Reading and Understanding the Financial Times

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9780273715597: Reading and Understanding the Financial Times

This engaging and practical guide selects topical Financial Times articles with recurrent themes and provides engaging analysis, unravelling the key points and explaining the financial and economic data. This book will enable you to engage with corporate finance in any context; be it at work, on the television, in radio reports or on the internet.


Structured around 11 key topics in finance, ranging from classical exposition of financial markets and institutions through to current issues surrounding private equity, risk management and hedge funds, each chapter sets the scene and analyses the chosen articles. Particular attention is paid to detailed explanation of key terminology (crucial for when you need to file that urgent report at work or look into reviewing your mortgage).


Reading and Understanding the Financial Timesleaves you to ponder your findings and research further with self review questions andsuggested data and web-based activities on the book’s website so that next time you read the Financial Times you will be able to do your own analysis.


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From the Back Cover:

“The Financial Timesis an indispensable tool for today’s decision makers.”

Do you want to read and understand the FT with confidence?

Do you want to see the financial theory you have poured over in your studies in action?  

Do you want a career in Finance?

Do you already have a career in Finance?  


Then this is the book for you.

Reading and Understanding the Financial Times incorporates a selection of topical FT articles with recurrent themes relating to some of the most important issues in the world of corporate finance. From the private equity take over bid for Boots to the recent Northern Rock credit crisis, the chosen articles are analysed in depth leaving you armed with a new vocabulary of key financial terms and ready to conduct your own analysis next time you read the FT for business or pleasure.     

Book Blog

Visit the book’s website at to access the author’s regularly updated blog for his take on current business news as it unfolds, download podcasts with further article analysis and check your understanding with suggested hints to in text questions.  

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“An excellent learning tool, bringing real-world examples to a very wide range of key financial concepts. Brings financial theory to life and makes the FT articles accessible to everyone. Very clear explanation of what really happens in financial markets – an excellent practical introduction to corporate finance.”

Eoghan Harrington, Investment Banker

“This book is an excellent choice for finance professionals or those who just enjoy reading the finance section of the paper to get an understanding and engage in some of the more topical and complex financial issues. The use of current events as a learning tool sets it apart from other books and puts you in the middle of a discussion on financial theory.”

Brian Shaw, Finance Director – LEGOLAND, California


About the Author:

After graduating with a degree in Economics and MSc from the London School of Economics, Kevin Boakes started his working life on the bond trading desk at Greenwell Montagu Gilt-edged, which is now part of HSBC Investment Bank. As their Chief UK Economist he was responsible for giving on the spot advice to bond traders as soon as economic stories hit the news screens. He has regularly contributed articles to newspapers including the Times, Observer and Guardian and appeared on the BBC’s Money Programme and the Financial World Tonight. In the late 1980s he decided to make a radical career change and left the City to join Kingston University, initially in the Economics Department, and then at Kingston Business School where he is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Accounting and Finance. He teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Finance and International Financial Markets. In addition to his academic work he has run numerous economics and financial training courses for various Investment Banks.

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Boakes, Kevin
Published by Prentice Hall (2008)
ISBN 10: 0273715593 ISBN 13: 9780273715597
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