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Finance for Managers

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Harvard Business Essentials are comprehensive, solution-oriented paperbacks for business readers of all levels of experience. Calculating and assessing the overall financial health of the business is an important part of any managerial position. From reading and deciphering financial statements, to understanding net present value, to calculating return on investment, Finance for Managers provides the fundamentals of financial literacy. Easy to use and nontechnical, this helpful guide gives managers the smart advice they need to increase their impact on financial planning, budgeting, and forecasting.

Table of Contents

  1. The Harvard Business Essentials Series
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. 1 - Financial Statements
    1. Why Financial Statements?
    2. The Balance Sheet
    3. The Income Statement
    4. The Cash Flow Statement
    5. Where to Find It
    6. Summing Up
  7. 2 - Finding Meaning in Financial Statements
    1. Ratio Analysis
    2. Percentage-Format Financial Statements
    3. From Financial Measures to a Balanced Scorecard
    4. Summing Up
  8. 3 - Important Accounting Concepts
    1. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
    2. Accrual versus Cash Accounting
    3. Accounting for Inventory
    4. Depreciation
    5. Accounting for Leases
    6. Historic Cost and Its Implications
    7. Cost Accounting
    8. Summing Up
  9. 4 - Taxes
    1. Taxes and the Legal Form of the Business
    2. Progressive Tax Rates
    3. Marginal Tax Rate
    4. Credits versus Deductions
    5. Tax Loss Carryback and Carryforward
    6. Summing Up
  10. 5 - Financing Operations and Growth
    1. Start-Up Financing
    2. Financing Growth
    3. Other Forms of External Financing
    4. The Matching of Assets and Financing
    5. A Life-Cycle View of Financing
    6. Summing Up
  11. 6 - Money and Capital Markets
    1. Money Markets
    2. Capital Markets
    3. Capital Market Securities
    4. Summing Up
  12. 7 - Budgeting
    1. What Is Budgeting?
    2. Budget Functions
    3. Types of Budgets
    4. The Master Budget
    5. The Human Side of Budgeting
    6. Summing Up
  13. 8 - Practical Tools for Management Decisions
    1. Cost/Benefit Analysis
    2. Accounting Return on Investment
    3. Payback Period
    4. Breakeven Analysis
    5. Estimating Nonquantifiable Benefits and Costs
    6. Tracking Performance
    7. Summing Up
  14. 9 - The Time Value of Money
    1. What Is Time Value?
    2. Net Present Value
    3. Internal Rate of Return
    4. Sensitivity Analysis
    5. Economic Value Added
    6. Summing Up
  15. 10 - Valuation Concepts
    1. Asset-Based Valuations
    2. Earnings-Based Valuation
    3. Discounted Cash Flow Method
    4. Summing Up
  16. APPENDIX - Activity-Based Budgeting
  17. Notes
  18. Glossary
  19. For Further Reading
  20. Index
  21. About the Subject Adviser
  22. About the Writer