Corporate Finance by Jonathan Berk

Corporate Finance by Jonathan Berk
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Review
“The bible of corporate finance. Amazing book. 'Easy' to read as much as a book on corporate finance can be.”


Synopsis
An Emphasis on Core Financial Principles to Elevate Individuals’ Financial Decision Making
Using the unifying valuation framework based on the Law of One Price, top researchers Jonathan Berk and Peter DeMarzo have set the new canon for corporate finance textbooks. Corporate Finance, Fourth Edition blends coverage of time-tested principles and the latest advancements with the practical perspective of the financial manager, so students have the knowledge and tools they need to make sound financial decisions in their careers.

 

From the Back Cover
Methodology that Connects Theory to Practice
The Law of One Price: A Unifying Principle of Valuation. The Law of One Price is used as a framework, reflecting the modern idea that the absence of arbitrage is the unifying concept in valuation. This theme is explicitly introduced in Chapter 3, revisited in each Part Opener, and integrated throughout the text—motivating all major concepts. This methodology directly connects theory to practice, and unifies what might appear to students as disparate topics that comprise the course syllabus (corporate finance, investments, and valuation).
Options for Teaching Risk and Return. Chapter 3 briefly introduces the concept of risk and return. Using the no-arbitrage concept, the reasoning behind evaluating risk relative to a benchmark is explained conceptually and allows for use of the concept of risk and return in early chapters. Later, the structure of Part IV is flexible and allows instructors to opt for brief or comprehensive coverage of the topic.
Emphasis of Capital Budgeting and Valuation. Capital budgeting and valuation is presented in two distinct stages. The first, which appears in Chapter 8, focuses on cash flows, while the second stage focuses on capital budgeting and valuation in the real world in Chapter 18 and the capstone Chapter 19.

 

About the Author
Jonathan Berk’s research is primarily theoretical in nature and covers a broad range of topics in finance including delegated money management; asset pricing (the relation between stock returns and characteristics of the firm, such as accounting numbers, investment, firm size, etc.); valuing the firm’s growth potential, the firm’s capital structure decision, and the interaction between labor markets and financial markets. He has also explored individual rationality in an experimental setting.