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Finance 101

Course Name Finance 101
Essentials of Financial Management
Schedule July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017

Monday - Wednesday 

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Price: Php 25,000

The finance function plays a crucial role in ensuring the continuing viability of a firm particularly during periods of uncertainty. This basic course examines through a user-friendly, yet comprehensive way, the finance function in the corporate setting, its scope of responsibilities and authorities, and its linkages with other segments of the organization. Emphasis is placed on the discipline as a function of management, on the routine problems encountered by the financial manager and his/her methods of solution, and the rationale for his/her decisions. 

The course doubles as “Introductory Module” for the Center's rigorous Diploma in Corporate Finance program. It is an excellent venue, too, to understand and appreciate the discipline's raison d'être and its multidisciplinary reach.


Successful completion of the course enables the participant to:

1. Appreciate and understand the objectives, role and importance of finance in business;

2. Learn the basic techniques in analyzing financial statements;

3. Learn the concepts, related calculations and practical applications of the mathematics of finance and investments;  

4. Utilize basic financial planning and forecasting tools for business decisions;

5. Identify, define, analyze and manage the various types of risks the finance manager faces in the routine course of business;

6. Efficiently manage a firm's working capital;

7. Learn and apply the various methodologies in evaluating long-term investments/projects effectively;

8. Identify, describe and evaluate the various short-, medium- and long-term financing sources available to a firm; and

9. Calculate and understand the importance of a firm's weighted average cost of capital.

Who should attend

This course is recommended for individuals involved in the finance/treasury function across industry lines, stock, investment and financial analysts of stock brokerage firms, and business entrepreneurs who would like to put a better handle on their firms' financial affairs.  


The course, which employs lectures, interactive discussions, case studies and practical exercises, covers the following areas:

I. The finance function: An overview and introduction

   A. Review of key accounting concepts

   B. Basic techniques of financial statement analysis

   C. Importance and goal of finance in business

   D. Responsibilities of the finance manager

   E. Key ideas in financial management

   F. Structure of the financial system

II. The mathematics of finance and investments

   A. Time value of money: concepts, principles, formulas

   B. Illustrative calculations

   C. Practical applications for decision-making

III. Basic financial planning

   A. Profit planning, budgeting and financial forecasting

   B. Break-even analysis

   C. Operating and financial leverage 

IV. Working capital management

   A. Working capital fundamentals

   B. Cash management

   C. Accounts receivable management

   D. Short-term financing

V. Long-term investment decision

   A. Project evaluation techniques/methodologies

   B. Risk/return analysis

   C. Capital budgeting process: an illustration

VI. The financing decision

   A. Financial structure, use of leverage, cost of capital

   B. Debt vs. equity financing

   C. Intermediate- and long-term financing methods

*Topics will be covered extensively in the Advanced Module of Diploma Program in Corporate Finance

Resource Speakers
Mr. Larry S. Esguerra IV

is the Director for Credit Programs at the Ateneo-BAP Institute of Banking, the Program Director for Finance at the Ateneo Center for Continuing Education, and a professor of Finance at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.