Financial Modelling in Practice: A Concise Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Level is a practical, comprehensive and in-depth guide to financial modelling designed to cover the modelling issues that are relevant to facilitate the construction of robust and readily understandable models. Based on the authors extensive experience of building models in business and finance, and of training others how to do so this book starts with a review of Excel functions that are generally most relevant for building intermediate and advanced level models (such as Lookup functions, database and statistical functions and so on). It then discusses the principles involved in designing, structuring and building relevant, accurate and readily understandable models (including the use of sensitivity analysis techniques) before covering key application areas, such as the modelling of financial statements, of cash flow valuation, risk analysis, options and real options. Finally, the topic of financial modelling using VBA is treated. Practical examples are used throughout and model examples are included in the attached CD-ROM. Aimed at intermediate and advanced level modellers in Excel who wish to extend and consolidate their knowledge, this book is focused, practical, and application-driven, facilitating knowledge to build or audit a much wider range of financial models. Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to modern financial modeling using Excel, VBA, standards of financial modeling and model review. It offers guidance on essential modeling concepts around the four core financial activities in the modern financial industry today: financial management; corporate finance; portfolio management and financial derivatives. Written in a highly practical, market focused manner, it gives step-by-step guidance on modeling practical problems in a structured manner. Quick and interactive learning is assured due to the structure as a training course which includes applied examples that are easy to follow. All applied examples contained in the book can be reproduced step by step with the help of the Excel files. The content of this book serves as the foundation for the training course Certified Financial Modeler. In an industry that is becoming increasingly complex, financial modeling is a key skill for practitioners across all key sectors of finance and banking, where complicated problems often need to be solved quickly and clearly. This book will equip readers with the basic modeling skills required across the industry today.
The comprehensive, broadly-applicable, real-world guide to financial modelling Principles of Financial Modelling – Model Design and Best Practices Using Excel and VBAcovers the full spectrum of financial modelling tools and techniques in order to provide practical skills that are grounded in real-world applications. Based on rigorously-tested materials created for consulting projects and for training courses, this book demonstrates how to plan, design and build financial models that are flexible, robust, transparent, and highly applicable to a wide range of planning, forecasting and decision-support contexts. This book integrates theory and practice to provide a high-value resource for anyone wanting to gain a practical understanding of this complex and nuanced topic. Highlights of its content include extensive coverage of: Model design and best practices, including the optimisation of data structures and layout, maximising transparency, balancing complexity with flexibility, dealing with circularity, model audit and error-checking Sensitivity and scenario analysis, simulation, and optimisation Data manipulation and analysis The use and choice of Excel functions and functionality, including advanced functions and those from all categories, as well as of VBA and its key areas of application within financial modelling The companion website provides approximately 235 Excel files (screen-clips of most of which are shown in the text), which demonstrate key principles in modelling, as well as providing many examples of the use of Excel functions and VBA macros. These facilitate learning and have a strong emphasis on practical solutions and direct real-world application. For practical instruction, robust technique and clear presentation, Principles of Financial Modelling is the premier guide to real-world financial modelling from the ground up. It provides clear instruction applicable across sectors, settings and countries, and is presented in a well-structured and highly-developed format that is accessible to people with different backgrounds.
This second edition of Practical Financial Modelling is vital tool for all finance and management professionals whose work involves the production and development of complex spreadsheets and financial models. The author bridges the gap between the Excel manual and financial literature with a wealth of practical advise and useful tips. The book identifies good practice and highlights those areas which are prone to error and inconsistency resulting in a refreshingly simple approach to building and using financial models suitable for novice and experienced modellers. By using practical worked examples the most effective ways in which problems can be solved are explored. Key themes include: model structure, audit formulae and functions and model use. New to the second edition: Instructive information on Excel 2007 and its enhanced modelling functions and feature; Risk controls in developing and using financial models; Test-yourself modelling problems and applied examples in every chapter; Substantial information related to reporting and charting techniques and an appendix devoted to parallel comparison of how-to in Excel 2003 and 2007. • Instructive information on Excel 2007 and its enhanced modelling functions and features • Risk controls in developing and using financial models • Test-yourself modelling problems and applied examples in every chapter • Substantial information relating to reporting and charting techniques • An appendix devoted to a parallel comparison of how-to in Excel 2003 and Excel 2007
A hands-on guide to using Excel in the business context First published in 2012, Using Excel for Business and Financial Modelling contains step-by-step instructions of how to solve common business problems using financial models, including downloadable Excel templates, a list of shortcuts and tons of practical tips and techniques you can apply straight away. Whilst there are many hundreds of tools, features and functions in Excel, this book focuses on the topics most relevant to finance professionals. It covers these features in detail from a practical perspective, but also puts them in context by applying them to practical examples in the real world. Learn to create financial models to help make business decisions whilst applying modelling best practice methodology, tools and techniques. • Provides the perfect mix of practice and theory • Helps you become a DIY Excel modelling specialist • Includes updates for Excel 2019/365 and Excel for Mac • May be used as an accompaniment to the author’s online and face-to-face training courses Many people are often overwhelmed by the hundreds of tools in Excel, and this book gives clarity to the ones you need to know in order to perform your job more efficiently. This book also demystifies the technical, design, logic and financial skills you need for business and financial modelling.
