Finance Book, The: Understand the numbers even if you're not a finance professional

The Finance Book: Understand the Numbers Even If You’re Not a Finance Professional

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The Finance Book is a practical guide designed to provide a quick and easy understanding of core finance concepts. It is written in a conversational style with no previous knowledge required to comprehend the concepts. Each chapter is a standalone topic, enabling readers to dip in and out of chapters as needed. The authors are practitioners, sharing their personal experiences gained from working in various industries and sectors. The book is focused on business application, aimed at non-finance people working or aspiring to work in business. It is organized with a consistent format across chapters, enabling readers to review chapters and make connections relevant to them. The book has been praised as essential reading for any non-finance professional, providing a helpful and easy-to-understand primer and reference book.

Finance fundamentals
1 Business accounting
2 Finance personnel and systems

Primary financial statements
3 Profit and loss
4 Balance sheet
5 Cash flow statement

Key elements of financial statements
6 Revenue recognition
7 Opex and capex
8 Business tax
9 Tangible fixed assets and depreciation
10 Goodwill and other intangibles
11 Stock
12 Debtors and creditors
13 Prepayments and accruals
14 Provisions & contingent liabilities
15 Capital and reserves
16 Group accounting
17 Revaluation
18 Impairment

Financial and regulatory environment
19 Accounting and financial reporting standards
20 External financial audit
21 Information in the public domain
22 Corporate governance and whistle blowing

Assessing financial health
23 Profitability performance measures
24 Working capital and liquidity management
25 Insolvency and going concern risk
26 Long term solvency performance measures
27 Investor ratios
28 Business valuation

Sources of business finance
29 Equity finance
30 Debt finance

Financial management
31 Management accounts
32 Profitable pricing
33 Profit planning
34 Budgeting and forecasting
35 Investment appraisal

Practical application
36 Consolidate and apply
37 The reliability, relevance & trustworthiness of financial statements


Greggs plc 2020 Financial Statements
Full index

360 pages


Published April 24, 2017

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