The objective of this book is to help financial planners improve
their spreadsheet skills by providing a structured approach to
developing spreadsheets for forecasting, financial planning and
The book assumes that the reader is familiar with the basic operation
of Excel and is not intended for beginners.
Readers using a different Windows spreadsheet will find that the
techniques explained in the book are equally relevant, although it is
possible that some command sequences might be slightly different.
The book has been divided into three parts covering the areas of
Forecasting, Planning and Budgeting separately. Although it is recommended
that readers follow the book from the beginning, the
text is also intended as a reference book that will be a valuable aid
during model development.
The CD-ROM that accompanies the book contains all the examples
described. Instructions for installing and using the CD-ROM are
supplied on the CD itself and it is recommended that readers consult
the README file contained on the CD.