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422 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 Jessica F

Aug 6, 2020

Wonderfully communicated!!

By Ganthi M r

Jul 12, 2020

Learning soo many things

By Brian M

Jul 2, 2020

Great course, thanks!

By Issa B A

Aug 24, 2019

free good Thank you

By Belinda M

Dec 1, 2020

Excellent course

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 25, 2020

Muy bonito


Aug 1, 2019

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By Deleted A

Nov 2, 2020

I liked the teacher's enthusiasm, however, I did not feel prepared for the Capstone project and struggled with week 4. I was enjoying building spreadsheets and learning excel functions, but the information given in the weekly questions doesn't match up with the information provided for the Capstone project, and it left me feeling overwhelmed. It would take me a lot longer than an hour to figure it out, so I decided it would be a waste of time to complete this course. I'm a college student and my classes in school take precedence over this. Now I just feel I have wasted precious time I could have been putting toward other classes. If this is the only course you are taking and you aren't a full-time student, maybe you will have better luck than I have had.

By Nuno M

Dec 5, 2020

this course need more development especially with course video same time its difficult to understand ..

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.