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About the Course

This course provides a brief introduction to the fundamentals of finance, emphasizing their application to a wide variety of real-world situations spanning personal finance, corporate decision-making, and financial intermediation. Key concepts and applications include: time value of money, risk-return tradeoff, cost of capital, interest rates, retirement savings, mortgage financing, auto leasing, capital budgeting, asset valuation, discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis, net present value, internal rate of return, hurdle rate, payback period....

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Sep 26, 2021

An excellent course overall. I really enjoyed the learning experience and look forward to more courses from Wharton. Special thanks to professor Michael Roberts for providing great value in 1 course.


Oct 21, 2016

The professor is very patient, he spends a lot of time making sense of the equations and the calculation process, which helps me comprehend the concepts and their application really a lot. Thank you!

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By Sohail M

Oct 30, 2020

The course content and lecturer are actually very good. But the exams have lots of mistakes, which means passing an exam is based on pure luck. The "Correct" answers determined by the course are not even close to being correct.

By Avanty K

May 8, 2021

THIS IS A SCAM! Course is missing most materials, has incorrect answers, and NO PRACTICE PROBLEMS. Definitely not worth paying for and honestly an embarrassment to Wharton.


Nov 29, 2015

Excellent as an introductory course on the way to another course with more depth. I did this as a preparation for my Executive MBA course which will cover pretty much the same topic, just more in depth. Despite its brevity, the key concepts are the important ones and this lecturer builds up the information in easy-to-grasp steps. Would love to see this course extended into a more full-fledged unit with more comprehensive quiz questions that would help the student grasp the concepts even more fully. Would highly recommend this course to anyone. As my first Coursera unit, I am uncertain about the value of electronic completion certificate, so I did not pay for it - but as a pure unit for learning, it is really top-class.

By Ishraf H

Dec 31, 2015

Very useful course, if you're interested in finance, modelling, decision making through NPV, IRR, Break Even Analysis, Elasticity, then this is the course to take. Prof. Roberts is very eloquent and drives home the key points very well.

You'll also be able to get an understanding of how financial analysts need to work with other business departments (marketing, operations, strategy team etc), in order to arrive at accurate project analysis and evaluation (including identifying key value drivers in any project).

I highly encourage anyone interested in finance to take this course from Wharton. Also, don't forget to tinker around with the provided spreadsheet - it will really hammer home many key financial concepts!

By Kristen L

Aug 19, 2017

This course is absolutely fantastic. I enrolled a week ago and have been so engrossed in the content that I am already almost finished with my week 4 lectures. The professor, Michael R. Roberts, is phenomenal at making complex topics relatable and easy to understand. I consider myself decent at general math and critical thinking, but came in with very little corporate finance knowledge. As a result of taking this course, I already feel more confident speaking to a new side of the business in my current role as a L&D program manager.

By Sahil S

Jun 29, 2022

This course was excellent, I absolutely loved it! It primarily centered on the time value of money and showed how to apply that to different cash flow streams and factor in external elements (e.g. inflation). It then taught the concept of Free Cash Flow and demonstrated how to analyze and use it for optimal decision-making. It is foundational to anyone's desire to gain a better understanding of how to make smarter financial decisions. It went at the right speed, the professor was engaging, and very fruitful!

By Ankit S

May 2, 2020

Fantastic course and an eye opener on how money behaves with time and how one needs to be mindful of this when making financial decisions. The course instructor was instrumental in helping me understand many important concepts and his clarity of thought really comes through in his videos. Loved the concepts of NPV and IRR and how wonderfully the examples for each were illustrated to explain how they don't always agree with each other. One of my favourite courses I've taken so far.

By zunaira z

Sep 27, 2021

An excellent course overall. I really enjoyed the learning experience and look forward to more courses from Wharton. Special thanks to professor Michael Roberts for providing great value in 1 course.

By Anisa D R

Oct 30, 2021

The professor explanation is super easy to understand. It also quite comprehensive so I can understand almost every big point the Professor gave me. I love to learn more from Professor Roberts :D

By André S d A

Jun 15, 2020

O curso é objetivo, fornece toda a instrumentação matematica relacionada ao tema e contextualiza o aprendizado com exemplos simples, mas que podem ser aplicados na vida pessoal e profissional.

By Anuj J

Dec 10, 2015

Very nicely explains about the corporate finance terms...The way Prof. Roberts explains makes it so simple to understand!! I feel very satisfied to have taken this course!! All the best!!

By Julien H J

Dec 13, 2015

Teaching with a profound understanding in this area. Great course!

By Ramla N M

Feb 22, 2022


By Samantha B

Jun 30, 2020

Overall I liked this course and thought the professor did a great job explaining things. I got a little lost on 3rd/4th week (felt like the pace changed quite a bit) but appreciated that the quizzes reflected the true basics of the content covered (no tricks that discouraged you!).

By Inés K

Aug 30, 2020

This is simply too frustrating. I'm not a mathematician, and in this course you get formulas thrown at you that are not for the willing, for the motivated, but only for the guys with a serious talent for maths. Plus I'm not getting the impression that this is about general questions about corporate finance, but more about how to calculate the exact FV, PV, EAR, APR, NCF and so on. I also think there are too many abbreviations here. I decided to drop out of this course and to forget about finishing the Business Specialization, which is a shame, but this is really too demotivating.

By Sharyn I

Oct 9, 2019

I thought the lecturer was very clear and concise and the presented content was useful and easy to digest. The problem sets provided great practice in applying the concepts. What's covered here is well worth learning. But I was disappointed to find that the course content was incomplete and did not cover many of the key concepts as outlined in the course description.

By William M

Jan 20, 2021

Very informative, but considering this is an introductory course, I felt it lacked some simplified explanations.

By Valentine D

Feb 7, 2022

explenations are good. tests are not always accurate and aren t always relevent to the topics discussed

By Shashank R D

May 14, 2020

A bit short in my opinion but good depth, needs more practical excercise

By Jasper S

Sep 6, 2020

Pretty dry. Errors with Quiz for week 4.

By Terry W

Nov 29, 2020

The content was OK and Prof. fine - but quiz examples were flat out wrong in a few cases and the instructor referred to "problem sets" that didn't exist. Not worth the $$ or time due to errors in quiz. Frustrating. Would be more like a 4 start if these errors didn't exist.

By Tobias W

Sep 30, 2020

The final exam has questions which are wrong (none of the selected answers are correct). The lecturers were notified in the forums but no action is taken (for a month). This is unacceptable for a paid course.

The course itself is interesting and well structured.

By Elizabeth B

Apr 26, 2021

Terrible course. Half of the materials are missing and he doesn't explain how he does half of the things that he does. Some of the quiz answers are wrong and you have to chose an incorrect answer for it to be counted as correct. A total sh*t show of a course.

By Kristopher S

Oct 27, 2020

Surface level content. Multiple incorrect answers in multiple quizzes along the way. Some of the issues were highlighted in the course Discussion Forums and were never addressed by the professor.

By David

Feb 9, 2021

The problem sets are missing and this small issue has seemingly not been rectified even though it was flagged 5 months ago on the forum. What is the point of this course?