Financial Analysis and the Predictability of Important Economic Events

By Ahmed Riahi-Belkaoui | Go to book overview

Preface
Financial analysis as based in ratio analysis has been used as a tool for analyzing the financial strengths of corporations. Ratio analysis is generally used as a univariate strategy. The accounting and finance literature has, however, evolved to include in financial analysis multivariate-based models that can be used to explain and/or to predict important economic events. Accordingly this book elaborates on this new aspect of financial analysis and presents specific multivariate models that have been used and/or can be used for an explanation and/ or prediction of economic events of importance to the firm, the managers, and the stockholders. The events to be predicted and/or explained in an explicit mathematical model include:
1. Stock Returns (Chapter 2)
2. Systematic Risk (Chapter 3)
3. Industrial Bond Ratings (Chapter 4)
4. Dual-Labor Theory (Chapter 5)
5. Social Disclosure (Chapter 6)
6. Takeovers (Chapter 7)
7. CEO Compensation (Chapter 8)
8. Corporate Performance (Chapter 9)
9. Corporate Reputation (Chapter 10)
10. Capital Structure (Chapter 11)

Each chapter explicates the economic events and presents an explicit model that can be used in financial analysis aimed at explaining and/or predicting economic events.

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