Ch 8: Analyzing Investment Portfolios & Financial Statements

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You'll enjoy learning with these interactive lessons on analyzing investment portfolios and financial statements, including the Capital Asset Pricing Model, the balance sheet, and a lot more. This chapter can be a valuable resource for expanding your professional skills or getting ready for an exam.

Analyzing Investment Portfolios & Financial Statements - Chapter Summary

In these lessons on analyzing investment portfolios and financial statements, you can study different methods of depreciation and the importance of footnotes on financial statements. Expert instructors explain why the statement of changes in equity is used and the patterns conveyed in a cash flow statement. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Discuss investment account analysis as it relates to product selection
  • Recall formulas for calculating alpha and beta in finance
  • Outline benefits of using the capital asset pricing model
  • List components of an income statement and balance sheet
  • Detail why the statement of cash flows is important
  • Recount the primary elements of financial statement analysis
  • Describe vertical and horizontal balance sheet analysis
  • Provide an overview of inventory valuation methods

Our professional instructors provide plenty of examples to help you quickly comprehend concepts related to analyzing investment portfolios and financial statements. Each lesson includes a brief quiz to assess your understanding of the content. You also have the option of printing the quiz to serve as a handy offline study worksheet.

15 Lessons in Chapter 8: Analyzing Investment Portfolios & Financial Statements
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Applying Investment Portfolio Analysis to Product Selection

1. Applying Investment Portfolio Analysis to Product Selection

Portfolio analysis is the evaluation of asset combinations and other factors to maximize a portfolio's return. Learn about how portfolio analysis is applied to product selection in this lesson.

What is Alpha in Finance? - Definition & Formula

2. What is Alpha in Finance? - Definition & Formula

In this lesson, you will learn what alpha is in finance, how it is used to measure return based on risk, and its relationship with beta. You will also learn the formula for calculating alpha.

What is Beta in Finance? - Definition & Formula

3. What is Beta in Finance? - Definition & Formula

In this lesson, you will learn what beta is, how it is used in finance, the formula to calculate it, and how to best utilize it for success in investing.

Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM): Definition, Formula, Advantages & Example

4. Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM): Definition, Formula, Advantages & Example

Learn about the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), one of the foundational models in finance. We'll look at the underlying assumptions, how the model is calculated, and what it can do for you.

What Is an Income Statement? - Purpose, Components & Format

5. What Is an Income Statement? - Purpose, Components & Format

There are four financial reports that are created during the accounting cycle. These four reports make up what is commonly known as the financial statements. In this lesson, we will focus our attention on the income statement. We will learn what the income statement is, what its role in the financial statements is, and why it is important in accounting.

The Balance Sheet: Purpose, Components & Format

6. The Balance Sheet: Purpose, Components & Format

There are four financial reports that make up a group known as the financial statements. We will take a walk with one of those reports - the balance sheet - and learn what it is, what items are included on it and what its role in the group is.

Statement of Changes in Equity: Purpose & Examples

7. Statement of Changes in Equity: Purpose & Examples

Companies must prepare a number of financial statements to comply with accounting regulations. In this lesson, you'll learn about one of these statements, the statement of changes in equity.

The Statement of Cash Flows: Purpose, Format & Examples

8. The Statement of Cash Flows: Purpose, Format & Examples

There are four financial reports that are required in financial statements. In this lesson, you will learn about the fourth and final report - the statement of cash flows. You'll learn what the makeup of the statement is, its purpose, and why it is important to users of the financial statements.

Analyzing Cash Flow Statement Patterns

9. Analyzing Cash Flow Statement Patterns

The cash flow statement identifies where a company obtained and used cash during a specified period of time. In this lesson, we analyze the patterns conveyed by this statement.

Financial Statement Analysis: Definition, Purpose, Elements & Examples

10. Financial Statement Analysis: Definition, Purpose, Elements & Examples

In this lesson, we'll define financial statement analysis and discuss the main categories. You'll also learn how to calculate a financial ratio in each category and analyze the results.

The Purpose of Notes on Financial Statements

11. The Purpose of Notes on Financial Statements

Financial statements are very important in accounting and finance. In this lesson, you will learn about notes to the financial statements, what information they may give, and why they are important to financial statement users.

Accounting Policies as Balance Sheet Disclosures

12. Accounting Policies as Balance Sheet Disclosures

In this lesson, you'll learn about accounting policies as disclosures on the balance sheet. We'll also discuss why footnotes are an integral part of the financial statements.

Comparative Statements as Balance Sheet Disclosures

13. Comparative Statements as Balance Sheet Disclosures

In this lesson, you'll learn if a comparative balance sheet is required and in what order the balance sheets must appear. You will also be introduced to horizontal and vertical balance sheet analysis.

Inventory Valuation Methods: Specific Identification, FIFO, LIFO & Weighted Average

14. Inventory Valuation Methods: Specific Identification, FIFO, LIFO & Weighted Average

This lesson introduces you to the cost flow assumption methods of specific identification: FIFO, LIFO, and weighted average. You will also learn how to compute inventory in a perpetual system using the methods of FIFO, LIFO, and weighted average.

Methods of Depreciation

15. Methods of Depreciation

After watching this video lesson, you will understand the differences between the different depreciation methods that are available to you. We will discuss three different methods depending on how you use the equipment that you want to calculate the depreciation for.

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