Basic Finance,
13th Edition

Herbert B. Mayo, Michael J Lavelle

ISBN-13: 9780357714744
Copyright 2024 | Published
656 pages | List Price: USD $312.95

Gain a strong understanding of the three primary aspects of finance -- financial institutions, investments and corporate finance – and how they relate to one another with the reader-friendly approach in BASIC FINANCE: AN INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, INVESTMENTS, AND MANAGEMENT, 13E. Brief chapters in a modular format let you focus on areas of the most interest to you as you master core concepts, usually in a single class or lesson. Individual chapters work together to give you a cohesive, complete view of finance today. Comprehensive coverage of the time value of money uses equations, interest tables and financial calculator keystrokes to ensure you understand this key topic that permeates finance. You see the importance of finance in daily life with examples, from cryptocurrencies to meme stocks. Hands-on problems, step-by-step financial calculation illustrations, an Excel appendix and MindTap digital resources let you practice and reinforce what you learn.


1. An Introduction to Basic Finance.
2. The Role of Financial Markets and Financial Intermediaries.
3. Investment Banking.
4. Securities Markets.
5. The Federal Reserve.
6. International Currency Flows.
7. The Time Value of Money.
8. Risk and Its Measurement.
9. Analysis of Financial Statements.
10. The Features of Stock.
11. Stock Valuation.
12. The Features of Long-Term Debt -- Bonds.
13. Bond Pricing and Yields.
14. Preferred Stock.
15. Convertible Securities.
16. Investment Returns.
17. Investment Companies.
18. Forms of Business and Corporate Taxation.
19. Break-Even Analysis, the Payback Period, and Data Analytics.
20. Leverage.
21. Cost of Capital.
22. Capital Budgeting.
23. Forecasting.
24. Cash Budgeting.
25. Management of Current Assets.
26. Management of Short-Term Liabilities.
27. Intermediate-Term Debt and Leasing.
28. Options: Puts and Calls.
29. Futures and Swaps.
Appendix A: Interest Factors for the Future Value of One Dollar.
Appendix B: Interest Factors for the Present Value of One Dollar.
Appendix C: Interest Factors for the Future Value of an Annuity of One Dollar.
Appendix D: Interest Factors for the Present Value of an Annuity of One Dollar.
Appendix E: Using Excel to Solve Financial Problems.
Appendix F: Answers to Selected Problems.
Appendix G: Detailed Supporting Calculations.

  • Herbert B. Mayo

    Dr. Herbert Mayo teaches finance at The College of New Jersey, where he previously served as former Director of Accreditation. A well-respected author and experienced educator, Dr. Mayo has written several successful books focusing on critical finance issues and today's investment opportunities. Dr. Mayo earned his Ph.D. from Rutgers University and his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Michael J Lavelle

    Michael Lavelle is a managing director at Appraisal Economics Inc. In this role he supervises and performs valuations of businesses and complex financial securities. Professor Lavelle also teaches finance at The College of New Jersey, where he studied finance and economics on a full academic scholarship and now serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Business. Professor Lavelle earned his M.B.A. from New York University "with distinction." He is a CFA charterholder, and he has testified as an expert witness on a range of finance related topics.

  • UPDATES ADDRESS NOTABLE ADVANCEMENTS AND CHANGES IN FINANCE TODAY. Revisions discuss today’s numerous currency updates and applications. New content examines cryptocurrencies and bitcoin (Ch. 2); environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing (Ch. 8); and the increasing power of retail investors, such as meme stocks, RobinHood and WallStreetBets (Ch. 10). Other revisions focus on active versus passive investment management (Ch. 17) and the impact of data analytics, machine learning, neural networks and business intelligence in financial decision making (Ch. 19).

  • EXPANDED STEP-BY-STEP CALCULATIONS WALK STUDENTS THROUGH CRITICAL FINANCIAL PROCESSES. The authors have significantly expanded and further clarified this edition’s step-by-step calculations for net present value (NPV) and internal rate of return (IRR) in Chapter 16.

  • UPDATED MATERIAL ADDRESSES RECENT CHANGES IN TAXATION. Revisions ensure all content related to taxation in Chapter 18 reflects the latest changes in the field. Updates discuss pass-through entities, 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and territorial versus residence-based taxation.

  • NEW APPENDIX G PROVIDES DETAILED SUPPORTING CALCULATIONS. This additional, helpful material in Appendix G is designed to provide extra assistance and clarification, when needed, to ensure your students can follow the more complex calculations covered within the text.

  • SUCCINCT CHAPTERS OFFER STREAMLINED AND FLEXIBLE COVERAGE. Most of the chapters in this edition are brief enough for you to cover in one class period, giving you the flexibility of a modular approach. Two exceptions are the chapters on time value of money (Ch. 7) and risk (Ch. 8), both of which provide enough detailed coverage of these complex topics to ensure thorough student understanding.

  • CONCISE, EXTREMELY READER FRIENDLY CONTENT OFFERS THE IDEAL INTRODUCTION TO FINANCE. The authors have carefully designed each chapter to emphasize only one or two topics. Concise content focuses on key issues that are most important for students to master in your introductory course.

  • THIS EDITION PRESENTS THE BASICS OF MORE ADVANCED TOPICS. The authors introduce more advanced topics, such as derivatives (including puts, calls, and futures contracts), on a fundamental level to give you the option of challenging your students with more sophisticated material.

  • LEARNING FEATURES LET STUDENTS CHECK THEIR UNDERSTANDING AS THEY PROGRESS THROUGH THE TEXT. Students can find answers to selected problems in the appendix as well as additional problems with worked-out solutions in appropriate chapters. These additional examples enable review and opportunities for further practice.

  • ADDITIONAL EXPLANATIONS AND TIME-SAVING TIPS HELP LEARNERS MAXIMIZE STUDY TIME AND COMPREHENSION. This edition features keystrokes for time value of money examples in the margins throughout the text. In addition, illustrations using equations and interest tables explain the math associated with each example, such as the determination of bond prices and the yield to maturity.

  • LEARNING OBJECTIVES DIRECT STUDENT ATTENTION TO KEY TOPICS. Learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter include specific page references to help students quickly review key topics.

  • APPENDIX E FEATURES BEST PRACTICES FOR USING MS EXCEL. Your students are able to use the helpful information in Appendix E to complete problems throughout this edition. This appendix illustrates step-by-step best practices for maximizing the finance capabilities of Excel.

  • CHAPTERS REINFORCE KEY CONCEPTS TO IMPROVE RETENTION. This edition reviews important concepts in various chapters, offering a repeated exposure that reinforces understanding. Students review concepts from different perspectives to help improve retention.

  • MORE IN-CHAPTER REFERENCES DIRECT STUDENTS TO SPECIFIC INFORMATION FOR A COHESIVE TEXT. Each chapter includes additional references showing where students can find more information on the chapter’s specific topics in this edition. These cross-references not only assist in additional study, but also clearly demonstrate how the individual topics are interrelated to form a cohesive study of finance.

  • SIGNIFICANT REFERENCES HIGHLIGHT RECENT REAL EVENTS RELATED TO THE FINANCE TOPICS. This edition attracts and retains your students’ interest as the authors point to familiar, recent and interesting real-world events, clearly connecting basic financial theory with non-financial phenomena.

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