Objectives of Financial Management


Effective procurement and efficient use of finance lead to proper utilization of the finance by the business concern. It is the essential part of the financial manager. Hence, the financial manager must determine the basic objectives of the financial management. Objectives of Financial Management may be broadly divided into two parts such as:

1. Profit maximization

2. Wealth maximization.

Profit Maximization

Main aim of any kind of economic activity is earning profit. A business concern is also functioning mainly for the purpose of earning profit. Profit is the measuring techniques to understand the business efficiency of the concern. Profit maximization is also the traditional and narrow approach, which aims at, maximizes the profit of the concern. The Ultimate aim of the business concern is earning profit, hence, it considers all the possible ways to increase the profitability of the concern. Profit is the parameter of measuring the efficiency of the business concern.So it shows the entire position of the business concern. and hence Profit maximization objectives help to reduce the risk of the business.

Favourable Arguments for Profit Maximization

The following important points are in support of the profit maximization objectives of the business concern:

(i) Main aim is earning profit.

(ii) Profit is the parameter of the business operation.

(iii) Profit reduces risk of the business concern.

(iv) Profit is the main source of finance.

(v) Profitability meets the social needs also.

Unfavourable Arguments for Profit Maximization

The following important points are against the objectives of profit maximization:

(i) Profit maximization leads to exploiting workers and consumers.

(ii) Profit maximization creates immoral practices such as corrupt practice, unfair

trade practice, etc.

(iii) Profit maximization objectives leads to inequalities among the stake holders such

as customers, suppliers, public shareholders, etc.

Drawbacks of Profit Maximization

Profit maximization objective consists of certain drawback also:

(i) It is vague: In this objective, profit is not defined precisely or correctly. It creates

some unnecessary opinion regarding earning habits of the business concern.

(ii) It ignores the time value of money: Profit maximization does not consider the

time value of money or the net present value of the cash inflow. It leads certain

differences between the actual cash inflow and net present cash flow during a

particular period.

(iii) It ignores risk: Profit maximization does not consider risk of the business

concern. Risks may be internal or external which will affect the overall operation

of the business concern.

Wealth Maximization

Wealth maximization is one of the modern approaches, which involves latest innovations and improvements in the field of the business concern. The term wealth means shareholder wealth or the wealth of the persons those who are involved in the business concern.Wealth maximization is also known as value maximization or net present worth maximization. This objective is a universally accepted concept in the field of business.

Favourable Arguments for Wealth Maximization

(i) Wealth maximization is superior to the profit maximization because the main aim of the business concern under this concept is to improve the value or wealth of the shareholders.

(ii) Wealth maximization considers the comparison of the value to cost associated with   the business concern. Total value detected from the total cost incurred for the business operation. It provides extract value of the business concern.

(iii) Wealth maximization considers both time and risk of the business concern.

(iv) Wealth maximization provides efficient allocation of resources.

(v) It ensures the economic interest of the society.

 Unfavourable Arguments for Wealth Maximization

(1) The ultimate aim of the wealth maximization objectives is to maximize the profit.

(2) Wealth maximization can be activated only with the help of the profitable position of the business concern.So The goal of maximizing the value of the stock avoids the problems associated with the different goals we discussed above.in a simple language a good financial decisions increase the market value of the owners’ equity and poor financial decisions decrease it. Finally, our goal does not imply that the financial manager should take illegal or unethical actions in the hope of increasing the value of the equity in the firm. What we mean is that the financial manager best serves the owners of the business by identifying goods and services that add value to the firm because they are desired and valued in the free marketplace.