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14 September, 2017

Financial Modelling World Championships and Certification

I was pleased to be invited to speak again this year at the ModelOff Sydney Global Training Camp (GTC) held at the Microsoft Offices last week. It was, as always a great learning and networking event and I thoroughly enjoyed spending a solid two days surrounded by others who also get very excited about financial modelling!

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11 August, 2017

Should I put “financial modelling” on my resume?

I’m often asked what degree of skill level one needs to be able to include financial modelling as a skill on your resume or LinkedIn profile.  Once you’ve got an idea of exactly what is financial modelling, what is involved in the modelling process and you feel like you’ve got a good knowledge of financial modelling skills that you have used in the workplace then – yes – “Financial modelling”

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14 July, 2017

What is Financial Modelling?

There are all sorts of complicated definitions of financial modelling, and in my experience there is quite a bit of confusion around what a financial model is exactly. A few years ago, we put together a Plum Solutions survey about the attitudes, trends, and uses of financial modeling, asking respondents “What do you think a financial model is?” Participants were asked to put down the first thing that came to mind, without any research or too much thinking about it. I found the responses interesting, amusing, and sometimes rather disturbing.

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21 June, 2017

Webinar: Adding Financial Modelling to your Tool kit - a Must for any Accountant

Danielle Stein Fairhurst was recently interviewed on a live webinar with The Outperformer, a career management platform on the topic of "Adding Financial Modelling to your Tool kit - a Must for any Accountant". Financial modelling is now one of the most sought-after skills in the accounting job market but there’s a lot more to being a good financial modeller than just having good Excel skills.  

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06 June, 2017

Financial Modelling for Valuations

Congratulations to Nirmal from Sydney who won a copy of "Financial Modeling in Excel for Dummies" by filling out our Valuations course survey last week.  Our new course on "Financial Modelling for Valuations" will be running on the following dates:

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10 May, 2017

Q&A on writing “Financial Modeling in Excel for Dummies”

Now that my new book “Financial Modeling in Excel for Dummies” is finally available, a lot of people have been asking me about the writing process and how it all came about. I think what they want to know but are too polite to ask is “what on earth were you thinking?” and I must admit that I asked tha

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02 May, 2017

Dummies Cheat Sheet

The Excel files used in this book can be downloaded here.

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07 April, 2017

Book Launch Party - Financial Modeling in Excel for Dummies

"Financial Modeling in Excel for Dummies" is finally here!  Join us to celebrate the launch of Danielle Stein Fairhurst's brand new book, a comprehensive beginner's guide to building financial models.
All welcome and if you're a member already of the Sydney Modellers Meetup group, you can RSVP here, or else you can also RSVP on Facebook.

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05 April, 2017

Financial Modeling in Excel for Dummies

Financial Modeling in Excel For Dummies is now available on Amazon! Here's what Amazon have to say about the book:

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08 March, 2017

Financial Modelling Celebrates International Women's Day

It's no secret that financial modelling is an industry that lacks gender diversity and that is particularly shown in the ModelOff Financial Modelling World in which very few women make it to the finals.

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23 February, 2017

Are you a Modeler or a Modeller?

I am just completing the final edits of my new book, Financial Modeling in Excel for Dummies and one of the finishing touches is to make sure we have the spelling right!

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23 February, 2017

The Lifecycle of a Financial Model

Financial models sometimes don’t start out life intended to be a full-fledged financial model.  You might start fiddling in Excel, and go from there.  In its most basic form, a model might start its life as a rough calculation or a “back of an envelope” scribble – something that can help you make the most basic of financial decisions such as; how much money do I have left when the bills have been paid?  Those useful little calculations that help you plan whether you can afford to renovate your house.

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14 December, 2016

MyExcelOnline Podcast Interview

Last week Danielle Stein Fairhurst was interviewed by John Michaloudis for his very popular MyExcelOnline Podcast.  During the interview they chat about what it means to be a financial modeller, Danielle's upcoming book "Financial Modeling in Excel for Dummies", ModelOff Financial Modelling Championships, and online training.

Here are some things mentioned in the podcast:

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09 December, 2016

Do You Really Need an ‘Advanced Excel’ Course?

Excel is the backbone to any custom built financial model, and one of the core attributes of a financial modeller is to have good technical Excel skills.  When struggling with their financial models, some managers’ first reaction is to send their staff on an advanced Excel course to improve their modelling skills.  However, with training budgets under constant scrutiny you really need to make sure that you get the best value out of your training options.

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22 October, 2016

Driving out Unwanted Connections: Tips to Exorcise Phantom Links from Excel Workbooks

Happy Halloween! I have been meaning to write about phantom links for a while, and Halloween is a good time to talk about hunting down and exorcise this ghoulishly annoying phenomenon from your financial models.

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26 September, 2016

Meetup Presentation: Turning up the Heat with Excel Dashboards

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12 September, 2016

Webinar: Building Error Checks in Financial Models

We know that a well-designed financial model contains in-built, automatically calculating error checks and a good financial modeller is always looking for opportunities to build error checks into their model.

Join financial modeller, Danielle Stein Fairhurst for this free live webinar filled with practical tips and tricks for creating simple as well as more complex error checks in your everyday financial models.

Throughout the webinar we cover:

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11 September, 2016

Financial Modeling for Dummies

I am very excited to announce that I've just signed with my existing publisher, Wiley to start work on a new book Financial Modeling in Excel For Dummies. Yes, that's not how I normally spell "modelling" I know, but they tell me a large part of the world spells it that way. And apparently that's a pretty big market :)
 

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27 July, 2016

Winter Webinars - Infographics & Dashboards in Excel

This month our subscriber numbers have just hit 10,000, (wow!) and in this edition, it's all about webinars!  We've got several great webinars you can register for, and learn with, all from the comfort of your home or office.  (And don't forget you can always use them towards your CPD).  It's mid-winter here in Sydney and I must say, I'm enjoying the opportunity to stay snug and warm in my home office and I've even been keeping my ugg boots on (shhh!).

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04 July, 2016

Webinar: Infographics in Excel

Nothing conveys complex information more quickly and effectively than a well-built and visually appealing infographic.  They are designed to entertain as well as inform, and the popularity of the infographic in social media has made them an effective way to distill complex information and draw attention to issues that may have otherwise been overlooked.

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