Financial Modelling: Getting Started

by Samuel Ellis

Financial modelling is one of the most highly valued skills of the finance professional. This course will help you to get started mastering that skill, by choosing the right approach, following the right processes and adhering to the relevant standards and guidelines.

price £75+vat
cpd hours 4 CPD hours
access 120 days' access

This course will enable you to

  • Build great financial models.
  • Consider the wider context of financial modelling and what can be achieved.
  • Spot and avoid the common pitfalls of financial modelling.
  • Select the most appropriate type of financial model to achieve your objectives.
  • Follow a clear process for developing a model to ensure your findings are consistent and comparable.
  • Use the standards, codes and guidelines for financial modelling, to ensure excellence in layout and method.

About the course

Financial modelling is one of the most highly valued skills in accounting and financial analysis. It's also one of the most widely misunderstood. So what is a financial model, when should you use one, what process do you use, and how do you ensure they are as accurate as possible?

This course will help you to get started in financial modelling. You will learn how to choose the best model for your purpose, the process to follow to ensure consistency and comparability, and how to ensure that by following the standards and guidelines, your model will be easily understandable by colleagues.

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Contents

  • Financial modelling foundations
    • Structured decision making
    • Making better decisions
    • When to use a financial model
    • Key skills
    • Other useful skills
    • Elements of a financial model
    • Key terms
    • Concept diagrams
    • Principles
    • What can go wrong
  • Types of financial model
    • Where to start
    • Finding the right model
    • Understanding your aims
    • Profit and loss
    • P&L forecasting
    • Discounted cash flow
    • Operating costs
    • What-if Analysis
    • Loan or debt financing
    • Mergers, acquisitions, and investments
    • Fee earner revenue: walkthrough
  • Understanding the process
    • The stages of financial modelling
    • Understanding the four stages
    • Information gathering stage: good data
    • Design stage: key terms
    • Look-and-feel and filters
    • Formulas
    • Design stage: UI & UX
    • Charts and slicers
    • Design stage: formatting
    • The importance of double-checking
    • Build stage
  • Standards, codes and frameworks
    • Why standards matter
    • The FAST standard
    • Applying standards
    • Workbook design: general principles
    • PwC's Global Financial Model Guidelines
    • ICAEW's Financial Modelling Code
    • Excel functions: keeping it simple
    • Excel functions: risk levels
    • Understanding calculations
    • Calculation standards
    • Calculation blocks
    • Avoiding mistakes

Author

Samuel Ellis

Samuel Ellis is a chartered accountant with experience working in private accounting firms and a number of high growth businesses. He has spent the past six years working as Head of Finance for InterWorks, a global specialist data consulting practice.

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