Provided by: Plum Solutions

Advanced Financial Modelling in Excel Workshop

Business and Management Skills

In the ever-changing business environment, being able to accurately model and forecast the volatile economic inputs is a critical skill for business professionals. Build on your existing modelling skills and apply new techniques to better analyse financial data, predict revenues and cost and assess risks to justify business decision in the most time-efficient and effective way.
This is primarily ilt training
Course Level:advanced
Duration:1 days
Training Presented in:English
Training Provided by Plum Solutions

Advanced Financial Modelling in Excel Workshop Seminar Schedule

November, 2017
3rd Nov   Saxon's Training Facility, Melbourne   [Register]
15th Nov   Saxon's Training Facility, Sydney   [Register]
February, 2018
21st Feb   Saxon's Training Facility, Melbourne   [Register]
March, 2018
8th Mar   Saxon's Training Facility, Sydney   [Register]
Advanced Financial Modelling in Excel Workshop
During the course, participants will hone their advanced modelling skills and experience designing solutions to real-world examples. Learn to efficiently build an effective and robust financial model based on real-world financial modelling challenges. Incorporate current economic uncertainties into the model in order to take calculated risks and make more informed business decisions.
In addition, you will learn how to:
Streamline model building by applying best practice functions, tools and techniques
Apply commonly used formulas in new and different ways
Quantify uncertainty by applying various methods of scenarios and sensitivity analysis
Minimise manual labour and automate common tasks by building macros into your models
Learn how to expedite and enhance the decision-making process
Maximise your analytical abilities by learning conventional and new approaches of modelling
Translate business concepts into logically structured models and formats
Learn to rebuild, audit and validate an inherited model
This course builds on students' advanced knowledge of Excel tools and functions and incorporates these into a financial model. Designed for experienced modellers, this course is recommended for those who have undertaken parts 1 and 2 of the three-part Financial Modelling series.
Course Content
Theory and Best Practice
Excel Versions
Upgrading to Excel 2013 and technical differences between versions. Considerations when building a model for users of different versions.
Cell Referencing & Named Ranges
Applying absolute and relative cell referencing and understanding its importance in Financial Modelling. Using named ranges for assumptions reference.
Best Practice in Financial Modelling
Overview of the six points of financial modelling best practice
Strategies for Reducing Errors
Techniques to employ during the model building process to maintain model integrity and reduce the potential for formula or logic error
Excel Errors
Common errors in modelling. Correcting and suppressing errors. Locating and dealing with circular references.
Advanced Tools and Functions
Lookup Functions
Going further than a VLOOKUP. Nesting Lookup functions with COLUMN or MATCH and using close match.
Quick ways to nest an INDEX and MATCH function as an alternative to LOOKUPs
OFFSET Function
Staggering start dates, and manipulating cashflows with OFFSET
Array Formulas
Pros and cons of using array formulas and their use in financial modelling. Using TRANSPOSE.
Form Controls
Use of form controls such as spin buttons and combo boxes
Rebuilding an Inherited Model
How long should a formula be?
Deciding when to break a complex formula in several steps to maintain transparency and allowing ease of model auditing
Audit Tools
Summary of commonly-using audit tools to take apart others models
What Makes a Good Model?
Attributes of a good model such as user-friendly and structural features
What Makes Poor Model?
Rebuilding an Inherited Model. Critique of a poorly built financial model using model audit tools and identify why it does not follow financial modelling best practice.
Advanced Techniques
Escalation Methods
Comparison of different methods of indexation (or escalation or grow rate) and applying compounding inflation
Pivot Tables in Financial Modelling
Pros and cons of the relevance of Pivot Tables in financial modelling
Macros in Financial Modelling
Pros and cons of automating your financial model for the user with Macros
Waterfall Charts
Creating a simple dynamic waterfall chart with up/ down bars
Scenarios and Sensitivity Analysis
Overview of Scenario Analysis Methods
Technical methods of creating scenario and sensitivity analysis in Excel
Data Tables
Show multiple scenario outcomes simultaneously with one and two-dimensional Data Tables
Advanced Conditional Formatting
Learn how to automatically highlight selected scenarios using complex conditional formatting
Using the Scenario Manager
Brief overview of how to use the scenario manager in comparison to other scenario tools
Comparison of Scenario Methods
Practical exercise; build a property development model using three different scenario analysis methods; an in-cell drop-down box, a combo drop-down box and a data table
Practical Financial Modelling
Building on the tools and techniques covered, we will learn to apply advanced modelling skills to build a complex, yet robust and user-friendly financial model.
Factory Rollout Model
Working on a startup funding model from start to finish we will evaluate input assumptions, calculate revenue and costs of production to calculate cash requirements. From this, we build a full set of financial statements with particular emphasis on linking the profit & loss statement, cash flow statement and balance sheet together.
About The Training Provider: Plum Solutions
Plum Solutions - Plum Solutions provides workshops and online courses in Financial Modelling & Analysis using Excel. Based in Sydney, Australia, Plum Solutions has been providing professional financial modelling solutions since 2004. The business is based on core principles of honesty, integrity, accuracy and professional conduct.
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