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Banking Inventory Management
Bankruptcy and Reorganization Leasing
Break-even Analysis Mergers & Acquisitions
Calculators Options, Warrants, Convertibles & Futures
Capital Budgeting Real Estate Investment
Capital Structure Risk & Rates of Return
Cost of Capital Stocks & Bonds
Financial Statements, Analysis & Forecasting Valuation
Interest Rates Working Capital

 

Careers in Finance

CFA Institute
"CFA Institute is an international, nonprofit organization of more than 70,000 investment practitioners and educators in over 100 countries." Through its headquarters in the United States, CFA provides knowledge to investment professionals while promoting a high level of standards, ethics, and professionalism within the investment industry.

Careers in Finance
This Web site provides a great resource for links to leading financial institutions. There are profiles of several firms and links to published articles about careers in finance.

Certification Programs
This Web site, sponsored by the Institute of Management Accountants, gives information about the certification requirements, programs, objectives and procedures to become a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and/or Certified in Financial Management (CFM).

Institute of Internal Auditors
This Web site is designed to inform auditors about certification requirements and opportunities in internal auditing.

Requirements for Certification
The Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) Program Web site provides information about job and certification requirements to become a CISA.

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General Finance

Ask Research
Ask Research provides free, high quality investment data which is useful in making quick investment decisions. Users can access real-time market data information and investment charts.

B&E DataLinks
B&E DataLinks provides links to financial and economic data sources located on the Web. The links are continually evaluated for accuracy and reliability. The Search Page allows users to search under finance or economic links or by doing a keyword search of the database. It is provided by the American Statistical Association.

businessfinancemag.com
This is the home page of the magazine, Business Finance. It houses a searchable database and several links to myriad of other business sites. It contains articles from the current issue, as well as full-text articles in a searchable archive. These articles contain business information on everything from academic resources to tax information.

Econ Data & Links
This Web site sponsored by the Economics Department of CSU Fresno offers substantial information regarding specific topics in domestic and international economics and finance. It includes information about economies, stocks and quotations, related income distribution, output, federal finance, money, interest rates, price indices, exchange rates, and international transactions. It also contains a wealth of demographic and statistical data for specific countries.

Economics Interactive Tutorials List
Economics Interactive Tutorials, sponsored by the University of South Carolina, provides a list of links with background information on economic topics.

Efficient Markets
This Web site of PowerPoint slides highlights a chapter on efficient markets. It is presented by Professor David Eagle of the Eastern Washington University College of Business and Public Administration.

Elsevier Economics and Finance Homepage
Elsevier, a premier publisher, offers previews and some full-text access to their products.

Environment
Environment provides users with a combination of online and audio descriptions of Financial Management, Financial Reports, and the Financial Environment. It is sponsored by the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

Finance Resources On the Web
Professor Ian Giddy of New York University's Leonard Stern School of Business has compiled lists of resources containing information on finance and the economy, financial markets, corporate finance, company, fund, and investment research, and international finance.

Financial Management
The Financial Management Web site is an excellent resource for comprehensive information of various financial management topics including: An Overview of Financial Management, Valuation Models, Cost of Capital, Capital Budgeting, Cash Flows, Risk Analysis, Cash Management, Risk Management, and Mergers.

Financial Reporting in Government
The Department of Agricultural Economics of Mississippi State University maintains this site which "explores major issues and models in governmental accounting and financial reporting." The two models of focus are the compliance and liquidity model (often called the fund model) and the accrual and consolidation model (often referred to as the business model).

G. William Schwert Working Papers
This Web site features finance articles published on a variety of topics by G. William Schwert, Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Finance and Statistics at the University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration.

Inc.com
Inc.com is designed to help small business owners "start and grow" their businesses. Its searchable database contains links to information on business advice, products, services, discussions, research, and industry. Access to Inc. Magazine is also included, allowing access to current and archived articles.

Investment Banking
This site, sponsored by Careers In Business, provides basic information about investment banking and access to links to the largest investment banking firms in the nation. There is also a link to recent articles written about investment banking.

