Corporate Finance #1 Introduction & Financial Statements

Navigating the Intersection of Finance, Accounting, and Economics for Effective Corporate Decision-Making
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Created by Robert (Bob) Steele

What you'll learn

  • Recognize and differentiate the key concepts and relationships between finance, accounting, and economics in the context of corporate decision-making.
  • Evaluate the significance of financial statements and their role as primary tools in corporate finance, interpreting and analyzing financial statements.
  • Apply forecasting techniques to utilize financial statement data and make informed predictions about future performance in corporate finance scenarios.
  • Discuss the various forms of business organizations and their implications for corporate finance, including considerations of ownership, liability, and taxation
  • Analyze economic conditions and factors impacting the decision-making process in corporate finance, incorporating economic estimates and assessments.
  • Utilize Excel worksheets to solve practice problems in corporate finance, applying appropriate formulas and functions to perform calculations.
  • Create financial projections and perform scenario analysis to support decision-making processes in corporate finance, considering various possible outcomes.
  • Communicate effectively about corporate finance concepts and analyses, presenting findings and recommendations in a clear and concise manner to stakeholders.
This course includes:
15 total hours on-demand video
1 articles
75 downloadable resources
49 lessons
Full lifetime access
Access on mobile and TV
Certificate of completion

Course content


  • Access to a computer or laptop with internet connectivity to access the course materials and complete assignments.
  • Eagerness to learn and apply corporate finance concepts in real-world scenarios.
  • Openness to hands-on practice and willingness to solve practice problems using Excel worksheets.
  • An inquisitive mindset and a desire to explore and understand the intersections between finance, accounting, and economics.


In this comprehensive course, we will explore the essential concepts of corporate finance, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to make informed financial decisions.

We begin by clarifying the distinctions and connections between finance, accounting, and economics. While accounting focuses on past data and the construction of financial statements, corporate finance utilizes financial statement data to forecast future performance and drive decision-making. We also acknowledge the significance of economics in corporate finance, as economic conditions play a vital role in the decision-making process.

Next, we delve into different forms of business organizations, discussing their characteristics and implications for corporate finance. By understanding the various organizational structures, you will gain insights into the financial considerations associated with each type.

A thorough understanding of the primary financial statements—balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows—is crucial in corporate finance. We provide comprehensive explanations of these statements, their interrelationships, and their role in assessing financial performance and making predictions about the future.

To reinforce your learning, this course includes numerous practice problem examples, including hands-on exercises using Excel worksheets. You will have access to preformatted Excel worksheets with step-by-step instructional videos, allowing you to work through the practice problems in a structured manner. Additionally, answer sheets are provided to verify your solutions and facilitate self-assessment.

Join us on this engaging journey to master corporate finance. Enroll today and develop a solid foundation in core concepts, gain practical problem-solving skills, and apply financial analysis techniques using real-world scenarios.

Who this course is for:

  • Professionals working in the field of finance, accounting, or related disciplines who want to deepen their understanding of corporate finance concepts and enhance their decision-making skills.
  • Business owners and entrepreneurs seeking to improve their financial management skills and make informed financial decisions for their organizations.
  • Finance and accounting students at the undergraduate or graduate level who want to gain a comprehensive understanding of corporate finance principles and their practical application.
  • Managers and executives involved in financial decision-making processes within their organizations, aiming to broaden their financial literacy and analytical capabilities.
  • Professionals in non-finance roles who interact with finance and accounting teams and want to develop a better understanding of corporate finance concepts.
  • Anyone with a general interest in finance and a desire to learn about the principles and practices of corporate finance.
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