Financial Statement Analysis
This course is designed to provide an in-depth look at the analysis of public company financial statements from multiple perspectives, with a major focus on that of the shareholder. There are many courses and sources of information that show curious individuals how to calculate and interpret various financial statements, metrics, and analyses. However, this course was put together understanding that there is a more important, qualitative side to analysis.
Throughout the program, students will learn to take information given by the markets and firms and adjust it to a more realistic base — and from that start, to create analysis that has value, not just a number.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Understand the meaning and purpose of financial statements
- Dynamically ascertain the importance of various statement facts based on the perspective they are undertaking.
- Understand the connectedness of the financial statements in order to reformulate them correctly based on the perspective they are undertaking.
- Be able to calculate the ratios and metrics needed to assist in analysis.
- Reasonably predict the future economic situation of a firm.
- Apply thoughtful analysis beyond quantitative calculations to a company’s “story.”