Fall 2011 MBA Course

B8100-002: Earnings Quality & Fundamental Analysis

TR - Full Term, 10:45AM to 12:15PM

Location: URI 142

Instructor: Doron Nissim

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Financial reporting provides a window into the operational and financial workings of a company. However, translating this information into actionable insights is anything but straightforward. It requires an understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), the quality of financial information, and the adjustments and analyses required to accurately measure and evaluate profitability, risk, growth prospects, and value. This course is devoted to a systematic study of these topics. In addition to discussing GAAP, we will analyze many actual financial disclosures and cases of accounting abuses. We will also cover standard and not-so-standard financial analysis techniques, and incorporate insights from practitioner and academic research. The primary objective is to acquire a deep understanding of accounting information and how to intelligently use it in making investment, credit, and similar resource allocation decisions. Such knowledge is required of executives, bankers, analysts, investment managers, and other users of financial information.


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Doron Nissim

Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting & Finance Professor Nissim earned his PhD in Accounting at the University of California, Berkeley. He joined Columbia Business School in 1997 and served as the Chair of the Accounting Division from 2006 to 2009. Professor Nissim's research is primarily in the areas of earnings quality, fundamental analysis, and equity valuation. His studies investigate various issues related to fundamental and relative (price multiple) valuation, corporate and personal taxes, market efficiency...

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