The Essential Financial Toolkit: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Finance but Were Afraid to Ask

Math and jargon make essential financial concepts seem intimidating, but that is simply because most books do not have the goal of being accessible to interested readers – this book does. In ten easy-to-read chapters, it explains all the essential financial tools and concepts, fully illustrated with real-world examples and Excel implementations.

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Gods at War: Shotgun Takeovers, Government by Deal, and the Private Equity Implosion

Gods at War details the recent deals and events that have forever changed the world of billion-dollar deal-making. This book is a whirlwind tour of the players determining the destiny of corporate America, including the government, private equity, strategic buyers, hedge funds, and sovereign wealth funds. It not only examines many of the game-changing takeover events that have occurred in the past years, but also … [ Read more ]

The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It

In a fast-moving narrative, Wall Street Journal reporter Patterson explores the coterie of mathematicians behind the Wall Street crash of 2008. The story’s stars are “an unusual breed of investors” called quants, who “used brain-twisting math and super-powered computers to pluck billions in fleeting dollars out of the market.” Following the first quant, Beat the Market author Ed Thorp, from his graduate school days in … [ Read more ]

Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—And Themselves

Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami. From inside the corner office at Lehman Brothers to secret meetings in South Korea, and the corridors of Washington, Too Big to Fail is the definitive story of the most powerful men and women in finance and politics grappling with … [ Read more ]

Managed by the Markets: How Finance Re-Shaped America

This academic analysis of our evolution from an industrial to a postindustrial portfolio society offers provocative clues for anyone seeking to understand the current financial crisis and Americans’ financial security. Davis, professor of management at the University of Michigan, asserts that in the eras of financial capitalism (1900–1930) and managerial capitalism (1930–1980), Americans looked to the corporation and long-term savings to provide them with security. … [ Read more ]

In the Market: The Illustrated History of the Financial Markets

The ever-popular coffee-table book, filled with striking pictures or slick graphics, tends to exalt travel or cooking. But Finch, the best-selling author of The Art of Walt Disney and Highways to Heaven, tries for something different. He takes on the history of humankind as seen through the dealings of people in different marketplaces, whether it is the Athenian “agora” or the New York Stock Exchange. … [ Read more ]

CFROI Cash Flow Return on Investment Valuation : A Total System Approach to Valuing the Firm

What generates shareholder value? How can it be evaluated? How can it influence investment decisions and corporate strategy? Cash Flow Return On Investment answers all these questions by detailing the pioneering financial research carried out by HOLT Value Associates, the leading consultancy in the field.

Read this book if you want to find out what really drives the wealth generation in any business, allowing you to … [ Read more ]

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

With his latest book, historian Niall Ferguson adeptly charts the role of money throughout the history of man as well as the role of man in the history of money. From the rise of money and credit to the bond and stock markets, and the rise of insurance and real estate markets to, more recently, international finance, Ferguson demonstrates that financial knowledge is, in many … [ Read more ]

The Cost Management Toolbox: A Manager’s Guide to Controlling Costs and Boosting Profits

How to use financial information to strategically manage costs. Managers rarely get financial information the way they really need it. How can a nonfinancial manager minimize costs with the financial information he or she does get? By reading and absorbing this clear, concise new book.

The Cost Management Toolbox lucidly explains how financial information–especially information relating to costs–is generated and reported in today’s service and manufacturing … [ Read more ]

When Washington Shut Down Wall Street: The Great Financial Crisis of 1914 and the Origins of America’s Monetary Supremacy

Professor, author and prominent economic advisor Silber chronicles an era when the U.S.’s reliance on the gold standard was leading it head-on into its first major financial crisis. The outbreak of WWI in 1914 yielded the biggest gold outflow in a generation, jeopardizing America’s reputation with creditor nations and sending the world market value of the dollar into a tailspin. Enter Treasury Secretary William McAdoo, … [ Read more ]

Financial Valuation: Applications and Models

This book brings together thirty nationally recognized names in the valuation industry hailing from a variety of professional specializations-including accounting, business appraisal, and financial analysis-to provide practitioners with an indispensable reference on various valuation issues. Assembled by valuation authority James Hitchner, these contributors analyze, explain, and collaborate on the most effective valuation procedures to share real-world applications in the field of financial valuation.

The Interpretation of Financial Statements

Benjamin Graham has been called the most important investment thinker of the twentieth century. As a master investor, pioneering stock analyst, and mentor to investment superstars, he has no peer.

This volume is Graham’s timeless guide to interpreting and understanding financial statements. It has long been out of print, but now joins Graham’s other masterpieces, The Intelligent Investor and Security Analysis, as the three priceless keys … [ Read more ]

More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places

Mauboussin is not your average Wall Street equity analyst, writing investment recommendations whose topical interest wanes a few days after the report is issued. His strategy reports begin with scientific findings from diverse fields, then show why an investor should care. This book is a collection of 30 short reports, revised and updated, covering animal behavior (“Guppy Love: The Role of Imitation in Markets”), psychology … [ Read more ]

Key Management Ratios: Master the Management Metrics that Drive and Control Your Business

Business ratios are the guiding stars by which you steer your company’s course; they provide your targets and your standards; they direct you towards the best long-term strategies as well as the smartest short-term solutions. You can’t afford to leave them to the accountants. In Key Management Ratios, top financial educator Cieran Walsh teaches you everything you need to know about ratios to manage your … [ Read more ]

Behavioral Corporate Finance

Behavioral Corporate Finance identifies the key psychological obstacles to value maximizing behavior, along with steps that managers can take to mitigate the effects of these obstacles. The main goal of the book is to help students learn how to put the traditional tools of corporate finance to their best use, and mitigate the effects of psychological obstacles that reduce value.

International Finance: A Casebook

Desai’s case studies provide readers with a unique perspective in the field of international corporate finance. His cases will help them understand international financial markets, including the instruments and techniques used in the foreign exchange market, monetary policy and international asset allocation. With the help of practical examples, readers will also examine the decision-making that goes into formulating an appropriate foreign exchange hedging strategy, how … [ Read more ]

The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book On Value Investing

Whether you’re buying whole companies or just a few shares, there’s no better investing how-to book than this. But don’t take my word for it; the book is famously revered by no less an intelligent investor than Warren Buffett. Graham’s advice is simple — any stock you buy should be worth more than it costs — and he provides a method for determining a stock’s … [ Read more ]

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

Stock investing is a relatively recent phenomenon and the inventory of true classics is somewhat slim. When asked, people in the know will always list books by Benjamin Graham, Burton G. Malkiel’s A Random Walk Down Wall Street, and Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings by Philip A. Fisher. You’ll know you’re getting really good advice if they also mention Reminiscences of a … [ Read more ]

Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises

Manias, Panics, and Crashes is a scholarly but highly readable trip through the history of financial crises from the Mississippi and South-Sea bubbles to the June, 1974, failures of the Herstatt Bank of Cologne and the Franklin Bank of New York. Kindleberger’s goal is to illustrate the causes and consequences of mania (a bubble in asset prices driven by an irrational excitement about business possibilities), … [ Read more ]

Fischer Black and the Revolutionary Idea of Finance

In a 30-year career equally divided between academics (University of Chicago) and Wall Street, Black contributed seminal papers in almost every area of finance and many areas of economics, but few were published in major peer-reviewed journals and many were never published at all. He spent most of his time alone in a room thinking and writing, was uncomfortable in large groups, an undistinguished lecturer … [ Read more ]