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This highly successful undergraduate corporate finance text is recognized for its tradition as the best corporate finance textbook at teaching finance. Block and Hirt's approach focuses on pedagogy and how students learn. With the Ninth edition,the authors' careful writing style and step-by-step explanations make the text easy to understand. They also have presented a stro This highly successful undergraduate corporate finance text is recognized for its tradition as the best corporate finance textbook at teaching finance. Block and Hirt's approach focuses on pedagogy and how students learn. With the Ninth edition,the authors' careful writing style and step-by-step explanations make the text easy to understand. They also have presented a strong real world emphasis throughout this new edition. Not only will students find real-world emphasis in text examples using "hot" companies recently mentioned in the business press,but there are also Finance-In-Action boxed readings that give an in-depth look at real business decisions,and consistent placement of real company logos in the text's margins. The Ninth edition continues to present a simple and understandable story of finance for students. All of these features come together to present a comprehensive story of finance.


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This highly successful undergraduate corporate finance text is recognized for its tradition as the best corporate finance textbook at teaching finance. Block and Hirt's approach focuses on pedagogy and how students learn. With the Ninth edition,the authors' careful writing style and step-by-step explanations make the text easy to understand. They also have presented a stro This highly successful undergraduate corporate finance text is recognized for its tradition as the best corporate finance textbook at teaching finance. Block and Hirt's approach focuses on pedagogy and how students learn. With the Ninth edition,the authors' careful writing style and step-by-step explanations make the text easy to understand. They also have presented a strong real world emphasis throughout this new edition. Not only will students find real-world emphasis in text examples using "hot" companies recently mentioned in the business press,but there are also Finance-In-Action boxed readings that give an in-depth look at real business decisions,and consistent placement of real company logos in the text's margins. The Ninth edition continues to present a simple and understandable story of finance for students. All of these features come together to present a comprehensive story of finance.

30 review for Foundations of Financial Management with Time Value of Money card (The Mcgraw-Hill / Irwin Series in Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I survived my Finance class this semester!

  2. 5 out of 5

    fc7reads

    I have rated this book three stars in an attempt to be fair. For me, this reading was a nightmare. I had to slog through every page. Having said that, it really isn't appropriate to blame the authors for that. The book is well written and, overall, nicely done. I simply do not enjoy the subject matter. I found myself consuming this book only because it is the required text for a course I'm taking. In fairness to the authors, despite my lack of enthusiasm for the subject, I found most of the writ I have rated this book three stars in an attempt to be fair. For me, this reading was a nightmare. I had to slog through every page. Having said that, it really isn't appropriate to blame the authors for that. The book is well written and, overall, nicely done. I simply do not enjoy the subject matter. I found myself consuming this book only because it is the required text for a course I'm taking. In fairness to the authors, despite my lack of enthusiasm for the subject, I found most of the writing accessible and digestible. Considering that I have spent my entire life avoiding accounting, finance, and economics, that's quite a compliment.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Charlie Beals

    Sheesh. Glad I'm not going into finance...so many thing to remember and know. Sheesh. Glad I'm not going into finance...so many thing to remember and know.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey Williams

