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Techniques of Financial Analysis, Modeling, and Forecasting

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Course Description

This comprehensive course explains every sales and financial forecasting formula and modeling techniques needed to analyze operations both as a whole and by segment. Provided are proven techniques that help identify and fix problem areas, analysis techniques that help evaluate proposals for profit potential, proven methods that improve the accuracy of short- and long-term forecasting, analysis tools that help manage working capital, cash, and accounts receivable, plus much more. Also included are dozens of worked-out models and modeling techniques that simplify most difficult business decisions, and are easy to adapt to any computer spreadsheet program. This course supplies all the forecasting techniques needed to financially analyze a business as a whole or a segment. Includes analysis techniques, methods for improving forecasting accuracy, analysis tools for managing capital, and more.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of Techniques of Financial Analysis, Modeling, and Forecasting the user should be able to:define Cost-Volume-Profit (CVP) analysis,describe operating leverage,analyze sales mix,give examples of contribution margin analysis,state the concept of future value,distinguish between future value and present value concepts,compute the future value of a single payment and an annuity,calculate the present value of a single payment and an annuity,explain perpetuities,describe the types and special features of capital budgeting decisions,calculate, interpret, and evaluate five capital budgeting techniques,select the best mix of projects with a limited capital spending budget,describe factors to consider in determining capital expenditures,explain types of capital budgeting decisions to be made,analyze mutually exclusive investments,discuss risk analysis in capital budgeting,.explain what financial statement analysis is and why it is important,compare horizontal analysis and vertical analysis,list the basic components of ratio analysis,distinguish between trend analysis and industry comparison,calculate a comprehensive set of financial ratios and interpret them,.explain the limitations of ratio analysis,define quality of earnings,analyze discretionary costs,describe what accounting estimates can do,construct a guide for internal control and management honesty,compare and explain auditor relations and reports,explain responsibility accounting and appreciate how important it is for managerial control,distinguish among three types of responsibility centers and see how they are evaluated,calculate different types of variances for manufacturing costs-direct materials, direct labor, and manufacturing overhead,explain the managerial significance of these variances,prepare a flexible budget and explain its advantage over the static budget format,list non-financial performance measures,explain segmental reporting for profit centers,give examples of profit variance analysis,analyze and evaluate sales mix,compute return on investment (ROI) by means of the Du Pont formula and show how changes in sales, expenses, and assets affect the investment center's performance,calculate the residual income (RI) and explain how it differs from ROI in measuring divisional performance,explain how ROI and RI measures affect the division's investment decision,evaluate working capital,give examples and explain cash management.outline some ways to manage accounts receivable,describe how to plan and control inventory.explain accounting aspects of an investment portfolio,outline analytical implications,describe how to obtain investment information,compare risk versus return,list financial assets,list and explain real assets,outline how to perform portfolio analysis,explain features of mutual funds,distinguish between fundamental analysis and technical analysis,explain what financial planning involves,distinguish between short-term and intermediate-term financing sources,compare short-term to long-term financing,list long-term financing sources,identify and compute each source of cost of capital,define and explain mergers,decide on acquisition terms,describe how to acquire another business,identify the impact of merger on earnings per share and market price per share,list the methods to evaluate the risk associated with an acquisition,describe uses of a holding company,explain who uses forecasts,list and describe each of forecasting methods,select a forecasting method,define the qualitative approach,describe common features and assumptions inherent in forecasting,illustrate the steps in the forecasting process,identify and explain naive models,give examples of smoothing techniques,describe step by step the forecasting method using decomposition of time series,explain the least-squares method,discuss regression statistics,identify statistics to look for in multiple regressions,evaluate forecasting performance,outline checklists on how to choose the best forecasting equation,select and use a computer statistical package for multiple regression,explain forecasting sales using the Markov model,forecast external financing needs with the percent-of-sales method,describe how budgeting and financial planning works,give examples of how the budget works,discuss zero-base budgeting,outline the certified public accountant's involvement and responsibility with prospective financial statements,define the Markov Approach,illustrate the Lagged Regression Approach,identify the types of analysis,explain typical questions addressed via corporate modeling,identify types of corporate planning models,outline current trends in modeling,discuss the relationships among MIS, DSS, EIS, and personal computers,describe the future of corporate planning models,define a financial model,apply and use financial models,put financial modeling into practice,list and explain each of the quantitative techniques used in financial models,develop financial models,identify model specification,explain how linear programming works,apply and use financial models,differentiate between linear programming and goal programming,use spreadsheet programs,forecast business failures with Z scores, and,give an overview of financial modeling languages.

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Learning Format 18.0 Hours
Self-Study / On-Demand

Credit Type(s)
Business Mgmt & Org Management Advisory