This book explores the exciting new theoretical and empirical breakthroughs in financial economics, and makes their practical implications for corporate financial management accessible to readers. It also deciphers the messages that the external financial market sends to firms about the proper objectives of corporate financial decision-making, and the appropriate tactics and strategies for achieving them. An emphasis on value creation, applications of finance principles, and broad application to general management are presented with a global perspective. Coverage also includes discussions on option pricing and contingent claims, corporate diversification, accounting versus economic performance, evaluating project cash flows, bond and stock valuation, and dividend policy. For mangers and other professionals facing the executive challenges of financial analysis and reasoning.