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Understanding Finance : Expert Solutions to Everyday Challenges - Harvard Business School Press

Understanding Finance

Expert Solutions to Everyday Challenges

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"The Pocket Mentor" series offers immediate solutions to common challenges managers face on the job every day. Each book in the series is packed with handy tools, self-tests, and real-life examples to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and hone critical skills. Whether you're at your desk, in a meeting, or on the road, these portable guides enable you to tackle the daily demands of your work with greater speed, savvy, and effectiveness.

Mentors' Message: Why Understand Finance?p. ix
Understanding Finance: The Basicsp. 1
Understanding Financial Statementsp. 3
Accounting methodsp. 5
The income statementp. 6
The balance sheetp. 9
The cash flow statementp. 12
Using Financial Statements to Measure Financial Healthp. 15
Profitability ratiosp. 17
Operating ratiosp. 18
Liquidity ratiosp. 19
Leverage ratiosp. 20
Other ways to measure financial healthp. 21
The Budget Processp. 25
Understanding top-down and bottom-up budgetingp. 27
Preparing a budgetp. 29
Articulating your assumptionsp. 31
Quantifying your assumptionsp. 34
What Is Cost/Benefit Analysis?p. 39
Steps of cost/benefit analysisp. 41
Net return and payback periodp. 43
Net present value and internal rate of returnp. 45
Breakeven analysisp. 49
Sensitivity analysisp. 51
Estimating unquantifiable benefits and costsp. 53
Tracking Performancep. 55
Tracking the performance of an investmentp. 56
Tracking your budgetp. 58
Tips and Toolsp. 61
Tools for Understanding Financep. 63
Test Yourselfp. 67
Answers to test questionsp. 70
Key Termsp. 73
To Learn Morep. 89
Sources for Understanding Financep. 93
Notesp. 95
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ISBN: 9781422118832
ISBN-10: 1422118835
Series: Harvard Pocket Mentor
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 1st September 2007
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 12.7  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.11