Journal of Financial Economics
This online publication of the Journal of Financial Economics, provided by the University of Rochester, contains selected articles related to finance and economics topics. There is also an excellent list of Other Interesting Web Sites with links to other financial Web sites on the Web.

Knowledge at Wharton
"Knowledge@Wharton is a biweekly online resource that offers the latest business insights, information and research from a variety of sources. These include analysis of current business trends, interviews with industry leaders and Wharton faculty, articles based on the most recent business research, book reviews, conference and seminar reports, links to other Web sites." This site is sponsored by The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. There is a section dedicated to finance and investment.

Money.com
Money.com is an online resource with links to financial information about investing in different types of financial instruments, real estate, insurance, automobiles, retirement savings, and tax issues. Also included are links to current financial news and advice from experts.

Multiple Commodities, States and Times
William F. Sharpe, Professor of Finance at Stanford University has written an article about financial topics, including hedging, commodities, options, derivatives, markets, and strategies.

Notes on Money and Banking Topics
This Web site contains notes to the book, Money, Banking, and Financial Markets. An index of several topics in finance is listed.

Online Learning Center
The Online Learning Center from the McGraw-Hill company Web site outlines the textbook, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, and also provides student problems and a PowerPoint presentation to help explain the various topics. The Online Learning Center addresses most of the topics covered on this page.

Smart Pros
Smart Pros is a news, research, and product resource for accounting, finance, legal and human resource professionals. Use this site to access news about daily accounting headlines and research to locate tax, budget, and financial data.

Stock Market Volatility
"Stock Market Volatility" is an article written by G. William Schwert, Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Finance and Statistics at the University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, and provides insight into the volatility of the stock market.

Studyfinance.com
This is a very good Web site for all types of information in the field of finance. Some topics included are Time Value of Money, Valuation of Corporate Securities, Types of Business Organization, Basic Financial Statements, Ratio Analysis, Working Capital Management, Capital Budgeting, Valuation on Excel, and Time Value on Excel. In addition, each topic has several links with valuable information.

Valuation
The Valuation Web site at Stanford University allows users to access in-depth information about all types of investment valuation.

Working Capital Management
This Web site provides management solutions to finance and accounting issues that may arise in companies. It is sponsored by the Business Studies program at Charles Sturt University at Sydney, Australia.

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Glossaries

Encyclopedia of Business Case Terms
This encyclopedia offers a glossary of accounting, economic, and finance terms. Users can click on the index in the left column of the Web site or click on term links within other definitions.

Campbell R. Harvey's Hypertextual Finance Glossary
Campbell R. Harvey, a Global Financial Management instructor at Duke University and the University of Chicago, provides a master glossary of over 7,200 financial terms with over 18,000 associated hyperlinks to those definitions.

InvestorWords - Investing Glossary
"With over 6,000 definitions and 20,000 links between related terms, InvestorWords is the most comprehensive financial glossary you'll find anywhere."

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Banking

Bankrate.com
Bankrate.com provides online consumers with financial data, research and editorial information on non-investment financial products. This objective information on mortgages, credit cards, new and used auto loans, money market accounts and CDs, checking and ATM fees, home equity lines and loans, and online banking fees is gathered from more than 4,000 financial institutions in 50 states.

ePaynews.com - Payments News & Resource Center
"ePaynews.com is a free news portal bringing you the latest eCommerce and wireless payment industry news and information. The research, primarily collated from the Web, is intended to provide an informative overview of ePayments mechanisms within the eCommerce and mCommerce fields. Strategic areas on epaynews.com focus specifically on banking, merchants, business payment and payment technologies, with general sections on eCommerce and mCommerce. Fresh content is added to the site daily in order to provide the most up to date information."

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
The FDIC's mission is to maintain the stability of and public confidence in the nation's financial system. Find information on analytical, statistical, and historical bank data; all types of laws and regulations; and recent banking news and events.

Yahoo! Banking
Yahoo! provides a list of links to finance and banking-related Web sites.

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Bankruptcy and Reorganization

American Bankruptcy Institute
Here is a comprehensive bankruptcy Web site containing daily headlines, legislative news, House and Senate bills, courts and opinions, statistical information, articles, and links.

