Financial Statements Analysis: Learn to Invest Like a Pro!
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Financial Statements Analysis: Learn to Invest Like a Pro!

Upgrade your investment decision making, harness the powerful tools of financial statements and financial ratios!
4.1 (54 ratings)
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 11 Articles
  • 12 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Increase probability of investing in successful companies while avoiding fraud or fail ones
  • Read and interpret all major financial statements, and know exactly when to use each
  • Recognize key terminology such as "assets", "liabilities" and "depreciation", and understand their significance in different contexts.
  • Understand, use and calculate the most important financial ratios for analyzing potential investments
  • Gain an edge over other investors who may be too afraid to use those "complicated" tools. We make it simple for everyone!
  • Realize the importance of financial statements for making sound and successful decisions in the stock market.
  • Learn how to utilise and apply the material in real world scenarios and situations.
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  • Laptop/desktop computer with internet access and working speakers/headphones are required.
  • No prior knowledge is required.
  • Basic familiarity with the world of investments and/or the stock market and related terminology is recommended.
  • For maximum results, students must practice all given exercises and read through additional material available.
  • Patience, curiosity, and an eagerness to learn about financial statements, and allot the needed time to fully complete the course.

“I call it the Rule of Three. If you read a company’s financial statements three times, and you still can’t figure out how they make their money, that’s usually for a reason”. James S. Chanos, founder of Kynikos Associates.

This course will help you to assess any company, while reading their financial statements.

The course covers all the basic aspects of reading and analyzing financial statements using different financial ratios. It will guide and teach you how and when to use those powerful tools in order to be able to assess the financial situation and profitability of a potential company and thus to decide if to invest in it in the stock market.

Knowing how to read and analyze financial statements is a "must" for any investor who wants to achieve successful results, trying to avoid investments in failing or fraudulent companies. This course will simplify all that 'intimidating" financial terminology, so that anyone can easily learn and understand it, even without background in finance or business management.

The lectures in the course are accompanied by different exercises and real-life examples. While the course focuses on the practical applications of the material, it also provides you with the necessary theoretical foundation that any investor needs to know and master.

We at Global Finance School (GFS) have over 30 years of experience in teaching finance and empowering individuals, families and businesses across the world. Our group of experts makes sure that all our courses are up to the top quality standards, offering you the best value for your time and money.

If you are a beginner investor, looking to upgrade your portfolio and enhance your earnings, this course is the best place for you to start!

Who is the target audience?
  • Investors with little to no financial education or background.
  • Beginner investors or traders interested in improving their skills using financial statements and ratios.
  • Anyone looking to harness powerful analytic tools to achieve better outcomes and profitable investments in the stock market.
  • Business professionals wanting to enrich their familiarity with financial statements or looking to start investing.
  • Less suitable for beginner or advanced accountants who want to learn how to write financial statements.
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Curriculum For This Course
35 Lectures
Welcome To the Course!
1 Lecture 06:11

An Introduction to 

Financial Statements Analysis

Preview 06:11
Financial Statements and the Stock Market
4 Lectures 24:34
Why Do You Need To Know About Financial Statements?

In Lecture B of the Financial Statements Analysis we will take a more in depth look at the balance sheet 

Introducing the Balance Sheet

Practice reading a balance sheet with a real world example.

Review Exercise: Reading A Balance Sheet

Enjoy an Animated Video Example of Buying Stocks and Equity

Preview 02:25

Review Questions: Introducing the Balance Sheet
4 questions
What Are Financial Statements?
3 Lectures 08:55

Further Reading: Researching the SEC

The Importance of Financial Statements When Investing

Review Questions: What Are Financial Statements?
1 question
A Deeper Look at the Balance Sheet
1 Lecture 05:30

Review Questions: Deeper Look at the Balance Sheet
4 questions
The Profit & Loss (Income) Statement
4 Lectures 31:27
The Profit & Loss (Income Statement)

Review Exercise: Reading an Income Statement

Review Questions: The P&L (Income) Statement
1 question


Review Questions: Depreciation
2 questions
Cash Flow Statement & Statement of Changes in Equity
7 Lectures 37:29
The Cash Flow Statement

Review Exercise: Reading a Cash Flow Statement

The Company’s Profit and Cash Flow

Learn More: Apple's Cash Reserves

Review Questions: Cash Flow Statement
2 questions

Statement of Changes in Equity

Learn More: Reading a 10K Financial Report

Review Questions: Statement of Changes in Equity
1 question
Financial Statement Ratios
9 Lectures 27:50

Current Ratios

Learn More: Follow General Motors Company Stock Report

Review Exercise: Calculating Current Ratio

Quick Ratio and Equity Balance Ratio

Review Exercise: Equity Balance Sheet Total Ratio

P&L Ratios

Financial Ratios and the Way To Break the Financial Statement’s Code

Financial Statement Ratios Recap

Review Questions: Financial Statement Ratios
6 questions
Net Profit Per Share and Credit Days
6 Lectures 21:10
Net Profit Per Share

Review Exercise: Calculating Profit to Earnings Ratio
1 page

Combined Ratios

Learn More: Apple's Equity Ratio

Review Questions: Net Profit Per Share & Combined Ratios
4 questions

Review Exercise: Return on Assets
0 Lectures 00:00
Final Quiz: Financial Statements and Financial Ratios
26 questions
About the Instructor
Global Finance School
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Global Finance School, Instructed by Mr. Simanovsky, has been leading innovation in the field of financial studies for over 30 year. Mr.Simanovsky has written 27 bestsellers books on Finance education, including Finance for Beginners, Statistics for Beginners, and Stock Market for Beginners.

Mr. Simanovsky, who also co-founder of Meitav Group, an Asset Management and Investment Banking firm with over 7 billion USD under management, brings his real life experience to create a pragmatic learning experience, especially suited to professionals aspiring to advance in financial positions.

With over 3 decades of experience, Mr. Simanovsky and his team of finance professionals and e-learning experts from around the globe developed an extraordinary ability to explain and teach financial topics by providing a wide variety of easy to access high quality business education tools.

Global Finance School is known for its unique teaching style that sets to make finance a fun topic, intuitive to understand, and very engaging.