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Corporate Finance: A Focused Approach (with Thomson ONE - Business School Edition) Hardcover – February 28, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0324655681 ISBN-10: 0324655681 Edition: 3rd
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Dr. Michael C. Ehrhardt is a Professor in the Finance Department and is the Paul and Beverly Castagna Professor of Investments. He completed his undergraduate work in Civil Engineering at Swarthmore College. After working several years as an engineer, he earned his M.S. in Operations Research and Ph.D. in Finance from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Ehrhardt has taught extensively at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels in the areas of investments, corporate finance, and capital markets. He has directed and served on numerous dissertation committees and is a member of the team that developed and delivered the integrative first year of the MBA program. Dr. Ehrhardt teaches in Executive Education Programs and consults in the areas of corporate valuation, value-based compensation plans, financial aspects of supply-chain management, and the cost of capital. He has been awarded the Allen G. Keally Outstanding Teacher Award, the Tennessee Organization of MBA Students Outstanding Faculty member, the College of Business Administration Research & Teaching Award, and the John B. Ross Outstanding Teaching Award in the College of Business. Much of his research focuses on corporate valuation and asset pricing models, including pricing models for interest-rate sensitive instruments. His work has been published in numerous journals, including The Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Financial Management, The Financial Review, The Journal of Financial Research, and The Journal of Banking and Finance. He has also authored or co-authored several books addressing various areas of finance.

Dr. Eugene F. Brigham is Graduate Research Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida, where he has taught since 1971. Dr. Brigham received his M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley and his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina. Prior to joining the University of Florida, Dr. Brigham held teaching positions at the University of Connecticut, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of California-Los Angeles. Dr. Brigham has served as president of the Financial Management Association and has written many journal articles on the cost of capital, capital structure, and other aspects of financial management. He has authored or co-authored ten textbooks on managerial finance and managerial economics that are used at more than 1,000 universities in the United States and have been translated into 11 languages worldwide. He has testified as an expert witness in numerous electric, gas, and telephone rate cases at both federal and state levels. He has served as a consultant to many corporations and government agencies, including the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, the U.S. Office of Telecommunications Policy, and the RAND Corporation. Dr. Brigham continues to teach, consult, and complete research in addition to his academic writing. He spends his spare time on the golf course, enjoying time with his family and dogs, and tackling outdoor adventure activities, such as biking through Alaska.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 3 edition (February 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0324655681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0324655681
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #792,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ivan B on June 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The book gives a good insight of all major corporate finance, firm valuation and stock valuation and capital management methodologies and tools. The text is easy to read, provides the right level of quantitative analysis for the audience in order to be interesting and useful. The Excel templates from the book are available for free (even if you don't have the book) at [website] In my opinion the book is a must-have for every executive-level manager, particularly in a public company.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KaGe on January 9, 2012
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Not sure why so many reviewers are giving it such high stars. I had this as a recommended text for Basic Corp finance course. The book and layout are itself nice. There are several figures with bright colors that try to explain the ideas behind. However, this can at times make it look like a children's book.

Also, the book has certain basic errors, and in some other cases, concepts are not explained very clearly. e.g. why do they insist on computing NOPAT = EBIT * (1 - tax rate)? It is never clearly explained why operating income as given by the cash flow statement isn't used for computing NOPAT, instead of the funky EBIT, which for several companies can contain non-operating income contributions.

Also, online access to thompson one is a joke. Firstly, it only works with IE. So if you're using Firefox (even on windows) or Safari, you're SOL. Also, the data for several companies is completely bogus. I was looking at ARM holdings data, and the balance sheet DOES NOT BALANCE, INCOME statement numbers don't line up.

The book, to its credit, is very good about explaining the use of Excel for problem solving, but because of that, it seems that it tends to lose focus on the meaning of the actual math behind the computations, and instead ends up being an excel "how to".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Evgenia Dyshlyuk on August 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Great book for corporate finance! It's very clear and simple. This book is an excellent choice for students who are new to corporate finance. I highly recommend it. All the books of these authors are great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rodolfo Nunez (NY, NY, USA) on October 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I really like this good. It is very concise but it covers everything on corporate finance. I've been using it for over a month in my corporate finance class and it had surpasses my expectations.
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Required for MBA Finance class. Good book, clear and concise material. Although it's maddening to me that there are so many versions of timeless courses. How much has Finance really changed in the last, I don't know, hundred years?? Sure there are new "products" and mechanisms to shift value but for an intro course, I'd be willing to get that some early 1900s "Intro to Finance" books would do surprisingly well. As an example, Benjamin Graham's "The Interpretation of Financial Statements" was originally published in 1937. The original text is probably good enough for most uses, although some meaningful changes have been incorporated it's not a useless relic.

Do yourself and favor and try to pressure your instructor into allowing you to use an older edition. My professor said No but as the class went along I tracked this edition and the previous edition and it turns out I would have been fine with the older one. yeah, some chapters might be different but you might be Ok (and save some cash along the way).
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By Assem on June 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I used this textbook for one of my graduate level finance classes, and I just loved the book! It's very well-written, and covers all the basic premises of finance (PV, FV, etc), and then goes on to more advanced stuff (Equity and Fixed Income Valuation, etc). The textbook requires some knowledge of accounting for more advanced topics. Overall, I found the book easy-to-read and easy-to-follow. I found the book useful for the CFA Level I exam preparation, as it gives in-breadth explanation of major concepts.
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By Lefel on February 13, 2013
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I am always a little skeptical about buying my textbooks online, especially when they claim to be new. This book was half the price of what was being asked for a new copy in the bookstore and it came brand new in the shrink wrap. I am very pleased with this purchase.
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By Christy Wright on April 21, 2009
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This book explained important concepts in finance and was clear for a textbook. A few examples were confusing and seemed to take the long way of completing the word problems despite the fact that legitimate short cuts were available that reached the same results.
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