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Introduction to Accounting for Finance, Third Edition Paperback – June 1, 2003


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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Adkins Matchett & Toy Rights LLC; 3rd edition (June 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891112643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891112645
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,320,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Even the deadliest accounting subjects become lively and fun when Alastair Matchett is teaching finance professionals. In addition to financial statement analysis and leveraged valuation, Matchett teaches corporate finance and modeling to all skill levels, from entering analysts to directors.

Matchett started his finance career at JP Morgan’s London advisory unit after attending the internationally renowned Morgan Finance Program in New York. He worked on a variety of industries, including financial institutions (preparing a valuation of a billion-dollar Belgian savings bank) and oil and gas companies (working on a privatization advisory mandate for the Government of India). He also helped design and manage training for the bank. Matchett went on to manage a portfolio of private equity investments for Investors in Industry and negotiate equity financing for leveraged buyouts.

In 1997 Matchett co-founded Adkins Matchett & Toy to provide leading-edge materials and instructional services to global investment banks and financial institutions. Since then he has designed complete training programs for both analyst and associate entry classes major investment banks on Wall Street and in the City of London.

In 2002 Matchett became CEO and principal owner of The Matchett Group, based in the UK. AMT now offers training in business skills as well as learning management services through John Matchett Limited, an affiliate of The Matchett Group.

Alastair Matchett received a 2i in Economics and Politics from Bristol University and went on to receive an MSc in Foreign Policy and Domestic Politics (his thesis was awarded a distinction). He is the author of Introduction to Accounting for Finance, 3rd ed. widely known as Wall Street’s popular "green book" for new analysts.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marco S. on July 17, 2007
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This book is excellent, basic and for beginners, especially for young people intending to go in for a career in the investment banking industry (M&A / ECM)!!!! A superb introduction on accounting!!! Easy and fun to read! Even excellent as a review! There are not many books that can compete with the Accounting introduction by AMT - as a German citizen I have to add that there is no!!! German book available explaining accounting in such an easy, logic and structured way as this one!!! German accounting books are in general more academic, boring and punishing reads - good to pass your exams but poor to get a comprehensive and essential understanding on what accounting really is about (in practical terms)!!! Easy language, good and logical structure, explains all the important connections between p&l, balance sheet and cash-flow statement while every chapter is finished off with exercises for review.
As I didn't learn the ropes with one of the bulge brackets and didn't attend any boot camp, I had to do a lot of self study on accounting, financial analysis and modelling. I almost bought a complete shelf of books covering these subjects. That's why I am now - after being in this industry for a couple of years - able to strongly recommend this book to everybody who wants to save time and money spending it on books which don't prove to be of use at the end of the day. Further good reads are "Build business spread sheets" by AMT (introduction on modelling) and all the "midnight manuals" also issued by AMT!!!
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Introduction to Accounting for Finance by Alastair Matchett,1997 edition, seems a good introduction to Accounting .

191 pages with plenty of graphics and tables, it is a workbook, a " learning tool " with useful exercises.

Its purpose : what is needed to know to understand and analyze annual reports.
It is broken down in three parts :

Part I The Basics : Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Links
Part II Accounting for Financial Analysts : Balance Sheet in detail, Income Statement Review in detail, Cash Flow Statement
Part III Ratio Analysis : Introduction to ratios, Profitability,Capital efficiency,Financial management

It also includes two appendices : Debits and credits, cash flow statement

I recommend the text for business managers, business owners, financial analysts.
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I haven't read the entire book so far. However, I would say of the 3-4 books on Accounting I've tried to follow so far, this one is the most methodical and does not assume a specific level of knowledge prior to reading. The others I've begun (and not finished) either jump around, aren't well written, or assume that you already have a basic understanding of a Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis. Or, the claim to be for those first starting out and the beginning is fantastic but then they take off like you're off to the races far too soon.

I would say Matchett has served up an Introductory text that maintains balance throughout.
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