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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth every dollar Sept. 4 2008
It is common for students to complain about the high cost of university books. I look at this one with the perspective of an experienced executive taking an MBA as a refresher. I found this book very well organized and richly expanded with an online site. Unless you are really interested Finance can be a dry topic. I found that Smart, Megginson and Gitman have made the material interesting by numerous relevant and authentic examples. The topics covered include all the areas important today for business leaders. While a student specializing in finance will need to add to many specific topics, this book has enough depth to help the non-financial manager have a peer to peer conversation with his/her financial colleagues. This is not a book to resell quickly at the end of a term, this is likely to be a useful referral book for several years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Overview of Finance Nov. 22 2011
By Rocky Mountain Entrepreneur TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This textbook was one of the better ones on Corp Fin that I used for my MBA. Could also be suitable for a 4th year undergrad honors program. It is one of the better books that explains the time value of money and associated calculations. It has a good review on financial statement analysis.

It also discusses the following which I found very helpful:
Valuing various types of bonds,
Capital Budgeting
Cash Flow
Capital Structure
Dividend Policy
and a number of other interesting topics.

I highly recommend this book for MBA students (both specialists and generalists). It is in depth enough to provide excellent instruction. My only addition to it would be to add some cases that encompass the information and a practical way. I didn't use the smart finance card at all. Although not necessary, case study analysis would be very helpful with the use of this textbook.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Supplemental Materials inaccessible Nov. 11 2007
By J. Haden - Published on Amazon.com
Book references videos and animations which are supposed to come with the purchase of the text and accessed via access code / serial number. This is not the case. I was told by Thomson support this access must be purchased in addition to text. Very misleading. Now, I have a text with hundreds of distracting side bars referencing videos and animations for some of the more complex formulas and calculation which cannot be accessed without forking out even more money. The text is meaningless and irritating.
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1.0 out of 5 stars wordy and rambling Dec 12 2008
By BB - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're looking for concise and clearly explained answers, this book is not for you. The author tends to go off tangent, dragging out his explanation in a long winded fashion. He probably tried to write as if he were telling a story, frequently asking rhetorical questions in a vain attempt to add more drama and stir up interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Finance Textbook Dec 26 2006
By Michael L - Published on Amazon.com
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn corporate finance. I just finished the first semester of my MBA. I have to say that this is one of the best textbooks I have ever used, and I was fortunate to be able to learn from the lead author of this book, Prof. Scott Smart.

One thing I liked about this book is its flow. This book starts with a brief but very helpful review of basic finance concepts, such as time value of money, and moves on to valuation methods, followed by more in-depth discussions of topics like capital budgeting, capital structure, long-term and short-term financing, options and derivatives, and etc. The organization of its content makes it very easy to follow.

Another thing that I like about this book is the way it's written. As I can attest from my classroom experience, Prof. Smart has the amazing capability to explain complicated concepts in simple languages. This book is so easy to read that you might suspect that its content is too simple. It's not! This book explains important finance concepts in a way that is easy to understand, the way a textbook is supposed to do, and sometimes with humor.

Some additional benefits that come with this book are its online contents. My favorite is Smart Concepts, which are animated slide shows of key concepts for each chapter.

Although I liked this book, it is not without any drawback. We found several errors in the text and exercise problems. However, these errors are minor and not significant enough for me to lower the rating for this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good! April 9 2013
By V. Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
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The book arrived ahead of time and in great shape. What's annoying is, my professor made us buy the book and she didn't use it. Needless to say, I read couple of chapters and glad to have it on hand.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Service Nov. 14 2006
By Manish Mathur - Published on Amazon.com
I thought that the book comes with a CD for SmartConcepts but it didn't. I don't have any complaints because I might not have read the description properly.

Overall I am very satisfied with my purchase.
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