Build a DCF Model from Scratch

Learn to build a DCF Model.
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Build a DCF Model from Scratch
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (1,158 ratings)
13,863 students
Build a Discounted Cash Flow Model
Understand the Financial Concepts Behind a DCF Model


  • Familiarity with Excel
  • A Simple Model: Introduction to Financial Modeling


This course will walk you through two Discounted Cash Flow ("DCF") models to properly introduce all relevant concepts. The first DCF model will use everyday context to make the process easy to understand. The video runs less than 10 minutes long, and uses a simple example to introduce the purpose of DCF analysis.

Once the "Basic Discounted Cash Flow Model" has been introduced, the material will explain two concepts separately: Net Present Value ("NPV") and Weighted Average Cost of Capital ("WACC").

The last video walks through a more thorough discounted cash flow ("DCF") model. In this video we will use an integrated financial statement model to perform a DCF analysis of a company.

All videos are recorded in HD. Please click on the HD button at the bottom of the screen when watching the material.

Each lecture has an Excel template or PDF notes available for download.

Who this course is for:

  • Students Interested in Investment Banking, Hedge Funds or Private Equity
  • Entrepreneurs Looking to Increase Understanding of Finance
  • Curious Humans

Course content

1 section • 5 lectures • 30m total length
  • Introduction
  • A Basic Discounted Cash Flow Model
  • Net Present Value
  • Weighted Average Cost of Capital
  • Discounted Cash Flow Model


VP in Private Equity
Peter Lynch
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Investment professional with 8 years of private equity experience and ~4 years of banking experience. Actively engaged as a member of the board of directors for several portfolio holdings. Founded an educational platform (ASimpleModel) in 2013 with the objective of making financial modeling instruction simple and affordable.

Previously Vice President at a private equity firm. Worked for Rabobank International's Mergers & Acquisitions group in New York, and for JPMorgan in South America.

Peter received his B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.