University of Pennsylvania

Fundamentals of Finance

This course is part of Introduction to Finance and Accounting Specialization

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Jessica Wachter

Instructor: Jessica Wachter

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There are 5 modules in this course

This module was designed to give you foundational knowledge of corporate finance and the Net Present Value (NPV). You’ll identify the definition of both Present Value and NPV, why it works, and how to calculate the NPV. You’ll learn key concepts such as Separation Theorem, whether corporations should follow the same rules of NPV as individuals, and what are reasonable assumptions to make when calculating NPV. You’ll compare Compound versus Simple Interest, define important concepts such as Annuities and Perpetuities, and analyze Annual Percentage Rate (APR) and Effective Annual Interest Rate (EAR). By the end of this module, you’ll gain a better understanding of the fundamental concepts in corporate finance as well as broader knowledge regarding the factors that go into a firm’s most critical decision-making.

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8 videos6 readings1 quiz

In this module, you’ll examine fixed income valuation and delve deeper into the yield curve. Using the basic definition of bonds, you’ll be able to identify zero coupon bonds and calculate the return on those bonds. You’ll also discuss the differences between Yield to Maturity and Holding Period Returns, evaluate your investments, and be able to answer the question: “What does return on investment mean?” Through analyzing the Yield Curve, you’ll assess the opportunity cost of receiving money at various events in the future and accurately value investments. By the end of this module, you’ll be able to describe what a bond and zero coupon bond is, calculate the return on those bonds, and calculate a Yield Curve to better assess the value of your investments.

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6 videos4 readings1 quiz

In this module, you’ll examine how to determine the value of stocks using present value methods. You’ll define what Equity is and develop an understanding of the important difference between fixed-income securities, such as bonds, and equity cash flows. You’ll discover the standard approach in valuing equity through its cash flow and how the principle of using multiples (such as price-earnings ratio) to value equity all comes from valuing equity as a stream of cash flows. By the end of this module, you’ll gain a better understanding of the theoretical basis behind applications of equity valuation and create models that determine dividend growth.

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3 videos4 readings1 quiz

This module was designed to show you the difference between NPV and Internal Rate of Return (IRR). You’ll first explore both Internal Rate of Return and how it compares to the NPV, then debunk some of the common assumptions about IRR that may seem unrealistic when examined closely. Using hypothetical examples of projects, you’ll compare the values of NPV and IRR and what to do when they agree or disagree with each other. By the end of this module, you’ll gain a better understanding of the difference between NPV and IRR, plus be able to determine when to make the critical call on which value to accept or reject when making important decisions within your firm.

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4 videos2 readings1 quiz

This module contains additional course topics related to the fundamentals of finance

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9 readings

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Jessica Wachter
University of Pennsylvania
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