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Whether your firm is a new venture start-up, a developing business or a mature organisation, managing the finances is an inherent part of the business course.

Managers must be able to identify investment opportunities, raise capital, maximise financial value, understand cash flow management and align the financial interests of the firm with those of various stakeholders.

What is Commercial finance?

The commercial finance domain is large and complex with varying functional areas that generally includes financial accounting, management accounting, corporate finance, investments and financial risk management.

Financial accounting objectively reconciles and reports on historical periodic transactions in order to present statements of income and expenditure, financial positions, cash flows, movements in equity and asset scheduling all based on events that have taken place in the past. Moreover, financial accounting is most closely related to taxation and auditory compliance and other regulatory frameworks designed to meet the needs of diverse external users of the firm. Paradox Strategic Management IS NOT a financial accounting firm. We will work closely with your financial and taxation adviser/ team and if you are not adequately resourced in this area, we will help you identify a suitable partner with strategic planning in mind.

Paradox Strategic Management DOES however provide the following services;

Management accounting (MA) which subjectively focuses on information management to capture and create further value by decision making inside the firm. Managers have discretion on how this is achieved although international standards are encouraged but not mandatory. MA involves measuring financial, operational, physical, technological, supplier, customer and competitor processes in order to judge and validate current and future expectations. MA addresses costs associated to certain activities and behaviours, technical considerations, value-chain efficiency, product margins and volumes, pricing, productivity and performance measures, holistic measures, budgeting, forecasting, debt and asset management.

Business finance, investments and risk (BFIR) which involves transporting financial value across time otherwise known as ‘the time value of money’. BFIR also focuses on project analysis, dividend policies, working capital management, asset class investment analysis, merger and acquisition planning, portfolio theory, debt and security analysis, investment funds, risk and return, efficient diversification, capital asset pricing and arbitrage, financial market analysis, technical and behavioural analysis, macroeconomic and industry analysis, equity valuations, options, futures and foreign exchange management.

Paradox Strategic Management has first-hand experience in management accounting, business finance, investment and risk management and we can assist you with any of the following;

Present value:
The financial value measured ‘today’ from a future investment(s) after making an adjustment for the time series of cash flows and the expected rate of return that is discounted (reverse compounded). The present value of cash flows is a key measure of financial value.

The weighted average cost of a firm’s capital used as a discount rate for the calculation of present values for investments in future projects. In simple terms; WACC is the weighted average minimum return expectation on investments from both equity and debt investors after adjusting for applicable tax shields.

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