How to Read Financial Statements

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How to Read Financial Statements

Understand the financial health of any business by learning to read and analyze financial statements.

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Meet Your Instructors

  • Nic Barnhart

    Nic Barnhart

    • Co-founder Pareto Labs
    • ZipRecruiter Finance & Analytics
    • Wharton MBA

  • Tommy Moreno

    • Co-founder Pareto Labs
    • Disney Strategic Planning
    • Harvard MBA

You will be learning from...

  • Alexi Robichaux

    Alexi Robichaux

    • CEO & Co-Founder Betterup

  • Elaine Paul

    Elaine Paul

    • CFO, Amazon Studios
    • CFO, Hulu

  • Nick Van Dyk

    Nick Van Dyk

    • President Activision Blizzard
    • SVP Walt Disney Co.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Read

    Read the 3 financial statements for every company: the Income Statement, the Balance Sheet, and the Cash Flow Statement.

  • Use

    Use financial statements to make financial comparisons between businesses.

  • Know

    Know exactly where the money for a business comes from and how it’s being used.

  • Identify

    Identify the profitability of a company and where they could be missing opportunities.

  • Analyze

    Analyze and understand a business's financial health.

  • Forecast

    Forecast the future success of any business and make data-driven investments.


  • 01 Income Statements Above the Line

    Understand the revenue and cost of “ingredients” that go into creating and delivering products to determine how much money is left over to pay for business operations.

  • 02 Income Statements Below the Line

    How much did the company spend running the business? That’s what we’ll discover in this lesson!

  • 03 Income Statement: Simple Analysis

    By the end of this lesson, you will understand a company's operations just by looking at the income statement.

  • 04 Balance Sheet Overview

    How to look at a balance sheet, know where the money comes from, and how it is put to use.

  • 05 Balance Sheet: Liabilities

    Understand how much the business owes to other people.

  • 06 Balance Sheet Shareholders’ Equity

    Understand how much money investors have put into the business in exchange for ownership and how much money the company has retained from its own profits to grow the business.

  • 07 Balance Sheet: Assets

    Discover how all the capital is being put to use to run the business.

  • 08 Cash Flow Statement

    Learn about the different sources of cash flow and why it matters where the cash comes from.

  • 09 Financial Ratios

    Now you know how to read financial statements! Congrats! But to unlock their power, you have to put the numbers into context.