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Financial Modeling Rules

List of Financial Modeling Rules

The top 10 financial modeling rules are: (1) format inputs in blue and formulas in black, (2) simplify the model as much as you can, (3) don’t hardcode numbers into formulas, (4) use grouping instead if hiding cells, (5) break down complex formulas into multiple steps, (6) run error checks, (7) stress test the model, (8) use comments in cells, (9) run scenario and sensitivity analysis, and (10) use charts and graphs to summarize information.

 

Financial Modeling Rules

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

Example Excel Model

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