Upcoming Course Dates

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This course is run in conjunction with NIRI.
Bookings will be made via their website.

4 hours Introductory Skills
Tue 17 Nov 2020
Client Office

Member price: $395
Non-member price: $445


Prerequisite Courses

If you are unsure whether this course is right for you, please contact Miranda Lane (info@financetalking.com)

Financial Information Essentials – NIRI Virtual

4 hours Introductory Skills

If you would like to get to grips with the jargon of financial results and annual reports and understand how a company’s financial statements work, this is a great course. We cover balance sheets, income statements and cash flows – what they mean and how they fit together. We look at key metrics such as revenue, EBIT, EBITDA and net income and financial ratios such as leverage or gearing and profit margins – everything you need for company results.


  • Get to grips with financial jargon
  • Understand the financial statements & what they’re telling you
  • Learn about key metrics and financial ratios

What's Included

  • Access to a virtual classroom with a series of online courses to help you consolidate your learning
  • Colour-coded course materials
  • A copy of The FinanceTalking Financial Glossary (pdf)
  • Email or phone your tutor if you have questions

After the course, you will have access for 4 months to the following eLearning course which will help you consolidate your knowledge:

What you will learn

Accounting Essentials

  • Introduction to financial statements
  • Building up a balance sheet
  • Recording profits
  • Capex, opex and depreciation
  • The differences between profits and cash flows

Interpreting the Numbers

  • Different levels of profits – gross profit, EBITDA, operating profit etc
  • Impact of changing prices and volumes
  • Impact of fixed and variable costs
  • Profit margins and interest cover
  • Understanding working capital
  • Return on investment and similar measures

Working with Earnings – a real company example

  • What key audiences are looking for in results
  • Identifying the headlines & looking for omissions in the release

How you will learn

We use Zoom to deliver our virtual events

  • Very simple to use
  • Access the event on your laptop or tablet (or even your phone)
  • Discussions and case studies via breakout groups
  • Quizzes and polls