Corporate Finance: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Reporting, Business Valuation, Risk Management, Financial Management, and Financial Statements by Greg Shields

Corporate Finance: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Reporting, Business Valuation, Risk Management, Financial Management, and Financial Statements by Greg Shields


Corporate Finance is a handbook for business people wanting to learn the dynamics of finance along with its facets, such as financial reporting and conducting analysis, business valuation, risk management, financial management, and financial statements.

This book covers a wide range of finance topics and is written in a simple, understandable style. It also includes real-world examples where readers can pick applicable steps to practice good financial management. Learn the basics in preparing financial statements and analyzing business figures to interpret the financial health of the business entities being studied. 

About the Author 

Greg Shields is the director of the Auditing and Assurance Standards as Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. 

 Table of Contents

The book presents the following topics:

Part 1: Financial Reporting


Breaking down the basics

Summary of the four main financial documents

Internal vs. external financial reporting

How to assess a financial report as a whole

Footnotes: What they are and why they are important

How to create and analyze a financial report

What is included in the footnotes

What programs are there to help you create a financial report

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Quarterly and Annual Reports for Stockholder

Press Releases and Conference Calls; why are they important?


Part 2: Business Valuation


Chapter 1 – Why you might need a business valuation

Chapter – The Basic Concepts behind Business Valuation

Chapter 3 – Profit based approaches

Chapter 4 Revenues based approaches

Chapter 5 – Asset-based approaches

Chapter 6 – Discounted cash flow

Chapter 7 – Sector-specific approaches

Chapter 8 – Valuing intangible assets

Chapter 9 – As art, not a science

Chapter 10 – What to look for in financial statements

Chapter 11 – Buying or selling


Part 3: Risk Management


Chapter 1 – The Benefits of Risk Management

Chapter 2 – The Basic Concepts and Vocabulary of Risk Management

 Chapter 3 – Enterprise Risk Management

Chapter 4 – Risk Management Models and the ‘The Greeks’

Chapter 5 – Credit Risk Management

Chapter 6 – Some aspects of market risk management

Chapter 7 – Operational risk management

Chapter 9 – Managing assets and portfolios

Chapter 10 – Losses and limits

Chapter 11 – Instruments for managing risk


Part 4: Financial Management 


Chapter 1 – What is financial management and why do you need it?

Chapter 2 – Financial statements

Chapter 3 – Looking at cash flow

Chapter 4 – Forecasting, budgeting, and flex

Chapter 5 – Capital spending and discounted cash flow analysis

Chapter 6 – Some aspects of treasury management

Chapter 7 – Managing your working capital

Chapter 8 – Hedging your bets

Chapter 9 – Management accounting

Chapter 10 – Ratios – Your management dashboard

Chapter 11 – A quick look at risk management


Part 5: Financial statements


Chapter 1 – Accounts and Audit

Chapter 2 – The profits and loss account

Chapter 3 – The balance sheet

Chapter 4 – Sources and the use of funds

Chapter 5 – Notes to the accounts

Chapter 6 – Running the ratios

Chapter 7 – Putting it into practice – Sears

Chapter 8 – Putting it into practice – Airbus

Chapter 9 – Depreciation and amortization – A closer look

Chapter 10 – A few tips for the business owner or manager

Chapter 11 – Quality of earnings


Resources / Sources of Information – Financial Statements

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