Techniques of Financial Analysis, Modeling, and Forecasting
Field of Study:
This comprehensive course gives you every sales and financial forecasting formula and modeling techniques you
need to analyze your operation both as a whole and by segment. You'll be provided with proven techniques that
help you identify and fix problem areas, analysis techniques that help you evaluate proposals for profit potential,
proven methods that improve the accuracy of your short- and long-term forecasting, analysis tools that help you
better manage working capital, cash, and accounts receivable, plus much more. You also receive dozens of worked-out
models and modeling techniques that simplify your most difficult business decisions, and are easy to adapt to any
computer spreadsheet program. This course supplies company accountants, treasurers, CFOs with 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.
Program content and Learning objectives:
After completing this course you will be able to:
- Recognize how costs and revenues affect Cost-Volume-Profit (CVP) analysis.
- Compute break-even levels for various scenarios.
- Recognize the margin of safety and cash break-even point.
- Recognize the time value of money and how it affects financial decisions.
- Calculate the present value of future payments.
- Recognize the purpose and use of the capital budget.
- Calculate investment payback periods.
- Recognize the use for the internal rate of return (IRR) calculations.
- Identify the best methods for making long range investment decisions.
- Recognize a comprehensive set of financial ratios and interpret them.
- Recognize the operating cycle of a business.
- Recognize different characteristics relating to a firmís quality of earnings.
- Identify the relationships between auditing and internal controls.
- Recognize why standard costing is important it is for managerial control.
- Distinguish among three types of responsibility centers and how they are evaluated.
- Calculate different types of variances for manufacturing costs.
- Recognize the managerial significance of these variances.
- Identify the need for a flexible budget.
- Recognize how to calculate different variances for price, volume and sale 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 profit margin based on ROI.
- Identify how ROI and RI measures affect the division's investment decision.
- Recognize aspects affecting cash management and working capital.
- Recognize ways to improve profitability by changes to accounts receivable.
- Identify how changes in inventory carrying costs affect the organization.
- Recognize accounting aspects and terms for an investment portfolio.
- Identify ways to compare risk versus return.
- Recognize tools for fundamental and technical analysis.
- Recognize the benefits of portfolio theory with regards to investment decisions.
- Compute cost of capital.
- Distinguish between short-term, intermediate-term and long-term financing sources.
- Identify different types of mergers.
- Recognize ways to acquire another business.
- Recognize objectives of forecasts.
- Identify different types of qualitative and quantitative forecasting methods.
- Recognize quantitative forecasting models and techniques.
- Recognize assumptions of forecasting with the percent-of-sales method.
- Identify major steps in budgeting and financial planning.
- Identify requirements of zero-base budgeting.
- Recognize the value of the Lagged Regression Approach and Markov model in evaluating collection and bad debt.
- Identify reasons for corporate modeling.
- Recognize components of an integrated planning model.
- Recognize application and uses of financial models.
- Recognize techniques for optimization including linear programming
- Differentiate between methods of optimization.
- Recognize the disadvantages of optimization models.
- Recognize uses and variables for the bankruptcy prediction model.
- Identify the purpose for executive management games.
QAS Self Study
Amount of recommended CPE credit:
Final examination expiration date:
The program participant will have one year from the date of purchase to complete the course and final examination.
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