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The Most Important Concepts in Finance

Edited by Benton E. Gup, Professor Emeritus, Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, The University of Alabama, US
Anyone trying to understand finance has to contend with the evolving and dynamic nature of the topic. Changes in economic conditions, regulations, technology, competition, globalization, and other factors regularly impact the development of the field, but certain essential concepts remain key to a good understanding. This book provides insights about the most important concepts in finance.
Extent: 336 pp
Hardback Price: $155.00 Web: $139.50
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78643 112 7
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Economics and Regulation
  • Public Finance
Anyone trying to understand finance has to contend with the evolving and dynamic nature of the topic. Changes in economic conditions, regulations, technology, competition, globalization, and other factors regularly impact the development of the field, but certain essential concepts remain key to a good understanding. This book provides insights about the most important concepts in finance.

Drawing from a broad background in finance, Benton Gup has brought together sixteen chapters written by leading academics and professionals to deal with topics including Bitcoin, cyber security, banking, corporate governance, state vs. private ownership, pension plans, interest rates, multi-asset investing, real estate, US and Islamic banking, and other issues that have a direct impact on the field, its practitioners and scholars trying to make sense of it.

This book covers timely issues in a way that academics, regulators, investors, and bankers will find relevant and useable.
Contributors: P. Agrrawal, S. Aliyu, J.R. Barth, J. Brodmann, R.P. DeGennaro, G.P. Dwyer, B. Faulk, W. Faulk, M.J. Flannery, M.B. Frye, T.J. Gallagher, S.B. Guernsey, B.E. Gup, M.K. Hassan, M.A. Hines, J.S. Jahera, Jr., K.N. Johnson, S. Joo, T. Lutton, M.B. McDonald, W.L. Megginson, S.L. Schwarcz

Contents:

Preface
1. What is Money? From Commodities to Virtual Currencies/Bitcoin
Benton E. Gup

2. Blockchain: A Primer
Gerald P. Dwyer

3. Innovating To New Heists: Regulating Cyber Threats in the Financial Services Industry
Kristin N. Johnson

4. An Overview of Corporate Governance
Melissa B. Frye

5. Regulating Corporate Governance in the Public Interest: The Case of Systemic Risk
Steven L. Schwarcz

6. Who’s Winning the Big Match? Surveying State Versus Private Ownerships Effect on Corporate Value and Policy
Scott B. Guernsey and William L. Megginson

7. Interest Rates
Tim Gallager

8. Insights From Corporate Life Cycles
Benton E. Gup

9. Multi-Asset Investing: Beyond the 60-40 Ball Park
Pankaj Agrrawal

10. Risk And The Probability of Insolvency: A Regulatory Perspective
Betsy Faulk, Walter Faulk, and Thomas Lutton

11. An Economic Perspective of Big Banks
Benton E. Gup

12. International Real Estate Investment
Mary Alice Hines

13. The State of Pension Plans: Challenges Ahead
James R. Barth, John S. Jahera Jr. and Sunghoon Joo

14. An Introduction to Islamic Banking and Finance
M. Kabir Hassan, Sirajo Aliyu and Jennifer Brodmann

15. Stabilizing Large Financial Institutions with Contingent Capital Certificates.
Mark J. Flannery

16. The State of Research and the Economic Environment in Small-Firm Finance
Ramon P. DeGennaro and Michael B. McDonald

Index