Introduction to Accounting for Investment Analysis

Friday  7 June  2019  8:30 AM    Friday  7 June  2019 12:30 PM
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Our Introduction to Accounting for Investment Analysis will help you to understand the way companies present financial information in their accounts and investor presentations. A basic financial knowledge is assumed, and the intention is to help the lay investor understand financial reporting.  In turn, this will enable you to make better investment decisions. The course runs for four hours and will equip you with the understanding you need to find your way round the financial statements. The course is structured in the following modules:

Report and Accounts - how to approach the accounts 

Balance Sheet - this is where an understanding of a company starts

Income Statement - principal features, what's important

Cash Flow - how cash is generated and how it ties back to the other statements

Other statements - looking at other statements and company publications

Valuation - some key valuation tools and how to calculate them

The course is given by Steve Clapham who was a rated sell-side analyst for 20 years before becoming a special situations analyst and a partner/head of research at two multi-billion hedge funds based in London. Steve has generated extremely high returns from the portfolios he has analysed and managed and he explains why the various accounting concepts are important using real-life examples from his extensive practical experience.

This course has had fantastic reviews from past attendees, who found it enjoyable (yes it is a course on accounting), interesting and really useful:

"The course is aimed at the private investor. It thoroughly analyses a set of accounts and explains what to look for and the things an investor needs to know rather than the theory of accounting. I found the case study really useful and would highly recommend it, great value." Anthony Moran, Private Investor from Manchester

"If you know one end of a balance sheet from another then Steve's Introduction to Accounting course will show you where to focus your attention when analysing company accounts. This is all about looking past the picture that management present and piecing together one that might tell a very different story. The course has certainly helped me to understand more fully what the numbers are really saying." Damian Cannnon, Private Investor

This course is designed to be taken along with our course, Introduction to Equity Analysis, which runs on the afternoon of the same day at the same venue. Buy tickets to both and enjoy lunch on us!

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