Courses & Certificates

What’s included in the Full Access Bundle?

As soon as you enroll in the Full Access Bundle you will receive immediate access to ALL our video courses.  The courses include a wide range of corporate finance topics including: accounting, financial analysis, financial modeling, valuation, sensitivity analysis and industry specific financial modelling courses.  These courses will take you through the model building process in easy to follow, step-by-step format. In each of our courses you can download the Excel financial model templates and relevant documents required to build the models.  By the end of our program you will have mastered the art of financial modelling and valuation and be ready to accelerate your career! Register for the Full Access Bundle.

Are the Excel files included? Can I download them?

Yes the excel files are included and available for download for all of our courses.  You have to be registered for the course to download the files.

What’s the difference between the Premium Bundle and Full Access Bundle?

The Premium Bundle includes our CORE financial modeling and valuation courses, but does not include industry specific courses.  Register for the Premium Bundle.

Click here to compare the Premium and Full Access Bundles.

How does the monthly payment plan work?

We do not currently offer a monthly payment plan.

How does your certification program work?

All courses allow you to earn a certificate on completion.  In order to earn your certificate you have to complete all chapters and quizzes in the course.  You have to pass all quizzes with a 100% grade, but you can take the quizzes as many times as you need to. You will be automatically emailed an official PDF certificate when you complete the course and can automatically add it to your LinkedIn profile.

Are your certificates verified?

Yes, we will verify all certificates with employers if they contact us by email.

Our certificates are approved by the CFA Institute for continuing education.

Are there any additional costs to earn your certificate?

No, there are no additional costs other than the course oru bundle registration fee.

Do your courses count as CPE credits for CPAs?

Yes, our courses can count towards your Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits for your Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.  We can provide you a certificate of course completion and verified CPE hours.  Please email us with any special requests.

Does a Corporate Finance Institute (CFI) certificate matter?

A certification can help set you apart from the crowd.  Many recruiters will look at your resume or LinkedIn profile for evidence of finance education and a certificate will add legitimacy to your profile. The Corporate Finance Institute is recognized by many employers as a leading provider of finance training.

Do you provide transcripts for your courses?

Yes we publish the transcripts for our accounting fundamentals, reading financial statements, financial modeling fundamentals course, how to build a financial model, and mining valuation courses, however, you will have to register for the courses to download the excel templates and watch the videos.  You can read our course transcripts by emailing us after you register.

Payments

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit and debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.  Our payment processors include Stripe and PayPal. We also accept bank wire transfers if requested by email.

How do I cancel my monthly subscription?

We do not currently offer a monthly subscription.

Do you offer refunds or returns?

In some special circumstances (usually related to product or technology issues) we do, but please refer to our Terms of Use for the full details.

Are there any hidden fees or services changes?

No! There are no additional charges other than course or bundle registration.

Do I have to pay extra for a certificate?

No, you only have to pay the course registration fee.

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Finance Topics

What is financial modelling?

Financial modeling is the task of building an abstract representation (a model) of a real world financial situation. It is a mathematical model designed to represent a simplified version of the performance of a financial asset or portfolio or a business, project, or any other investment.  It starts by taking historically observed financial results and forecasting out into the future based on a set of assumptions.  The assumptions drive the future results, which in turn drive the valuation. Read our article entitled, “what is financial modeling?”.

What is a DCF model?

A discounted cash flow (DCF) model is a valuation method used to estimate the value of an investment opportunity. DCF analysis uses future free cash flow projections and discounts them back to the present (or time of the investment) to arrive at a present value estimate.  If the value arrived at through DCF analysis is higher than the current cost of the investment, the opportunity appears to “add value”.

Who uses financial models?

Financial models are most commonly used by capital markets professionals (investment banking, equity research, private equity) and corporate professionals (corporate development, financial planning & analysis, investor relations).  All of these professionals use models to evaluate investment opportunities and transactions.

Why build a financial model?

The main reasons to build a financial model are to understand the business, estimate it’s value, and determine if it makes sense to invest, acquire, sell or hold an investment.

Why use Excel instead of software to build a financial model?

The main reason to use Excel over software when building a model is to thoroughly understand the business.  The process of manually building out the relationship between all historical results, drivers, and future results is the most valuable part.  If a software program were to spit out the Net Present Value of a business you would not understand that business as well as if you built the model yourself. For this reason, I do not believe software will replace Excel for finance professionals.

What is a Three Statement Model?

Building a Three Statement Model is the baseline that all other valuation models off of. It is important to learn how to build full, dynamic financial statement projection models in Excel from scratch, using real case studies, industry best practices, and sensitivity analyses. The will form the base for merger models, leveraged buyout (LBO) models, and DCF models.

What is Sensitivity Analysis?

How do professionals at investment banks, private equity firms and other financial institutions analyze the impact of mergers & acquisitions? All good models must include a robust sensitivity analysis in order to understand how valuation changes as the drives move up/down.  To perform sensitivity analysis you have to carefully construct your model so you can test inputs.  One common method is with data tables.  Another more advanced method is to build a tornado chart after manually liking and assessing the impact of numerous inputs.

What are Trading Comps?

