Finance in a Nutshell: A no-nonsense companion to the tools and techniques of finance
No other book is a comprehensive toolkit of financial issues, instructive, and so easy to read, all at the same time this is an easy-to-read guide to the hard-to-understand stuff of business finance.
- The author regularly gives talks, seminars, and courses for executives and is very aware of their lack of understanding (or their inability to remember) simple but key financial concepts and tools. He is continually asked to recommend a simple book that helps them to refresh key financial concepts and tools.
- Self-contained: Other than some elementary algebra, no other previous knowledge will be necessary to understand the concepts discussed.
- Comprehensive: It will contain most or all topics, concepts, and tools that executives can easily forget, find hard to understand, and/or would like to know more about.
- Simple and easy to read: Many well-educated executives have all but forgotten their finance and are regularly put off by books that are far more academic than they need. This book will be written in a simple and conversational style.
- Concise with short chapters throughout: This is critical as many executives are put off by long books or never ending chapters.
- Essential elementary theory and many real-world examples. All concepts and tools will be illustrated with catchy and factual examples.
- Excel: Spreadsheets have become an inseparable part of working in Finance and this book will show readers how to use Excel to simplify their work.
- Test Yourself: problems with worked numerical solutions throughout.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A terrific handbook to have on your shelf for a quick refresher or as supplementary reading,
This review is from: Finance in a Nutshell: A no-nonsense companion to the tools and techniques of finance (Paperback)This is a terrific book that I wish had been available when I was taking my finance courses in b-school. The core topics in finance are well known and fairly standardized. However, students just learning can find the subject a bit counterintuitive and bewildering, no matter how normalized it becomes with familiarity. This book would be a great supplement for students struggling through huge textbooks and trying to get a handle on the basics. Of course, they should have the basic math required to execute these formulae or it won't be very helpful.
Another group that will benefit greatly from a handbook like this are people whose job is focused in an area that uses a narrow portion of the subject matter, but occasionally need or want to refresh themselves in matters not part of their everyday work. Picking this book off the shelf and reading a few pages on the relevant topic will put you right back in the swing of things.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book: An Unplugged Version of Finances,
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This review is from: Finance in a Nutshell: A no-nonsense companion to the tools and techniques of finance (Paperback)I hope that any of my finance professors find and read this review at least until I finish my MBA. :) Why? Well because this book fills a lot of gaps that most finance books or finance professors never fill. Finance can be a scary subject but with this book is like discovering the myth behind the terrible Wizard of OZ. Remember the movie?
This author really knows how to transform the most complex subject into a pleasurable walk in the park. This book is a perfect complement for your "academic" textbook. When the "academic" textbook fails to clear out the jargon, this book disentangles the mess made up by the "academic tone". If you are studying a BBA or an MBA in Finances this book fits perfectly beside the large and boring class "tome". With this book you will really learn about finances. Sorry Profs...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
One of the most comprehensive books out there.,
This review is from: Finance in a Nutshell: A no-nonsense companion to the tools and techniques of finance (Paperback)I approached this book with mixed feelings of suspicion and doubt. One question stood at first, how will anyone cover all subjects in finance in a single book with fewer than 400 pages ? I thought I'd get a book filled with old concepts of finance and no depth in discussions and on top of that accompanied by a minuscule font to fit the 400 pages!
To my surprise the book was amazingly concise, coherent and well structured. Mr. Estrada accomplished a difficult task in managing to write a well-balanced book which unites major theories in finance and its application (with emphasis on the latter). In fact, the author goes the extra mile in explaining how different point of views of a single model leads to different results. (i.e. CAPM and how investors approach it).
The book is divided into 4 parts.
Part 1: Risk and Return - ( 12 chapters ). Subjects covered include: Risk Adjusted, Diversification, Portfolios, Systematic risk, CAPM, Optimal... Read more
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Table of Contents
PART 1. RISK AND RETURN
1 Returns I: Basic concepts
2 Returns II: Mean returns
3 Risk I: Total risk
4 Risk and return I: Portfolios
5 Risk II: Diversification
6 Risk III: Systematic Risk
7 Risk and return II: The CAPM, and the cost of capital
8 Risk and return III: Alternatives to the CAPM
9 Risk IV: Downside risk
10 Risk and return IV: Risk-adjusted returns
11 Risk and return V: Optimal portfolios
12 Risk and return: VI: The long run
PART 2. VALUATION
13 Stocks I: The dividend discount model
14 Stocks II: The WACC model
15 Stocks III: Other DCF models
16 Stocks IV: Reverse valuation
17 Stocks V: Relative valuation
18 Bonds I: Prices and yields
19 Bonds II: Default risk and market risk
20 Bonds III: Duration and convexity
PART 3. OTHER IMPORTANT TOPICS
21 NPV and IRR
22 Real options
23 Corporate value creation
25 Futures and forwards
PART 4. STATISTICAL BACKGROUND
27 Stats I: Summary statistics
28 Stats II: Normality
29 Stats III: Non-normality
30 Stats IV: Regression analysis
Part V: Learning Scripts for Programs
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