Financial Modeling Process

What is the Financial Modeling Process?

Financial modeling is an iterative process and follows these standard steps: (1) enter three to five years of historical financial information, (2) analyze the historical performance, (3) generate assumptions about future performance, (4) use the assumptions to forecast and link the income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement, (5) perform discounted cash flow analysis, (6) perform sensitivity analysis, and (7) audit and stress test the model.


Financial Modeling Process

Additional Questions and Answers

CFI is the official global provider of financial modeling and valuation analyst FMVA Designation. CFI’s mission is to help anyone become a world-class financial analyst and has a wide range of resources to help you along the way.

In order to become a great financial analyst, below are some additional questions and answers for you to explore further:

  • What are the types of financial models?
  • What is sensitivity analysis?
  • What is bookkeeping?
  • What are the most common valuation methods?

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