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Accounting & Finance for Non-Financial Managers

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Description

Finance is about making investment and managerial decisions in the face of uncertainty, based on economic information gleaned from the balance sheet and income statements, macroeconomic announcements or other economics news.

Accounting & Finance for Non-Financial Managers is divided into three, one-day sections: financial accounting, managerial accounting and corporate finance. Over these three days, this course will guide you through the financial decision making process from start to finish.

Agenda

Financial Accounting

  • Basic accounting principles
  • Reporting
  • Transaction Analysis
  • Elements of financial reporting
  • Financial statements
    • Income statements
    • Balance sheets
    • Statements of cash flows

Managerial Accounting

  • Valuing a project from start to finish
  • Management accounting in different organizations
  • Cost/volume/profit analyses and decision making
  • Marginal costs and inventory management and recording

Corporate Finance

  • How to finance a project
  • Capital budgeting and project choice: which project to undertake
  • Valuation in the presence of debt
  • Thinking and quantifying financial risk
  • What we can do to mitigate risk exposure
  • Optimal portfolio allocation: investing for retirement
  • Understanding financial statistics

Learning Objectives

  • Reading and interpreting balance sheet and income statements
  • Synthesizing that information into financial models
  • Making decisions based on these models
  • Understanding the limits of financial modeling
  • Key aspects of managerial accounting
  • Understanding overhead allocations and the cost/profit/volume relationship

Experts

Research Areas Empirical asset pricing Financial econometrics Portfolio choice Monetary policy Real estate Industry Areas Finance Asset allocation Monetary policy Real estate Rossen Valkanov is the Zable Endowed Chair in Management and Professor of Finance at the Rady School of Management...
David Ravetch has been a UCLA faculty member for over thirty years. He has won numerous teaching awards. He has been named Favorite Accounting Instructor, as voted by the accounting students, as well as, Most Recommended Instructor, as voted by students campus wide. In the spring of 1995, the Cal...
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