There are no prerequisites.

Course Description

Cash is essential to the daily functions of a business, and yet it is rarely managed to ensure that sufficient cash is on hand, or that excess cash is properly invested. Instead, cash is considered just another item to be handled by the accounting department, which can result in periodic cash shortages or excess cash being invested incorrectly, if at all. This course reveals how to create a system from which to compile a detailed cash forecast, discusses the processes related to cash inflows and outflows, describes how to mitigate risks associated with cash, and many other topics related to cash management.


Steven M. Bragg, CPA

Steven M. Bragg, CPA, is a full-time book and course author who has written more than 70 business books. He provides Western CPE with self-study courses in the areas of accounting and finance, with an emphasis on the practical application of accounting standards and management techniques. A sampling of his courses include the The New Controller Guidebook, The GAAP Guidebook, Accountants’ Guidebook, and Closing the Books: An Accountant’s Guide. He also manages the Accounting Best Practices podcast.

Steven has been the CFO or controller of both public and private companies and has been a consulting manager with Ernst & Young and an auditor with Deloitte & Touche. He holds an MBA from Babson College, a Master of Finance from Bentley College, and a BA from the University of Maine (summa cum laude).

Course Specifics

Mar 2, 2017
There are no prerequisites.

Compliance Information

Qualifies for CA Fraud: No

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Note the sources and reliability of information in cash forecasts.
  • State the formats and uses of the bank reconciliation, as well as the types of differences that may arise.
  • Cite the information requirements of a cash management system, and the frequency with which this information must be collected.
  • Describe the methods available for collecting and processing cash receipts.
  • Note the features of the main cash concentration systems and the situations in which they should be used.
  • Explain the characteristics of the different methods of payment and when they should be used.
  • Demonstrate the techniques that can be used to reduce the investment in working capital.
  • Cite the more common cash investment strategies and investment instruments, and the circumstances under which they should be used.
  • Note the types of debt funding and the major stock sale exemptions, as well as restrictions on their use.
  • Identify the main credit rating agencies and the types of credit ratings.
  • State the features of, and differences between, clearing and settlement systems.
  • Identify the main aspects of foreign exchange risk and the methods available to mitigate it.
  • Identify the main aspects of interest rate risk and the methods available to mitigate it.
  • Cite the controls that can be used for the cash management functions.
  • Note the areas in which cash management metrics should be employed, as well as how to calculate the key metrics.

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Our self-study materials are authored by top-quality, industry experts. You’ll receive a bound notebook of all the course materials, shipped to you within one business day. In addition, you’ll also have full online access. Each self-study package includes a robust collection of learning and reference materials to help you cover the information efficiently and put it into practice immediately.

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