“Comps” analysis is the quickest, most widely used valuation methodology, and fundamental part of the core valuation skill set of investment bankers and finance professionals. In this course, trainees learn how to select and “scrub” comparables, pick the right multiples and build dynamic comps models in Excel from scratch, using real case studies, industry best practices, and sensitivity analyses.

What are Transaction Comps?

Transaction comps (aka deal or transaction comps) is a variant of comparables valuation. Value of the firm is derived by assessing the value of comparable companies recently acquired. In this step-by-step, real case study course, you’ll learn how to select comparable acquisitions, find important disclosures in filings, spread the data and build a complete transaction comps model in Excel.

How is Goal Seek used?

Goal seek is a powerful way to test what a certain input has to be in order to produce a specific output.  The common syntax for goal seek is: set cell A to be equity to X by changing cell Y.  This can be very useful for break-even analysis, or in a situation where your boss asks you, “how many units do we have to sell to make an X percent EBITDA margin?”

How is Vlookup used?

Vlookup is often used to pull data from a table.  Use VLOOKUP, one of the lookup and reference functions, when you need to find things in a table or a range by row. For example, look up an employee’s last name by her employee number, or find her phone number by looking up her last name (just like a telephone book).

How is Index Match used?

The key difference between INDEX MATCH and VLOOKUP is that VLOOKUP requires a static column reference while INDEX MATCH uses a dynamic column reference.  With VLOOKUP, most people will input a specific, static number to indicate which column they want to return from.  When you use INDEX MATCH, the formula allows you to manually choose which column you want to pull from.

What is EBITDA?

EBITDA stands for Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation and Amortization.  It is a heavily referenced financial metric, although it has several drawbacks and frankly less relevant than one may be lead to believe.  It is often considered to be a proxy for cash flow, but this is often not the case as it doesn’t take into account capital expenditures, taxes, or changes in working capital.

Why is EBITDA such a popular metric?

EBITDA is popular for a few reasons: (1) it can be easily calculated on a GAAP or IFRS Income Statement, (2) it’s considered a proxy for cash flow (although it’s not a very good one), and (3) it’s a has reached level of critical mass where everyone follows the convention without much thought. Not all people like EBITDA, however.

What is Free Cash Flow?

Free Cash Flow is equal to cash flow from operations less capital expenditures.  It starts at net income and adds back any non-cash items, adjusts for changes in working capital, and deducts capital expenditures.

What is Unlevered Free Cash Flow?

Unlevered Free Cash Flow is similar to Free Cash Flow but it assumes the firm has no debt, and therefore the interest expense is added back and taxes are recalculated without the interest deduction.

What is Net Present Value (NPV)?

NPV is the value of a series of future cash flows discounted back to the present at a certain discount rate.  It represents the value of a financial asset and expresses how much someone would be willing to pay for it if they are willing to accept the discount rate as their rate of return on investment.  To value a business, the discount rate that’s used if typically the WACC.

What’s the Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)?

WACC is a cost of equity and cost of debt for a business, weighted according to its capital structure.

The formula is: WACC = [equity/(equity + debt) x cost_of_equity] + [debt/(equity + debt) x cost_of_debt_after_tax].

What is Investment Banking?

An investment bank is a financial institution that assists individuals, corporations, and governments in raising financial capital by underwriting or acting as the client’s agent in the issuance of securities. The main activities of the investment banking division (IBD) are underwriting (debt and equity) and M&A advisory.  Read our guide to getting a job in investment banking and example interview.

Read this article about why people do investment banking, and how much they can make.

What is Equity Research?

Sell side Equity Research analysts closely analyze stocks in order to provide insightful investment ideas and recommendations to the firm’s sales force, traders, and directly to institutional investors and increasingly to the general investing public.  Buy side analysis perform the same research, but keep their publications and recommendation in house.

What is Sales & Trading?

Sales and trading is one of the key functions of an investment bank. The term refers to the various activities relating to the buying and selling of securities or other financial instruments. Typically an investment bank will perform these tasks on behalf of itself and its clients.

What is Private Equity?

In finance, private equity is an asset class consisting of equity securities and debt in operating companies that are not publicly traded on a stock exchange. A private equity investment will generally be made by a private equity firm, a venture capital firm or an angel investor.

What is Commercial Banking?

A Commercial bank is a type of financial institution that provides services such as accepting deposits, making business loans, and offering basic investment products.  The commercial banking division typically provides loans, cash management, hedging, and working capital solutions to business below the investment banking threshold.

What is FP&A?

FP&A stands for financial planning and analysis. Typically financial planning and analysis departments are structured to serve upper level management with the information they need to make strategic, operational, and tactical decisions.  Analysis typically includes, budgeting, forecasting, financial modeling and cash flow planning.

What is Treasury Management?

Treasury management (or treasury operations) includes management of a business’ holdings, with the ultimate goal of managing the firm’s liquidity and mitigating its operational, financial and reputational risk.  This typically includes managing accounts receivable, accounts payable, hedging, fund raising, and anything to do with cash management.

What are the most common job titles?

We have compiled a list of the most common job titles in investment banking, equity research, treasury, FP&A, private equity, accounting and more.