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What should you look for?
Financial modeling courses give you the skills to test different scenarios and make the best decisions for the future financial performance of your company. Of course, some financial modeling courses are better than others. If you are exploring the options, here are some thoughts on what to look for when choosing a financial modeling course.
As a finance executive, your CEO may be looking to you and your team to create “shareholder value.” You may need to choose from several financial alternatives for a major investment project. You may need to factor in the cost of doing business in other countries. Or your competitors’ shares may be selling at a premium to your own.
Financial modeling courses should refresh and broaden your understanding of financial concepts and tools, in order to help you tackle such challenges with confidence. Look for a financial modeling course that covers the newest concepts in finance and review best-practice use of classical financial techniques. The course should also provide immediate practical value, for example by helping you to integrate the latest financial tools into your day-to-day operations.
Financial modeling courses should help you gain more confidence in your own investment decisions - knowing you are able to create value for your company and boost its financial performance. This can come from simulations of negotiating and managing mergers and acquisitions, as well as practical insights into identifying risks facing your company.
Financial modeling courses should allow you to confidently apply new tools and skills. But they should also provide a comprehensive review of your current financial abilities. These should be benchmarked so you know just where you stand when it comes to making finance decisions.
The best financial modeling courses should cover issues directly related to your company. This might include international valuation, lessons from the financial crisis, capital structures, restructuring, leveraged buyouts and/or equity markets.
In addition to relevant subject matter, look for a financial modeling course with impactful leaning methods. These can include group exercises, simulations and real case studies. Your learning will also be enhanced if the class is diverse - you’ll benefit from the wealth of experience of people from a wide range of nationalities and industries.
It goes without saying that the best financial modeling courses come from good business schools! At such schools, you can expect faculty members who are world-class authorities in their fields, innovative programs, and the most impactful learning. Look for business schools that are ranked highly by independent authorities such as The Financial Times and The Economist.
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