Tips for Writing Your Finance Paper
No matter which finance program you are in, one of the most difficult aspects of developing an effective paper is selecting your topic. Your dissertation or research paper could address topics in corporate finance, investment portfolio management, international management, crisis management, or financial planning and control – among many other areas of study. Your paper will probably include extensive literature reviews as well as extensive data analysis. And your essay will also have to identify the principles and premises upon which your primary argument is based. But again, the most difficult question is this one: what will you write about in your research paper?
Choosing a topic can be very intimidating. Sometimes the best approach is to begin from the bottom up, which is to say that rather than attempting to develop a sweeping argument that applies to many aspects of finances, it can be a worthwhile exercise to identify a particular case study that fleshes out the idea that you want to convey in your paper. Nothing is more important than being able to offer a clear thesis statement in your essay, and sometimes the easiest way to develop one is to consider one or two corporate cases in particular, and to identify what these cases suggest about corporate finance in particular. Once you have done this, you will be able to develop an effective thesis statement, and once you have done that, the most important element of your essay will be in place.
Nothing is more important before you begin actually writing your paper than developing a comprehensive and detailed outline for it. Keep in mind that you want to be able to offer an introduction that offers a clear and concise argument and that also offers specific references to the literature review and data analysis that support your argument. The introduction is also a good place to identify the different schools of thought in the field of finances that can be brought to bear on your paper. In this regard, nothing is more important than knowing your reader, and knowing the position of that reader with regard to economic theory. When you know your reader, it is even more likely that you will be able to identify a topic to which the reader will positively respond and with which your reader will agree.