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Accounting Essentials


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Develop the skills that underpin a huge range of finance roles. Quickly and confidently interpret financial data and statements, evaluate them and use the calculated information to build high-quality reports.

Completion time

9.5 Hours


Completion Certificate


Develop the skills that underpin a huge range of finance roles. Quickly and confidently interpret financial data and statements, evaluate them and use the calculated information to build high-quality reports.

Completion time

9.5 Hours


Completion Certificate


Video Minutes

Excel Exercises

Financial Accounting Review



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Video minutes30

Excel Exercises3

  • Making entries and ensuring the balance sheet balances
  • Preparing a balance sheet
  • Preparing an income statement from the entries to retained earnings
  • Preparing a cash flow statement from the entries to the cash account
  • A review of the different categorizations on the income statement, balance sheet, and the cash flow statement

Income Statements



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Video minutes59

Excel Exercises15

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  • Revenue recognition issues
  • Cost recognition issues
  • Identifying non-recurring items from the income statement, the MD&A, the notes to the accounts and the financial statement press release
  • Calculating EBIT and EBITDA for the historical year, and on an LTM basis
  • Understand the difference between basic and diluted earnings per share and calculate recurring diluted earnings per share
  • Review company profitability compared to its peer group

Working Capital



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Video minutes56

Excel Exercises12

  • Inventory accounting including the impact on EBIT of LIFO and FIFO accounting choices (where relevant)
  • Accounts receivable and bad debts (identifying when companies are manipulating sales)
  • Accounts payable and accruals and the difference between them from a due diligence perspective
  • Other items including taxes payable, deferred revenue, and pre-paid items
  • Working capital and operating working capital and the cash impact of changes in operating working capital
  • Credit implications of working capital movements
  • Day ratios

Non-Current Assets



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Video minutes39

Excel Exercises11

  • Gross PP&E, accumulated depreciation, depreciation expense and net PP&E
  • Building a simple forecast of fixed assets
  • Establishing the age of a company‚Äôs fixed asset base
  • Finite, and infinite intangibles including goodwill
  • A review of key methods of accounting for financial investments
  • At fair value through the income statement
  • Available for sale
  • Associate (equity method) accounting

Capital Structure



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Video minutes50

Excel Exercises14

  • Debt issues and repurchases
  • Simple yield to maturity and all in cost calculations and understanding Original Issuer Discounts
  • Calculating net debt
  • Equity issuance and repurchases
  • The difference between authorized, issued and outstanding shares and multiple share classes
  • Other capital items: preference shares and convertible bonds
  • Leverage ratios
  • Debt liability maturity analysis

Cash Flow Statements



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Video minutes25

Excel Exercises3

  • Understanding how to categorize cash flows between operating, investing, and financing
  • Deriving a cash flow statement from two balance sheets and an income statement
  • Deriving a balance sheet from a cash flow statement and an income statement
  • Different cash flow statement presentations

Take the Next Step, Earn a Recognized Skills Certificate

Demonstrate to top employers you have the practical skills needed to excel in finance.

This course will give you a fundamental understanding of financial statement analysis best practices.

Go one step further, challenge yourself to earn an accounting skills certificate recognized on Wall St.


what our students say


Julian Santibanez

The Accountant

The Accountant package offered by Financial Edge is a stepping stone at understanding the logic behind investment banking operations.

Corporate clients

Michael Whalley

The Accountant

Great videos, good variety of workings / Excel files!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What tech do I need?

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Access your course across desktop, laptop, tablet or phone; either via our web portal or the dedicated mobile app. While we have optimized our video quality and size, we recommend a broadband connection to enable uninterrupted video playback. A PDF reader and spreadsheet application are required to open the supporting resources.

Is it right for me?

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Learn the core financial accounting skills required for numerous roles across investment banking, private equity, trading and sales, equity research and more. Perfect for graduates looking to bridge the gap between academia and industry, or professionals preparing for a new role. Enhance your career by mastering the practical skills you need to know.

Are Financial Edge's courses credible?

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The 4 leading investment banks, as rated by the FT, hire us to train their incoming analysts. If you are looking to join the best analysts in the world, why not challenge yourself with the same content and certification with the same Wall Street instructors ready to answer your questions.

Will this course help me get a job in finance?

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Absolutely. Develop practical skills you can use to impress at interviews, whether you’re looking to break into banking or corporate finance roles in other industries.

How long do I have to complete the courses?

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We are delighted to announce that we now offer lifetime access on all online courses! Fit studying around your schedule. Learn at your own pace with on-demand video, practical examples to download and expert instructor support.

Are there any hidden costs?

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No. Everything you need to earn your skill certificate is included, from instructor-led videos and Excel exercises to the exam.

How do I join Financial Edge's alumni?

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Join our world-class alumni on LinkedIn by upgrading your skill certification to any one of our micro-degree’s. To unlock all alumni benefits, you will need to verify you have successfully passed all courses within the online program.

Want to Join Our Prestigious Alumni?


By completing any one of our micro-degree’s, you will be able to join our prestigious alumni on LinkedIn alongside hires at the top 4 investment banks. After becoming a member of this elite community, you can unlock exclusive benefits such as course discounts and more.

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