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Financial Modeling Resources

CFI has compiled a broad range of financial modeling resources to help you learn important skills and techniques for building financial models in Excel and performing world-class financial analysis. These resources include examples and step-by-step instructions on how to build models from scratch, how to perform each calculation that’s required, and how to perform additional types of analysis like scenarios and sensitivity analysis.

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These resources are designed so you can learn Excel modeling at your own pace, and 100% free. If you’re feeling confident after reading these guides you may be ready to take things to the next level with an accreditation. CFI is the official provider of the Financial Modeling and Valuation Analyst (FMVA)™ certification, which is designed to prove your status as a world-class financial analyst.

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Financial Modeling Guidelines

CFI’s free Financial Modeling Guidelines is a thorough and complete resource covering model design, model building blocks, and common tips, tricks, and best practices for designing and building robust, world-class financial models. Many of the models we encounter today are poorly designed, difficult to maintain, and hard to follow. Given their central role in the...

Financial Modeling Best Practices

Financial Modeling Best Practices The article below will provide readers with information on financial modeling best practices in an easy to follow, step-by-step guide on how to building a financial model in Excel. The tips are adapted from CFI instructors with over 15 years of financial analyst training experience. Screenshot from CFI’s financial modeling courses....

3 Statement Model

What is a 3 Statement Model? A 3 statement model links the income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement into one dynamically connected financial model.  3 statement models are the foundation on which more advanced financial models are built, such as discounted cash flow (DCF) models, merger models, leveraged buyout (LBO) models, and various...

DCF Model Training Free Guide

What is a DCF Model? A DCF model is a specific type of financial modeling tool used to value a business. DCF stands for Discounted Cash Flow, so a DCF model is simply a forecast of a company’s unlevered free cash flow discounted back to today’s value, which is called the Net Present Value (NPV)....

Types of Financial Models

Top 10 types of financial models There are many different types of financial models. In this guide, we will outline the top ten most common models used in corporate finance by financial modeling professionals. Here is a list of the ten most common types of financial models: Three-Statement Model Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) Model Merger Model...

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