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"I am a Finance Division Manager at Allstate and use Excel quite a bit. It has been my experience in hiring over the past five or so years that most students today coming out of school lack skills and knowledge of Excel. Most of what I learned while in graduate school was related to the financial (i.e., banking) industry. Very little related to anything outside of that, nor were there any real life exercises in many of the books that I had. I liked your book because it showed how to use many of the features of Excel." --Charlyn Foust, Allstate
"You have transformed me, an IT person, into someone who now knows QUITE a bit about financial management, and who can now quote, debate and discuss with the best of them! I still cannot thank you enough. I could not have done this without the knowledge imparted by Principles of Finance with Excel." --Zubin Garda, Deloite-Touche
"You have done an excellent job. I can't find a book with the applications you've included in here and I think it's great. I have an honors degree in Economics from University of Western Ontario and sat the CFA level one exam this year. Both bodies of studies are great but I believe where they lack is in the application dept. The majority of the content that I've looked at so far from your book was covered in level one CFA but the texts never explained applications with Excel which is a huge downfall. I believe your book compliments and fits perfectly into what I've learned in theory." --Rob Lee, Trader
"Principles of Finance with Excel by Simon Benninga is truly a unique and important new Excel based corporate finance text. Many students contact me after graduation and tell me how their ability to use Excel in financial modeling has opened doors to many interesting career opportunities. However, it is not simply the ability to use Excel that has opened these doors. The key is that Principles of Finance with Excel promotes a sound understanding of the principles of value creation and of financial decision making under uncertainty, which allows individuals to make immediate contributions to their firms."--Glen A. Larsen Jr., Finance Department, Indiana University
"Finally, a 'Principles of Finance textbook' that uses the tool that our students will 'do finance with' once they graduate. In this book, Dr. Benninga pairs his authoritative treatment of finance with Excel and a thorough study of the finance basics. Excel is used, not as a black box, but rather as an implement to further understanding of the topics. Even a seasoned Finance professional can learn new tricks and gain new insights from this book."--Timo Korkeamaki, Finance Department, Gonzaga University
"Microsoft Excel continues to be an absolutely critical piece of the tools and language of applied personal and corporate finance at all levels. Bankers, CFOs, investors, accountants, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and even proactive consumers need to be adept at using this platform. Principles of Finance with Excel fills a gaping hole in the market by applying an effective teaching methodology to financial applications of Excel in a self-contained text."--Alex Gould, Department of Economics, Stanford University
"Professor Benninga's Principles of Finance with Excel masterfully integrates theory with practice. By working through learning-by-doing examples and practical applications, the reader's knowledge and understanding of both finance and Excel are enhanced. Furthermore, it accomplishes this in an engaging and entertaining manner. This book will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning finance. I highly recommend it" --Tom McCurdy, Bonham Chair in International Finance, University of Toronto
"In Principles of Finance with Excel, Professor Benninga skillfully interweaves financial theory with applications to real-world data. Basic financial concepts are presented with unusual clarity in an intuitive manner. This book offers a nice blend of concepts and Excel applications and is easy to follow. Readers will find the exercises in the book fun and interesting, as many of my students and I have."--Youngsoo Kim, University of Regina, Canada
Simon Benninga is professor of finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of numerous academic articles and three previous books. His books on financial modeling and valuation are now standards in the field of finance and have been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Polish, and Italian.