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Developed by Dr. Sharon Garrison, these 13 finance and general business overviews have been used by thousands of students since 1999 and provide a great introduction, or recap, of core financial concepts.

Time Value of Money

An introduction to the very important time value of money concept. This lesson covers simple and compound interest, and how to solve time value of money problems.

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Time Value Grids

Building on the time value of money lesson, here we learn the fundamentals of using a financial calculator, how to use the time value of money solution grids, and solve a bunch of example problems!

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Capital Budgeting

Capital budgeting will help you to understand the basics of valuation. You’ll be introduced to net cash flows, net present value (NPV), and internal rate of return (IRR).

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Financial Statements

This lesson will cover the balance sheet and income statement, and help you to understand the basic accounting equation, double-entry accounting, and what debits and credits are.

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Funds Type Statements

Expanding on the financial statements lesson, here we’ll cover funds type statements and funds flow. You’ll learn how to read and construct cash flow and fund statements.

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Ratio Analysis

This is a brief lesson that introduces the four main types of financial ratios you’ll use and how you can use them to evaluate against industry benchmarks and standards.

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Sustainable Growth

In this short lesson, you’ll learn how to measure sustainable growth using DuPont Analysis formula and how an analyst can compare it against actual growth.

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Types of Business

This is a basic introduction to the advantages and disadvantages of the three main company types: sole proprietorship, partnership, and corporation.

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Working Capital

Here we’ll introduce working capital, and how a company manages its working capital to operate in a way that allows it to satisfy short-term debts and operational expenses.

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Leverage is an investment strategy to use borrowed capital (debt) to fund an investment or asset base. You’ll learn what it is, how to calculate it, and what the degrees of leverage are.

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Security Valuation

Learn how to valuation securities like bonds and stocks by looking at the cash flows of the asset. You’ll also learn how to calculate the rate of return on a security.

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Dividend Policy

In this lesson, you’ll learn about what dividends are, what policies a company might use to distribute profit, and how that might impact investors in the company.

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Learning Excel

In this final lesson, you’ll learn how to use Excel to help you with the many different calculations and numbers you’ll be working with during a career in finance.

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