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Introduction to Financial Modelling
This is course number one in a series of four courses.
Financial Models (when done well) are powerful tools that can be used to help organisations make good business decisions. However, building robust and relevant financial models is not always easy.
This online training course in financial modelling provides a solid introduction to financial modelling. The course explores why and how models are used by businesses and how the standards (FAST) that exist can ensure that the financial models you develop work for your businesses.
This course also looks in detail at:
• how financial models are set-up
• how concept diagrams can be useful and
• the different considerations that feed into building calculations.
Understanding Introduction to Financial Modelling
enables the learner to:
• Understand what constitutes a financial model, why businesses use models and some of the inherent limitations
• Recognise what standards are, why they are used and examples of commonly accepted standards
• Establish how to set up and structure input sheets, working sheets and output sheets
• Understand how to make concept diagrams
• Learn the best practice calculation block structure and key excel functions that are commonly used
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“Very clear, and installed a lot of confidence and gave me a great starting point.”
“More than met my objectives – very comprehensive, great to have some guidelines and standards for modelling.”
“The course showed me that I should bear in mind the FAST guidance in all my work so that it is easier to review and understand. It also provided me with more confidence in tackling new models.”
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Learning outcomes of Introduction to Financial Modelling
What is a Financial Model?
• What is a financial model?
• Why do businesses use models?
• How do we do financial modelling?
• What do we use models for?
• What skills do I need to do financial modelling?
• Where can things go wrong?
Setting up a Model
• How do I set up a model?
• Why have a standard structure for each model?
• What goes on the input sheet?
• What goes on the working sheet?
• What goes on the output sheet?
• What is the standard recommended format for each sheet?
Building a Calculation
• What are we trying to model?
• What are the ingredients?
• How shall I lay out the calculation block?
• What are the operators I could use?
• What functions are commonly used in financial modelling?
• What Excel shortcuts can I use?
• What other FAST principles should I use to build the block?
• How can I produce a graph to show the balance?
Target audience for Introduction to Financial Modelling
Accounting and finance professionals in practice and in industry.
About the author of Introduction to Financial Modelling
Grant Thornton UK LLP specialise in developing, building and reviewing financial models for clients.
Grant Thornton is one of the world’s leading organisations of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms. Over 38,500 Grant Thornton people, across 120 countries, are focused on making a difference to clients, colleagues and the communities in which they live and work.
Learners take their own route through the topics covered in the course. They will learn at their own pace through a variety of activities designed to accommodate a range of learning styles.
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