the best new opportunities for profit. Discover high-value metrics for every facet of marketing: promotional strategy, advertising, and distribution; customer perceptions; market share; competitors’ power; margins and pricing; products and portfolios; customer profitability; sales forces and channels; and more.
This edition includes the latest web, online, social, and email metrics, plus new insights into measuring marketing ROI and brand equity, as well as practical advice for managing complex issues such as advertising elasticity and “double jeopardy.”
Teaching Benefit-Cost Analysis is a unique look at the insights of internationally recognized teachers, researchers and practitioners addressing a difficult and controversial subject. Each chapter presents a self-contained module that includes guidance to additional resources, and many contain class exercises to provide detail and inspiration that extends beyond the scope of standard textbooks. The social evaluation of public investments by governments, international organizations and non-profits is an expanding field that encompasses both new and established areas of social policy. This book expands on the methods and issues central to the study of benefit-cost analysis, with specific topics including risk, societal distribution of impacts, limited versus national effects, the statistical value of a life and more. This book?s focus on classroom engagement makes it a valuable resource for teachers of benefit-cost analysis. Its attention to foundational and advanced concepts will be of interest to undergraduate or Master?s-level students of public policy, economics and related areas, as well as professional economists who apply benefit-cost analysis in their work.
This book is designed as a guide to the world of finance. It provides an opportunity to learn the language of the financial world. It also sets out the concepts and conventions of managerial finance and the main topographical features of the new territory of the statement of financial position, (balance sheet) income statement and cash flow statement. The information is offered in as simple a manner as the subject matter allows. Even a layman will glean valuable tips on how to manage finance in terms of systems and units of administration, and thus be better equipped to understand financing and investment decisions. The book is ideal for the first year student as additional reading material in order to grasp basic concepts. The book is also written for executive courses such as 'Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers". Given the above, the book can be subscribed by all universities offering financial management as a subject, as well as all other organisations offering executive training. The book is also ideal as reading material for non-financial managers that want to get to grips with the basic principles of the subject matter.
Were you looking for the book with access to MyFinanceLab? This product is the book alone, and does NOT come with access to MyFinanceLab. Buy Essentials of Corporate Financial Management with MyFinanceLab access card, 2/e (ISBN 9780273759027) if you need access to the MyLab as well, and save money on this brilliant resource. Essentials of Corporate Financial Management supports courses designed to cover the core topics of finance in 15 to 30 hours of lectures. The book is suitable for undergraduate students studying finance as part of a business related degree, MBA students, and others studying finance at business schools. It also provides the foundation elements needed by students going on to study more advanced finance. The step-by-step learning approach enables students to achieve a high level of financial knowledge without assuming a prior knowledge of finance. Selected core topics and key concepts are delivered with depth, allowing students to gain an understanding of the topical debates within this field, where disagreement or alternative perspectives lead to lively discussion. Need extra support? This title can be supported by MyFinanceLab, an online homework and tutorial system which can be used by students for self-directed study or fully integrated into an instructor's course. This product is the book alone, and does NOT come with access to MyFinanceLab. You can benefit from MyFinanceLab by speaking to your local Pearson Account Manager about setting up a version that is customised to suit your course via www.pearsoned.co.uk/replocator For educator access, contact your Pearson Account Manager. To find out who your account manager is, visit www.pearsoned.co.uk/replocator
Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences and law, expertly written by the world s leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas. This concise yet comprehensive introduction aims to outline the core principles of Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA), laying them out in an accessible manner with minimum technical detail. The applied nature of the subject is emphasized by showing how each of the principles is applied to an actual public policy intervention, covering transport, education, health and the environment. Robert J. Brent demonstrates how economic efficiency and equity can be combined as social objectives to help determine decisions that can increase satisfaction for all. Covering the fundamental principles, this book presents applications for every concept discussed and lays the foundations for further study in the field. It combines distribution with efficiency as the objectives of public policy, compares the CBA methodology with competing methods of allocating resources that satisfy basic needs, and analyses CBA from the perspective of modern applied welfare economics. The main conclusion is that CBA is the basis for understanding any kind of public policy decision regardless of the field of study, be that government expenditure, taxation or regulation, and irrespective of the tangible or intangible outcome the policy is attempting to influence. Both accessible and erudite, the Advanced Introduction to Cost Benefit Analysis will be essential reading for students of health, education, transportation, public finance, regulation, environmental and development economics, and political science, as well as the general reader interested in understanding how public policy should be implemented. Furthermore, the insightful analysis will appeal to practitioners working in government, public institutions and NGOs.
This book is an essential introduction to the world of financing and investment decision making. With a strong real world focus, this text aims to help you bridge the gap between the theories surrounding financial decision making and what happens in the real business world in an accessible, user-friendly way. Alongside the book, you can visit the Business Finance companion website at www.pearsoned.co.uk/mclaney to access a comprehensive range of student-learning resources, including additional questions, web links for further reading and a glossary of key terms.
