Techniques of Financial Analysis, Modeling, and Forecasting (13 hrs)

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Techniques of Financial Analysis, Modeling, and Forecasting – 13 hrs. CPE

This comprehensive course in financial analysis gives you every sales and financial forecasting formula and modeling techniques you need to analyze your operation both as a whole and by segment. You’ll be provided with proven techniques that help you identify and fix problem areas, analysis techniques that help you evaluate proposals for profit potential, proven methods that improve the accuracy of your short- and long-term forecasting, analysis tools that help you better manage working capital, cash, and accounts receivable, plus much more. You also receive dozens of worked-out models and modeling techniques that simplify your most difficult business decisions, and are easy to adapt to any computer spreadsheet program. This course supplies company accountants, treasurers, CFOs with all the forecasting techniques needed to financially analyze a business as a whole or a segment. Includes analysis techniques, methods for improving forecasting accuracy, analysis tools for managing capital, and more.

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Price: $94
This course is included in our Mega CPE Special.

Course No. 7013
Format: Online pdf (324 pages).
Prerequisites: None
Advance Preparation:  None
Level: Intermediate
CPE Credit: 13 hrs.
Field of Study: Finance: Technical
Course expiration:  You have one year from date of purchase to complete the course.
Course Revision Date: January 2023


After completing this course, participants should be able to:

Chapter 1 Break-Even and Contribution Margin Analysis
1. Recognize how costs and revenues affect Cost-Volume-Profit (CVP) analysis.
2. Compute break-even levels for various scenarios.
3. Recognize the margin of safety and cash break-even point.

Chapter 2 Understanding and Applying the Time Value of Money Concept
1. Recognize the time value of money and how it affects financial decisions.
2. Calculate the present value of future payments.

Chapter 3 How to Assess Capital Expenditure Proposals for Strategic Decision Making
1. Recognize the purpose and use of the capital budget.
2. Calculate investment payback periods.
3. Recognize the use for the internal rate of return (IRR) calculations.
4. Identify the best methods for making long-range investment decisions.

Chapter 4 Analyzing Financial Statements for Financial Fitness
1. Recognize a comprehensive set of financial ratios and interpret them.
2. Recognize the operating cycle of a business.

Chapter 5 Analyzing Quality of Earnings and Using Variance Analysis for Cost Control
1. Recognize different characteristics relating to a firm’s quality of earnings.
2. Identify the relationships between auditing and internal controls.
3. Recognize why standard costing is important for managerial control.
4. Distinguish among three types of responsibility centers and how they are evaluated.
5. Calculate different types of variances for manufacturing costs.
6. Recognize the managerial significance of these variances.
7. Identify the need for a flexible budget.

Chapter 6 Analysis of Segmental Performance and Profit Variance
1. Recognize how to calculate different variances for the price, volume, and sales mix.

Chapter 7 Evaluating Divisional Performance
1. Compute return on investment (ROI) by means of the Du Pont formula and show how changes in sales, expenses, and assets affect the investment center’s performance.
2. Calculate the residual income (RI) and profit margin based on ROI.
3. Identify how ROI and RI measures affect the division’s investment decision.

Chapter 8 Analyzing Working Capital
1. Recognize aspects affecting cash management and working capital.
2. Recognize ways to improve profitability by changes to accounts receivable.
3. Identify how changes in inventory carrying costs affect the organization.

Chapter 9 Corporate Investments
1. Recognize accounting aspects and terms for an investment portfolio.
2. Identify ways to compare risk versus return.
3. Recognize tools for fundamental and technical analysis.
4. Recognize the benefits of portfolio theory with regard to investment decisions.

Chapter 10 Obtaining Funds: Short-Term and Long-Term Financing
1. Compute the cost of capital.
2. Distinguish between short-term, intermediate-term and long-term financing sources

Chapter 11 Analyzing Mergers and Acquisitions
1. Identify different types of mergers.
2. Recognize ways to acquire another business.

Chapter 12 Forecasting and Financial Planning
1. Recognize the objectives of forecasts.
2. Identify different types of qualitative and quantitative forecasting methods.
3. Recognize quantitative forecasting models and techniques.

Chapter 13 Financial Forecasting and Budgeting Tools
1. Recognize assumptions of forecasting with the percent-of-sales method.
2. Identify major steps in budgeting and financial planning.
3. Identify the requirements of zero-base budgeting.
4. Recognize the value of the Lagged Regression Approach and Markov model in evaluating collection and bad debt.

Chapter 14 How to Use Corporate Planning Models
1. Identify reasons for corporate modeling
2. Recognize components of an integrated planning model
3. Recognize the application and uses of financial models.

Chapter 15 Optimization Techniques, Financial Modeling and Executive Training
1. Recognize techniques for optimization including linear programming
2. Differentiate between methods of optimization
3. Recognize the disadvantages of optimization models
4. Recognize uses and variables for the bankruptcy prediction model
5. Identify the purpose of executive management games.

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