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Contemporary Financial Management, 12th Edition

  • includes Thomson ONE - Business School Edition 6-Month Printed Access Card
  • R. Charles Moyer
  • James R. McGuigan
  • Ramesh P. Rao
  • William J. Kretlow
  • ISBN-10: 0538479175
  • ISBN-13: 9780538479172
  • 960 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2006, 2003
  • COPYRIGHT: 2012 Published
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About the Product

CONTEMPORARY FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT gives students a comprehensive, contemporary introduction to financial management focusing on maximizing shareholder wealth and effectively managing cash flow. Students learn the international aspects of financial management, examine the ethical behavior of managers, and study the effects of the 2008-2009 recessions on corporations. Financial Challenges, icons, integrative cases, and numerous other learning features highlight critical concepts and provide important practice. Excel® templates in this edition’s companion web site offer additional practice in using technology to achieve financial management objectives. Thomson ONE Business School Edition, included with the text, places the same financial analysis tool used daily by Wall Street professionals into the hands of students to further their financial management skills and success.


  • NEW CHAPTER-OPENING FINANCIAL CHALLENGES: Many chapters in this edition include new, current “Financial Challenges” chapter-opening scenarios that capture some of the most challenging scenarios in today’s field to direct students’ attention toward the chapter concepts. Some highlight the 2008-2009 recession.

  • FOUNDATION CONCEPTS HIGHLIGHT VITAL CONTENT: Unique “Foundation Concepts” icons clearly identify the finance concepts within each chapter that are most vital for students to know. Some highlight the 2008-2009 recession.

  • INTEGRATIVE CASES THAT WORK WITH EXCEL®: At the end of appropriate chapters, a set of comprehensive Integrative Cases provides important hands-on applications. Many of them can be used with the Excel® templates on the Web site as students learn the power of computers in performing sensitivity analysis.

  • ETHICS, INTERNATIONAL, AND ENTREPRENEURIAL ISSUES ARE ADDRESSED: Unique “Ethical Issues” boxes raise sensitivity to ethical challenges facing managers and often prompt class discussion. “International Issues” illustrate global considerations necessary to making financial decisions. “Entrepreneurial Issues” emphasize unique finance-related problems and concerns of today’s entrepreneur.

  • THOMSON-ONE BUSINESS SCHOOL EDITION IS INCLUDED WITH THE TEXT: Motivate students to perform basic research and analysis with Thomson ONE-BSE online financial database, the same tool that professional brokers and analysts around the world use every day. Students can access leading financial data sources, including Thomson Financial, Worldscope, SEC Disclosure, Datastream, and more, as they complete special Thomson ONE-BSE end-of-chapter problems in the text.

About the Author

R. Charles Moyer

Charles Moyer is Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship and Dean Emeritus of the College of Business at the University of Louisville, earned his BA in Economics from Howard University and his MBA and PhD in Finance and Managerial Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Moyer is Dean Emeritus and former holder of the GMAC Insurance Chair in Finance at the Babcock Graduate School of Management, Wake Forest University. He also has taught at the University of Houston, Lehigh University, and the University of New Mexico and spent a year at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and a year at the Department of Commerce in Washington. Professor Moyer has taught extensively abroad in Germany, France, and Russia. In addition to this text, Moyer has coauthored Managerial Economics, 13th edition (Cengage-South-Western, 2014). He has been published in many leading journals, is a member of the Board of Directors of Summit Biosciences, Capitala, and the Kentucky Seed Capital Fund. He has supplied cost of capital testimony in nearly 100 public utility rate cases.

James R. McGuigan

James R. McGuigan owns and operates his own numismatic investment firm. Prior to this business, he was Associate Professor of Finance and Business Economics in the School of Business Administration at Wayne State University. He also taught at the University of Pittsburgh and Point Park College. Dr. McGuigan received his undergraduate degree from Carnegie-Mellon University; his M.B.A. at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his interests in economics, he has co-authored several well-known books on financial management.

