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title:   Critical Financial Issues: Financial Times Briefing
series:   Financial Times
author:   Brian Finch
publisher:   FT Prentice Hall
cover:   Softcover
edition:   1
language:   English
total pages:   192
pub.-date:   November 2010
ISBN13:   9780273737131
ISBN10:   0-27373-713-9
status   title no longer available
 

Critical Financial Issues: Financial Times Briefing

Description

A concise and pithy reference guide that gives senior managers and executives powerful, practical and accessible guidance on everything they need to know about running a profitable, cash generating business unit offering real shareholder value.

For non-financial executives in a key functional or general management position it’s important to understand the critical financial issues that affect their business unit. This book will give you an understanding of these financial issues so you can understand the impact they will have on your operational decisions, as well as be able to recognise when they are taking risks and how to evaluate those risks.

Structured in the series format of the Financial Times Briefing series, concise, pithy and to the point, these books offer:

o Powerful, practical advice to help executives make essential business decisions.

o A concise and focused overview to give executives the crucial information they need.

o Special design to help busy business leaders get the knowledge they need, fast.


Table of Contents

 

Table of Contents

Introduction

 

PART ONE In brief

 

1 The executive précis

Introduction

 

2 What is it and what do I need to know?

Introduction

Adjustments to cashflow

The clarity of cash

Liquidity

Shareholder value

The efficient market hypothesis

Why accounts don’t help in valuation

Profit improvement

Capital allocation

Financial risk

 

3 Why do it? The risks and rewards

Cashflow

Liquidity

Shareholder value

Profit improvement

Capital allocation

 

4 Who’s doing it and who has done it?

Introduction and examples

What do success and failure look like?

Identifying success

 

PART TWO In practice

How to assess the critical finance issues

 

5 How to do it – the critical finance issues

Cashflow choices

Liquidity

Shareholder value

Profit improvement

Capital allocation

Financial risk

 

6 How to measure the critical finance issues

Cashflow

Liquidity

Other indicators

Shareholder value

Profit improvement

Capital allocation

Financial risk

 

7 How to manage the critical finance issues

Cashflow management

Shareholder value

Profit improvement

Capital allocation

Financial risk

 

8 How to justify addressing the critical finance issues – the business case

Introduction

 

9 How to talk about the critical finance issues

Involving all employees

Profit improvement through collaboration

The language of capital allocation

Talking about financial risk

 

PART THREE Intervention

 

10 Executive intervention

What questions should I ask?

When is my intervention needed?

What are the make or break decisions?

What levers should I pull?

How do we know whether we’ve succeeded or failed?

 

PART FOUR In depth

 

11 Additional resources

Books

Online references

Advisers and consultants

Courses

 

Index

 

 

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Back Cover

Fast Answers to Critical Business Decisions

 

The health, performance, and success of a business are judged by the key financial indicators of cash flow, liquidity, shareholder value profit improvement capital allocation and financial risk.

 

Financial Times Briefings: Critical Financial Issues will provide you with powerful, practical and accessible guidance on using these key indicators to evaluate, control and manage a business effectively and to build real shareholder value.

 

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Author

Brian Finch has been Director of Business Development for large UK public companies, as well as co-founder and Finance Director of an SME retail business with substantial internet trading. By background an engineer and certified accountant, he has an MBA from the London Business School. He is the author of a number of self-development books, many translated around the world, including The Times Guide to How To Write a Business Plan 3rd Edition, (Kogan Page).

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