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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Consumption, investment and the capital market
3. The time value of money: an introduction to financial mathematics
4. Applying the time value of money to security valuation
Appendix 4.1: Duration and immunization
5. Project evaluation: principles and methods
6. The application of project evaluation methods
7. Risk and return
8. The capital market
9. Sources of finance: Equity
10. Sources of finance: Debt
11. Payout policy
12. Principles of capital structure
13. Capital structure decisions
14. The cost of capital and taxation issues in project evaluation
Appendix 14.1: The cost of capital under alternative tax systems
15. Leasing and other equipment finance
16. Capital market efficiency
17. Futures contracts
18. Options and contingent claims
19. Analysis of takeovers
20. International financial management
21. Management of short-term assets: inventory
22. Management of short-term assets: liquid assets and accounts receivable
Appendix 22.1: Financial statement analysis
Appendix A Numerical tables
Appendix B Solutions to self-test problems

About the Author

GRAHAM PEIRSON is Professor of Accounting and Finance and Director of the Centre for Research in Accounting and Finance at Monash University (Clayton Campus). He is a member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board. He is co-author of Accounting: An Introduction, Financial Accounting: An Introduction, Issues in Financial Accounting and Financial Accounting Theory. A graduate of Adelaide University, he has taught at Adelaide University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Illinois; the University of Florida; and the University of Washington. ROB BROWN is Professor of Finance and head of the Department of Finance at The University of Melbourne. He is co-author of Financial Accounting Theory (2nd edition) and has published papers in many research journals including The Journal of Banking and Finance, The Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Economica and The Australian Journal of Management. He is a former associate director (finance) of Accounting and Finance, the research journal of the Accounting Association of Australia and New Zealand. He has taught at the University of Sydney, Lancaster University and Monash University and on short courses for a range of clients including BHP/Billiton, Australia Post and the National Australia Bank. His current research interests are derivative securities and banking STEVE EASTON is Professor of Finance at the University of Newcastle where he has served as Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance and Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Commerce. He has undertaken research into the impact of accounting data on security market behaviour and on the market for corporate control. His recent research activity has included studies of the pricing of derivative securities. His work has been accepted for publication in a wide range of journals including The Journal of Futures Markets, Economica and The Journal of Banking and Finance. He has taught at the University of Adelaide, Lancaster University and Monash University. He has also provided short courses for a range of private and public sector organisations, including Australia Post, Macquarie Generation, State Forests of New South Wales and the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. PETER HOWARD is Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at Monash University (Clayton Campus). For eight years he worked as an engineer in the petrochemical and mining industries. He has extensive experience in project evaluation and operations planning as well as staff training courses. He has published in academic and professional journals on lease evaluation and the effects of imputation on dividend and financing decisions. He has extensive teaching experience at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels. His current research interests include capital structure and dividend policy, particularly in the context of the imputation tax system.

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