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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Economist Books; 3 edition (11 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846683831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846683831
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 2.1 x 26.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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"A most useful book . . ."--"Company Accountant", February 2002 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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New, fully updated and expanded edition of the definitive guide to creating business models for evaluating everything from a modest business development to a major acquisition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Graham Jeffery on 2 Jun. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This Guide is a workmanlike introduction to the craft of modelling in Excel business cash flow and financial statements, but it could do a lot more in the area of modelling uncertainty.

The strong point of the book is its emphasis on structuring the model and the modelling process. Models tend to take on a life of their own after the initial development, and sometimes even before the first build is complete, and time spent in thinking, planning and design is usually a very worthwhile investment. This is particularly important if there are multiple people involved in the model's design and use, and the book covers how one might organise a modelling project.

The principal modelling task is designing the mathematical model that produces the desired time series of sales, costs, etc, over time, based on a handful of input parameters. The book goes into some detail about the formulae needed to render the different kinds of time series one might encounter in a typical business model, covering areas such as macroeconomics, forecasting revenue (with good discussion of times series analysis and regression techniques), operating costs, capital expenditure, working capital, and funding, along with ancillary issues such as depreciation, tax, financial statements and company valuation methods.

Also welcome are the chapters on the often overlooked topics of testing, debugging and documenting a model. There is an introduction to recording macros and programming simple Visual Basic code, but anyone serious about programming Excel with VBA can find better material elsewhere.

As I said, a good introduction. It assumes some basic understanding of Excel and business terminology, but not a lot else.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Nov. 2001
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This book is a must for anyone who wants to put together a financial model or a business plan. It takes the novice Exel user and helps him become an experienced business modeller through the use of clear and helpful worked examples.
As an investment banker for whom business modelling is a part of my typical working day I also found much to learn, and my modelling is more efficient and effective because of this book.
I recommend it without hesitation.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Oct. 2001
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This is an excellent guide to modelling. I had some experience in Excel (I had used basic functions which is probably the minimum level of experience required for this book) but no experience whatsoever of modelling - I have since used most of the techniques described to good effect.
It is also worth noting that my manager, who had considerably more experience than I did, also found this book to be thought-provoking, clearly written and incredibly useful!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "john82354" on 23 Jan. 2004
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I am an accountant who has inherited the job of preparing next year's budgets for the asset finance arm of an investment bank. I needed to get up to speed on the latest modelling techniques. This book covers key areas well and gives some great keystroke instructions to carry out specific functions. I bought about three books on the subject and, having made some comparisons, this one is bang up to date with what is happening in the world of modelling nowadays. Thanks to the clear layout I was able to skim read it in about six hours after receiving it.
Being the helpful sort of person that I am, let me assist you further by directing you to visit www:\financialmodelling.net and downloading the example spreadsheet for £10. (Paynet takes a few days to go through before you can get the PIN number, so don't leave it until the last minute).
These two recommendations are the distillation of all my recent efforts to master financial modelling. Do this and you will be turning in some good models.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Barnett on 14 Jun. 2009
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As a qualified accountant (CIMA) who would describe my excel abilities as advanced I bought the book in the hope of sharpening up my modelling skills.

As the title of this review suggests I'm left slightly unsure as to who this book is aimed at as it seems to offer great breadth but no depth.

The Bad:
- as a finance guy there just isn't enough depth in the finance elements to be much use to me.
- as a non economist there isn't enough explanation of the techniques for me be able to employ them without further reading.
- there's little in the way of the seriously high level excel stuff I was hoping for yet I struggle to see how the genuine novice is going to be able to employ a lot of the more advanced techniques such as offset formulas.
- the excel screenshot images are of a poor quality.
- unlike most excel based books no cd rom is included.

The Good:
- the book is well written by knowledgeable authors
- the first 60 pages give a good insight into modelling best practice which are useful to those who have never seen a professionally built model

The only people who will really get something out of this are non accountants with decent excel skills. For finance professionals I recommend Benninga's Financial Modelling: Financial Modeling

And for those looking to improve their excel Walkenbach's Excel 2003 Formulas: Excel 2003 Formulas and his VBA programming book: Excel 2003 Power Programming with VBA. Both of these can be picked up for a pittance on 'marketplace'.
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