    For an introductory level textbook, Block, Hirt and Danielsen did well in presenting a lot of information in one volume. The case studies were superb and very helpful, however, a lot of the text came up with conclusions that didn't make sense to the beginning reader. I found myself often asking the question "Why is that an acceptable answer?" when comparing two different companies in things like NPV and ratios. The answer is "because this is (that) we go with Company A." However, this makes an a For an introductory level textbook, Block, Hirt and Danielsen did well in presenting a lot of information in one volume. The case studies were superb and very helpful, however, a lot of the text came up with conclusions that didn't make sense to the beginning reader. I found myself often asking the question "Why is that an acceptable answer?" when comparing two different companies in things like NPV and ratios. The answer is "because this is (that) we go with Company A." However, this makes an assumption that the student knows what a good industry ratio is or can make a proper evaluation to reach the same conclusion. As a student of finance, I want to know WHY do we select one company over the other. Don't just give us the equation, show us the math, and then select one over the other when we don't have the context in which to make a proper analysis. My critique would be unjustified if it was an isolated case, but it happens repeatedly throughout the book, which only served to add to confusion where there shouldn't have been any with an extra paragraph explanation. The financial calculator and Excel spreadsheet calculations were worthless in the main body of text. Though the information can and probably is useful to some students, placing it in the main body of text just made it counterproductive. Should have been added as a sidebar instead so that way those who it applies to can find the information easily, while those of us who do not need it can just skip it without missing critical information in the text. As I stated earlier, the sidebar case studies made this book practicable for students. There is a lot of great information inside the main body if you can pick it out between the finance calculator and spreadsheet formulas, and the case studies made the material more impactful through real world examples. Another area that is both good and bad are the problems at the end of each chapter. The problems are well written and pertinent to the learning outcomes from each chapter. However, there is no answer guide at the back of the book from which a student can check his/her work. Many times I found myself wondering if I calculated something correctly with no way of checking my work. This is a detriment. That being said, for the 16th edition of the book I would recommend the following changes: - Add a paragraph explanation whenever the narrative chooses between Company A and Company B explaining why the choice was made and what the proper industry average or criteria is in making that decision (provide the context). - Eliminate the financial calculator and excel spreadsheet information from the main narrative and place in sidebar separate from the main text. - Add a section in the back of the book with the answers to each of the summary questions in each chapter. What I appreciated about the volume was that it was progressive in nature. Once I mastered the material in the early chapters (especially Chapter 2 regarding ratios) it made the material in the later chapters easier to understand. The content itself is good and I learned a lot when I didn't have to deal with wading through spreadsheet valuations. The summary questions were helpful.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee Weber

    Had to read for school.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Freburg

    I read ch. 1-12 while completing a college course. The book has lots of info and data, charts and tables, websites, etc... The company analysis and current business finance trends, etc... were enjoyable. The post-chapter questions and problems were very interesting, practical, and helpful. The concepts were explained very well with examples. I enjoyed reading the course textbook and learned many finance concepts, accounting concepts and ideas, and economic concepts. The grammar could be improve I read ch. 1-12 while completing a college course. The book has lots of info and data, charts and tables, websites, etc... The company analysis and current business finance trends, etc... were enjoyable. The post-chapter questions and problems were very interesting, practical, and helpful. The concepts were explained very well with examples. I enjoyed reading the course textbook and learned many finance concepts, accounting concepts and ideas, and economic concepts. The grammar could be improved - some of the chapters included so much info that the English grammar seemed to be neglected but the concepts and ideas were always easily understood.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amanda J

    Read as part of my MBA program. A very dry textbook, but it has the fundamentals. I actually referred back to it during other classes because it provides the nuts & bolts better than some other finance textbooks.

  8. 4 out of 5

    James Conroy

    It's a financial accounting book how interesting could it really be! It was good for what it was It's a financial accounting book how interesting could it really be! It was good for what it was

  9. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Had the book but the teacher did not use it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Poorly written text.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brent

    The book is okay but I would not have passed the class without the website. If I had to choose, I would stick with the website since it came with an electronic version of the textbook.

  12. 4 out of 5

    P.

    I thought I would sell it back when the class was completed however it has so much useful info that I am sure I will need to refer back to, I think it is in my best interest to hold on to it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mrs. Mitchell

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kurtis

  15. 4 out of 5

    Reinaldo

  16. 5 out of 5

    Matt Hudson

  17. 5 out of 5

    James Miller

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carl

  19. 5 out of 5

    Steph

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jewels

  21. 5 out of 5

    Yaya Hamza

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Newcomer

  23. 5 out of 5

    Abby Ragan

  24. 5 out of 5

    Daniela Ramirez

  25. 5 out of 5

    Irene

  26. 4 out of 5

    Colin Couture

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kunhean

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

  29. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Scott

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Coleman

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