Friday, April 12, 2013

Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, 9th edition, Stephen Ross

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.

Randoloph W. Westerfield is Dean of the Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California and holder of the Robert R. Dockson Dean’s Chair of Business Administration. From 1988 to 1993, Professor Westerfield served as the chairman of the School’s finance and business economics department and 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 member of the finance faculty for 20 years. His areas of expertise include corporate financial policy, investment management and analysis, mergers and acquisitions, and stock market price behavior. Professor Westerfield has served as a member of the Continental Bank trust committee, supervising all activities of the trust department. He has been consultant to a number of corporations, including AT&T, Mobil Oil and Pacific Enterprises, as well as to the United Nations, the U.S. Department of Justice and Labor, and the State of California.

Bradford D. Jordan is Professor of Finance and Gatton Research Fellow in the Carol Martin Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. He has a long-standing interest in both applied and theoretical issues in corporate finance, and has extensive experience teaching all levels of corporate finance and financial management policy. Professor Jordan has published numerous articles on issues such as cost of capital, capital structure, and the behavior of security prices.

If you want a basic intro to the subject this book provides it. The first two quarters of the textbook are very well written with very clear examples, summaries, and problems at the ends of the chapters. There is online content that is helpful too but use it only you have free access, otherwise it's an extra feature that's really not worth paying for. Key concepts, definitions and formulas are summarized in sidebars and graphic boxes throughout the chapters. Use Amazon's feature of "Look Inside" and you'll see for yourself what I mean about how key things are summarized... it's only a couple clicks to judge for yourself. Personally I started to get bogged down a little bit in the third quarter because the examples became less clear. Other reviewers commented that there are different writing styles and this is somewhat true but I didn't find it to be a problem. I found the simplicity and graphic design to be useful for me to use this as a reference book for my personal collection, so I decided not to sell it back but keep the textbook.

One of those books that I hardly used so I don't have much to say. Nothing spectacular but not a bad book either.

Book selected by instructor, plenty of free online content (podcasts and other premium content available for purchase) which includes plenty of excel templates and videos or flash references. Hurricane Sandy knocked out some of the references in the chapters but I imagine the McGraw Hill will repair these links shortly. Book also has website references (URLs vice links) for additional learning that doesn't have to go through McGraw Hill servers. Book has calculator walk-through functions for sample problems to reinforce your learning. Delivery was amazing and arrived 1 day earlier than projected...thank you.

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I purchased this book for my finance classs. I think the book is well written, but complex. For some of my assignments, I had to refer to my undergrad book in order to understand the concepts. I think the authors did a good job of providing examples for the student. I think there are better books on the market, but you can learn corporate finance from this book. At the moment, my class is about half way through this book. I will definately keep this book as a reference after grad school is completed. In the end, I would recommend this book due to its comprehensive coverage of the finance topic.

I have just begun using this textbook for a course. So far the text book is well laid out and proivdes good examples of problems in the book along with solutions throughout the chapters. This is one of the better textbooks that I have used during my masters program.

I bought this book for my finance class. It's my first finance book, so it's difficult for me to judge whether it's a good finance book or not. Though I can say that the book is easy to read and the best part for me was that it provided a website with chapters presentations, exercises, and quizes, which really helped me to prepare for the tests. In general, I think that the authors did a good job to introduce finance to people who are not familiar with the subject.

Product Details :
Hardcover: 800 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin; 9 edition (February 24, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0073382396
ISBN-13: 978-0073382395
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 10 inches

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