Finance exists in the real world. It impacts everyone: individuals, families, companies, and governments. While it may sound complicated, at its core finance is about deciding what to buy, getting the money you need to buy it, and efficiently managing the resources you already own. In this course, Brigham Young University business professors Jim and Kay Stice provide a comprehensive overview of finance, touching on everything from reading a balance sheet to understanding derivatives and securities. They tackle questions such as “What is the difference between short-term financial management and long-term financing?” and “What is the difference between a traditional bank, an investment bank, and an investment fund?” Along the way, you can get an inside look at financial reports from companies such as Walmart and Toys “R” Us, the IPOs of Microsoft and Facebook, and even the data that go into personal financial decisions, such as deciding whether to buy a car.
What is finance?
Understanding financial statements
Managing finances in the short term
Analyzing risk and return
Understanding the stock and bond markets
Comparing the Facebook and Microsoft IPOs
Working with financial institutions like banks and investment funds
Using capital budgeting
Creating simple personal saving and investment plans
Skill Level Beginner
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