No financial task can be performed without at least a basic understanding of the principles of financial management. By applying these principles to the reading of financial statements, it is possible to observe how an organisation has earned and spent income, and what its current financial position is. Basic principles of financial management is designed as a guide to the world of finance.
Basic principles of financial management provides an opportunity to learn the language of the financial world. It 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 layperson 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.
Contents include the following:
• Definitions of terms
• Fundamentals of mathematical calculations
• The various types of financial statement and how to analyse them
• Working capital and cash management
• Time value of money
• Capital investment
• Risk and leverage, and breakeven analysis
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Definitions of terms
Chapter 3 Fundamentals of mathematical calculations
Chapter 4 The financial statements of an organisation
Chapter 5 The cash flow statement
Chapter 6 The analysis of financial statements
Chapter 7 Working capital and cash management
Chapter 8 Financial planning: the cash budget
Chapter 9 The time value of money
Chapter 10 The capital investment decision
Chapter 11 Valuation and the required rate of return
Chapter 12 Capital structure and financial leverage: the financing decision
Chapter 13 Risk and leverage, and break-even analysis
Chapter 14 Dividend policy
Chapter 15 The leasing of non-current assets
Chapter 16 Finale
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