Forecasting for Financial Managers

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Online Course on Forecasting Forecasting for Financial Managers
for Financial Managers

The rate of change in the business environment is greater than ever before, managers are recognising that they have to spend more time looking forward.

For you, the finance professional, this is vitally important but not necessarily straightforward.

Coming to terms with judgements about the future, which are subject to significant margins of error, requires a particular set of skills.

As well as describing the principles and practice of forecasting, this course looks at their use, especially in decision making.

It covers interpretative statistics, short-medium term forecasting and long range forecasting.

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Forecasting for Financial ManagersUnderstanding Forecasting for Financial Managers
enables the learner to:

• Recognise what forecasts are used for, and who is responsible for them
• Discuss the principles and practice of statistics relevant to forecasting
• Explore short / medium term forecasting
• Look closer at long range forecasting

Learning outcomes of Forecasting for Financial Managers

Looking to the future
• What are forecasts for?
• Why has forecasting become more important of late?
• Where does forecasting fit within a structure of financial control?
• Responsibility for forecasting
What are forecasts for

• Basics
• Probability of dispersion
• Correlation
• Regression
FFM Basics

Short and medium range
• Hedging
• Predictive modelling
• Standard costing
• Budgetary control
FFM Predictive Modelling

Long range
• Demographics
• Devolution
• The value of money
• Some relevant techniques
FFM The Value of Money

Target audience for Forecasting for Financial Managers

Financial Directors, Financial Controllers, Financial Managers and Management Accountants who need to establish a framework for the various forecasts compiled within their businesses, and those available outside.

About the author of Forecasting for Financial Managers

David Allen
David Allen is a past president of CIMA and a past chairman of the Management Accounting Committee of the International Federation of Accountants.
He was employed for many years by Cadbury Schweppes group holding directorships with various subsidiary companies, notably Cadbury Ltd.

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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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