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Compound & Prosper! GEK2507 Frederick H. Willeboordse [email protected] Briefing and Introduction Lecture 0 ? Why this course? There are three objectives: To understand what is necessary to take charge of your personal finances To acquire the skills to use a good tool

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Compound & Prosper!

GEK2507

Frederick H. Willeboordse

[email protected]



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Why this course?

There are three objectives:

To understand what is necessary to take charge of your personal finances

To acquire the skills to use a good tool

To be able to understand the basic concepts often used in business


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What is in this course?

The contents are centered around the three objectives:

Methods, strategies and background knowledge required for accumulating personal wealth

Training in the use of the tool of choice: spreadsheets

Basic financial concepts used in everyday business


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Who am I?

Frederick H. Willeboordse

S12 #03-09

Department of Physics

Specialized in Complex Systems

Also ran a business for 5

years


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Approach

Business, Financial Modeling and Financial Planning all go hand in hand and we therefore always face a little bit a chicken and egg problem.

I’ll try to tackle this by taking a three dimensional approach - working from the outside in.


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Methodology

The course will follow the workshop approach. This means that lab sessions play a central role.

The lab sessions will end with quizzes that need to be completed individually.


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Course Outline

Lectures: 2 hours per week for a total of 22 lecture hours

Lab Sessions:8 lab sessions of 2 hours each

The lab sessions will focus on acquiring Excel skills and the working out of problems


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The allocated lab session slots are:

Mondays 12-14

Tuesdays 10-12, 14-16Wednesdays 10-12

Thursdays 12-14, 14-16

Fridays 10-12, 14-16

Location S13, Level 4, Lab 1 (Room 04-16)

Lab Session Slots


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Lab Session Registration

http://chaos.nus.edu.sg/cgi-bin/GEK2507/register.pl

You have to choose at least two groups. If you can only make it to a single one. Choose any other and contact me. You will need to show a schedule supporting the fact that you have only one choice.


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Lab Session Registration

You can see for which groups you friends signed up and the practical allocation once it's completed at this URL:

http://chaos.nus.edu.sg/cgi-bin/GEK2507/display.pl


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References

All the lecture notes as well as other relevant materials can be found on my web site at:http://chaos.nus.edu.sg/teaching/GEK2507

The required text book is “The Web”. The web has a lot of excellent information but it also has a lot of garbage. It’s up to you to decide which is which . Why the web? It’s free and it forces you to think critically. A few excellent books are also mentioned on the course home page.


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Course Contents

Lectures 1-3: The Basic Financial Statements

Lectures 4-5: Budgets, Running a Company

Lectures 6-7: Evaluating a Company’s Performance

Lectures 8-10: Investing in the Company

Lecture 11: Accumulating Assets

The chapters are organized mainly from the investor’s point of view and could be organized entirely differently. This does not affect the basic content.


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