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Financial Modelling Articles

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:

  • 13th Sept Melbourne
  • 20th Sept Sydney
  • 27th Sept Brisbane

Read more information and register here.

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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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07 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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26 June, 2016

Meetup: Where are we going and are we there yet? Creating a Roadmap for Financial Models

One of the most frustrating things about using other peoples' spreadsheets is that there is no obvious architecture or roadmap. How do you "drive" it and how does the logic get us from A to B?

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24 June, 2016

Use your Budget Surplus

One of my favourite scenes from The Office is when Michael's accountant tries to explain to him the concept of the budget surplus and why they needed to spend it before the end of the day. 

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17 May, 2016

Three Ways to Split Data without Using Power Query

I was only kidding. One of them IS Power Query. Seeing as Power Query is one of the best things to happen to Excel data analysis since the invention of the …. PivotTable, how could I possibly write about splitting data without mentioning Power Query? Note that Power Query is now confusingly called Get and Transform in Excel 2016 but I’m going to stick with the name Power Query - for now.

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