Compound & Prosper! GEK2507 Frederick H. Willeboordse firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Frederick H. Willeboordse
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
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.