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Financial Analysis

  • Teacher(s):   J.Froidevaux  
  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits: 6 credits
  • Schedule: Spring Semester 2018-2019, 4.0h. course (weekly average)
  •  sessions
  • Related programmes:
    Master of Science (MSc) in Finance : Financial Entrepreneurship and Data Science

    Master of Science (MSc) in Finance, Orientation Corporate Finance

    Master of Science (MSc) in Finance, Orientation Asset and Risk Management



The objective of the course “Financing Analysis” is to bring a thorough understanding of the key issues revolving around a company and its stakeholders through the work of a financial analyst. Using both textbook and practical examples, the course will bring students tools and techniques to analyze a company and its business environment in order to reach a potential investment decision. The course builds on the topics covered by the “Financial Accounting” course (4.1) and is run in parallel with the “Valuation” course (4.2) to provide students with strong building blocks pertaining to company, industry and market assessments. The content of the course is based on relevant sections of the CFA® curriculum as well as additional case studies and occasional readings.


  • The financial analyst profession
  • Regulatory framework and professional standards
  • Market analysis
  • Industry analysis
  • Financial statements and information outside of financial statements
  • Analytical tools for financial analysis
  • Financial modeling
  • Integration of financial analysis techniques
  • Analysis of banks and insurances
  • Quality of financial statements reporting and earnings
  • Integration of corporate governance, ESG and SRI criteria in financial analysis
  • Tools and techniques for investment decision
  • Behavioral biases and other pitfalls of financial analysis


Slides content, assigned readings and class case studies will contain 100% of the ground material needed for graded case studies and final exam.


Financial accounting


First attempt

Written 2h00 hours
Not allowed
Allowed with restrictions

30% graded case studies assigned through the semester

70% final exam


Written 2h00 hours
Not allowed
Allowed with restrictions

100% retake exam

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