Financial Literacy: Reading Financial Statements like a Pro

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Financial Literacy: Reading Financial Statements like a Pro

This course works through a set of financial statements highlighting the key points of relevance.

updated on icon Updated on Sep, 2023

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Course Description

One of the most crucial skills for any manager to develop, financial or otherwise, is an ability to pick up and read a set of financial statements. Financial statements tell important stories about how a business has performed, its level of financial strength, and the availability of cash generated. Unfortunately, these stories are often not explicitly stated and require understanding and further analysis.

In this course, we work through a set of financial statements highlighting the key points of relevance. We also learn about ratio analysis, which helps us generate a deeper level of insight into the financial results by making comparisons to prior periods and to peers. This is a foundational course that will deepen your understanding of what the numbers mean. 

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone interested in finance or related fields.


What will you learn in this course:

  • Discover how to analyze financial statements to evaluate profitability, operational performance, financial strength, and cash flow.
  • Discover how to use ratio analysis to evaluate financial performance against trends, prior performance, and industry statistics.
  • Discover how to work through a set of financial statements highlighting the key points of relevance.


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • No advanced preparation or prerequisites are needed for this course.
Financial Literacy: Reading Financial Statements like a Pro


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

7 Lectures
  • play icon Introduction 04:18 04:18
  • play icon What's In A 10-K 07:09 07:09
  • play icon Evaluating Profitability 19:27 19:27
  • play icon Operational Analysis 07:02 07:02
  • play icon Evaluating Financial Strength 13:30 13:30
  • play icon Cash Flow Analysis 08:41 08:41
  • play icon Financial Analysis Using The Internet 14:36 14:36
Supporting Materials
1 Lectures

Instructor Details

Blair Cook

Blair Cook

Thought Leaders in the Field of Executive Finance

A financial executive and corporate director with a broad base of experience working as a financial leader, catalyst, operator and steward in a number of public and private companies operating in a broad array of industries, with a deep background as a financial, consulting, and accounting educator providing professional development services to Big 4 Public Accounting Firms, universities, and professional institutes.

Specialties:Leadership, finance, accounting, mergers and acquisitions, auditing, instructional design, facilitation and instruction, authoring, decision analysis

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