Oct 10th 2016

Principles of Valuation: Time Value of Money (Coursera)

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We will introduce the time value of money (TVM) framework in a carefully structured way, using relatively simple applications at first and quickly moving to more advance ones. We will then spend some time on developing an understanding of alternative decision criteria (NPV, IRR, Profitability, etc.) that are commonly used in the real world. We will wrap up the course with an exposure to the determination of cash flows using accounting principles. The main focus in this building block will be on individual/personal decisions because of two reasons: (a) we learn when we see value to us as individuals and (b) the beauty of finance is that the building blocks of finance are applicable to any decision, personal or corporate.

The course will last six weeks with time included for assimilation and two final exams.

This course is the first in a sequence of four courses, followed by a Capstone Project, that comprise a Specialization on Valuation & Investing.

Principles of Valuation: Time Value of Money is course 1 of 5 in the Introduction to Finance: Valuation and Investing Specialisation.

Evaluate risk and reward, assess alternatives, and determine the value of a project or company. This Specialization builds on the success of the Introduction to Finance course and provides a rigorous introduction to core topics in financial valuation, including time value of money, cash flow analysis, asset pricing, and risk and return. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll apply your skills to research, analyze, and value a real-world enterprise.