Spring 2014 MBA Course

B8008-001: Earnings Quality & Fundamental Analysis

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

Location: WJW 311

Instructor: Gil Sadka

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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.


Gil Sadka

Associate ProfessorProfessor Sadka joined Columbia Business School in July 2005 and serves as the PhD coordinator of the Accounting Division. Professor Sadka's research focuses primarily on equity valuation. In his research on equity valuation, he examines the role of earnings and earnings predictability in generating stock price volatility and the implications for asset prices. His studies explore issues related to aggregate (market-wide) earnings and aggregate stock price...

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