How to use pricing as a strategic tool to increase revenues and win the war for profit
One of the greatest pitfalls in the war for profits is corporate strategists lack of a practical understanding of the link between overall revenues and overall costs. In Winning the Profit Game, the thought leaders at A. T. Kearney unveil a revolutionary new approach to establishing clear, strategic links between the top and bottom lines. No dry academic treatise, Winning the Profit Game is a guide to growing profits, in boom times and bust, using smart top-line strategies that optimize price, costs, customer behavior, and volumes. The authors clearly lay out the basic principles involved and also include:
Most managers and entrepreneurs end up in jobs or running companies where financial skills are critical to survival, but many do not have the basic understanding of money matters that is needed. Key financial skills is written in an easy-to-follow style to help the reader master what could be quite intimidating information. It starts with an overview in simple English of the basic financial statements that any manager must be familiar with: income statement, cash flow, balance sheet, budgets. The whole financial system of a company is then discussed systematically, using a particular company as a case study throughout – we can see what happens to the company as it expands and its finances get more complicated. Once the whole field has been covered, the book focuses on those key business calculations that every businessperson should be familiar with. The title is written for the local accounting and tax environment, for people who are either new to the field or have only a basic understanding of it.
A textbook with focus on the mastering of the theory of financial management. Presents concepts with narrative examples that are simple, easy to understand and practical. Aimed at students doing an introductory course in financial management at BCom level or equivalent and business practitioners, but also designed to accommodate the layperson reading purely for information.
This authoritative and accessible investment classic promises rare insight into what it really takes to run money in a top-performing investment fund. Anthony Bolton, the UK's most successful stock market investor, tells the story of his contrarian approach to managing money. He provides invaluable lessons on the factors that really matter in picking a stock: the need to identify good managers, how to run a portfolio, the importance of value investing, reading charts and how to trade successfully.
This introductory work lays a sound foundation for undergraduate study of public financial management. Written for students at universities, technikons and technical colleges, the book is an abstract of the same topics covered in 'Public Financial Management' yet couched in simpler terms. Focus rests more on facts and theories than the actual philosophy of the subject.
Hierdie titel is in die eerste plek bedoel vir studente wat 'n begrip en algemene oorsig van finansiele bestuur wil verkry. Persone in die sakepraktyk wat iets meer oor die onderwerp wil weet, sal ook voordeel uit die werk trek. Die klem val sterk op 'n geintegreerde beskouing van die studieveld. Die wedersydse invloede en onderlinge verband tussen die verskillende fasette, veral die finansierings-, investerings- en dividendbesluite, word volledig behandel.
Drawing upon current cutting-edge theories, knowledge and research findings, this Handbook provides an analysis of the interaction between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs and financial institutions globally. The contributors consider regional and international perspectives within and between Europe, North America, New Zealand, the Middle East, as well as South, Central and East Asia on a chapter-by-chapter basis. In so doing, they provide a contextualized, up-to-date snapshot of research into entrepreneurial finance across the world. This book is aimed at both established and emergent researchers, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students looking for avenues of future research into entrepreneurial finance. It will also be of use to policymakers and practitioners seeking a global perspective in their work. Contributors: M. Akoorie, H. Al-Dajani, R. Baldock, Z. Bika, T. Botelho, C.G. Brush, D. Deakins, D. Demirba , S. Demirba , L.F. Edelman, R.T. Harrison, S. Heilbrunn, J.G. Hussain, N. Kushnirovich, J. Li, C. Mac an Bhaird, S. Mahmood, T.S. Manolova, C. Mason, H. Matlay, M. Nitani, D. North, I. Peiris, A. Riding, N. Sandhu, J.M. Scott, P. Sinha, M. Subalova, S. Talbot, G. Whittam
Risks are everywhere in the business world. "Mastering Risk Modelling" provides the busy financial manager with useful tips andpractical templates for assessing, applying and modelling risk and uncertainty in Excel. The book is designed specifically to be of help to you if you don't have time to start from scratch - it will improve your abilities in Excel and give you a library of basic examples that you can use as a basis for further development.
- Review of model design
- Risk and uncertainty
- Credit risk
- Project finance
- Financial analysis
- Value at risk
This second edition contains brand new chapters:
- Revised models
- More material on credit risk modelling e.g. portfolios, bankruptcy models
- Shows dual 2003/2007 Excel key strokes
- More theory especially on statistics in Excel
- Basic statistics in Excel - tools and methods
- Capacity to borrow and repay
- Finding optimum mix of risk and return
- Fixed income risk models
- Visual Basic approach
Gines de Rus incorporates the latest thinking on issues such as the treatment of risk and uncertainty, and the importance of institutional arrangements in ensuring the correct use of the technique. These issues are blended seamlessly into the relevant case studies, rather than treated as optional extras, as in some texts. The case studies themselves are at the centre of current debate and controversy, including the need for high-speed rail lines and the case for the privatization of water supply.Introduction to Cost-Benefit Analysis is intended as a graduate and advanced undergraduate textbook. Nevertheless, economists and other practitioners involved in the economic evaluation of projects will also find the book extremely useful.
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