Financial Terms Glossary

by John Kind

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The meaning of company accounts

By Walter Reid and D R Myddelton, published by Gower Publishing (8th edition) in 2005, 310 pages

This book first appeared in 1971 and quickly achieved recognition among managers, financial and non-financial alike. It is now seen as the standard text in the subject. It aims to help anyone using company accounts to gain a firm grasp of what they mean and how they relate to business activities.

The 80:20 principle: the secret of achieving more with less

By Richard Koch, published by Nicholas Brealey Publishing (2nd revised, 10th anniversary edition) in 2007, 304 pages

The 80/20 principle – the fact that 80 per cent of results flow from 20 per cent of causes – is the one true principle of highly effective people and organisations. The 80/20 principle shows how you can achieve much more with much less effort, time and resources, simply by concentrating on that all-important 20 per cent. The 80/20 principle is the key to controlling our lives. If we can latch on to the few powerful forces within and around us, we can leverage our efforts to multiply effectiveness. Most of what we do has trivial results. A little of what we do really matters. So if we focus on the latter, we can control events instead of being controlled by them, and achieve several times the results.

Financial games for training

By John Kind, published by Gower Publishing Ltd in 2004, 336 pages

A collection of around 100 original, enjoyable yet practical games for trainers. The range includes crosswords, blank diagrams (such as break-even charts), knowledge tests and quizzes, assignments, brainteasers, card games, icebreakers, energisers and short worksheets. The collection provides the financial trainer with a source of simple and fun ways of adding life to what can be perceived as a boring and conservative subject by managers and business students.

Reading and understanding the Financial Times

by Kevin Boaks, pubished by FT Prentice Hall (updated for 2010-2011) in 2009, 264 pages

This book analyses a selection of topical FT articles with recurrent themes relating to some of the most important issues in the world of corporate finance, leaving you ready to conduct your own analysis the next time you read the FT for business or pleasure.



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