Introduction to Finance

Created by The Storyboard Initiative
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (207 ratings)
15,677 students
1hr 29min of on-demand video
English [Auto]

International Finance
Risk Management
Financial Statement Analysis
Basic Accounting


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Welcome to the Introduction to Finance Course by TSI! This is a course that is designed for complete beginners— no experience is required. If you are interested in finance, then you have come to the right place. We start off by introducing finance as well as clearing up a lot of the common misconceptions people have regarding the field. We then cover money and inflation. Then we cover loans and interest. In this module, we define what a loan is the context of investing, provide an intuitive explanation for what interest is, and explain the two types of interest visually. Afterwards, you will learn fundamental accounting concepts such as the accounting equation, t-charts, the accounting cycle, etc. We then build off these concepts and discuss the financial statement trinity. We discuss the nature of these statements as well as how to analyze them using growth and profitability ratios. The financial statement lectures segue nicely into our next module about securities. In this module, we discuss four types of securities, what differentiates them from one another, and their purposes. Each of these investments/securities come with their own set of risks. In the module succeeding that of securities, we discuss what risk is in detail, the different methods to avoid it, and insurance. Finally, we cover international finance. We begin by discussing the types of advantages, trade barriers, and ways to promote trade. Then we talk about economic development and metrics used to gauge a country's standing. Each of our engaging lectures present an intuitive approach to understanding the fundamental concepts mentioned above. We hope that you take away something from the course and start off strong in your finance journey! Enjoy the course!

Who this course is for:

  • Beginners interested in learning more about the world of finance


Computer Science and Business Specialist
Vayun Shyam
  • 4.1 Instructor Rating
  • 1,036 Reviews
  • 45,945 Students
  • 5 Courses

My name is Vayun Shyam, an entrepreneur with fascination for various markets around the world and their influence on culture. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, the world’s hub of technological development, I have grown a deep  passion for building applications and ML/AI models around customer feedback and product reviews. I have been working with object-oriented languages for past 3+ years, including Java, Python, C++, Ruby, and more. I am a current member of DECA, and I have experience competing and placing in the marketing and entrepreneurship clusters. Moreover, I was fortunate to gain some real-life business experience through designing and publishing my own apps and pursuing nonprofit endeavors.

DECA Member (Marketing & Hospitality Specialist)
Rohan Karra
  • 4.1 Instructor Rating
  • 1,036 Reviews
  • 40,210 Students
  • 5 Courses

Hello. My name is Rohan Karra and I am a current DECA member at American High School. I have competed and placed in DECA events from multiple clusters at multiple levels. I have also had real-world experience with business myself from dropshipping to investing. These experiences have helped my write this amazing course, and we hope that The Storyboard Initiative can prepare you for DECA and as well, give you a thorough introduction to business as a whole.

Finance and Computer Science Specialist
Kireeti Chilakamarry
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 207 Reviews
  • 15,677 Students
  • 1 Course

Hello everyone! My name is Kireeti, and I am currently a senior at Milpitas High in Milpitas, California. From a very tender age, I have been fascinated by engineering, computer science, and finance. I have spent countless hours learning and teaching these subjects through various clubs and tutoring services. My experience, coupled with my fascination for the subject, have enabled me to co-create this course. I hope this course helps you all with DECA, and I hope it kindles a passion for finance within you. Enjoy learning!

Financial Analyst
Chiruhaas Udatha
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 207 Reviews
  • 15,677 Students
  • 1 Course

Hi, I'm Chiruhaas Udatha and I spend a lot of my time learning about business, finance, and accounting out of passion. After 2 years of research in the field of business finance, I've decided to share my knowledge through the form of a course and educate other young students around the world.

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