Financial Management

Financial Management

This course allows students to explore the world of financial management domestically and internationally. Students start by looking at an introduction to basic concepts and then move on to examine financial statements and ratio analysis, cash flow, financial planning, and forecasting, as well as the time value of money in finance. Throughout the course, students gain knowledge about financial markets and institutions, and valuing stocks and bonds. Students will examine risk and return, cost of capital, capital budgeting, and capital structure and policy. Students will also explore sharing firm wealth and payout policies, and short-term financial management. Finally, students will take a closer look at mergers, acquisitions, and financial distress, as well as international managerial finance.

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Learning Objectives/

  1. 1.1 Define financial areas, principles, and functions.
  2. 1.2 Examine types of business organizations.
  1. 2.1 Describe the types of financial statements, their components, and purposes.
  2. 2.2 Analyze a firm’s financial statements, cash flow values, risks, and returns.
  3. 2.3 Analyze financial ratios and their relationships with a firm’s performance.
  1. 3.1 Determine a firm’s cash flow using its financial statements.
  2. 3.2 Compare various approaches to financial planning and forecasting.
  3. 3.3 Examine methods for preparing cash budgets and pro forma financial statements.
  1. 4.1 Explain the role of time value in finance.
  2. 4.2 Calculate the time value of money for single cash flows.
  3. 4.3 Calculate the time value of money for multiple cash flows and annuities.
  1. 5.1 Describe various types of financial markets and institutions.
  2. 5.2 Explore the relationships between markets and institutions.
  3. 5.3 Explain the major regulations and regulatory bodies affecting financial institutions.
  1. 6.1 Explain interest rates and return rates.
  2. 6.2 Describe the different types of bonds, what factors are influential in pricing bonds, and some techniques for performing valuations.
  3. 6.3 Explain types of stock and stock valuation methods.
  1. 7.1 Explain an investment’s risk and required rate of return.
  2. 7.2 Calculate an investment’s risk and return using various methods.
  1. 8.1 Compare capital funding methods and sources.
  2. 8.2 Explain the cost of equity and debt financing.
  3. 8.3 Apply the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) formula to a project’s cost of capital.
  1. 9.1 Calculate cash flows on capital budget projects.
  2. 9.2 Evaluate investment opportunities using various techniques such as net present value (NPV), internal rate of return (IRR), and payback period.
  3. 9.3 Describe risk in capital budgeting and strategies, such as sensitivity analysis, scenario analysis, and risk adjusted discount rate.
  1. 10.1 Assess decisions that affect the capital structure.
  2. 10.2 Compare alternative capital structures and chose the optimal capital structure.
  3. 10.3 Evaluate a firm’s capital budgeting policies, planning, structure, and cost.
  1. 11.1 Analyze factors affecting the distribution of wealth.
  2. 11.2 Examine firm payout policies, such as cash dividend distribution and share repurchase.
  1. 12.1 Examine working capital management approaches and policies.
  2. 12.2 Consider the cash conversion cycle and the impact of managing inventory, accounts receivable, and accounts payable.
  3. 12.3 Evaluate sources of, and requirements for, obtaining short-term debt.
  1. 13.1 Describe various types of mergers, acquisitions, and financial distress.
  2. 13.2 Select a financial management strategy appropriate for a firm’s short-term needs and long-term goals.
  1. 14.1 Describe the environment multinational companies operate within.
  2. 14.2 Analyze international opportunities such as foreign direct investments, mergers, and joint ventures.
  3. 14.3 Consider foreign exchange rate and political risks for international companies.

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