This chapter summarizes the factors a financial manager needs to take into account with respect to a firm's cash management policy. We begin with a brief discussion of the various motives for holding cash. We introduce the transaction motive, the precautionary motive, the speculative motive, and the use of cash as a hedging tool. We then summarize the key variables that determine a firm's optimal cash balance. Next, we explain why a firm's cash collection policy and its cash conversion cycle matter for good cash management. Finally, we discuss how a firm can optimally invest its idle cash.
Keywords: corporate finance; working capital management; cash management; transaction motive; precautionary motive; speculative motive; cash conversion cycle
Chapter. 3799 words. Illustrated.
Subjects: Financial Markets
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