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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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
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
Frederick H. Willeboordse
Department of Physics
Specialized in Complex Systems
Also ran a business for 5
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.
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.
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
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
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.
You can see for which groups you friends signed up and the practical allocation once it's completed at this URL:
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.
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.