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Fast Track Finance #1

University of Michigan via Coursera

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Chapter 1: Time Value of Money
In this chapter, we introduce the framework of time value of money (TVM) in a carefully structured way, using relatively simple applications.

Chapter 2: Time Value of Money - Applications
In this chapter, we build on Chapter 1 and move quickly to more advanced applications of TVM focusing on situations we confront on a daily basis.

Chapter 3: Decision Criteria
In this chapter, we develop an understanding of alternative decision criteria - Net Present Value (NPV), Internal Rate of Return (IRR), Profitability, etc. - that are commonly used in the real world, with a focus on a critical evaluation of their strengths and weaknesses.

Chapter 4: Decision Making & Cash Flows
This chapter contains a basic introduction to the key determinants of cash flows using accounting principles.

Chapter 5: Bond Valuation
This chapter introduces you to the most common vehicle of investment/financing: bonds. Though introductory, we attempt to cover a fair amount of content and with real world applications.

Chapter 6: Stock Valuation
This chapter provides an exposure to the characteristics and the valuation of stocks, again with an eye toward real world applications.

Chapter 7: What is Risk?
In this chapter, we will develop a theory of risk based on the intuitive concept of diversification. Since knowledge of Statistics is key to understanding risk, we will introduce some important concepts of applications.

Chapter 8: Diversification and CAPM
In this chapter, we will introduce one of the most widely known models called CAPM (Capital Asset Pricing Model), which provides a simple and powerful relation between risk and return.

Chapter 9: Leverage, WACC & Valuation
This Chapter attempts to put together a cash flows and risk and return in a world with leverage financing. The content is our first exposure to valuation with a full-blown application.

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Gautam Kaul


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by Ericdo1810 completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I have completed this course partially, just to revise my finance concepts. I can say that this free course is a very rigorous, yet beginner-friendly financial literacy course. This course did the topics of time value of money and risk and returns in finance good justice. Do not expect to be a financial wizard who can make winds on the stock markets after this course. However, if you do complete the course, I'm sure that you'll understand interest rates, compound power of money, what risks are and how returns are related to risks, which are important gate-ways to financial literacy. Of course,…
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