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Techniques of Financial Analysis, Modeling, and Forecasting - v06 (Course Id 1355)

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Author : Jae K. Shim, Ph.D., CPA
Status : Production
CPE Credits : 14.0
IRS Credits : 0
Price : $113.95
Passing Score : 70%
NASBA Technical: Yes
Primary Subject-Field Of Study:

Finance - Finance for Course Id 1355

Description :

This comprehensive course gives you every sales and financial forecasting formula and modeling techniques you need to analyze your operation both as a whole and by segment. You'll be provided with proven techniques that help you identify and fix problem areas, analysis techniques that help you evaluate proposals for profit potential, proven methods that improve the accuracy of your short- and long-term forecasting, analysis tools that help you better manage working capital, cash, and accounts receivable, plus much more. You also receive dozens of worked-out models and modeling techniques that simplify your most difficult business decisions, and are easy to adapt to any computer spreadsheet program. This course supplies company accountants, treasurers, CFOs with all the forecasting techniques needed to financially analyze a business as a whole or a segment. Includes analysis techniques, methods for improving forecasting accuracy, analysis tools for managing capital, and more.

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Release : 2016
Version : 1.0
Prerequisites : None.
Experience Level : Overview
Additional Contents : Complete, no additional material needed.
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Advance Preparation : None.
Delivery Method : Self-Study
Intended Participants : Anyone needing Continuing Professional Education (CPE).
Revision Date : 31-Mar-2018
NASBA Course Declaration : Participants must complete the final examination within one year of purchase and with a minimum passing grade of 70% or better to receive CPE credit unless otherwise noted on the Course History page (i.e. California Ethics must score 90% or better). After logging in click on the Course History links on your My Courses page for the Begin date and Expire date for the Final Exam.
Approved Audience :

NASBA QAS - NASBA Registry - 1355

Keywords : Finance, Techniques, Financial, Analysis, Modeling, Forecasting, v06, cpe, cpa, online course
Learning Objectives :

Chapter 1
Break-Even and Contribution Margin Analysis

After completing this section, you should be able to:
    1. Recognize how costs and revenues affect Cost-Volume-Profit (CVP) analysis.
    2. Compute break-even levels for various scenarios.
    3. Recognize the margin of safety and cash break-even point.

Chapter 2
Understanding and Applying the Time Value of Money Concept

After completing this section, you should be able to:
    1. Recognize the time value of money and how it affects financial decisions.
    2. Calculate the present value of future payments.

Chapter 3
How to Assess Capital Expenditure Proposals for Strategic Decision Making

After completing this section, you should be able to:
    1. Recognize the purpose and use of the capital budget.
    2. Calculate investment payback periods.
    3. Recognize the use for the internal rate of return (IRR) calculations.
    4. Identify the best methods for making long range investment decisions.

Chapter 4
Analyzing Financial Statements for Financial Fitness

After completing this section, you should be able to:
    1. Recognize a comprehensive set of financial ratios and interpret them.
    2. Recognize the operating cycle of a business.

Chapter 5
Analyzing Quality of Earnings

After completing this section, you should be able to:
    1. Recognize different characteristics relating to a firms quality of earnings.
    2. Identify the relationships between auditing and internal controls.

Chapter 6
Analysis of Variance Analysis for Cost Control

After completing this section, you should be able to:
    1. Recognize why standard costing is important it is for managerial control.
    2. Distinguish among three types of responsibility centers and how they are evaluated.
    3. Calculate different types of variances for manufacturing costs.
    4. Recognize the managerial significance of these variances.
    5. Identify the need for a flexible budget.

Chapter 7
Analysis of Segmental Performance and Profit Variance

After completing this section, you should be able to:
    1. Recognize how to calculate different variances for price, volume and sale mix.

Chapter 8
Evaluating Divisional Performance

After completing this section, you should be able to:
    1. Compute return on investment (ROI) by means of the Du Pont formula and show how changes in sales, expenses, and assets affect the investment center's performance.
    2. Calculate the residual income (RI) and profit margin based on ROI.
    3. Identify how ROI and RI measures affect the division's investment decision.

