The Financial Gym

– I am impressed! How come you are so well prepared? Do you practice?
– I am a member of the Financial Gym. You should also sign up!

Why should you work out in the Financial Gym?

Would you like to be better informed about the financial issues in our world today? Be able to make better financial analyses? Drive discussions in your management team? Make better decisions? Be prepared for the unpredictable? Well, then the Financial Gym is just perfect for you! We guarantee that you will become financially fit – fast, strong and agile.

The Financial Gym is run by Bild & Runsten Financial Learning. Bild & Runsten has been helping individuals to develop and business to improve since 2003. Our clients come from many industries, many countries, and all continents. Our work has won numerous pedagogical awards.

Choose between three membership levels

Silver €790 per year

Gold €990 per year

Platinum €1,490 per year

Financial fitness assessment

When you begin any fitness program, getting a good sense of your existing, baseline strengths is really important. This helps you set individual, actionable goals for improvement and track your progress. Our digital assessment tool consists of questions about the most common financial terms and concepts.

Our training formats

Edge training every second Friday

Every second Friday we will work out for 40 minutes (between 13:10 CET and 13:50).  These sessions are digital, live and highly interactive. The content for each Edge session will be driven by a recent event that has been covered in the business media.  This will help you put your Core training to immediate use in relevant, real-time  scenarios and benefit from hearing and learning from the diverse perspectives of others in the training.

Core training every second month

Core training helps you build up six important financial muscle groups that you always need in order to make sound business decisions.

We will work out for half a day, every second month. These live digital sessions are highly interactive and  will run from 13:00 CET to 16:30. For the 2021 this will be the second Thursday in February, April, June, August, October and December. The regularity helps you build on your core strengths and stay fit.

Exclusive training tool

We have created a database with high quality financial analyses of companies. We have chosen to create our own database since the publicly available products prioritize quantity over quality. Further, we have packaged our analyses in a way that is accessible, pedagogical and graphically appealing. As a gold or platinum member in the Financial Gym you are given access to practice with this exclusive training tool.

Personal training

Hundreds of owners, board members and executives have hired us as their personal trainers. As a member of the Financial Gym you can benefit from the same opportunity. You choose what you want to be better at and we develop a session that is tailor-made to help you reach your goals.

Some questions you may have

Regular training is necessary for building up and maintaining your financial strength. As a gold member you get the continuity you seek through the edge training every second Friday, where you will always meet new topical content. And the core trainings every second month provides systematic maintenance of the most important financial muscle groups.

The Financial Gym is for people who want to strengthen and maintain their financial knowledge, for the sake of themselves and their business.

One member stated: ‘To be a gold member of the Financial Gym is comparable to attend a never-ending MBA-program to the annual fee of one good financial training day offered on the market’.

The Financial Gym offers something to everyone. The trainings will be at their best when the members have different roles and varying knowledge, since that reflects the reality faced by many membership teams.

Financial fitness is a fresh produce. Everyone needs to practice. Don’t you think that mega stars like Sarah Sjöström and Lang Lang practice butterfly stroke and piano, respectively, every day? Even if your financial proficiency is excellent, the Financial Gym can still boost your financial fitness by offering useful communication tools.

Among other things we have discussed a change in IKEA’s business model, the implications of the new accounting standard for leasing, followed the financial crisis in Norwegian Air, evaluated investments in heating systems, quantified the effects of Louis Vuitton’s acquisition of Tiffany’s, and analyzed the financial development in Netflix.

We run edge trainings every second Friday, except the last week of July and the week around Christmas. We always start at 13:10 CET and end at 13:50. All members get an invitation via e-mail a few days before the edge training. In the invitation we inform you about what we will practice on and what you need to prepare.

No, we don’t work-out the last week of July and the week around Christmas or when a Friday happens to be a public holiday in Sweden. Besides that we work-out all year around.

We run core training the second Thursday every even numbered month (February, April, June, August, October, and December). We always start at 13:00 CET and end at 16:30. All gold and platinum members get a timely invitation by e-mail. In the invitation we let you know which one of the six muscle groups will be in focus and what you need to prepare.

We run core training the second Thursday every even numbered month (February, April, June, August, October, December). We always start at 13:00 CET and end at 16:30. It is an intensive work-out dedicated to one of six muscle groups at a time. The six muscle groups have been selected by us and our choice reflects where you need to be strong to make sound business decisions. The following themes will be given one core training each:

  • Drawing conclusions from financial reports
  • Making better investment decisions
  • Analyzing and driving profitability
  • Simulating how sensitive profit is to changes in price, volume and cost structure
  • Evaluating possibilities and risks with growth
  • Valuing companies and stocks

The core trainings are digital, live and interactive. Our award-winning training concepts make sure that you maximize your financial strength.

Yes, there are two minor things to prepare. First, you need to make sure that your sound and video work so you can participate fully in the training. Second, you need to study the condensed material that is distributed timely before each core and edge training.

Yes, the core trainings and the edge trainings are recorded. The recordings are available for streaming until the next training. Hence, a core training is available for two months and an edge training for two weeks. For reasons of integrity the recordings do not include any member’s face. For the same reason we have also cut breakout discussions. The links to the recordings are distributed after each training to those members that did receive an invitation to the training.

Yes, whenever we use digital slides and make digital notes on them, we will distribute the material in a pdf-format in an email to those members that did receive an invitation to the training.
There are many ways of interaction in the Financial Gym. By using of your camera you will be visible for the trainers and the other members and hence you interact by body language. You can ask questions by raising your hand or by writing in the chat. The trainers will regularly ask the members to share their thoughts. You will also answer poll questions and partcipate in breakout discussions with other members. The trainers’ objective is to offer as interactive trainings as possible in order to maximize your learning and your financial fitness.

You need a computer, a tablet or a smart phone equipped with a headset and a camera as well as a stable internet conncection. On your computer you need to install the ‘Zoom client’ software. On your laptop or smart phone you need the app ‘Zoom Cloud Meetings’.

Using this link zoom.us/test is the easiest way to check that your technique is working. Answer ‘yes’ if you are asked to install the software, or the app. By that you should be ready to go. We recommend this short video that describes how you log in to a training youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ as well as this video that describes how to set up headset and camera for sound and video youtu.be/-s76QHshQnY.

Hopefully not, but to be on the safe side we recommend that you add the trainers’ e-mail addresses in your contact list:

erik@bildrunsten.se
hanna@bildrunsten.se
magnus@bildrunsten.se
mikael@bildrunsten.se

Yes, we can! Click here to test your knowledge about five of the forty questions in the financial fitness assessment.

As a gold or platinum member you will receive login codes to our database with financial company analyses. You will be able to study the financial development over the latest five years for a selection of companies. Such a study might provide valuable insights about your company, its competitors and its suppliers.
You tell us in what areas you want to become stronger or more agile. Based on your wishes we tailor-make a training session that will help you reach your objective. Unlike the other forms of training that we offer, no one but you and you personal trainer is part of the personal training session.

You bet! What about a balance sheet joke: on the left hand side there is nothing right and on the right hand side there is nothing left?

Do you want to know more? Contact us!

Magnus Bild

Financial trainer

magnus@bildrunsten.se
+46 708-662 618

Mikael Runsten

Financial trainer

mikael@bildrunsten.se
+46 707-358 365

The Financial Gym is run by Bild & Runsten Financial Learning. Bild & Runsten has been helping individuals to develop and business to improve since 2003. Our clients come from many industries, many countries, and all continents. Our work has won numerous pedagogical awards.