FindLaw - Bankruptcy Law
This page outlines many different types of publications related to bankruptcy including a link to the FindLaw Library with informative articles written about bankruptcy.

Frequently Asked Questions about Bankruptcy
This Web site, from the Administrative Office of the Courts, offers links to bankruptcy basics as well as to types of bankruptcy's such as chapters 7, 9, 11, 12, and 13.

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Break-even Analysis

Introduction to break-even analysis
This site explains what break-even analysis is, gives an example of how to calculate it as well as how to interpret the results. It also gives suggestions on how to lower the break-even point.

TechnoSchool: Tools for Problem Solving
V. William DeLuca of North Carolina State University has created a Web site with an excellent calculator for break-even analysis, and allows users to input different types of variable, fixed, and management and selling expenses.

Weatherhead School of Management Break-Even Analysis
Case Western Reserve sponsors this site which explains break-even analysis in addition to the individual costs that go into calculating the break-even point. Then it shows how to calculate each of the components individually. It also explains how to calculate the break-even point using the break-even calculator. Then it goes through an example and shows the answer in a graphical format.

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Calculators

Calculator
Investit offers eighteen various types of calculators for different types of financial information.

Calculator Plus
This site is a comprehensive source of free online mortgage, credit card and other personal finance calculators.

Financial Calculators
The Web site sponsored by Salemfive.com allows users to adequately calculate and analyze Mortgage Loan Potential, Loan Payment Planner, Savings and Investment Planner, Rent Vs. Buy Analysis, and Mortgage Refinancing Calculator to help in financial decision-making.

 

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Capital Budgeting

Analysis - Future and Present Value of Money
This Web site, sponsored by Investment FAQ, briefly explains the two concepts concerning the time-value-of-money, namely future and present value. It also shows how to compute those values with the associated formulas. "The Investment FAQ is a collection of Frequently Asked Questions and answers about investments and personal finance, including stocks, bonds, options, discount brokers, information sources, retirement plans, life insurance, etc."

Analysis - Internal Rate of Return (IRR)
This Web site, sponsored by Investment FAQ, discusses the definition and computing of the internal rate of return on periodic payments. Possible scenarios and solutions are discussed in some detail. "The Investment FAQ is a collection of Frequently Asked Questions and answers about investments and personal finance, including stocks, bonds, options, discount brokers, information sources, retirement plans, life insurance, etc."

Business Solutions
This Web site features a brief article written by Kay Rainey which defines the Cash Conversion Cycle (CCC) and provides the formulas needed to compute the CCC. It also explains how to evaluate the ratios computed by the formulas.

Financial Management
The Financial Management Web site sponsored by the University of Missouri - St. Louis is an excellent resource for comprehensive information of various financial management topics including: An Overview of Financial Management, Valuation Models, Cost of Capital, Capital Budgeting, Cash Flows, Risk Analysis, Cash Management, Risk Management, and Mergers.

Studyfinance.com
This is a very good Web site for all types of information in the field of finance. Some topics included are Time Value of Money, Valuation of Corporate Securities, Types of Business Organization, Basic Financial Statements, Ratio Analysis, Working Capital Management, Capital Budgeting, Valuation on Excel, and Time Value on Excel. In addition, each topic has several links with valuable information.

Valuation
The Valuation Web site at Stanford University allows users to access in-depth information about all types of investment valuation.

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Capital Structure

Capital Structure
This Web site provides a detailed PowerPoint lecture showing the differences between short-term and long-term financing; the optimal amount of debt that should be used in restructuring; and how capital sources adequately evaluate requests for changes in capital structure. It is sponsored by Meyer and Associates, a "consulting firm specializing in the financial & strategic planning and marketing penetration needs of convenience store & petroleum retailer and supplier companies."

Efficient Capital Markets
This is a Web site of PowerPoint slides from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration describing capital markets and the "no free lunch" concept.

Lecture Notes
This PowerPoint lecture, provided by the Department of Finance at the University of California, Fullerton, discusses issues raised in organizations regarding capital structure.