Chapter 9
Analyzing Working Capital

After completing this section, you should be able to:
    1. Recognize aspects affecting cash management and working capital.
    2. Recognize ways to improve profitability by changes to accounts receivable.
    3. Identify how changes in inventory carrying costs affect the organization.

Chapter 10
Corporate Investments

After completing this section, you should be able to:
    1. Recognize accounting aspects and terms for an investment portfolio.
    2. Identify ways to compare risk versus return.
    3. Recognize tools for fundamental and technical analysis.
    4. Recognize the benefits of portfolio theory with regards to investment decisions.

Chapter 11
Obtaining Funds: Short-Term and Long-Term Financing

After completing this section, you should be able to:
    1. Compute cost of capital.
    2. Distinguish between short-term, intermediate-term and long-term financing sources

Chapter 12
Analyzing Mergers And Acquisitions

After completing this section, you should be able to:
    1. Identify different types of mergers.
    2. Recognize ways to acquire another business.

Chapter 13
Forecasting And Financial Planning

After completing this section, you should be able to:
    1. Recognize objectives of forecasts.
    2. Identify different types of qualitative and quantitative forecasting methods.

Chapter 14
Forecasting Methodology

After completing this section, you should be able to:
    1. Identify forecasting models and techniques.

Chapter 15
Forecasting with Regression and Markov Methods

After completing this section, you should be able to:
    1. Identify variables of the least-squares method.
    2. Identify statistics to look for in multiple regressions.

Chapter 16
Financial Forecasting and Budgeting tools

After completing this section, you should be able to:
    1. Recognize assumptions of forecasting with the percent of sales method.
    2. Identify major steps in budgeting and financial planning.
    3. Identify requirements of zero-base budgeting.

Chapter 17
Forecasting Cash Flows

After completing this section, you should be able to:
    1. Recognize the value of the Lagged Regression Approach and Markov model in evaluating collection and bad debt.

Chapter 18
How to use Corporate Planning Models

After completing this section, you should be able to:
    1. Identify reasons for corporate modeling.
    2. Recognize components of an integrated planning model.

Chapter 19
Financial Modeling For "What-If" Analysis

After completing this section, you should be able to:
    1. Define a financial model.
    2. Recognize application and uses of financial models.

Chapter 19
Financial Modeling For "What-If" Analysis

After completing this section, you should be able to:
    1. Define a financial model.
    2. Recognize application and uses of financial models.

Chapter 20
Using Optimization Techniques to Build Optimal Budgets

After completing this section, you should be able to:
    1. Recognize techniques for optimization including linear programming.
    2. Differentiate between methods of optimization.
    3. Recognize the disadvantages of optimization models.

Chapter 21
Financial Modeling Packages and Executive Training

After completing this section, you should be able to:
    1. Recognize uses and variables for the bankruptcy prediction model.
    2. Identify the purpose for executive management games.
Course Contents :

Chapter 1:    Break-Even and Contribution Margin Analysis

Learning Objectives:

Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis

Operating Leverage

Sales Mix Analysis

Contribution Margin Analysis

Conclusion

Chapter 1 Review Questions

Chapter 2:    Understanding and Applying the Time Value of Money Concept

Learning Objectives:

Assumptions of Present Value and Future Value Techniques

Conclusion

Chapter 2 Review Questions

Chapter 3:    How to Assess Capital Expenditure Proposals for Strategic Decision Making

Learning Objectives:

Capital Budgeting Methods

Risk Analysis in Capital Budgeting

Conclusion

Chapter 3 Review Questions

Chapter 4:   Analyzing Financial Statements for Financial Fitness

Learning Objectives:

Who Uses Financial Analysis

Financial Statement Analysis

Ratio Analysis

Conclusion - Limitations of Ratio Analysis

Chapter 4 Review Questions

Chapter 5:    Analyzing Quality of Earnings

Learning Objectives:

Quality Of Earnings

Conclusion

Chapter 5 Review Questions

Chapter 6:    Analysis of Variance Analysis for Cost Control

Learning Objectives:

