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Corporate Finance Foundations

via LinkedIn Learning


Learn the basics of corporate finance and its impact on decision-making and growth.


  • Finance for business decision-making
1. What Is Finance?
  • The board of directors discusses finance
  • Finance inside of companies
  • Finance outside of companies
2. Risk and Return
  • What is risk and why don't we like it?
  • Reducing risk through diversification
  • Beta: The concept
  • Beta: Examples
  • Risk-free rate
  • Equity risk premium
  • Capital asset pricing model (CAPM)
3. Obtaining Long-Term Financing
  • Introducing long-term financing
  • Does capital structure matter?
  • Factors influencing optimal capital structure
  • Cost of capital: All debt or all equity financing
  • Cost of capital: Split debt-equity financing
  • Weighted-average cost of capital
4. Understanding Securities Markets
  • The difference between a stock and a bond
  • Stock markets
  • Bond markets
  • Publicly traded shares: What impacts the share price?
  • Initial public offering (IPO): Microsoft
5. Capital Budgeting
  • Capital budgeting overview
  • The importance of the time value of money
  • Example: Buying light switches
  • Next steps

Taught by

Jim Stice and Kay Stice


4.7 rating at LinkedIn Learning based on 1409 ratings

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