SPECIALISTS IN FINANCIAL MODELLING

Budget vs. Actual analysis in Power BI – Webinar Recording

Watch the recording of this live webinar as we learn how to create a multi-dimensional model for your budget vs. actual performance data and how to create interactive reporting on it. Compare retail performance of Appraisal Owls (fictional company) over last 12 months...

Financial Modelling & Excel Resource Links – Updated

I wrote a blog article a while ago with links to some good Excel and Financial Modelling online resources.  Due to its popularity at the time, and the fast moving pace of the online world, I thought it was time to update it!  www.plumsolutions.com.au/free-stuff is a...

The Best Podcasts of 2018 for Finance Professionals

by Danielle Stein Fairhurst Last week I was interviewed by Matthew Bernath for his new show, “The Financial Modelling Podcast”.  We had a great chat about modelling trends, how to learn from other financial modellers and the meetup groups that I run in various...

What’s new in Excel 2019/Excel 365, and what’s the difference?

Each time an updated version of Excel is launched, new features are introduced and subtle changes in the look and feel take place. The biggest change was way back when the big jump from Excel 2003 to 2007 occurred. The introduction of the Ribbon and change of file...

A Guide to Excel Version Compatibility

Collaboration is an inevitable feature of today’s working environment, and financial modellers are no exception. In the interests of building good working relationships and reliable outcomes when building a financial model, it’s important to cultivate processes that...

Griffith University Interview with Danielle Stein Fairhurst

Danielle Stein Fairhurst graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of International Business Relations. Since then, she has completed a Diploma of Accounting and Finance from ACCA in London and an MBA at Macquarie University and now runs Plum Solutions, a...

Google Sheets versus Excel

What would you say if a client asked you to build a financial model using…. Google Sheets? This is exactly what happened to management consultant Lisa Barham. Lisa uses financial modelling as a key part of her toolkit in providing CFO services to her clients and...

32-bit vs 64-bit Excel

Since the introduction of Microsoft Excel 2010 several versions ago, Excel has been available in 64‐bit; this has been a topic of discussion and interest for many Excel users. With all the buzz around the 64‐bit version, many of us wonder: Is 64‐bit Excel better than...