Beginner Financial Analysis: Invest Like Warren Buffett

Your guide to learning the essentials of financial analysis so that you can invest with confidence.
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  • Lectures 19
  • Length 41 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2014 English

Course Description

This course has been designed to deliver you a practical, actionable, and robust method for analyzing any company. Whether you're completely new to investing and finance, or if you have some experience but want to up your game, beginning this course now will immediately pay dividends and boost your returns.

It all starts with the fundamental building blocks of value investing.

The course begins with the most fundamental elements of investing and financial analysis -- the financial statements. After gaining an understanding for the purpose, structure, theory, and application of the income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flow, we move on to the meat of the course.

We develop and apply our 11-step methodology for analyzing and understanding any company. We sequentially discuss and apply each step using a case study to explain the concepts and demonstrate how the method is used in "the real world." At the end of this section, each student will be able to take the method and conclusions we draw in the course and apply them to any business, large or small. YOU will be ready to analyze any company like an investment professional!

Lastly, we take a step back and look at the big picture. We'll share our philosophy and some great resources for discovering investment opportunities on your own. We will discuss our methods for sourcing potential investment ideas--we avoid the mainstream media and seek to find opportunities before they make the headlines. At the end of the section you'll find yourself identifying companies all around you ripe for an investment.

The instructors in this course are co-founders of the investment research and publishing company, Sabre Capital Group. Both instructors have extensive backgrounds in finance and have applied these theories and methods in real world applications in both investment and commercial banking. The methodology we teach here is robust, it's straightforward, and it's real-world tested and approved.

Each section is supplemented with a case study, learning aids, and resources for further study.

We believe that successful investing starts with developing a deep understanding of the companies in which we invest. That starts with financial analysis. Jump start your investing success by beginning this course now!

What are the requirements?

  • Spreadsheet software (Excel, Google Docs, or any other will work)
  • A desire to learn the fundamentals of financial analysis to improve investment decisions, business acumen, and/or career prospects

What am I going to get from this course?

  • You will be able to identify and understand the 3 primary financial statements
  • You will be able to analyze any company and understand exactly how that business is performing.
  • You will be able to find and act upon investment opportunities as they reveal themselves in your everyday life.

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in investing, business, entrepreneurship, or economics.
  • Anyone in need of basic financial analysis skills for career enhancement

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Section 1: Welcome to Beginner's Financial Analysis
Section 2: The Financial Statements
The Income Statement
The Balance Sheet
The Statement of Cash Flow (Profits do NOT equal Cash!!)
Section 3: The 11 Step Method To Analyze Any Company

The supplemental excel file here will be used throughout the ratio analysis. The tabs on this file includes calculations for the case study we will be following, a blank template for you to use, and a guide for finding company financials from the SEC's website.

Section 4: The Fundamental Ratios
The Sales Growth Ratio
Gross Profit Margin
Operating Margin
Net Profit Margin
Section 5: The "Swing" Ratios
Accounts Receivable Days On Hand
Inventory Days On Hand
Accounts Payable Days On Hand
The Quick Ratio
The Current Ratio
The Leverage Ratio
The Debt Service Coverage Ratio
Wrapping Up the 11 Step Method to Analyze Any Company
Section 6: Idea Generation
Finding Opportunities
Section 7: Bring It All Together -- Now Its YOUR Turn
Conclusion, Wrap Up, and Next Steps!

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Instructor Biography

Sabre Capital Group LLC, Investment Research and Publishing

The Wall Street Flaneur, a Sabre Capital Group publication, was born as an investment companion for the modern thinking man. Our goal is that our publication will make you stop, consider, and understand what it all has, in fact, to do with the price of rice in China. We believe you must have context, an appreciation and understanding of the macro and micro, before you can implement a successful investment strategy. What you will find here is the whole story, the big picture and the specific strategy, the forest and the trees. Our aim is not only publishing quality content, but fostering a vibrant community of thoughtful discussion, discourse, and debate.

Our team hails from necessarily different backgrounds – from investment bankers, to entrepreneurs, to scientists and academics. Our multi-disciplined team and network combine to provide you perspective, data driven financial analysis, and a crystal clear point of view. All we ask is that you refer fellow flaneurs and tell us what you think.

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