Ramesh P. Rao

Dr. Ramesh P. Rao is a professor and holds the Paul C. Wise Chair of Finance in the William S. Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University. He earned a B.S. at the University of the Philippines, M.B.A. from the Asian Institute of Management and Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. He has coauthored over 60 journal articles in publications such as Journal of Business, Journal of Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Management, and others. Rao’s research interests focus on mainstream corporate finance issues including compensation and board structure, corporate control, capital and ownership structure, information signaling and related areas. Rao was former program chair and president of the Southwestern Finance Association, and is also the coeditor of the Journal of Applied Finance, and a director of the Asian Finance Association. He has been recognized for his teaching and research excellence including the following awards: 2009 Southwestern Finance Association Best Paper in Corporate Finance Award, Richard W. Poole Research Excellence Award (2008-2009), Chandler-Frates & Reitz Teaching Excellence Award-MBA Program (OSU-Tulsa campus, 2008), Regents Distinguished Research Award (2007), and others.

William J. Kretlow

William J. Kretlow, formerly with Tenneco and Monsanto, joined the University of Houston faculty in 1971. Since 1977, Professor Kretlow has taught at the Stonier Graduate School of Banking of the American Bankers Association. He also has taught at Rice University and has received various teaching awards. In addition to coauthoring this text, he has published articles in the REVIEW OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH, THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE, and THE FINANCIAL REVIEW, among others. Professor Kretlow has advised various small and medium-sized companies on financial matters, served as an expert witness in a number of financial cases, and is experienced in the valuation of closely held businesses.

Table of Contents

1. The Role and Objective of Financial Management.
2. The Domestic and International Financial Marketplace.
3. Evaluation of Financial Performance.
4. Financial Planning and Forecasting.
5. The Time Value of Money.
6. Fixed Income Securities: Characteristics and Valuation.
7. Common Stock: Characteristics, Valuation, and Issuance.
8. Analysis of Risk and Return.
9. Capital Budgeting and Cash Flow Analysis.
10. Capital Budgeting: Decision Criteria and Real Option Considerations.
11. Capital Budgeting and Risk.
12. The Cost of Capital.
13. Capital Structure Concepts.
14. Capital Structure Management in Practice.
15. Dividend Policy.
16. Working Capital Policy and Short-Term Financing.
17. The Management of Cash and Marketable Securities.
18. The Management of Accounts Receivable and Inventories.
20. Financing with Derivatives.
21. Risk Management.
22. International Financial Management.
23. Corporate Restructuring.
Appendix 2A Taxes.
Appendix 5A Continuous Compounding and Discounting.
Appendix 9A Depreciation.
Appendix 10A Mutually Exclusive Investments Having Unequal Lives.
Appendix 14A Breakeven Analysis.
Appendix 20A The Black-Scholes Option Pricing Model.
Appendix 20B Bond Refunding Analysis.

New to this edition

  • Chapter learning objectives have been added to all chapters as well as updated references (footnotes and web references) throughout the book.
  • The previous Chapter 6, Analysis of Risk a Return, is repositioned as Chapter 8 so that the two valuation chapters (Fixed Income Securities and Common Stock) follow immediately after the Time Value of Money Chapter (5).
  • Numerous new Financial Challenges begin most of the chapters: Issues Confronting Financial Managers (Ch. 1); Ford’s Investment in Volvo Comes up Short (Ch. 9); Risk in the Pharmaceutical Industry (Ch. 11); The Euro Takes a Dive (Ch. 22).
  • Chapter 1 is updated to reflect the current economic environment affecting business.
  • Chapter 2 is updated with regard to material on the stock market, and a NEW section gives an overview of the financial crisis and how it affected firms.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1111528187 | ISBN-13: 9781111528188)

The IRCD includes such items as the Instructor’s Manual, Solutions Manual, Test Bank in MS Word format, our Test Bank software Examview and the Test Bank materials in Examview format, the PowerPoint slide package, and the Excel files. Prepared by the text authors, the Instructor’s Manual contains detailed solutions to the end-of-chapter questions and problems. A list at the end of the manual designates the topical coverage of each end-of-chapter problem in the text. ExamView Testing Software is an easy-to-use computerized testing program containing all of the questions in the test bank offering more than 1,800 multiple-choice questions and problems. This unique test bank is designed with the instructor in mind, and includes AACSB designations for each question and problem. The PowerPoint slides provide the text’s graphs and tables along with lecture notes and can be printed for use as transparency masters or acetates, and the Excel files, designated with an Excel icon, are designed to solve a wide variety of financial management problems; these models do not require previous experience with Excel.