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Using Excel for Business Analysis: A Guide to Financial Modelling Fundamentals + Website (Wiley Finance) [Paperback]

Danielle Stein Fairhurst
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11 Sep 2012 Wiley Finance
A clear, concise, and easy–to–use guide to financial modelling suitable for practitioners at every level Using a fundamental approach to financial modelling that′s accessible to both new and experienced professionals, Using Excel for Business Analysis: A Guide to Financial Modelling Fundamentals + Website offers practical guidance for anyone looking to build financial models for business proposals, to evaluate opportunities, or to craft financial reports. Comprehensive in nature, the book covers the principles and best practices of financial modelling, including the Excel tools, formulas, and functions to master, and the techniques and strategies necessary to eliminate errors. As well as explaining the essentials of financial modelling, Using Excel for Business Analysis is packed with exercises and case studies to help you practice and test your comprehension, and includes additional resources online. Provides comprehensive coverage of the principles and best practices of financial modeling, including planning, how to structure a model, layout, the anatomy of a good model, rebuilding an inherited model, and much more Demonstrates the technical Excel tools and techniques needed to build a good model successfully Outlines the skills you need to learn in order to be a good financial modeller, such as technical, design, and business and industry knowledge Illustrates successful best practice modeling techniques such as linking, formula consistency, formatting, and labeling Describes strategies for reducing errors and how to build error checks and other methods to ensure accurate and robust models A practical guide for professionals, including those who do not come from a financial background, Using Excel for Business Analysis is a fundamentals–rich approach to financial modeling.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Psc edition (11 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111813284X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118132845
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 17.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Danielle Stein Fairhurst is the principal of Plum Solutions, a Sydney-based financial modelling consultancy. With her talent for analytical modelling and professional approach, Danielle helps her clients create meaningful financial models for business analysis. She is regularly engaged as a speaker, facilitator and consultant. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and has taught management accounting subjects at Sydney University.

A Note from the Author - I hope you enjoy "Using Excel for Business Analysis; a Guide to Financial Modelling Fundamentals". This book was written from my course materials compiled over many years of training in analytical courses in Australia and globally - most frequently courses such as Financial Modelling in Excel, Data Analysis & Reporting in Excel and Budgeting & Forecasting in Excel, both as face-to-face workshops and online courses. The common theme is the use of Microsoft Excel and I've developed the content to suit the hundreds of participants and their questions over the years. This content has been honed and refined by the many participants on these courses, who are my intended readers. This book is aimed at you, the many people who seek financial analysis training (either by attending a seminar or self-paced by reading this book) because you are seeking to improve your skills to perform better in your current role, or get a new and better job.

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Financial modelling is an essential tool for managing risk, planning projects, preparing business proposals, evaluating opportunities, and much more. But despite its importance, many professionals struggle to understand exactly what "financial modelling" really is. Put simply, it's a complex type of spreadsheet, not much different from the ones you create in Excel all the time. In Using Excel for Business Analysis: A Guide to Financial Modelling Fundamentals + Website , financial modelling expert Danielle Stein Fairhurst explains exactly how to utilise Excel for modelling, walking you through the principles, best practices, and tools that you need to understand in order to use this widely available software for business analysis. Comprehensive yet accessible, the book is designed for professionals of all backgrounds and levels of experience looking to become familiar with financial modelling, introducing and explaining how to structure a model, the anatomy of a good model, rebuilding an inherited model, and much more. Covering Excel-based financial modelling tools and explaining, in detail, how to use the program to perform model display and model review, stress-testing, and other important topics, Using Excel for Business Analysis describes key strategies for minimising errors and presents other techniques for ensuring accurate and robust models. Packed with indispensable coverage of both the essential concepts behind financial modelling and the practicalities of performing complex analysis, the book presents information in a clear, concise, step-by-step manner that makes it easy to use. Exercises and case studies are included throughout the text to help you practice and test your comprehension. Containing everything you need to know in order to master the tools, formulas, and functions that allow for successful modelling, Using Excel for Business Analysis also provides readers with access to a companion website containing additional resources for a more immersive experience, making it the only book you need to understand and work with financial models.

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Praise for Using Excel for Business Analysis "Danielle brilliantly manages the balance between business relevance and the necessary technical explanations expected from a book such as this. Her ability to walk in the shoes of the reader and deliver concise practical wisdom is unsurpassed. I highly recommend this book to anyone working with numbers, be it a Chief Financial Officer talking to the board or a Business Analyst starting their career. With Danielle's advice you can transform your career from successful to exceptional." —Garth Holloway , Managing Director, SixFootFour Consulting "Danielle's expertise and experience shines through in a very readable book, introducing the key concepts and considerations inherent in financial modelling. From novice to advanced modeller alike, readers are presented with many useful tips, tools, techniques, and pragmatic examples to refer to time and time again. Readily digestible, this book plugs a gaping academic hole that illustrates the risks and rewards of taking a spreadsheet by the throat and converting it into a robust, transparent, and flexible decision-making device. It will help you to 'Excel '." —Liam Bastick , Managing Director, SumProduct, and Excel MVP "Excel is a powerful and underestimated tool in many business environments. Whilst there are a number of books on the market that help explain the countless functions and features of the product, there are few if any that clearly articulate and teach the analyst how to unlock the power of Excel as an analysis and modelling tool for critical business decisions. Filled with easy to follow examples and based on many years of practical experience and education, Danielle Stein Fairhurst's book Using Excel for Business Analysis: A Guide to Financial Modelling Fundamentals has finally bridged that gap with a step-by-step approach to building models that address important real-world business questions." —Michael Morgan , Country Manager (Australia), Intergen Business Solutions

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars easy to read quick guide for best practice 24 Feb 2013
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I was in need of refreshing my Excel knowledge and get ready to build a presentable financial model. the book is easy to read and full of useful tips
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting. 12 May 2014
By Pieter
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The book has extensive inforation, but it would be better if the book came with a CD with excercices / examples.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Logical and well illustrated 26 Nov 2012
By Balmainbug - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book really well thought through, well laid out and very easy to follow because of the immensely helpful screen prints. I was creating financial models with confidence really quickly. What a clever idea to back up the book with a website for continued support! Highly recommended!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tips for Organizing Your Workbooks 12 April 2013
By runner7 - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought that this book contained great tips for organizing, maintaining, and managing Excel workbooks so that they are consistent, reliable, accurate, and intuitive. Nothing mind-blowing, but the checklists are fantastic references.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Relevant and Useful 15 May 2014
By Chad M. Sorenson - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book extremely on-point, concise and thorough. It was perfectly tailored to my needs generating some initial financial models in the renewable energy space. I learned many new tricks in Excel that had previously escaped me. I purchased both the Kindle version and the paperback version I liked it so much. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for the intermediate financial modeler. 9 Dec 2012
By Michael J. Hamilton - Published on Amazon.com
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Very informed review of Excel for the intermediate to higher end user. Thoroughly explains the concepts the author is teaching and the practical examples help to reinforce the learning process.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More buffet than recipe 16 Nov 2012
By Douglas Gabbard - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book looking for a good set of best practices for financial modelling. I found a little of that in the first four chapters. After that, I was served a buffet of Excel's features and functions--material better covered by others like John Walkenbach. I think the best set of modelling standards currently (and freely) available can be found at the Spreadsheet Standards Review Board. Even more valuable are the sample spreadsheets available from the same folks.
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