Capital Structure
Morevalue.com specializes in "business Journal Reprints, and teaching material to accompany courses taught at various schools and universities, including lecture notes, application software, and textbooks." At this site, users can access information regarding recent news and journal articles about capital structure.

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Cost of Capital

Net Present Value (NPV) and Cost of Capital
This article written in Computerworld fully describes Net Present Value and Cost of Capital.

Review Questions--Cost of Capital
A practice quiz is provided for students to take regarding the cost of capital calculations. The quiz provides correct answers that explain how to correctly calculate the question.

Teach Me Finance
This Web site explores all the ways to calculate costs such as the cost of retained earnings, cost of bonds, preferred stock, issuing common stock and the weighted average cost of capital. There are advertisements at the top of the page so users should continue to scroll to find the needed information.

Weighted Average Cost of Capital
This Value Based Management Web site explains what the weighted average cost of capital is and how to calculate it, explaining all of the components in detail. It also provides a detailed example.

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Financial Statements, Analysis & Forecasting

Business and finance forms
This Web site provides access to various business forms through Adobe.

Financial Ratio Analysis
This Web site allows users to look at definitions and formulas for balance sheet ratio analysis and income statement ratio analysis. It features a brief article from Bizmove.com, a site which is dedicated to informing small business owners.

Forecasting Profits
Forecasting Profits is maintained by Bizmove.com and discusses factors which affect profit forecasting, pro forma income statements, and break-even analysis.

ProForma Invoices and Price Quotations Used With Foreign Companies
A site from the Arkansas Small Business Development Center, this outlines guidelines and regulations when using ProForma documents with international businesses.

Understanding Financial Statements
This Web site provided by the Arkansas Small Business Development Center gives information about the usefulness of financial statements to management. Users can look down through the Web site to access a useful chart about financial ratios which tells exactly what the ratio measures and the type of information the ratio relays to users.

Zacks
"Zacks is a full service quantitative research firm, offering a suite of products designed to provide analysts, corporate investors, brokers, and individual investors with the tools they need to optimize their equity decision making processes." Access this Web site to find all types of financial information about over 7,500 companies.

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Interest Rates

CNN Money
CNN lists the latest municipal, corporate, cmo, zero coupon, treasury, and short term bond rates.

Deposit Rates Exchange
With a population of 310.6 million (Est 2010) the US economy was ranked 1st in the world with a GDP PPP 14.2 trillion according to the IMF in 2009. Its GDP PPP per capita was $45,934 which ranks 6th in the world. The US central bank the Federal Reserve has set its interest rate at 0.25%. According to CIA.gov its inflation was 3.8% in 2008 and -0.3% in 2009. Bank deposits held for a fixed term in the United States are called certificates of deposit.

Federal Reserve Statistical Release - Selected Interest Rates
The Statistical Release contains daily interest rates for selected US Treasury and private money market and capital market instruments and is published weekly. Click on the date listed in the column for interest rates for the past four years.

Interest Rates and Bond Yields
This Stanford University Web site provides users with information about interest rates and bond yields with specific information about Multi-period Discount Factors, Multi-period Interest Rates, Bond Yields, Duration, and Forward Interest Rates.

International Term Deposit Rates Exchange
Compare deposit rates world wide.

The Mortgage Store
The Mortgage Store lists current mortgage interest rates and provides a chart of how the mortgage rates have changed over the past two decades.

Term Structure of Interest Rates
This PowerPoint presentation gives definitions and several examples of the term structure of interest rates, yield curves, and the expectation hypothesis and associated curves. This presentation is by David Eagle of the College of Business and Public Administration at Eastern Washington University.

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Inventory Management

Effective Inventory Management - Recent Articles
This Web site, sponsored by Effective Inventory Management, Inc., is a link to several, easy-to-understand articles regarding inventory management.

Inventory Management
Tompkins Associates provides inventory solutions to a variety of companies. This site explains how to understand inventory as well as how to lower inventory costs.

InventoryOps
This is a very comprehensive site containing lots of information about inventory management. There are links to articles, books, and a dictionary that are very helpful to users. There are links containing information about inventory accuracy, cycle counting, lot sizing, safety stock, WMS, ERP, MRP, software selection and implementation, manufacturing, warehousing, shipping, receiving, material handling, and safety.

