The objective of this course is to enable students to employ data provided through corporate financial reporting and from financial markets in analyzing business situations and developing pragmatic problem-solving strategies. Decisions common to financial managers wishing to maximize shareholder value are explored, including ascertaining suitable sources and costs of capital; developing tax strategies; determining optimal capital structure, leasing arrangements, and dividend policy; and valuing potential investments. The interaction of financial managers with financial markets in achieving these objectives is discussed at length. Potential agency problems and their solutions are discussed within the context of ethical management of the firm. Prerequisite(s): For MBAM students: Waiver from FINC 614 Finance (4).