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This one-day course provides an in-depth workshop on the financial statements used in U.S. public finance.
Financial Analysis of Local Governments equips you with the skills you need to analyze local governments’ financial statements and identify risks and strengths.
With a focus on the accounting methods unique to local governments, this course teaches investors and other stakeholders how to analyze financial statements in a systematic and efficient manner. Participants learn where to find information in an audit, what individual line items in the financial statements mean, and how to calculate the key ratios.
Moody’s Investors Service’s methodology for analyzing local governments underpins the discussion throughout this one-day course, which incorporates short presentations, exercises, and case studies, and uses Moody’s medians and other publications to enrich the learning experience. This advanced course builds on Moody’s Analytics’ Introduction to Public Finance course, which is not a required prerequisite.
Professionals who are responsible for
assessing the financial risks associated with
local government investments or who need
to strengthen their understanding and
analysis of government financial statements,
- Relationship managers
- Issuers of tax-exempt securities
- Recognize the different accounting methods and disclosure documents used in public finance.
- Understand how public finance financial statements are presented and where to find relevant information.
- Analyze income statements, balance sheets, budgets, and debt statements.
- Recognize signs of credit distress from financial documents.
- Identify the key credit risks of local governments and K-12 school districts.
- Apply financial statement analysis to various types of municipal bond securitizations, including general obligation, lease, sales tax, and cash flow notes.