Markets, Investments, and Financial Management
The sixteenth edition of Introduction to Finance: Markets, Investments, and Financial Management builds upon the successes of its earlier editions while maintaining fresh and up- to-date coverage of the field of finance. This edition introduces several new electronic features to assist with student access to the textbook and with learning.
Our text is designed to present a more-balanced first course in finance, one that offers students perspectives on financial markets, investing, and financial management. We use a successful pedagogy that reviews, first, markets and institutions; then, the world of investments; and finally, the concepts and applications of business financial management.
Unlike other textbooks with a singular “corporate finance” focus, our text offers a balanced first course in finance. Eighteen chapters cover the three major financial areas involving the financial system, investments, and business finance. For the student who does not plan to take additional courses in finance, this book provides a valuable overview of the discipline’s major concepts. For the student who wants to take additional courses in finance, the overview presented provides a solid foundation upon which future courses can build.
Introduction to Finance is meant to be used in a course whose purpose is to survey the foundations of the finance discipline. As such, it is designed to meet the needs of students in various programs. Specifically, Introduction to Finance can be used in any of the following four ways:
- As the first course in finance at a college or university where the department wants to expose students to a broad foundational survey of the discipline.
- As the first and only course in finance for nonfinance business students.
- As an appropriate text to use at a school that seeks to provide liberal arts majors with a business minor or business concentration. The writing level is appropriate to provide students with a good foundation in the basics of our discipline.
- As a “lower division” service course whose goal is to attract freshmen and sophomores to business and to attract them to become finance majors.
Part 1. Institutions and Markets
1. The Financial Environment
2. Money and the Monetary System
3. Banks and Other Financial Institutions
4. Federal Reserve System
5. Policy Makers and the Money Supply
6. International Finance and Trade
Part 2. Investments
7. Savings and Investment Process
8. Interest Rates
9. Time Value of Money
10. Bonds and Stocks: Characteristics and Valuations
11. Securities and Markets
12. Financial Return and Risk Concepts
Part 3. Financial Management
13. Business Organization and Financial Data
14. Financial Analysis and Long-Term Financial Planning
15. Managing Working Capital
16. Short-Term Business Financing
17. Capital Budgeting Analysis
18. Capital Structure and The Cost of Capital
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