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May 06 , 2010

The Business Finance Market

A Survey


The Business Finance Market: A Survey
This book provides a comprehensive survey of supply and demand, product innovation, pricing, and other matters in the business finance market.

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It looks at the major factors affecting the competitiveness (growth, performance) of banks and other business finance suppliers. It examines the principal business finance products, new product developments, and marketing and distribution issues. Finally, it reviews key influences on businesses' demands for particular types of finance.

The book will be useful to academics, commentators, and practitioners on both the supply and demand sides of the market – including executives in the business finance industry, industrial-commercial firms and their finance managers, and independent professional advisers and accountants.


1. The Business Finance Market: an Overview

Outline and summary of the main contents of the book*

2. Banks and the Supply of Business Finance

Banks versus other suppliers of business finance* How banks seek to compete and market their business finance products* Factors making for efficiency in business finance marketing* Banks' costs and their reduction* Diversification and the development of venture capital and other non-conventional facilities by banks*

3. The Economic and Political-Legal Environment of Business Financing

Interest rates, economic growth and recession, inflation, taxation, legal regulation, and other wider environmental influences on business financing* International differences in the nature and importance of long-term debt and equity financing* Securitization in Britain and the United States*

4. The Financing Requirements of Different Types of Firm

The financing requirements of new businesses* Finance and the size, growth and performance, maturity, and riskiness of businesses* Finance and business cultures and personalities*

5. Business Financing Requirements in Different Industries

Agriculture* Residential property, construction, and civil engineering* Engineering* Chemicals* Pharmaceuticals* Food processing* Motor vehicles* Textiles* The main service industries, including banking and mortgage lending*

6. The Uses of Finance by Businesses

Start-ups* Management buy-outs and other acquisitions and mergers* Domestic and international trading* Assets acquisition and long-term business development (etc.)*

7. Factors Influencing Businesses' Demands for Particular Types of Finance

Location, communications, and access* Advertising/marketing and bank-customer relationships* General features of business-economic and financial systems* The characteristics of businesses and the purposes for which finance is required* The economic costs/benefits of particular forms of finance*

8. The Demand for Overdrafts and other Short-Term Credit Facilities

Overdrafts* Wholesale money market facilities* Acceptance credit facilities and the discounting of bills of exchange* Company credit cards* Trade credit* Invoice discounting and factoring facilities*

9. The Demand for Medium-Term Loans and other Facilities

Medium-term bank loans* Hire purchase and leasing* Sale and leaseback and re-mortgaging facilities*

10. The Demand for Large-Scale Long-Term Finance

Large-scale long-term bank loans* The corporate bonds and distressed loans markets* Stock market and private equity/venture capital*

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