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Practical Financial Management 8th Edition

William R. Lasher

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PRACTICAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, 8th Edition examines the latest financial developments, such as the influence of activist investors and our ever changing financial markets. Throughout the edition, Lasher delivers an engaging, thorough presentation that’s perfectly matched to the needs of today’s business students. He explains equations with words first, and then presents solutions slowly, so even those with weak quantitative skills can follow easily. That presentation is backed up with numerous fully explained numerical examples. In addition, CengageNOW, a powerful course management option, is available. It provides easy yet effective instructor control and customization.

William R. Lasher, Nichols College

Dr. Lasher has a unique background in education and financial practice that enables him to offer unique, firsthand insights into the world of financial management in his text. Prior to entering full-time academics, he worked in finance at Texas Instruments, Harris Corporation, and the Pacific Telesis organization. He has held positions as a planner, a controller, and a subsidiary CFO. While working in business, he taught evening courses in finance and economics at the University of Dallas, the University of Texas at Dallas, and Golden Gate University in San Francisco. After a successful corporate career, he became a full time author/educator in finance at Nichols College. He has taught and written finance for over 25 years. Dr. Lasher holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Columbia University, a Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University, and a J.D from the New England School of Law. He has been a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. In addition to Practical Financial Management, he has published books on business planning, franchising, and the strategic management of small firms.

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Practical Financial Management


1. Foundations.
2. Financial Background: A Review of Accounting, Financial Statements, and Taxes.
3. Cash Flows and Financial Analysis.
4. Financial Planning.
5. The Financial System, Corporate Governance, and Interest.
6. Time Value of Money.
7. The Valuation and Characteristics of Bonds and Leasing.
8. The Valuation and Characteristics of Stock.
9. Risk and Return.
10. Capital Budgeting.
11. Cash Flow Estimation.
12. Risk Topics and Real Options in Capital Budgeting.
13. Cost of Capital.
14. Capital Structure and Leverage.
15. Dividends and Repurchases.
16. The Management of Working Capital.
17. Corporate Restructuring.
18. International Finance.

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