Many aspiring modellers think that they need to be proficient in macro building in order to become serious financial modellers. Whilst it’s not a bad idea to have a working knowledge of macros—and the language they are built in, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)—it’s certainly not critical for a financial modeller to become a super VBA programmer. As we know, the best sort of financial model uses the simplest tools and introducing macros to a financial model brings a whole new level of complexity.
When people think about financial modelling or forecasting in Excel, what comes to mind is worksheets loaded with formulae, built in a report-focussed layout. Watch as Ken Puls showcases examples of using Excel’s Power Technologies to build Financial Models and Forecasts for clients. From data shaping with Power Query to DAX in Power Pivot, these tools play an essential role in modern financial modelling solutions.
The Full Stack financial modelling community have been working collectively to “solve” the problem of creating flexible rolling monthly forecasts that can cater for new periods of actuals. This is an area of modelling that thousands of businesses and modellers can relate to, and that many find extremely time-consuming and frustrating. (more…)
Major improvements are being made with Microsoft Excel Online. It is completely free, works on any browser and is particularly useful if you need to share files and collaborate with others. It’s basically a slimmed-down version of Excel and although Microsoft is constantly working to improve the functionality, what we want to know is *can we use Excel Online yet for financial modelling?* (more…)
Have you ever built a fantastic Excel model only to have the user “break” it almost straight away? Building a model widely available for anyone to use is very different process to building one for other modellers. If your model is going to be operated by non-Excel users, the challenge is to build a robust model that will stand the test of time but is simple for others to follow as well as bullet-proof so that they can’t mess it up. (more…)
Following on from “I didn’t know Excel could do THAT”, join us once again to hear from Excel legend Bob Umlas who will take us through some of his best Excel tips and tricks. Prepare to be amazed! Bob received the first ever Microsoft Excel MVP award back in 1993, continued to receive it for 25 years after that and is still the longest-running MVP. (more…)
The Financial Modeling World Cup (FMWC) competition brings competitive modellers from all over the world and different backgrounds together online each month to learn, train, compete and improve their financial modelling skills through case studies. This session was organised by the Queensland CPA Business Committee Financial Modelling discussion group and co-hosted by Jessica D’Souza and Danielle Stein Fairhurst.
Many data projects “fail,” because leaders start projects with unrealistic expectations and lapses in communication.
Hear from award winning data scientists Jordan Goldmeier and Alex Gutman as they pull the curtain back on what data science can and can’t do—and how you, the modeler, can turn the tide and use data to drive change. (more…)