Financial Analysis: Reading Financial Statements like a Pro
Learn how to interpret all the parts of a set of financial statements and make decisions using a financial rationale (1.5 CPD)
One of the most crucial skills for any manager to develop, financial or otherwise, is an ability to pick up and read a set of financial statements. Financial statements tell important stories about how a business has performed, its level of financial strength, and the availability of cash generated. Unfortunately, these stories are often not explicitly stated and require understanding and further analysis.In this course, we will work through a set of financial statements highlighting the key points of relevance. We will also learn about ratio analysis, which will help us generate a deeper level of insight into the financial results by making comparisons to prior periods and to peers. This is a foundational course that will deepen your understanding of what the numbers mean.
Blair is a many-time corporate director, CFO, educator, innovator, thought leader, presenter, and curiosity generalist. As an academic-practitioner, he’s a perpetual learner who observes and experiments with various financial and management theories in real world context. He shares stories of his successes, failures, and lessons learned to all those who share a passion for further developing their own financial leadership qualities. His focus is on defining and developing a career path for financial professionals aspiring to the Office of the CFO and the Board of Directors. Blair is the author of The Illiterate Executive: An Executive Handbook for Mastering Financial Acumen.
PreviewWelcome to the Course! Get the Overview of What You'll Learn (4:20)
StartWhat is a 10-K? (7:12)
StartEvaluating Profitability by Analyzing the Income Statement (19:27)
StartEvaluating Operations: Tying Operating Metrics to Financial Results (7:02)
StartEvaluating Financial Strength: Balance Sheet Analysis (13:31)
StartEvaluating Cash Flow Generation (8:41)
StartPerforming Investment Analysis (14:36)
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