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Earnings Quality & Fundamental Analysis

Fall 2014 MBA Course

B8008-001: Earnings Quality & Fundamental Analysis

MW - Full Term, 09:00AM to 10:30AM
Location: URI 142
Previous Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

Instructor: Doron Nissim

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 firm performance, risk,
growth prospects, and value. This course is devoted to a systematic
study of these topics, often in industry-specific contexts. We will
discuss key GAAP in detail, and analyze many actual financial
disclosures and 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 and related decisions. Such
knowledge is required of executives, bankers, analysts, investment
managers, and other sophisticated users of financial information.