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375 reviews

About the Course

This short course surveys all the major topics covered in a full semester MBA level finance course, but with a more intuitive approach on a very high conceptual level. The goal here is give you a roadmap and framework for how financial professional make decisions. We will cover the basics of financial valuation, the time value of money, compounding returns, and discounting the future. You will understand discounted cash flow (DCF) valuation and how it compares to other methods. We also step inside the mind of a corporate financial manager and develop the basic tools of capital budgeting. We will survey the how, when, and where to spend money, make tradeoffs about investment, growth, dividends, and how to ensure sound fiscal discipline. Our journey then turns to a Wall Street or capital markets perspective of investments as we discuss the fundamental tradeoff between risk and return. We then synthesize our discussion of risk with our valuation framework and incorporate it into series of direct applications to practice. This course requires no prior familiarity with finance. Rather, it is intended to be a first step for anyone who is curious about understanding stock markets, valuation, or corporate finance. We will walk through all of the tools and quantitative analysis together and develop a guide for understanding the seemingly complex decisions that finance professionals make. By the end of the course, you will develop an understanding of the major conceptual levers that push and pull on financial decision making and how they relate to other areas of business. The course should also serve as a roadmap for where to further your finance education and it would be an excellent introduction of any students contemplating an MBA or Finance concentration, but who has little background in the area....

Top reviews


Mar 28, 2020

Great Course, Very solid start for those who are trying to enter Finance world.\n\nIt makes you love this field if you are not familiar with it and have no previous experience.\n\nGreat Job Professor.


Aug 17, 2020

This is a very well designed course. Taking you through basics and in the end puts you in a real business scenario where you are expected to take a decision based on the tools and concepts you learnt.

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By Bassam E K

Jun 29, 2017

Very good course for non-finance professionals seeking management jobs.

By Sam W

Feb 13, 2018

Good course but lacking in back up for instructors if you get stuck.


Aug 29, 2019

Thank you . Some additional accounting examples may be helpfull


Jul 21, 2020

A really helpful course for beginners in Finance field.

By Ayleen M A H

Aug 22, 2019

Very helpful but would like to see more practice


Aug 01, 2020

question 7 in capstone quiz is wrong

By Akkas A

Jun 04, 2020

capstone project is to taught

By Jessica F

Aug 06, 2020

Wonderfully communicated!!

By Ganthi M r

Jul 12, 2020

Learning soo many things

By Brian M

Jul 02, 2020

Great course, thanks!

By Issa B A

Aug 24, 2019

free good Thank you

By Ahamd L

May 11, 2020

simply stunning

By Julian H

Jan 10, 2018

Great course!

By Denise

Aug 29, 2017

great course!

By Breychell M D A

Oct 26, 2020

Muy bonito


Aug 01, 2019

thank u


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By Mohamed B B

Oct 05, 2020

the course is fruitful because it presents basic concepts and simple variables that are crucial to know.

HOWEVER, the capestone case is very very hard to finish, it requires collaboration through the discussion plateform or else, you will not be able to do it by yourself

By Daniel P

Sep 30, 2020

Course content was very good but the certificate was a joke - not worth the money. The certificate is signed "Signature" and lists the professor as John Doe, and there appears to be no way to contact anyone at Coursera with complaints.

By sanghamitra d

Aug 21, 2019

concept never cleared. most of the difficult sums which are given in exam are not properly taught.