This book contains a selection of the papers presented at the 24th Meeting of the Euro Working Group on Financial Modelling held in Valencia, Spain, on April 8-10, 1.999. The Meeting took place in the Bancaja Cultural Center, a nice palace of the XIX century, located in the center of the city. Traditionally, members of the Euro Working Group on Financial Mod elling meet twice a year, hosted by different active groups in successions. The year 1999 was very special for us because the University of Valencia celebrates its fifth century. The Meeting was very well attended and of high quality. More than 90 participants, coming from 20 different countries debated 46 communications in regular sessions. The opening lecture was given by Prof. H. White, from the University of California, San Diego. The topics discussed were classified in nine sessions: Financial Theory, Financial Time Series, Risk Analysis, Portfolio Analysis, Financial Institu tions, Microstructures Market and Corporate Finance, Methods in Finance, Models in Finance and Derivatives. The papers collected in this volume provide a representative but not com plete sample of the fields where the members of the working group develop their scientific activity. The papers are a sample of this activity, and consist of theoretical papers as well as empirical ones.
Just like a shovel, this book is genuinely ground-breaking. It hits you over the head with the proverbial gardening tool, implementing the way forward for financial modelling. Many working in banking and finance create their financial models in Excel and then import them into Power BI for graphical interpretation and further analysis. Not on our watch. We're going to jettison the universal spreadsheet and build the entire model in Power BI.We can't stress how far off the range we're taking the horses. If you are reading this, you are a true pioneer. Some have managed to build the odd financial statement in Power BI, but all three? This is where you can gain a major advantage in the workplace. If you build the calculations for financial statements in Power BI, you can produce statements by product, by customer, by geography... Get the picture? The limitation will be restricted to the granularity of the underlying data and your imagination.This book unearths some of the tricks, measures, logic and tools needed to build the model (there is no need to bury your mistakes). We just can't promise you a rose garden...With the usual jokes in spades, it's just a shame we couldn't get Doug (get it?) to assist.
Written to bridge the gap between foundational quantitative finance and market practice, this book goes beyond the basics covered in most textbooks by presenting content concerning actual industry norms, thus resulting in a clearer picture of the field for the readers. These include, for instance, the practitioner's perspective of how local versus stochastic volatility affects forward smile, or the implications of mean reversion on forward volatility. Key considerations for modelling in rates, equities and foreign exchange are presented from the perspective of common themes across various assets, as well as their individual characteristics. The discussion on models emphasizes the key aspects that are relevant to the pricing of different types of financial derivatives, so that the reader can observe how an appropriate choice of models is essential in reflecting the risk profile and hedging considerations for different products. With the knowledge gleaned from this book, readers will attain a more comprehensive understanding of market practice in derivatives modelling. Foreword Foreword (246 KB)
If you have had little formal training in developing financial forecasts in Excel or have ever burnt the midnight oil trying to get a Balance Sheet to balance, then this book is for you. A simple walkthrough of the common perils and pitfalls of financial modelling, this book constructs a solid foundation to build upon (pun most definitely intended). Taking little for granted, Liam examines the common Excel functions and functionalities necessary, emphasises the importance of a standardised and functional layout, explains accounting concepts simply and reinforces the four key concepts of a "Best Practice" model: Consistency, Robustness, Flexibility and Transparency &– CraFT. With over 50 examples and an extended case study that creates a simple financial model from scratch to highlight the key concepts, this is a "hands on" book, focused on working with Excel more efficiently and effectively. A simple process, this methodology has been adopted by many seasoned professionals without resorting to balancing figures, circulars and macros.
The complete guide to the principles and practice of risk quantification for business applications. The assessment and quantification of risk provide an indispensable part of robust decision-making; to be effective, many professionals need a firm grasp of both the fundamental concepts and of the tools of the trade. Business Risk and Simulation Modelling in Practice is a comprehensive, in–depth, and practical guide that aims to help business risk managers, modelling analysts and general management to understand, conduct and use quantitative risk assessment and uncertainty modelling in their own situations. Key content areas include: Detailed descriptions of risk assessment processes, their objectives and uses, possible approaches to risk quantification, and their associated decision-benefits and organisational challenges. Principles and techniques in the design of risk models, including the similarities and differences with traditional financial models, and the enhancements that risk modelling can provide. In depth coverage of the principles and concepts in simulation methods, the statistical measurement of risk, the use and selection of probability distributions, the creation of dependency relationships, the alignment of risk modelling activities with general risk assessment processes, and a range of Excel modelling techniques. The implementation of simulation techniques using both Excel/VBA macros and the @RISK Excel add-in. Each platform may be appropriate depending on the context, whereas the core modelling concepts and risk assessment contexts are largely the same in each case. Some additional features and key benefits of using @RISK are also covered. Business Risk and Simulation Modelling in Practice reflects the author′s many years in training and consultancy in these areas. It provides clear and complete guidance, enhanced with an expert perspective. It uses approximately one hundred practical and real-life models to demonstrate all key concepts and techniques; these are accessible on the companion website.
This book examines some of the key policy, financial and managerialaspects of public-private partnerships within the context of theglobal spread of this form of procurement. The chapters investigate political and institutional issuessurrounding PPPs, together with the financial and managerialstrategies employed by the private sector. Adopting across-disciplinary perspective, the book highlights the oftenpolitically sensitive nature of these projects and identifies aneed for the private sector to investigate a broad set ofparameters which relate to the particular political economy ofindividual partnerships. Policy, Finance & Management for Public-Private Partnershipscovers a range of specific issues, including: partnerships indeveloping countries; innovation in partnership-based procurement;government and business interaction; institutional andorganisational approaches to facilitating partnership; project andcorporate financing; risk and value management; market analysis,modelling and forecasting; capital structure decisions andmanagement; investment theory and practice; pricing and costevaluation; statutory regulations and their financial implications;option pricing; financial monitoring; syndicate funding; new rolesfor the financial and insurance sectors; institutional andmultilateral funding; payment mechanisms; concession perioddetermination; risk analysis and management; whole life valuemethodology; cost comparators and best value; team building, teamwork and skill development. Contributions from Australia, Europe, the Far East, South Africaand the United States together present the current thinking andstate-of-the-art approaches to public-private partnerships.