Introduction To Corporate Finance
Corporate finance is one of the most important subjects in the financial domain. It is deep rooted in our daily lives. All of us work in big or small corporations. These corporations raise capital and then deploy this capital for productive purposes. The financial calculations that go behind raising and successfully deploying capital is what forms the basis of corporate finance.
The basis of corporate finance is the separation of ownership and management. Now, the firm is not restricted by capital which needs to be provided by an individual owner only. The general public needs avenues for investing their excess savings. They are not content with putting all their money in risk free bank accounts. They wish to take a risk with some of their money.
It is because of this reason that capital markets have emerged. They serve the dual need of providing corporations with access to source of financing while at the same time they provide the general public with a plethora of choices for investment. The corporate finance domain is like a liaison between the firm and the capital markets.
The purpose of the financial manager and other professionals in the corporate finance domain is twofold. Firstly, they need to ensure that the firm has adequate finances and that they are using the right sources of funds that have the minimum costs.
Secondly, they have to ensure that the firm is putting the funds so raised to good use and generating maximum return for its owners.
Throughout the course you will be introduced to various fields associated with the concepts of this course.
Completing this course should take you approximately 6 hours.
Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational principles and objectives of corporate finance
- Apply the accounting equation to illustrate the impact of business transactions and to transform business transactions (data) into usable information; and
- Identify the foundational corporate finance concepts, assumptions, or principles through the analysis of specific business situations.