Guide to Financial Management

John Tennent

Publisher: The Economist, 2008, 327 pages

ISBN: 978-1-86197-809-7

Keywords: Finance

Last modified: March 30, 2011, 2:31 a.m.

Good financial management is essential for a business to suceed. Many businesses have failed for want of it, and all too often, a career aspiration has faltered, not for lack of effort or ability in a chosen field, but for not being able to understand the financial impacts of decisions and ultimately a failure to "deliver the numbers". Many managers who have found themselves in a senior role unable to ask questions of others — because it might imply ignorance — have wished that they had got to grips with financial matters earlier in their career.

This guide to financial management is designed to take you through financial principles and illustrate their application, providing a toolkit for managing financial responsibilities. Each chapter is written from an operational perspective in establishing and running a business. For anyone who wants to be on top of the financial management of their business, it is an invaluable reference.

  1. Defining a successful business
  2. Business structures
  3. The role of the finance department
  4. Financial statements and accounting systems
  5. Accounting concepts and principles
  6. Investors
  7. Cost to serve
  8. Product pricing and profitability
  9. Portfolio management
  10. Investment appraisal
  11. Business planning, budgeting and reporting
  12. Operational ratios and metrics
  13. Stockmarket and investor measures
  14. Working capital management
  15. Published reports and accounts
  16. Accounting complexities
  • Glossary of accounting terms
  • List of companies


Guide to Financial Management

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

OK ***** (5 out of 10)

Last modified: March 30, 2011, 1:56 a.m.

A pretty boring overview of finance and accounting. The contents are OK, but a bit shallow, and doesn't give you anything except the standardized 101 course.


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