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Fundamentals of Corporate Finance

Sentinel 9 via FutureLearn


Develop key practical skills to handle corporate finance

Sound financial discipline benefits both consumers and investors and in turn, improves the whole economic system, so it’s vital for business professionals to know the basics of finance.

On this four-week course from Sentinel|9, you’ll explore a managerial and analytical level view of key corporate finance topics such as time value of money, financial forecasting, and capital structure, among many others.

Discover the tools to analyse and evaluate capital structure and budgeting

You’ll look at the key concepts of corporate finance, from debt vs equity and financial leverage to ratio analysis. Using case studies, you’ll then explore the different theories and techniques needed to manage capital budgeting and structure.

Explore the methods for company and stocks valuations

The goal of a company valuation is to give stakeholders an approximate value of what the company is worth.

This course will guide you through the different techniques used to value a company, including the enterprise value formula, stock valuation, and calculating free cash flow.

You’ll then look at derivative assets; financial instruments whose price is determined based on another underlying asset. Through this, you’ll learn about forward, future, options, and swap contracts.

Delve into the mechanics of financial forecasting

Probably the most important function of business is forecasting. The objective of forecasting is to reduce risk in decision-making and create a starting point for business planning and strategy.

For the final week of this course, you’ll explore the different techniques and tools for financial forecasting and how to apply them. From regression, correlation, and covariance to econometrics tools, you’ll build the necessary skills to understand and develop sound financial forecasts.

This course is designed for anyone looking to better understand corporate finance. It will be especially useful for business managers and professionals hoping to move up the corporate ladder.


  • Finance and free market economies
    • Course welcome
    • Free market economies part 1
    • Free market economies part 2
    • End of Week 1 wrap up
  • Corporate finance and ratio analysis
    • Weekly welcome
    • Corporate finance and ratio analysis part 1
    • Corporate finance and ratio analysis part 2
    • End of Week 2 wrap up
  • Company and stocks valuations and derivatives
    • Weekly welcome
    • Company and stocks valuations part 1
    • Company and stocks valuations part 2
    • End of Week 3 wrap up
  • Options valuation, pricing, trading analysis and forecasting
    • Weekly welcome
    • Options valuation, pricing and trading analysis
    • Financial forecasting
    • End of course wrap up

Taught by

Astrid deRidder


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