Essentials of Corporate Finance by Ross, Westerfield, and Jordan is written to convey the most important concepts and principles of corporate finance at a level that is approachable for a wide audience. The authors retain their modern approach to finance, but have distilled the subject down to the essential topics in 18 chapters. They believe that understanding the "why" is just as important, if not more so, than understanding the "how," especially in an introductory course.
Bradford D. Jordan is Professor of Finance and holder of the Richard W. and Janis H. Furst Endowed Chair in Finance at the University of Kentucky. He has a longstanding interest in both applied and theoretical issues in corporate finance and has extensive experience teaching all levels of corporate finance and financial management policy. Randolph W.Westerfield is Dean Emeritus of the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and is the Charles B. Thornton Professor of Finance. He came to USC from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he was the chairman of the finance department and a member of the finance faculty for 20 years. Stephen Ross is presently the Franco Modigliani Professor of Finance and Economics at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. One of the most widely published authors in finance and economics, Professor Ross is recognized for his work in developing the Arbitrage Pricing Theory and his substantial contributions to the discipline through his research in signaling, agency theory, option pricing, and the theory of the term structure of interest rates, among other topics. A past president of the American Finance Association, he currently serves as an associate editor of several academic and practitioner journals. He is a trustee of CalTech, a director of the College Retirement Equity Fund (CREF), and Freddie Mac. He is also the co-chairman of Roll and Ross Asset Management Corporation.
Part 1: Overview of Financial Management1. Introduction to Financial ManagementPart 2: Understanding Financial Statements and Cash Flow2. Financial Statements, Taxes, and Cash Flow3. Working with Financial StatementsPart 3: Valuation of Future Cash Flows4. Introduction to Valuation: The Time Value of Money5. Discounted Cash Flow ValuationPart 4: Valuing Stocks and Bonds6. Interest Rates and Bond Valuation7. Equity Markets and Stock ValuationPart 5: Capital Budgeting8. Net Present Value and Other Investment Criteria9. Making Capital Investment DecisionsPart 6: Risk and Return10. Some Lessons from Capital Market History11. Risk and ReturnPart 7: Long-Term Financing12. Cost of Capital13. Leverage and Capital Structure14. Dividends and Dividend Policy15. Raising CapitalPart 8: Short-Term Financial Management16. Short-Term Financial Planning17. Working Capital ManagementPart 9: Topics in Business Finance18. International Aspects of Financial ManagementAppendix A. Mathematical TablesAppendix B. Key EquationsAppendix C. Answers to Selected End-of-Chapter ProblemsAppendix D. Using the HP-10B and TI BA II Plus Financial Calculators