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About this course

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 numbers mean.

Field of Study: Finance

What you will learn?
Analyze financial statements to evaluate profitability, operational performance, financial strength, and cash flow.
Use ratio analysis to evaluate financial performance again trends, prior performance, and industry statistics.
Skills Covered
FINANCEFINANCIAL ANALYSISFINANCIAL LITERACYFINANCIAL RATIOSFINANCIAL STATEMENT PREPARTION
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2 hours on-demand video
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Certificate of completion
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Beginner level
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No prerequisites
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No preparation required
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1 year access

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7 Video
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2 Quiz
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schedule
2 hours
Guide
Section 1. Financial Analysis: Reading Financial Statements like a Pro-Part1
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Course Introduction
4m 21s
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What is in a 10-K?
7m 13s
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Evaluating Profitability
19m 28s
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Evaluating Operations
7m 3s
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Evaluating Financial Strength
13m 31s
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Evaluating Cash Flow
8m 42s
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Performing Investment Analysis
14m 37s
Review Questions
6 questions
Section 2. Final Exam-Part1
Final Exam
10 questions
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Blair is a many-time and active financial executive, corporate director, author, speaker, and thought leader. His educational videos of accounting and finance have million of views on YouTube. He has keynoted and spoken at national conferences from New York to Toronto. Along with Jen, he co-hosts CPA Canada’s podcast series “CPA Success Podcast.” He works with real businesses experimenting with theories and best practices to share his experiences and stories with others of what works, what doesn’t, and what was learned. He is the author of The Illiterate Executive: An Executive’s Handbook for Mastering Financial Acumen. Jen is a dynamic financial professional with over 25 years of leadership experience in public practice, academia and industry. Jen is the co-host of CPA Canada’s podcast series “CPA Success Podcast.” Jen brings to the classroom a broad skill set and experience in all key facets of an organization including operations management, strategic planning, business development, finance, accounting, investor relations, human resources, and project management. Jen has a passion for making finance more attainable, whether it’s working to articulate strategy in a financial context, bringing clarity to financial communication or teaching accounting to university students. Jen’s career epitomizes the diverse experiences and roles that CPAs play in industry – from financial to operational leadership.