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Myopic management
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For many years, managers of large businesses have been accused of focusing on short-term rather than long-term performance. In this article we explore the causes of management short termism and the remedies available.

Business valuations
This article discusses the three broad approaches to business valuations - assets-based, income-based, and cash flow-based. 

Analysing the suitability of financing alternatives
This article suggests an approach for students to apply to a key area of the Paper F9 syllabus before finishing with a worked example to demonstrate the technique discussed.

Introduction to Islamic finance
This article takes a look at Islamic finance, which has just been introduced to the Paper F9 syllabus.

Business finance
Section E of the syllabus deals with business finance. This article covers types of finance, sources of finance and mix of finance.

Advanced investment appraisal
Investment appraisal is one of the eight core topics within Paper F9 and it is a topic which has been well represented in the F9 exam.

Foreign currency risk and its management
A focus on the three types of currency risk - economic risk, translation risk and transaction risk.

Cost of capital, gearing and CAPM
A fundamental part of financial management is investment appraisal: into which long-term projects should a company put money? This is the second part of the article that looks at how a suitable discount rate can be calculated.

Cost of capital, gearing and CAPM
A fundamental part of financial management is investment appraisal: into which long-term projects should a company put money? This is the first part of the article that looks at how a suitable discount rate can be calculated.

Receivables collection
This article considers two methods a company could adopt in order to speed up the collection of cash from its customers.

Optimum capital structure
Is it possible to increase shareholder wealth by changing the capital structure?

Being an angel
Business angels are an important source of finance for smaller businesses. This article looks at the role that business angels play in providing finance, the way in which they approach making an investment, and the financial and non-financial returns that may be expected.

CAPM: theory, advantages, and disadvantages
In the final article in his three-part series, we look at the theory, advantages and disadvantages of CAPM.

The capital asset pricing model - part 1
In the first of a three-part series of articles, we consider the CAPM and its components, shows how it can be used to estimate the cost of equity, and introduces the asset beta formula.

The capital asset pricing model - part 2
This article describes how to apply the CAPM when calculating a project-specific discount rate to use in investment appraisal.

Study support videos

Business finance
Jo Ryan from BPP provides an overview of how to develop good exam technique for Paper F9 questions.
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Working capital management
Chris Walsh from Kaplan Financial outlines some useful ways to answer Paper F9 exam questions on working capital management.
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Lease or buy
Chris Walsh from Kaplan outlines some useful ways to answer ACCA Qualification Paper F9 exam questions on lease or buy decisions
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Syllabus updates

Changes to the ACCA Qualification Skills module and Professional level in 2014–15
This article explains the planned updates to the ACCA Qualification syllabuses taking place as part of the process of continuous syllabus refreshment and improvement. The article highlights structural changes to exams, including the latest syllabus changes.

Exam technique

Examiner's approach to Paper F9
A member of the Paper F9 examining team outlines the structure of the financial management paper.

Last updated: 18 Sep 2014