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Finance for the Non Financial Manager II

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Language:  English
This book has the aim of giving you an excellent grounding in finance for the non financial manager.
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This book has been written for junior, middle and senior managers who do not work in accounting or finance but who need to know what happens in accounting and finance! By the end of the book, you will

  1. Be able to distinguish between and use the three major financial statements
    1. Income Statement
    2. Balance Sheet
    3. Cash Flow Statement
  2. Carry out an analysis of financial data using a variety of techniques, including ratio analysis
  3. Carry out a qualitative analysis of financial and non financial data
  4. Review the annual report and accounts of organisations, including the notes of explanation found in those reports
  5. Identify trends and strategies contained in financial and non financial data and reports

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  1. Introduction
  2. Building the Accounting Picture
  3. Building Financial Statements
    1. Case Study: David Tasker
  4. Business Analysis
    1. Business Activities
    2. Planning Activities
    3. Investing Activities
    4. Operating Activities
    5. Business Activities
  5. Correlation and Correlation Matrices
  6. Technical and Fundamental Analysis
  7. Financial Statements: basis of analysis
    1. Statement of Comprehensive Income
    2. Statement of Comprehensive Income
    3. The Financial Ratio Analysis of Organisations Some Basic Analysis
  8. Financial Statements Analysis: in detail
    1. 1 Comparative financial statement analysis
    2. 2 Common Size Financial Statement Analysis
    3. 3 Ratio Analysis
    4. 4 Cash Flow Analysis
    5. Analysis of the Statement of Cash Flows
    6. Alternative Cash Flow Measures
    7. Free Cash Flow
    8. Specialised Cash Flow Ratios
    9. Cash Reinvestment Ratio
    10. Valuation
    11. Free Cash Flow to Equity Model
    12. Residual Income Model
    13. Common Size Financial Statement Analysis
    14. Ratio Analysis
    15. Cash Flow Analysis
    16. Analysis of the Statement of Cash Flows
    17. Alternative Cash Flow Measures
    18. Free Cash Flow
    19. Specialised Cash Flow Ratios
    20. Cash Reinvestment Ratio
    21. Valuation
    22. Valuation Models
    23. Free Cash Flow to Equity Model
    24. Residual Income Model
  9. Benchmarking of Financial and Non Financial Performance
    1. Key Result Indicators
    2. Seven Characteristics of KPIs
    3. Balanced Scorecard
    4. Beyond Budgeting
    5. Seven Characteristics of KPIs
    6. Balanced Scorecard
    7. Beyond Budgeting
  10. Review Annual Report and Accounts
    1. Qualitative analysis of financial and non financial data
    2. 2014 Chairman’s letter from the
    3. Sensitivity Analysis in Forecasting Financial Statements
    4. Qualitative analysis of financial and non financial data
    5. 2014 Chairman’s letter from the
    6. Sensitivity Analysis in Forecasting Financial Statements

About the Author

Duncan Williamson

Duncan Williamson is addicted to lifelong learning and uses the opportunity of writing books for as  an excuse to study new ideas and materials in his chosen areas of interest. Duncan holds an  MBA from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, a Certificate of Education from Sunderland Polytechnic and an HND in Business Studies from Teesside Polytechnic. In addition, Duncan has successfully completed the Diploma of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and recently received a Certificate in Data Analysis from the University of Texas at Austin.

Duncan has studied, worked with and taught many aspects of management accounting, financial accounting and bookkeeping, financial reporting under IFRS, corporate finance, financial analysis, financial and spreadsheet modelling. He has worked on the financial and economic appraisal of projects in several countries over many years. He has published books and articles, case studies and so on. Over the last four years or so, Duncan has written four books for in his series, Excel Solutions for Accountants, as well as two books on Finance for the Non Financial Manager and a book on Report Writing for  Finance Professionals. He also wrote the book The Accounting and Bookkeeping Coach, published in April 2014 by Hodder and Stoughton, Prentice Hall published his Cost and Management Accounting in 1995 and he has self published a number of books including his 2012 major spreadsheet book The Excel Project … available on Duncan has also written and published a wide number of books aimed at pre University and first year undergraduate level students.

Take a look at Duncan’s ever growing Excel blog at where there are some simple and some more complicated words of wisdom covering many aspects of spreadsheeting and Power BI

Duncan has always loved travelling and over the last three decades or so he has lived and worked (from as little as a week to as long as five years) in such countries as Malawi, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Romania, United Kingdom, Denmark, Afghanistan, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Hungary, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Bahrain, Pakistan, Holland, Sudan, Albania, Qatar, Mexico, Angola, Ghana, Tanzania, Angola and Mozambique.

In terms of hobbies and interests, Duncan clearly loves travelling: in addition to the countries he has worked in, he has visited another 35 – 40 countries. Cultural and ethnic differences and similarities are a fascination for him too. Duncan loves taking photographs and reckons that for every hundred of his serious attempts at photography, one might be good! Duncan loves writing and creating training and learning materials; both for his work and as part of his lifelong learning crusade: keeping his brain cells fully engaged. More than that, you will find Duncan on discussion lists, in various online forums in which he fully engages with others in putting the world to rights and to helping people solve their Excel, modelling and accounting problems.

Another travel connection comes from Duncan's modelling and spreadsheeting skills with which he has recently started to model data from commercial aircraft: altitude, speed, latitudes and longitudes; mapping the history of a particular aircraft over a one year period, that can involve as many as 1,000, 1,500 and even more flights. This aspect of his interests involves using Excel and Power BI.

Even though he lives in Thailand now, he still follows the English Premier League and his favourite club Burnley FC.