Financial Planning/Budgeting, Forecasting, What-if Analysis, and Reporting

Course Overview:

This course is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, what-if analysis, and reporting. Participants will learn key concepts and practical techniques to effectively plan, budget, forecast, analyze scenarios, and generate insightful reports for decision-making.

Course Duration: 3 days Course Outline:

Day 1: Introduction to Financial Planning and Budgeting

Overview of financial planning and its importance Understanding budgeting concepts and principles Developing a financial planning framework Budgeting methodologies and approaches Creating budget assumptions and setting targets

Day 2: Forecasting Techniques and What-if Analysis

Introduction to forecasting and its role in financial planning Forecasting methods: historical data, trend analysis, and regression Building financial models for forecasting

Sensitivity analysis and scenario planning What-if analysis techniques and tools

Day 3: Financial Reporting and Analysis

Key financial statements: income statement, balance sheet, cash flow statement Financial ratio analysis and interpretation

Analyzing variances and identifying performance drivers Designing effective financial reports and dashboards Communicating financial insights and recommendations