Finance Essentials, 1st Edition

ISBN: 9780730363385, 9780730363071

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David S. Kidwell’s first edition of Finance Essentials has been specifically developed for use in an introductory and core finance unit for students undertaking a business degree. It is eminently more suited for business students who are not completing a major in finance, as it focuses on the impact of finance in business and complex mathematical concepts are presented in a more engaging format.

Delivered as a full colour printed textbook with an interactive eBook code included, this title enables you to master concepts and succeed in assessment by taking the roadblocks out of self-study, with features designed so you get the most out of learning. This rich digital resource brings finance to life with media such as videos, case studies, interactives and revision materials embedded at the point of learning.

Key Features

  • Hear from Practitioners: Exclusive videos from high-profile practitioners at KPMG provide insights into the real-world application of accounting.
  • Interactive Revision Tutorials: Interactive tutorials are integrated throughout the text to help students engage with course content and test their understanding of key concepts.
  • Aligned Content: The first edition is designed in 12 concise chapters to align with the most common topics in a typical first-year finance unit for business students.
  • Proven Pedagogy: Interactive tutorials take you through the most difficult financial maths problems step-by-step, helping students understand how the answer is reached.
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David S. Kidwell is Professor of Finance and Dean Emeritus at the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He has over 30 years’ experience in financial education, as a teacher, researcher and administrator. He has published in leading journals such as Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Financial Management and Journal of Money, Credit and Banking.

Mark Brimble is a professor in finance in the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics at Griffith Business School. In his substantive role at Griffith University Mark is Head of the Finance and Financial Planning Discipline. He has a PhD in capital markets and has active research interests in financial markets, sustainable finance, personal finance and finance education. He also has publications in various national and international journals including Accounting and Finance, Corporate Governance: An International Perspective, The Griffith Law Review, The International Journal of Learning, and Higher Education Research and Development.


Nigel Morkel-Kingsbury was previously a Lecturer in the Department of Banking and Finance at Monash University. He is an experienced educator at both graduate and undergraduate levels, specialising in teaching corporate finance and international study programs. His research interests and publications include the following areas: Central bank transparency and interest rates — the topic of his doctoral thesis; monetary policy; corporate finance; and initial public offerings. Nigel is currently working at the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA).

Paul Mazzola is a lecturer in banking and finance in the Faculty of Business at the University of Wollongong. Before he joined the university, Paul had a career in banking and finance, spanning over 25 years covering the Australian, European and Asian–Pacific markets holding senior executive and regional management positions. Paul’s experience has involved corporate and investment banking, project and international trade finance, investment management and mergers and acquisitions. His expertise includes corporate and investment banking, project and international trade finance, investment management and mergers and acquisitions. Paul’s research interests include monetary policy and interest rates, foreign exchange, banking and financial Institutions, bank regulation, credit analysis, risk management, funds management and financial crises. Paul has presented at domestic and international conferences and seminars and has won numerous teaching awards. Paul regularly contributes to the national media on banking finance issues and is frequently interviewed as an expert on banking. In addition, Paul has consulted domestic and international organisations on strategy and organisational restructuring, has been a past State Chairman of the Turnaround Management Association of Australia and is a Fellow CPA and Senior Associate of FINSIA.

Jennifer James is a consultant for Wiley and a sessional lecturer in the School of Business and Law at Central Queensland University (CQU). She has over sixteen years teaching experience in corporate finance and auditing and professional practice. Jenny has been awarded several teaching excellence awards at school, faculty and university level in addition to an ALTC citation for outstanding contributions to student learning at the national level. Her research interests focus on improving teaching strategies to maximise student learning. She has presented her research at international conferences and has been published in peer-reviewed journals including World Conference On Educational Media & Technology (EDMEDIA), Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference (HERDSA) and International Journal on E-Learning (IJEL).

Chapter 1. Finance in business

Chapter 2. The financial system

Chapter 3. Financial markets

Chapter 4. The Reserve Bank of Australia and interest rates

Chapter 5. Time value of money

Chapter 6. Discounted cash flows and valuation

Chapter 7. Risk and return

Chapter 8. Bond valuation

Chapter 9. Share valuation

Chapter 10. Capital budgeting and cash flows

Chapter 11. Cost of capital and working capital management

Chapter 12. Capital structure and dividend policy

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