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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 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.


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.

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By Adelin.M G

Dec 10, 2016

Excellent course :)


Aug 27, 2019

Thank you soo much

By Padmapriyadarshini

Mar 03, 2019

Very nice course !

By Aadhityan R

Nov 27, 2018

very useful course

By Zirong J

Jan 06, 2020

Love this course!


Jul 29, 2019

Excellent course.

By Charles R

Mar 04, 2019

Excellent course.

By Gaurav G

Feb 05, 2019

Very inforamative

By Sadiq A B

Jan 22, 2018

good course to do

By Marian G M

Apr 15, 2019

Fantastic course


Jan 23, 2019

Excellent course

By Andres P

Oct 20, 2016

Excelente curso!

By Cihangir S

Aug 27, 2019

Thanks for all.


Aug 15, 2019

thank you !! :)

By Aditya R

Mar 30, 2019


By Umezinne C G

Jul 13, 2020

a good course

By Raquel G

May 19, 2020

Great course.

By Wout H

Mar 15, 2020

Great course!

By Farid H

Jul 19, 2020



Aug 08, 2019

Very good !

By abhinav k

Sep 27, 2018

nice course

By edgar a o c

Jul 13, 2020

Gran curso

By Ilan L

May 25, 2020



Aug 29, 2019

Thank you!


Jun 01, 2018