Managing Inventory
This article by Lonnie Robertson in AutoInc.Magazine, July, 1998, is about inventory software and inventory management systems operating within a company. Robertson explains how to determine what level of inventory is best depending on the size of the company and the goods they produce.

Supply Chain Management: What is Inventory Management?
This article, written by Hermann Gruenwald, describes the movement from holding large amounts of inventory to slimming inventory needs. Gruenwald describes the leaner/meaner technique, categories of inventory, reasons of holding inventory, inventory management conditions, how to determine poor inventory management techniques, and how to slim down inventory needs.

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Leasing

Federal Reserve Board's Keys to Vehicle Leasing
This Web site is maintained by the Federal Reserve Board and explains the various procedures and terminology involved with vehicle leasing. Areas this site explores are early termination, sample lease forms, future value, as well as rights and responsibilities.

LeaseGuide.com
This site offers the ultimate guide to vehicle leasing. It describes what automobile leasing is, how it works, if it's right for you and why people decide to lease. The Web site also contains links to important information regarding taxes, fees, and types of contracts.

To Lease or not to Lease
This article, from Railway Age, is about equipment leasing, particularly for the railway industry. The authors describe the benefits of leasing in great detail, as well as presents the biases developed by other researches. It briefly discusses the types of leases available.

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Business Valuation
This page lists the methods used to value a company before merging or acquiring another company. The site is sponsored by Merfeld & Schine, Inc., "a well established business brokering and mergers & acquisitions consulting company." Their mission is to "help you in all phases of the selling process from valuing your company to preparing it for sale, to actually selling it."

Mergers and Acquisitions
Investopedia sponsors this Web site which explains the types of mergers, how to account for them, and what to do when problems arise.

Mergers and Acquisitions Primer
This Web site, by FindLaw, discusses horizontal mergers and gives examples of them as well as the laws regarding that type of merger.

The Online Investor: Mergers
The Online Investor lists mergers and acquisitions announced from the current week and recent past.

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Options, Warrants, Convertibles & Futures

Bloomberg
Bloomberg is a an excellent financial resource providing up-to-the-minute market information. Users can access Bloomberg's Most Active Futures or the Most Active Options pages for information about the market's most active futures and options for the day.

Hedging Currency Risk with Options & Futures
This article, written by J. Marlowe, MA, MSc at Golden Capital, is related to hedging with options and futures. It also includes definitions, formulas, and examples.

Multiple Commodities, States and Times
William F. Sharpe, Professor of Finance at Stanford University has written an article about financial topics, including hedging, commodities, options, derivatives, markets, and strategies.

Options, Futures, and Index Arbitrage
This PowerPoint presentation, from the College of Business and Public Administration at Eastern Washington University, provides a wealth of information and examples regarding options, futures, hedging, and index arbitrage.

Stocks - Warrants
This Web site, sponsored by Investment FAQ, describes stock warrants.

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Real Estate Investment

International Real Estate Digest - Financing Information
This Web site has links to several types of financial information related to real estate. Look at the Local Loan Rates link to find out news, current rates on several types of financial instruments, and calculators.

Investit: Calculator
This Web site specializes in helping to compute different real estate calculations.

Real Estate Investing through REITs
This article talks about the trend toward REIT investment and what is required to obtain REIT status. REITs can provide certain benefits to investors, which are explained in detail. The article provides links to other articles that explain the benefits of REITs.

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Click on the links to find topics such as news, general information, HUD initiatives, HUD resources, and other resources and related links on the Web.

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Risk & Rates of Return

Analysis Beta and Alpha
This Web site describes Alpha and Beta and what both mean to investments.

Analysis - Risks of Investment
This Investment FAQ Web site explains the different types of risks associated with various investments and also shows how to compute market risk based on the investment.

Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)
These PowerPoint slides from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration provide information on the Capital Asset Pricing Model.

