Introduction

The following is a general introduction to financial modelling. It covers:

  • The meaning of financial modelling.
  • The purpose, use and benefits of models and modelling.
  • Simple examples, and some possible enhancements to these.
  • The importance of balancing simplicity and complexity.
  • Introduction to sensitivity analysis, with examples and extensions.
  • An introduction to using models to evaluate financial decisions.
  • The importance of identifying the right decision possibilities, and the challenges and processes to do so.
  • Types of models and the links between modelling and data analysis.
  • The skills required to be a well-rounded and professional financial modeller, and the link to the CertFM Program
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