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Finance articles

Many a profession abounds with technical jargon which intimidates those not in the know. For many managers not schooled in the dark art of accountancy, the subject and language of finance are often viewed as difficult and bewildering. They need not be.

  • Understanding finance – This article explains why it is important to understand the subject and language of finance.
  • Finanical and management accounts explained – This article explains the difference between financial accounts and management accounts.
  • How financial accounts are used – This article explains how financial accounts are used and by whom. It also discusses some commonly used measures for analysing and comparing companies.
  • Measures of accounting profit – This article outlines some commonly used measures of profitability.
  • The difference between cash and profit – This article explains the difference between cash and profit and why it is important to understand the difference.
  • Working capital cash cycle explained – This article explains what the working capital cash cycle is and the key components of working capital.
  • Methods of costing – This article looks at some commonly used methods of costing.
  • Depreciation explained – This article explains what depreciation is and why most non accountants struggle to understand the term.
  • Amortisation of goodwill explained – This article explains what goodwill is and how it is amortised.
  • Investment appraisal explained – This article explains what investment appraisal is and how to go about doing an appraisal on an proposed investment.
  • Cost of capital explained – This article explains what the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) is and how it is derived.
  • Creating and destroying value explained – This article explains what value is and how it is created and destroyed.
  • Limitations of accounting profit – This article looks at the limitations of accounting profit and outlines some newer value-based metrics which have emerged as a consequence.
  • Total shareholder returns (TSR) explained – This article explains what total shareholder returns are, how it is measured, and how it relates to shareholder value creation.
  • Economic profit (EP) explained – This article explains what economic profit is and how it is used to overcome some of the limitations of accounting profit.
  • Fundamentals of pricing – This article looks at pricing, one most critical business decisions, and examines some commonly used pricing strategies.
  • Business valuation – This article looks at some of the different methodologies that are commonly used to determine the value of a business.
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