101 Financial Solutions: Diagnosis and Remedy

10 Credits: Management Services


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101 Financial Solutions: Diagnosis and Remedy

Course Level
CPE Credits

10 Credits: Management Services

Course Description

A manager’s success depends largely on his or her ability to manage a company’s assets. This mission is complicated by the interdependent nature of a company’s finances. One short-term financial problem, such as a cash flow shortage, can cause a longer-term credit problem, such as denials for bank loans. The successful manager must be able to quickly identify and resolve such short-term problems in order to prevent their long-term deleterious effects. This course is intended for effective business managers and entrepreneurs. Covering every facet of the daily management of a business’s finances, it is designed to help managers pinpoint, remedy, and prevent business and financial problems. In each case, it also points out potential ripple effects—the ways in which a problem in one sector can disrupt operations in other areas.

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Learning Objectives

After studying this course, you will be able to:

Chapter 1:

  • Recognize signs in the concept of revenue base erosion;
  • Identify irrelevant cost factors when evaluation special orders;
  • Identify causes of a high level of merchandise returns that can affect business profits;

Chapter 2:

  • Identify the causes of low turnover of merchandise;
  • Recognize trade-offs between excessive inventory ordering and carrying costs;
  • Identify order costs and carrying costs associated with inventory management;
  • Recognize how the economic order quantity (EOQ) applies to inventory management;
  • Identify technologies used to improve inventory tracking and management;
  • Recognize reasons that create a lack of inventory storage space;

Chapter 3:

  • Identify concepts used in the analysis of profitability;
  • Recognize ways to reduce the break-even point, and limitations of break-even analysis;
  • Recognize how to apply cost-volume-profit analysis;
  • Identify the problems of a weak sales mix and the causes of falling sales or profits;

Chapter 4:

  • Identify the risk-return trade-off;
  • Recognize components of interest rate risk;
  • Identify factors relating to a lack of diversification and increased risk;
  • Recognize signs of existing or potential financial problems;

Chapter 5:

  •  Recognize influences that can adversely affect the market price of a stock;
  • Identify the objectives of debt rating services and some bond terminology;
  • Recognize characteristics of evaluating stock prices;

Chapter 6:

  • Identify the conditions when bankruptcy looms;
  • Recognize steps management can take to avoid business failure;
  • Recognize uses of the Altman Z-Score for spotting risky companies;
  • Identify measures that a company can take to avoid a takeover threat;

Chapter 7:

  • Recognize common ratios used by companies to help manage cash positions;
  • Identify ways to improve cash flow and return on surplus funds;
  • Identify early warning signs of a company going broke;

Chapter 8:

  • Identify ways to minimize the impact of vendor’s price increases;
  • Calculate the advantage of accepting vendor terms and discounts;
  • Recognize the reasons for poor credit ratings;
  • Identify methods to prevent check signing fraud and improper payments;

Chapter 9:

  • Recognize commonly used financial ratios that help spot liquidity problems;
  • Identify early warning signals for inadequate liquidity;
  • Recognize ways to improve return on investment and how return on equity is calculated;
  • Identify methods to identify a low rate of return and the signs for poor quality of earnings;

Chapter 10:

  • Recognize how to determine the stability/instability in product revenue over time;
  • Identify the causes for excessive labor costs;
  • Recognize the concept associated with operating leverage;
  • Recognize the applications of activity-based costing;
  • Understand how a profit-maximizing firm would adjust prices at different levels of demand;

Chapter 11:

  • Identify how actual costs can exceed standard (budgeted) costs;
  • Recognize how to compute an efficiency variance;

Chapter 12:

  • Recognize ways to spot record-keeping errors; and

Chapter 13:

  • Recognize the characteristics of different corporate structures used to affect tax planning and preparation.


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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
April 25, 2023

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Compliance Information

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