Top Corporate Finance Textbooks


This webpage provides an up-to-date list of the top corporate finance textbooks.
Rankings are based upon the number of syllabi in which a corporate finance book has appeared since 2015 (source: opensyllabus.org).
The most recent edition of each book is provided.

1.  Principles of Corporate Finance (12th Edition)

Author(s): Richard A Brealey Professor, Stewart C Myers, Franklin Allen
Publication date: 2016-01-05
ISBN: 1259144380
ISBN-13: 9781259144387

Brealey's Principles of Corporate Finance has been specifically designed to help improve student performance, meaning that students are prepared for class and can successfully solve problems and analyze the results. The textbook provide unlimited opportunities for students to practice solving financial problems and apply what they've learned.

2.  Fundamentals of Corporate Finance (12th Edition)

Author(s): Stephen A. Ross, Randolph W. Westerfield, Robert R. Dockson, Bradford D. Jordan
Publication date: 2018-03-14
ISBN: 1259918955
ISBN-13: 9781259918957

Fundamentals of Corporate Finance emphasizes the modern fundamentals of the theory of finance, while providing contemporary examples to make the theory come to life. The authors aim to present corporate finance as the working of a small number of integrated and powerful intuitions, rather than a collection of unrelated topics. They develop the central concepts of modern finance: arbitrage, net present value, efficient markets, agency theory, options, and the trade-off between risk and return, and use them to explain corporate finance with a balance of theory and application. The Twelfth Edition includes many exciting new research findings as well as the incorporation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) throughout the text.

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3.  Corporate Finance (11th Edition)

Author(s): Stephen Ross, Randolph Westerfield, Jeffrey Jaffe, Bradford Jordan
Publication date: 2015-10-13
ISBN: 0077861752
ISBN-13: 9780077861759

Corporate Finance, by Ross, Westerfield, Jaffe, and Jordan, emphasizes the modern fundamentals of the theory of finance, while providing contemporary examples to make the theory come to life. The authors aim to present corporate finance as the working of a small number of integrated and powerful intuitions, rather than a collection of unrelated topics. They develop the central concepts of modern finance: arbitrage, net present value, efficient markets, agency theory, options, and the trade-off between risk and return, and use them to explain corporate finance with a balance of theory and application.

4.  Corporate Finance (4th Edition)

Author(s): Jonathan Berk, Peter DeMarzo
Publication date: 2016-07-30
ISBN: 013408327X
ISBN-13: 9780134083278

Using the unifying valuation framework based on the Law of One Price, top researchers Jonathan Berk and Peter DeMarzo have set the new canon for corporate finance textbooks. Corporate Finance blends coverage of time-tested principles and the latest advancements with the practical perspective of the financial manager, so students have the knowledge and tools they need to make sound financial decisions in their careers.

5.  Essentials of Corporate Finance

Author(s): Stephen Ross, Randolph Westerfield, Bradford Jordan
Publication date: 2016-02-18
ISBN: 1259277216
ISBN-13: 9781259277214

Essentials of Corporate Finance by Ross, Westerfield, and Jordan is written to convey the most important concepts and principles of corporate finance at a level that is approachable for a wide audience.  The authors retain their modern approach to finance, but have distilled the subject down to the essential topics in 18 chapters.  They believe that understanding the “why” is just as important, if not more so, than understanding the “how,” especially in an introductory course. 

6.  Fundamentals of Corporate Finance (9th Edition)

Author(s): Richard A Brealey Professor, Stewart C Myers, Alan J. Marcus Professor
Publication date: 2017-02-02
ISBN: 1259722619
ISBN-13: 9781259722615

Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, by Brealey, Myers and Marcus, provides students with a solid framework of theory and application to use well after they complete the course. This author team is known for their outstanding research, teaching efforts, and world-renowned finance textbooks, so it's no surprise that they provide clear exposition of difficult material without sacrificing up-to-date, technically correct treatments.

7.  Corporate Finance: Theory and Practice (2nd Edition)

Author(s): Aswath Damodaran
Publication date: 2001-02-08
ISBN: 0471283320
ISBN-13: 9780471283324

Aswath Damodaran is nationally recognized for his teaching approach, using theory and the models that flow from it to understand, analyze and solve problems. He treats corporate finance as a living discipline by making it much more applied than other textbooks. Throughout Corporate Finance: Theory and Practice, real companies and real data are used in examples and exercises.

8.  Corporate Finance: Core Principles and Applications (5th Edition)

Author(s): Stephen A. Ross, Randolph W. Westerfield, Jeffrey Jaffe, Bradford D. Jordan
Publication date: 2017-02-07
ISBN: 1259289907
ISBN-13: 9781259289903

Ross/Westerfield/Jaffe/Jordan's Corporate Finance: Core Principles and Applications was written to convey the most important corporate finance concepts and applications at a level that is approachable to the widest possible audience.  The concise format, managerial context and design, and student-friendly writing style are key attributes to this text.    The well-respected author team is known for the clear, accessible presentation of material that makes this text an excellent teaching tool.


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