Financial Management
The Financial Management Web site is an excellent resource for comprehensive information of various financial management topics including: An Overview of Financial Management, Valuation Models, Cost of Capital, Capital Budgeting, Cash Flows, Risk Analysis, Cash Management, Risk Management, and Mergers.

Introduction to Finance
This University of Arizona Web site features information about the time value of money, financial statements, capital budgeting, cost of capital, and risk and return.

Investments: Anomalies and Liquidities
Users can access PowerPoint slides from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration which describe anomalies (relative to the CAPM) and liquidities.

Revisiting the Capital Asset Pricing Model
This Web site is dedicated to an article by Jonathan Burton that describes the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM).

Stock Market Volatility
"Stock Market Volatility" is an article written by G. William Schwert, Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Finance and Statistics at the University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, and provides insight to the volatility of the stock market.

Testing the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)
This web site has old exam questions from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administratin that deal with Testing the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM).

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Stocks & Bonds

About.com - Stocks
This is an excellent Web site with substantial information on a variety of financial topics. This site is not solely based on stocks, but all topics associated with investing and finance. Current information, calculators, and analysis tools are located under each topic listed in the left column.

Bonds Online

Bonds Online allows users to search over thousands of offerings from several hundred trading desks to find bonds. Each bond type has a query definition page where you define the search, a query result page that lists the bonds that match your query definition, and a bond detail page where you can get more information about a bond on the list. Treasury prices and yields are also available in real-time quotes.

Credit Spreads
On this Appalachian State University Web site, credit spreads are explained and examples are included.

Environment
Environment provides users with a combination of online and audio descriptions of Financial Management, Financial Reports, and the Financial Environment. It is sponsored by the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

Guide to Bonds, Stocks, and Other Securitie
"Securities are assets with no value. However, they do carry a lot of power such as voting rights in a company. They are evidence of financial investment. Two of the most common types are debt securities (usually in the form of bonds) and equity securities (usually in the form of stocks)."

InvestingInBonds.com
This Web site is sponsored by The Bond Market Association and provides current news and advice for investors. Users can find the current daily bond rates, a bond glossary, advice for bond investing, and a list of Web links to additional information.

Multiple Commodities, States and Times
William F. Sharpe, Professor of Finance at Stanford University has written an article about financial topics, including hedging, commodities, options, derivatives, markets, and strategies.

Stocks - Warrants
This Web site describes stock warrants. This page is provided by The Investment FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).

Why Does Stock Volatility Change Over Time?
The paper, "Why Does Stock Volatility Change Over Time?", by G. William Schwert, Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Finance and Statistics at the University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, is available to download from this Web site.

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Valuation

TeachMeFinance.com Stock Valuation
This Web site explains how to value stock and describes the Gordon Growth Formula and the Constant Growth Formula. The Web page contains several advertisements so users need to scroll to find the needed information.

Valuation
The Valuation Web site at Stanford University allows users to access in-depth information about all types of investment valuation.

Valuation
A New York professor is author of this Web site which provides spreadsheets and definitions of valuation topics for students. It contains background information needed before students enter the upper level valuation course.

Valuation
Time value of money, financial statements, capital budgeting, cost of capital, and risk and return are discussed on this StudyFinance.com Web site.

Valuation Resources.com
This Web site provides several links to different types of valuation, sample reports, and other publications. Be sure to scroll past the advertisements to the links.

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Working Capital

Business Solutions
This Web site features a brief article written by Kay Rainey which defines the Cash Conversion Cycle (CCC) and provides the formulas needed to compute the CCC. It also explains how to evaluate the ratios computed by the formulas.

Investing for Beginners
"Joshua Kennon has been the Investing for Beginners guide at About.com, a division of The New York Times, since February, 2001. Thanks to his straight-forward approach and ability to simplify complex topics, his series of lessons on financial statement analysis have been used by managers, investors, colleges and universities throughout the world."

Investopedia Working Capital
This Web site explains what working capital is and how to calculate it, as well as what working capital tells managers and investors.

Working Capital Management
Management solutions to finance and accounting issues that may arise in companies are available at this site. It is sponsored by the Business Studies program at Charles Sturt University at Sydney, Australia.

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