Fundamentals of Financial Reporting Course | 365 Financial Analyst

Learn the core principles and applications of financial reporting and analysis with the Fundamentals of Financial Reporting course. Enroll to earn a certificate.


Being a financial analyst is not easy. You have a lot on your plate, always gathering and processing information, making important investment decisions, trading securities, hedging various risks, and investing capital. To help you complete these tasks successfully, you need to understand the characteristics of the markets in which they are executed.

Our Fundamentals of Financial Markets course provides a structural overview of financial markets and their operating characteristics. It touches on several topics, starting from asset classification and the financial system’s primary functions. You will learn the difference between financial instruments such as currencies, securities, commodities, and real assets, which is a must-know for all successful financial analysts.

Moreover, we provide an overview of financial intermediaries (entities that facilitate the functioning of the financial system) and compare the trading positions an investor can take in an asset. You will learn about the benefits and risks of short and long positions and how traders finance them. We also explore the different trade orders, how markets process them, and the primary and secondary markets. And finally, we discuss the characteristics of a well-functioning financial system.

What You’ll Learn

Aiming to upgrade your financial analyst skills? This Fundamentals of Financial Markets course will help you:

  • Understand the main types of securities, contracts, currencies, and commodities
  • Evaluate execution, validity, and clearing instructions
  • Calculate and interpret the value, price, and total return of an index
  • Explore the different types of equity and fixed income indexes
  • Examine the weak form, semi-strong form, and strong form of market efficiency
  • Characterize behavioral finance and its relevance to market anomalies

What’s included