Learning Corporate Finance – The e-education portal for the lost, confused and totally insane
I am not the finance type. Given a choice between marketing, selling, business development and finance, guess what my last choice would be?
Although I did take Advanced Maths in my Bachelors’ and loved it, Accounting is something else totally. It’s not that I have an ideological conflict with the subject, just that rather than spend a day with numbers, I would rather spend it with interesting people (if you follow this blog, you would notice, it is basically what I do all day). Which is why when my friend Jawwad first asked me to review his latest pet project – an e-education portal for teaching corporate finance, I immediately asked him if I had done something to offend him.
A quick look across the courses listed across his online inventory of financial courses showed that there was nothing that was of real interest for me. (Hey at-least I am honest). For once when I said it was all Greek to me, it really was filled with Greek symbols (see for yourself Derivative Pricing, Risk Management, Financial Engineering – Equation Reference
Despite my disinterest I was able to classify the offering in three categories.
Introductory and Intermediary Finance courses – For the lost and confused types
Corporate Finance: First Course
Master Class: Calculating Value at Risk
Master Class: Credit Analysis
Master Class: Credit Process
Master Class: Derivative products
Master Class: Ratio Analysis
Master Class: Risk for the Oil and Petrochemical Industry
According to Jawwad those of you looking for a light read to put you to sleep would possibly like the Petrochemical and Ratio Analysis piece. If you are not the finance type you should stay away from everything else (especially the Calculating Value at Risk note).
Touch them and die Finance courses – Advance courses for the more adventurous and totally insane financial geek types
Pricing Interest Rate Swaps – The valuation and MTM course
The Derivatives Crash Course for Dummies
Asset Liability Management – The ALM Crash course and survival guide
Derivative Pricing, Risk Management, Financial Engineering – Equation Reference
Interest Rate Options – Pricing Caps and Floors
You should only venture out here if you are looking for a truly traumatic experience; or punishment; or both. I accidently opened the Interest rate options piece and it was quite obvious to me why some of my banking friends have had such traumatic childhoods. Jawwad included.
Cases – For those who likes numbers with a story behind them
Master Case: AMD: Valuation and Projections: Case Guide
Master Case: Corporate Finance: LLC or C-Corp
Master Case: Credit Process: Baldwin Piano
Master Case: Electronic Arts: Corporate Finance
Master Case: Office Depot: Ratio Analysis
Master Case: Ratio Analysis: ODP and Staples
The less said about these the better. Numbers, numbers and even more numbers.
If despite my best efforts to dissuade you from the subject you still have any interest in Corporate Finance, click on the above links for free on the Corporate Finance E-education Portal. At your own risk and remember I didn’t put you upto it. It was free will.
(Sorry Jawwad, I am just the old school marketing and communication type. Now if you could only put together a marketing e-education portal or a social media one, I could put my heart into reviewing it J)
Total Disclosure: My father was a banker for 40 years, my younger brother was Chief Forex dealer for several banks and my youngest brother is a Chartered Accountant living and practicing in the UK.
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