This class was tough.
In SUNY Albany this class is the last requirement that you must take before graduating from the business school. One of the requirements is writing a 50 page paper and reading the book the professor wrote. I think this was the most beneficial class that helped me in my career because it helped me break down a company from start to finish showing not only financial ratios but also their market share, competitive advantages and what direction they are going in from reading and analyzing their financial statements. A lot of times we take finance, marketing and accounting course where we solve problems and learn equations but to actually be doing a full analysis on a realistic company was the most beneficial class I have taken. 5 years later I still brag about this course.
Each class we had debates on different companies where we had to convince the class whether to invest in our company. We also had to research the opponents company to find reasons not to invest in that company. It gave you a better overall understanding on not only a companies financial well being but also their social responsibility. There was a analysis on how you can not only read the financial statements to know what is going on with a company but the most juicy details to investing is in their financial notes. Also when learning ratios we learned that their are other factors that make these numbers deceiving. Overall great class.
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Advice for students:
Make sure you start the paper early. It is 50 pages and most likely impossible to write in a weekend. Also take advantage of the learning opportunity here, 5 years later I still use key metrics from this class.