Fundamentals of Corporate Finance
Robert Parrino, University of Texas, Austin
David S. Kidwell, University of Minnesota
ISBN: 978-0-471-27056-0
©2009
568 pages

Parrino/Kidwell, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance offers an innovative integration of conceptual understanding and problem-solving… of intuition and decision-making… of the authors’ industry and classroom/research experience…with current real-world examples and online practice.

Fundamentals of Corporate Finance helps students develop the intuition and analytical skills necessary to effectively apply financial tools in real-world decision-making situations. Authors Robert Parrino and David Kidwell provide a fully integrated framework for understanding how value creation relates to all aspects of corporate finance; whether it be evaluating an investment opportunity, determining the appropriate financing for a business, or managing working capital. This unique and integrated framework also provides robust coverage of problem solving and decision-making skills.

The authors of Fundamentals of Corporate Finance believe that students who understand the intuition underlying the basic concepts of finance are better able to develop the critical judgments necessary to apply financial tools in real-world decision- making situations. This text develops intuitive thinking while simultaneously helping students develop problem solving and computational skills. It then shows students how to apply intuition and analytical skills to decision making while integrating it all with valuation and building shareholder value.

European Edition: Corporate Finance
Peter Moles, Robert Parrino, and David Kidwell
ISBN: 9780470683705
©2011
992 pages
Based on the highly acclaimed ‘Fundamentals of Corporate Finance’ by Parrino and Kidwell as above, this edition provides a European/international institutional setting, with a particular emphasis on Europe. For instance, all the examples make use of European countries, such as L’Oreal, Royal Dutch, Shell, Rio Tinto, Carrefour, Nokia amongst others. Where financial decisions are affected by institutional and regulatory factors, such as when firms go public via an initial public offering, this is explained within the context of the European regulatory and institutional environment.

New and significantly revised chapters are included, dealing with corporate risk management and international finance. In particular these significantly adapted chapters now include coverage of why firms manage risk and a full discussion of the key derivative instruments: forwards, futures, swaps and options. The discussion of international finance addresses the complexities of country risk assessments, the cost of capital and the differences in institutional environment – in this case, with a short examination of Islamic finance.

 

Investments: Analysis and Management, 11th Edition
Charles P. Jones, North Carolina State Univ.
ISBN: 978-0-470-47712-0
©2010
640 pages

Throughout changing investment opportunities, problems, and controversies, Charles P. Jones’s Investments remains one of the most readable and comprehensive investments texts today. Students can count on the new 11th Edition for clarity, currency, and balance. An effective organizational structure and essentials approach, important analytical methods, data, and finance concepts are all presented at a level that individuals of all investments backgrounds can master.

Investments 11e teaches Finance and Financial Planning readers to evaluate investment information, and then guides them to seize opportunities and make sound decisions on their own.

Fixed Income Securities: Valuation, Risk, and Risk Management
Pietro Veronesi, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
ISBN: 978-0-470-10910-6
©2011
848 pages

The deep understanding of the forces that affect the valuation, risk and return of fixed income securities and their derivatives has never been so important. As the world of fixed income securities becomes more complex, anybody who studies fixed income securities must be exposed more directly to this complexity.

This book provides a thorough discussion of these complex securities, the forces affecting their prices, their risks, and of the appropriate risk management practices. Fixed Income Securities, however, provides a methodology, and not a “shopping list” of all the possible interest rate securities ever been invented. It provides instead examples and methodologies that can be applied quite universally, once the basic concepts have been understood.

Applied Corporate Finance, 3rd Edition
Aswath Damodaran, Stern School of Business, New York Univ.
ISBN: 978-0-470-38464-0
©2010
752 pages

Aswath Damodaran, distinguished author, Professor of Finance, and David Margolis Teaching Fellow at the NYU Stern School of Business, has delivered the newest edition of Applied Corporate Finance: A User’s Manual. Readable and usable in style and valuable in approach, this text provides the practical and succinct advice that students and practitioners need, rather than a sole concentration on debate theory, assumptions, or models.

Like no other text of its kind, the author applies corporate finance to real companies. The new 3rd Edition has four real-world core companies to study and follow. Perfected suited for MBA programs’ corporate finance and equity valuation courses, all business decisions are classified into three groups: the investment, financing, and dividend decisions.

Modern Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis, 8th Edition
Edwin J. Elton, New York Univ.
Martin J. Gruber, New York Univ.
Stephen J. Brown, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York Univ.
William N. Goetzmann, Yale Univ.
ISBN: 978-0-470-38832-7
©2010
752 pages

An update of a classic book in the field, Modern Portfolio Theory examines the characteristics and analysis of individual securities as well as the theory and practice of optimally combining securities into portfolios. It stresses the economic intuition behind the subject matter while presenting advanced concepts of investment analysis and portfolio management. Readers will also discover the strengths and weaknesses of modern portfolio theory as well as the latest breakthroughs.

An update of a definitive investment text, Modern Portfolio Theory is a comprehensive guide to asset allocation, portfolio optimization, asset pricing models, and securities analysis, with an emphasis on practical, empirical methodology and technique. The 8th edition been updated with new developments in behavioral finance and choice theory, recent results in asset pricing models, new research on hedge funds and mutual funds, and novel approaches to optimization, including the liability framework and simulation methods for investment decision making and risk analysis.

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