Read financial statements as a stock investor
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Essential skills in reading financial statement to excel in the stock market- with updates
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Created by Brennen Pak
Last updated 6/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Acquire useful practical skills based on financial statements.
  • Identify the good and bad stocks from the financial statements within 30 minutes.
  • Be able to make a quick quantitative assessment of stocks based on the right numbers from the financial statements.
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  • No knowledge required

This course is to enable newbie or keen stock investors to arm with some basic skills in reading financial statements. The ability to read financial statements is the first step to be a good stock investor. It is a financial language that all stocks wannabe should aim to acquire to significantly augment the success rate in stock investments.

When one comes across the financial statements of a stock, the first thing that an investor should do is to be able to identify whether that stock is a good stock or a bad one. If the stock is a good one, what makes the company successful. And if the stock is a lousy one, then what makes it to be bad. This course aims to arm you with just that, at least at the first level.

As this is a course for the newbies and keen stock investors, we do not expect anything from the audience other than an enthusiatic learning mind to pick up some basic skills to increase your success rate in picking up stocks.

This is a basic but powerful course. It takes only about one hour of your time to focus on the essentials taught in the lessons. Pick up some skills for just a song!

Who is the target audience?
  • For stock investors, particularly the newbies and stock investors wannabes, who want to start with fundamental analyses.
  • For veteran stock traders who want to start on value investing.
  • For students who want to learn more about financial statements and their applications.
  • This course is not meant for practice accountant or train one to become an accountant or an account executive. Its objective is to help students identify good stocks and bad stocks fairly quickly using financial statements.
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Curriculum For This Course
18 Lectures
3 Lectures 20:09

This introduction is to let students know of my background and why I am teaching this course.

Some simple but powerful take-aways from this course are:

  • Stocks are actually simple. One do not have to be especially intelligent to benefit from the stock market. Some people make it sound as if stock investing is a difficult subject to grasp just because buying stocks is buying into the future of the companies.
  • What one really needs is to understand of how stock market works, to be able to make some simple quantitative and qualitative assessments of the companies, understand the business environment and what is happening around us. Couple with our personal traits such as discipline and patience, we should be able to secure our financial future through our investments in stocks.
  • While many factors can affect the stock market, and in turn affect our stocks, we should as far as possible make things simple. Zoom in on stocks that can withstand the passage of time.
  • Remember - it is never a mistake to make things simple!
Preview 10:30

The introduction is to explain what are financial statements and who are interested in financial statements of companies. The introduction also outlines the scope of the course to enable students better understand the significance as well as the depth level of the course.

Introduction - What is this course about?

This lecture is to help frame the expectations of students. Doing a course to learn about the stock market is not going to turn someone from a rookie to an expert overnight no matter how good the course is. This is especially so for a beginner's course as students have not attained even the necessary basic skills to tackle the ever-changing business environment affecting the stock market. Students need to be aware of the following:

  1. Learning a skill to buy or sell stock is not as simple as learning a classroom academic subject whereby everything is within the control of the student.
  2. While certain skills such as mathematics as well as calculations in the course can be learnt. However, there are many factors out there that can affect the performance of the market, and hence, the performance of our stocks. In other words, there are controllable as well as uncontrollable factors affecting our stocks.
  3. Consequently, it does not mean that by learning all these skills, one would win in every stock in the stock market, but certainly a lack of these skills will see us perform miserably in the long run.
  4. There are also personal traits such as mental fortitude and human emotions that can also affect our performance, and these skills are dependent very much on the upbringing and personal life experience of the stock trader or investor himself. Idealy, students should have some life experience in stocks trading himself to better appreciate the contents in this course.
Introduction - Course expectations
The balance sheet
3 Lectures 15:29

This section teaches you what is a balance sheet. Essentially,

  1. The balance sheet is the financial situation or position of the company at a certain point in time.
  2. The items in a balance sheet:
  3. How the balance sheet is always balance.
The Balance sheet - The essentials

This lecture explains what is a group and a company. It also explains and what is minority interest or non-controlling interest that we often find in the financial statements. Once you grasp these concepts, you are in better position to understand financial statements when you read them. Some companies provide details of group as well as companies in their financial statement. It is important what students should know how to differentiate between the two ensure that they are using the right data for their analyses. 

The balance sheet - Group, company and minority interest

In this vdeo, we shall participate in a quiz to help reinforce our understanding about the balance sheet. If you able to confidently answer how the company is able to finance its asset purchase, you should have attained the requirement of this section. Congratulations!

The balance sheet - Reinforcing our understanding
Income statement
5 Lectures 35:40
  1. The income statement tells the performance during the financial year.
  2. The video explains the items in an income statement.
  3. It is important that students pick up the essential numbers.
The income statement - The essentials

This video clip describes what the income statement of a bank looks like.

Income statement - A bank

The video describes the income statement of a transport company

Income statement - Land Transport company

Income statement - Is profit equals to cash

Income statement - summary
Cash flow statements
3 Lectures 19:10
The cash flow statement - The essentials

This video clip picked up some of the danger signs that you should look out for when examining the cash flow statement.

The cash flow statement - danger signs

Cash flow statement - The concept of free cash flow
Statement in changes of Equity
1 Lecture 05:35

The statement of changes in equity is often a forgotten financial statement. Nevertheless, it provides us some information with regards to how the equity changes during the FY.

Statement of changes in equity - The essentials
The round -up
1 Lecture 12:13

This lecture is a round-up of what we have learnt during the course. As it is a beginners' course, it is important that students be informed of what one is expected to do as a next step to attain higher proficiency in becoming an outstanding stock investor.

The round-up
2 Lectures 21:23

Although the objective of this course is to better understand 5the financial statements for stock investing, personally I feel that the ultimate objective of students is to become and excel as a stock investor. Given that I had made this supplement for another course - Five steps to becoming a winner in stock investing, I decide that I should also this supplement for students in this course - Read financial statements as a stock investor. I really hope that you find it beneficial.

Best regard

Brennen Pak

Course supplement #1 - update on 11 March 2016

Course supplement #2 - update on 11 March 2016
About the Instructor
Brennen Pak
4.3 Average rating
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86 Students
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Brennen Pak has been investing in the stocks for the past 27 years. With a wealth of experience about stock investments, he started to teach stock investing and personal finance for the past 5 years. By today, he had already taught thousands of students. Brennen Pak's investing journey is not without setbacks. In fact, his stocks tanked 10 years after his start in stock investment. During 1998, his stock portfolio went into a tailspin at the peak of the asian financial crisis (AFC). He lost more than $100k as he sold stocks in a panic. What was more painful was that after he sold most of his stocks, the stock market went up 100% within a matter of 6 months and then another 75% in the year that followed. From that lesson, he learnt that picking up the essential financial skills is the mother of success to being a good investor. Knowing that Warren Buffet would not be what he is today without financial knowledge, Brennen Pak decided to use his financial skills that he learnt during his MBA to invest in stocks. Surely, major events such as dot-com bubble burst, terrorists attack on the World Trade Center in New York, the Severe Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the global financial crisis and the euro-zone crisis, just to name a few, would have badly affected the stock markets. However, despite these crises, he turned around his battered assortment of stocks into a phenomenal stock portfolio by year 2009.