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Principles of Finance with Excel is the first finance text that comprehensively integrates Excel into the teaching and practice of finance. Finance is inherently a topic requiring lots of computation and in today's business world this computation is almost wholly carried out in Excel. Despite this, many books rely heavily on hand calculators, and business school students often find that when they leave the academic environment they have to relearn both finance and Excel. The Excel-based approach of Principles of Finance with Excel gives better tools to the instructor and the student and integrates the educational message with the most useful financial tool available. There are no financial calculator examples in Principles of Finance with Excel, just Excel. The resulting message is clear: The Practice of Finance goes hand-in-hand with Excel. As every Excel user knows, a spreadsheet is not just a "computational tool", a slightly more sophisticated twist on the calculator. Using a spreadsheet gives new and deeper insights into financial decision making. The ability to combine graphics with computation, the powerful functions incorporated into the spreadsheet, and the ease with which sensitivity analysis can be done-all these give potent insights into financial problems.
"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
"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
"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
"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
As the title states, this book is about Finance with Excel and only Excel (no instructions or examples using financial calculators). All the examples are explained with Excel spreadsheets and all the problems and solutions are also in Excel. The CD in this book contains all the necessary excel spreadsheets both for chapter examples and problems. I have found the provided Excel spreadsheets to be very good templates for performing financial analysis such as mortgage calculations. I advise to purchase this book ONLY with the CD unless you can download or obtain the contents of its CD elsewhere.
The last chapters are dedicated to Excel basics and I highly recommend the beginners of MS Excel to read the last chapters first.
After reading this knowledge and value rich book, you will obtain a healthy respect for the power of Finance and Excel and you will know how to use both to make sound financial and business decisions.
Some reviewers have said that some of the problems had wrong solutions. I have found no errors in either the problems or the solutions. There are some Financial concepts that are counterintuitive and a solution could seem wrong to others.
This is an excellent introductory book on the subject. The concepts are not easy to understand at first, but the author does an excellent job of explaining them.
The only reason I did not give it five stars is, as an earlier commenter remarked, there are a number of mistakes in the Exercise section at the end of the chapters. Not impossible to work through, but it does slow one down a little bit.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning the basics of important financial concepts.
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