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Overview

For all entrepreneurs and nonfinancial professionals with budget and/or P&L responsibilities, this indispensable guide provides the basics necessary to make a solid contribution to the financial goals and success of their companies. This comprehensive and easy-to-read primer gives all entrepreneurs and managers in nonfinancial areas -- sales, marketing, production, and more -- a complete understanding of financial terms, statements, and ratios and how they affect the operations of a business or corporation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735546042
  • Publisher: Toolkit Media Group
  • Publication date: 10/31/2003
  • Edition description: Book and CD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
List of Excel Templates xvii
Part 1 Introduction
1 An Introduction to Financial Management 3
What Is Financial Management? 3
The Goals of Financial Management 4
Key Concepts 10
2 A Primer on Taxes 13
How Much Do You Need to Know? 13
Personal vs. Corporate Taxes 14
The Tax Rate and the Tax Base 17
Progressive, Proportional, and Regressive Tax Rates 18
Marginal, Average, and Effective Tax Rates 19
Calculating Federal Income Tax 23
Other Concerns for Corporations 24
Conclusion 25
Key Concepts 26
Part 2 The Framework of Accounting
3 Accounting Concepts 29
Basics 29
Assets 31
Liabilities 32
Owners' Equity 32
The Accounting Equation 33
Key Concepts 33
4 An Introduction to the Key Financial Statements 35
The Balance Sheet 35
The Income Statement 38
The Statement of Cash Flows 40
Notes to Financial Statements 40
Key Concepts 41
5 The Role of the Outside Auditor 43
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) 44
The Audit 50
Audit Failures 56
Key Concepts 57
6 Valuation of Assets and Equities 59
Asset Valuation 59
Valuation of Liabilities 65
Valuation of Stockholders' Equity 67
Key Concepts 68
7 Recording Financial Information 71
Double Entry and the Accounting Equation 71
Debits and Credits: The Accountant's Secret 73
Recording the Financial Events 76
T-Accounts 86
Chart of Accounts 88
Key Concepts 89
8 Reporting Financial Information 91
Ledgers 91
Executive Corporation's Financial Statements 93
Looking Ahead 104
Key Concepts 105
Part 3 Financial Decisions
9 Business Plans 109
Why Develop a Business Plan? 109
Questions that Drive a Business Plan 110
The Planning Process 111
The Elements of a Business Plan 111
Implementation/Operating Plan 121
Key Concepts 124
10 Capital Structure--Long-Term Debt and Equity Financing 125
Common Stock 125
Debt 126
Preferred Stock 127
Cost of Capital 127
Other Elements of Capital Structure 128
Dividends 129
Getting Capital 131
Key Concepts 134
11 Leverage 135
Financial Leverage 136
Operating Leverage 138
Key Concepts 142
12 Strategic Planning and Budgeting 145
Strategic Plan 145
Long-Range Plan 146
Definition and Role of Budgets 147
The Master Budget 148
Budget Preparation 150
The Cash Budget 156
Zero-Based Budgeting 158
Variance Analysis: Using Budgets for Control 159
Key Concepts 165
13 Investment Analysis 167
Investment Opportunities 168
Data Generation 168
The Payback Method 169
The Time Value of Money 171
The Net Present Value (NPV) Method 175
The Internal Rate of Return Method (IRR) 178
Project Ranking 180
Summary 180
Key Concepts 181
14 Lease or Buy? a Taxing Question 183
Accounting Issues 183
Management Considerations for Leasing 185
Tax Considerations for Leasing 186
Key Concepts 187
15 Depreciation: Having Your Cake and Eating it Too! 189
Amortization 190
Asset Valuation for Depreciation 190
Straight-Line vs. Accelerated Depreciation 193
Comparison of the Depreciation Methods 194
Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) 197
Depreciation and Deferred Taxes: Accounting Magic 201
Key Concepts 202
16 Working Capital Management and Banking Relationships 203
Working Capital Management 203
Short-Term Resources 204
Short-Term Obligations 214
Banking Relationships 220
Key Concepts 223
17 Inventory Costing: The Accountant's World of Make-Believe 225
The Inventory Equation 225
Periodic vs. Perpetual Inventory Methods 226
The Problem of Inflation 228
Cost-Flow Assumptions 229
Comparison of the LIFO and FIFO Cost-Flow Assumptions 231
Key Concepts 235
18 Cost Accounting 237
Cost vs. Expense: The Inventory Process 237
Period Costs vs. Product Costs 241
Cost Systems: Process, Job-Order, and Standard Costs 242
Activity-Based Costing (ABC) 244
Average vs. Marginal Costs 246
Key Concepts 248
19 Accountability and Internal Control 251
Management Control Systems 251
Measures of Performance 254
Safeguarding Resources 254
Legal Considerations 260
Key Concepts 260
Part 4 Financial Statement Analysis
20 A Closer Look at Financial Statements 263
The Balance Sheet 264
The Income Statement 269
The Statement of Cash Flows 272
The Notes to the Financial Statements 276
Key Concepts 277
21 Notes to the Financial Statements 279
Significant Accounting Policies 279
Other Notes 281
Summary 284
Key Concepts 285
22 Ratio Analysis 287
Benchmarks for Comparison 290
Common Size Ratios 292
Liquidity Ratios 296
Efficiency Ratios 298
Solvency Ratios 301
Profitability Ratios 303
Key Concepts 308
Part 5 Getting Your Own Finances in Order
23 Personal Finance 313
The Basics 313
Emergency Reserves 314
The Primary Reasons for Accumulating Wealth 314
Controlling Your Debts 315
Controlling Your Taxes 317
Retirement Plans 319
Investing 324
Tax Shelters 334
Insurance 335
Estate Planning 341
Key Concepts 341
24 Summary and Conclusion 343
Glossary 345
Annotated List of Web Sites Related to Finance and Accounting 361
Index 371
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2006

    Great book!

    Great primer into financing and accounting world in easy to understand terms and simple, yet powerful principles. A great book for both organizational and personal uses.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2002

    Good Introduction with Broad Scope

    There is a tightrope most authors walk in an introductory book between drowning the reader in technical detail and providing material that is too basic and unsophisticated. Finkler's introduction to the world of finance and accounting in the modern corporation does neither. Most of the basics of financial and managerial (cost) accounting are covered, with references to simplified financial statements. Some topics such as MACRS depreciation are covered in detail to give the reader an appreciation for the complexity and variablity in accounting options. Whenever you can walk away from a book having gained something it's a book worth recommending. I walked away with two things: first, I realized that I don't want to get an MBA and walk the cut-throat plank of playing games to meet the numbers. Second, Finkler as an authority on the subject convinced me that accounting numbers are fungible enough to often be of little meaning. Enron and its cousins have shown the truth of that. The moral is, don't be overly occupied with meeting projections or analying statements; what really matters are the people and, more importantly, the ever-unpredictable future.

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