Responsibility Accounting and Responsibility Center

Standard Costs and Variance Analysis

General Model for Variance Analysis

Flexible Budgets and Performance Reports

Nonfinancial Performance Measures

Conclusion

Chapter 6 Review Questions

Chapter 7:    Analysis of Segmental Performance and Profit Variance

Learning Objectives:

Profit Variance Analysis

Sales Mix Analysis

Conclusion

Chapter 7 Review Questions

Chapter 8:    Evaluating Divisional Performance

Learning Objectives:

Rate of Return on Investment (ROI)

ROI and Profit Planning

Residual Income (RI)

Investment Decisions under ROI and RI

Conclusion

Chapter 8 Review Questions

Chapter 9:    Analyzing Working Capital

Learning Objectives:

Evaluating Working Capital

Cash Management

Management Of Accounts Receivable

Inventory Management

Conclusion

Chapter 9 Review Questions

Chapter 10:    Corporate Investments

Learning Objectives:

Accounting Aspects

Analytical Implications

Obtaining Information

Risk versus Return

Financial Assets

Real Assets

Portfolio Analysis

Mutual Funds

Fundamental Analysis

Technical Analysis

Conclusion

Chapter 10 Review Questions

Chapter 11:    Obtaining Funds: Short-Term and Long-Term Financing

Learning Objectives:

Financial Planning

Short-Term Financing

Intermediate-Term Financing: Term Loans and Leasing

Types of Long-Term Debt

Cost of Capital

Conclusion

Chapter 11 Review Questions

Chapter 12:    Analyzing Mergers And Acquisitions

Learning Objectives:

Mergers

Deciding on Acquisition Terms

Acquisition of Another Business

Impact of Merger on Earnings per Share and Market Price per Share

Risk

Holding Company

Conclusion

Chapter 12 Review Questions

Chapter 13:    Forecasting And Financial Planning

Learning Objectives:

Who Uses Forecasts?

Forecasting Methods

Selection of Forecasting Method

The Qualitative Approach

Common Features and Assumptions Inherent in Forecasting

Conclusion - Steps in the Forecasting Process

Chapter 13 Review Questions

Chapter 14:    Forecasting Methodology

Learning Objectives:

Naive Models

Smoothing Techniques

Forecasting Using Decomposition of Time Series

Conclusion

Chapter 14 Review Questions

Chapter 15:    Forecasting with Regression and Markov Methods

Learning Objectives:

The Least-Squares Method

Trend Analysis

Regression Statistics

Statistics to Look for in Multiple Regressions

Checklists--How to Choose the Best Forecasting Equation

Measuring Accuracy of Forecasts

Forecasting Sales with the Markov Model

Conclusion

Chapter 15 Review Questions

Chapter 16:    Financial Forecasting and Budgeting tools

Learning Objectives:

Forecasting External Financing Needs--The Percent-of-Sales Method

Budgeting and Financial Planning

How the Budget Works: An Example

Zero Base Budgeting

Conclusion

Chapter 16 Review Questions

Chapter 17:    Forecasting Cash Flows

Learning Objectives:

Markov Approach

Lagged Regression Approach

Conclusion

Chapter 17 Review Questions

Chapter 18:    How to use Corporate Planning Models

Learning Objectives:

Types of Analysis

Typical Questions Addressed via Corporate Modeling

Types of Models

Current Trends in Modeling

The Future of Corporate Planning Models

Conclusion

Chapter 18 Review Questions

Chapter 19:    Financial Modeling For "What-If" Analysis

Learning Objectives:

A Financial Model

Applications and Uses of Financial Modeling

Putting Financial Modeling into Practice

Quantitative Methods Used in Financial Models

Developing Financial Models

Model Specification

Conclusion

Chapter 19 Review Questions

Chapter 20:    Using Optimization Techniques to Build Optimal Budgets

Learning Objectives:

Use of Linear Programming

Use of Goal Programming (GP)

Conclusion

Chapter 20 Review Questions

Chapter 21:    Financial Modeling Packages and Executive Training

Learning Objectives:

Spreadsheet Modeling

Forecasting Financial Distress with Z Score

Budgeting and Planning Software

Training with Management Games

Conclusion

Chapter 21 Review Questions

Glossary

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