Management has been defined as "the art of asking significant questions". The same applies to financial analysis, planning and control, which should be targeted toward finding meaningful answers to these significant questions ? whether or not the results are fully quantifiable. All the topics on the seminar are viewed in the context of creating shareholder value and the primary objective of maximisation of shareholder wealth. This seminar explains: The conceptual backdrop for both the financial and economic dimensions of analysis and decision-making The nature of financial statements and the key financial tools and techniques in the broader context of how and where they are applied in the assessment of business performance The projection of financial requirements and analysis of financial information for planning and control The analysis of investment decisions using time-adjusted measures, taking strategic perspective and dealing with risk and uncertainty The valuation of businesses and how value may be enhanced through mergers and acquisitions, and restructuring and reorganisations.