Business Series

How to Make Business Decisions Using Financial Statements (Part 2: Financial Statement Analysis Framework)

In this course, you will learn the Financial Statements Analysis Framework that will help you to assess the financial statements, drawing insights to form recommendations and conclusions.
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What  is this about?

"In a perfect world, investors, board members, and executives would have full confidence in companies' financial statements… Unfortunately, that's not what happens in the real world, for several reasons." – Where Financial Reporting Still Falls Short, Harvard Business Review Article.

The Financial Statements Analysis Framework has six processes that the analyst will assess the financial statements, drawing insights to form recommendations and conclusions. Of course, financial reports must be as accurate as possible. By adopting the right analytical tools, you can perform adequate and accurate financial statements analysis.

At the same time, financial reporting is as important as analysis. It gives existing and future stakeholders an accurate depiction of its finances and performances and provides insights and forecasts into its future.

Accurate financial analysis and reporting would offer in-depth and high-level insights for companies to make their business decisions confidently and effectively. Companies will accelerate their growth or expand their business strategy with the right approach.

Course Overview

Collecting your Data

Before analysing data, the first step is to understand why you're collecting the data and how to go about collecting it. You will learn the different steps that make up the data collection process.

Understanding your Data

To start analysing your data after collecting it, you will learn the different types of analytical tools recommended for your analysis. Subsequently, you would learn to apply these analytical tools to your data through a case study that demonstrates it.

Using your Data

After collecting and analysing your data, you will learn to make sense of your data and form conclusions based on your insights. You will also learn how to evaluate your recommendations and plan for the following steps to execute your recommendations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Collect reliable and adequate data for your analysis
  • Adopt the right tools to analyse your data
  • Avoid the mistakes made when processing data
  • Generate insights and recommendations from your data

  • Develop an action plan to follow up on your recommendations

Who Should Attend?

  • Business owners who wish to gain a better understanding of analysing the financial statements and using them for business decisions

  • Analysts who wish to generate high-level insights from the financial statements to support their research report

Course Outline

Meet the Instructor

Shelby Tee

Shelby Tee is the Managing Partner of BlackStorm Consulting. Shelby is always keen on exploring new things, and nothing excites her more than a new challenge. Her expertise lies in corporate and product marketing, project management, business operations and crisis management.

Being in the cut-throat world of retail marketing and project management for nine years has allowed Shelby to quickly identify clients' needs and deliver the best for them. In addition, her experience in a wide variety of industries has led her to adapt to any situation and environment.
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