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Financial Model Basics: Build a model from start to finish

Learn all of the vital skills you need : understand key ratios,formulas and formatting, structure and analysis.
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Aims and audience:

Financial Model Basics teaches you how to create a basic financial model, from start to finish. The course is targeted at business managers, finance professionals or business students who need to forecast the finances of a business.


We start with the benefits of modelling and the structure to be followed. I then take you through analysing historical data, defining key ratios and building the first sheet - the input sheet. Then we move on to calculations and the output sheets. Finally we look at analysis and sensitivity tables. By the end of the course, you will be able to build a basic financial model.

Format and materials:

All of the lessons are videos in which I talk you through each step of building the financial model. In addition, I give you Excel files in each lesson, so you can download the files and work on the spreadsheets yourself. I also give you PDF or PowerPoint files that contain lesson notes.


-Microsoft Excel

-Basic Excel skills

-Basic understanding of financial concepts (eg gross profit, variable costs)

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for business students (eg MBA, Finance, Accounting, Business Management) who understand the basic financial concepts eg income & expenditure, asset & liability
  • The course is designed for business managers, business owners and financial professionals who would like to build models to forecast business performance
  • The course assumes a basic knowledge of Excel. I will explain all formulas and calculations, but you need to understand the basics of using Excel first.
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What Will I Learn?
Create accurate and well designed financial models
Understand important Excel formulas for financial models
Appreciate the importance of structure and style in building a model
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  • You need Microsoft Excel, preferably Excel 2013
Curriculum For This Course
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1 Lecture 00:59
Financial Model Basics
12 Lectures 01:00:31

An introduction to financial modelling - what a model is, why we want to build models, who uses them and how we build them.

Preview 05:00

Guidelines for modelling - structure, layout and formatting.

Preview 03:42

We summarise historical data using one category using the SUMIF formula.

Preview 04:50

We continue to summarise historical data, this time using two categories. The SUMIFS formula is the formula we use to do this.

Analysing Historical Data 2 - Summarising Data with SUMIFS

Once we have summary historical data, we are in a position to determine the key ratios that we will use to build the financial model.

Deciding on Key Ratios

We start to build the financial model's first sheet, the Input Sheet.

Building the Input Sheet

Once the Input sheet has been built, we construct the calculation sheet.

Calculation Sheet

The last part of building a model is the output sheets, the most important of which is usually a profit and loss statement.

Output Sheet-Profit and Loss Statement

We analyse the outputs of the model in order to :

1) audit the model and correct errors

2) see the future financial effects of business decisions

Analysing the Outputs

We look at a very useful way of analysing a financial model's predictions - a sensitivity table.

Sensitivity Table

I give you a challenge to build your own model, using all the tools we have covered in the course.

Challenge - Build Your Own Model

About the Instructor
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Management Consultant & CFO | 7000+ Udemy Students

My name is Andrew and I'm originally from South Africa. I have a two degrees in Accounting and Business Management and I qualified as a Chartered Accountant. I gained extensive experience as a CFO and Financial Manager in several industries from manufacturing to diamond mining to fashion clothing. I have always enjoyed Excel and financial modelling, and honed my skills at companies listed in New York and London. I have several courses on Udemy and enjoy sharing my skills with others..

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