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Excel shortcuts that reduce work in half

  If you are financial analyst/financial modeler and spend a huge time amount of time around excel spreadsheets, learning excel shortcuts will prove to be invaluable. It will help you to be much more productive and also put less strain on the fingers. With practice, pressing a combination of buttons on your keyboard can be […]

How to prepare for CFA exam

If you are planning to take the Chartered financial analyst (CFA) exam, you would have already heard how tough these exams are. The last ten year (2006-2015) average pass rates for various levels is Level 1: 39%, Level 2: 43% and Level 3: 53%. On the whole, only 42% of candidates pass the CFA exam […]

Why investment banks are hiring CFAs rather than MBAs

  If you’re considering a career in investments or investment banking, one of the biggest questions which comes to any aspiring candidate, is whether to pursue a Chartered Financial analyst (CFA) or do a full time MBA from any of the top colleges. CFA is a self-study, part time, three level certification program which requires […]

Different roles of CIMA professionals

Still not decided what you want to do? Why don’t you take up an internship to get a better idea? Hearing these types of endless queries and advice from relatives and friends since graduation has made Rahul rather edgy; and desperate to run away to a quiet place where no one can badger him with […]

The Backbone of the Finance Industry – Financial Modelling

Sandeep was baffled with how swiftly his colleague Rohan managed to work on spreadsheets. Their company was contemplating acquisition of a viable company. It was the current hot topic for the management these days, and they had assigned the task to the finance manager to evaluate the financial health of the prospective company. While Sandeep, […]

Financial Modeling an important tool for MBA students?

Rahul, an MBA graduate studying at a leading B-school in Mumbai, aspires for corporate roles after completing his course. His dream job, like most of his peers, is working in a top notch investment bank. He is specifically targeting the role of either a Merger and Acquisition specialist or an equity / credit research analyst. […]

Financial Modeling for Investment Banking

Many job aspirants in the financial sector look forward to careers in investment banking. They are driven by the big bonuses that accompany the role or they like the tag of being an investment banker. An investment banker is usually involved with various deals such as Mergers and Acquisition, Leveraged Buy-Outs, Corporate Restructuring, Initial Public […]

Financial Modeling and Project Finance

Payal works with the project finance team of a bank based in Mumbai. Her team is assigned the task of analyzing various proposals for project finance, so that the bank can decide if money needs to be lent for the project. Project Finance refers to financing of projects based on the returns generated from the […]

Financial Modeling for Merger & Acquisitions

It is well past 9 pm on Friday night at the Mergers and Acquisitions team of a leading investment bank. Ronak was looking forward to the weekend break. After all this was his first week at the new job and he wanted to catch up with friends over the weekend. Just then the phone rang […]

Financial Modeling for Financial Analysis

Aditya has been assigned the task of completing the financial analysis of a project in the next 2 weeks. The assignment was handed over to him today morning since Balaji who was handling the assignment was hospitalized and would be on leave for the next one month. Aditya was assigned this task since he is […]