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427 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

Aug 16, 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.

Mar 27, 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.

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By Shanshan W

Dec 21, 2017

Great class for non-finance professionals

By Samir S

Mar 10, 2020

Very specific and clear explanation !!!


Aug 31, 2019

Thank you for such valuable oppotunity.

By Katey B

Nov 19, 2018

Very informative and easy to understand

By Aster H

Jul 28, 2020

Really great intro course for finance!

By Ronald R T

Aug 18, 2020

amazing amazing course. Learned a ton

By Mohamad A

Dec 29, 2018

Great course for non-finance people!

By Arkajyoti S

Nov 28, 2020

The course is excellent. Thank you

By Kim B

Aug 11, 2020

Great course, valuable information


Aug 9, 2019

I'm very grateful for this course

By Sharyu C

Sep 11, 2020

enjoyed the course! very helpful

By Shamit K

Jun 14, 2020

Its very helpful for beginners.

By Arjun

Feb 8, 2020

Excellent course for a beginner


Aug 28, 2019

It was very instructive, Thanks

By Leo S

Mar 6, 2019

Great course. Highly recommend.

By xiongfei z

Apr 14, 2018

very clearly and very logically

By jonny f

Nov 9, 2020

excellent course. very useful


Aug 18, 2019

What an adventure! Thank you!

By Ohen M A

Aug 5, 2020

it was life changing for me.

By Tushar L

Nov 8, 2019

OP guy teaching OP course!!!

By Anupam D

Oct 2, 2020

Outstanding course material


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By Lenny

Feb 6, 2018

The course was spectacular.

By Oliver C

Mar 2, 2021

Thank you for this course!

By Gajendra k

Aug 23, 2020

very useful details inside