The Finance Book

The Finance Book : Understand the numbers even if you're not a finance professional

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Shortlisted in the 'Practical Manager' category for the 2018 Management Book of the Year prize by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the British Library.

Translated into three languages.
Continual Best Seller (Amazon) & 'Business Book of the Month' on publication (WH Smith).
No knowledge required

The book is purposefully designed to be quick and easy to use with no previous knowledge required to comprehend the concepts. We "tell you what you need to know" to quickly "get up to speed" in core finance concepts.

A key feature of this book is that you do not have read it from cover to cover to make sense of finance. Each chapter is written as a "standalone" topic. This enables you to dip in and dip out of chapters. Further, we have taken otherwise complex topics and broken them down into key concepts that are explained in concise, easy to read sections.

Practitioners not academics

Whilst not an academic book, it is also not a "simplistic" book. It is a practical book because it has been written by practitioners. We include throughout this book our first-hand personal experiences gained from working in businesses across many industries and sectors, rather than replicating knowledge from academia.

In addition, the authors have spent countless hours instructing, teaching and training thousands of professionals from disciplines including marketing, sales, production, administration, HR and legal.

Focused on business application

The overwhelming majority of finance books available are better suited to trainee accountants because they take an academic approach to finance. Whilst necessary for accountants, they immerse the reader in the "detail".

The Finance Book is written for non-finance people like you. It is aimed at those who work or aspire to work in business.

It will help professionals in business or thinking about a career in business including board directors, business managers, MBA students, graduates and undergraduates.

Your book, your journey

To make the book easy to read, we have used a consistent format across chapters. Within each chapter there are multiple cross references (and links) to other relevant chapters as they occur. This will enable you to review chapters and make connections relevant to you. Allow your curiosity to determine your path through the book.


'Essential reading for any non-finance professional. This is an easy to read and practical guide to the world of finance.' Paul Herman, Group CEO, Bluebox Corporate Finance

'A really helpful, well organised and easy to understand primer and reference book for those who aren't accountants but still need to understand the accounts.' Roger Siddle, Chairman, Cordium Group

'A great book. At last, a guide that demystifies and encourages business owners to practically understand financial matters. A must read.' Gordon Vater CEO, RiiG Limited
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Product details

  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 137 x 213 x 23mm | 460g
  • FT Publishing International
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1292123648
  • 9781292123646
  • 121,313

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The Finance Book will help you think and manage like a financial strategist. Written specifically for non-finance professionals, it will give you all you need to know to manage your business more effectively and think more strategically.

It will help you to:

Have the confidence to read and interpret financial statements Ask the right questions about financial performance Apply important financial tools and ratios Learn how to think financially and make better strategic financial decisions

Covering business finance, accounting fundamentals, budgeting, profitability and cash management, you'll find the tools you need in order to make the best financial decisions for your business.
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Table of contents

1 Finance personnel and systems
2 Cash versus accruals accounting
3 Profit and loss (P&L)
4 The balance sheet
5 Cash flow statement
6 Revenue recognition
7 Opex and capex
8 Business tax
9 Tangible fixed assets and depreciation
10 Goodwill and other intangibles
11 Stock
12 Debtors and creditors
13 Prepayments and accruals
14 Provisions and contingencies
15 Capital and reserves
16 Group accounting
17 Revaluation
18 Impairment
19 Accounting and financial reporting standards
20 External financial audit
21 Information in the public domain
22 Corporate governance and whistleblowing
23 Profitability performance measures
24 Working capital and liquidity management
25 Insolvency and going concern risk
26 Long-term solvency performance measures
27 Investor ratios
28 Business valuation
29 Equity finance
30 Debt finance
31 Management accounts
32 Profitable pricing
33 Profit planning
34 Budgeting and forecasting
35 Investment appraisal
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About Stuart Warner

Stuart Warner Bsc (Hons) FCA is the author of four books. His goal is to help businesses increase productivity and profits through innovative and engaging finance training. He delivers finance-based training programmes around the world across multiple sectors. Over his career, Stuart has trained over ten thousand people. He has taught accounting trainees for professional qualifications and has delivered CPD courses for qualified accountants and interactive courses for non-finance professionals from graduate to board level. Stuart studied management sciences at UMIST and became a Chartered Accountant whilst working at PwC.

Saieem (Si) Hussain BSc (Hons) FCA is a Chartered Accountant. He trained at KPMG and qualified in 1990. Si has spent 25+ years delivering financial and business training to thousands of professionals. He has held senior positions in several listed companies, including Chief Executive of BPP Professional Education. Si runs an independent consultancy delivering financial and business training, including coaching to senior executives. He provides strategic and business advice to organisations across the training and education sectors.

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