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Should Financial Professional Analysts Look Top-Down or Bottom Up?

While “top-down” or “bottom-up” sound like some lively toasts you might hear in an English pub, they are also two of the most common ways to prepare a financial forecast. In that area, there is great debate as to which method is “better.” As with most questions in life, the initial answer is usually, “it depends,” so let’s look at the pros and cons of each approach. At the end of the day, there is no single answer. As a global FP&A professional, you will have to determine the best approach for your organization.

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Interactive Data Visualization: The Key To Better, Faster, Smarter Decision Making

As access to high-quality data becomes more common, more team members across the business organization are facing the challenge and opportunity to make more data-driven decisions. From traditional spreadsheet and data visualization or data viz (DV) tools to dashboard aggregators, many tools exist to help Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) professionals find meaning in their data.

11 months

Why Blockchain Is Crucial For Financial Planning and Analysis - Part 2

In my last article, I described blockchain in some detail. Now I want to dive a little deeper and expand on the potential value that blockchain could hold for the FP&A profession.

11 months

Why Blockchain Is Crucial For Financial Planning and Analysis

In these times of almost continuous technological change, there is a natural tendency to be suspect of whatever is being heralded as the “flavor of the month” or the “next best bet.” In early 2017, I was graciously given the opportunity to speak on what I believed to be the technologies that were transforming finance and specifically, the Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) function. The talk I ended up giving covered five areas:

11 months

Collecting Premiums : Case Study on Techno-Derivative Trading

When people think of investment, they think of buying stocks on the stock market. Many of them are probably unaware of terms like options trading.

11 months

How to Become a Successful Options Trader - Part 1

New options traders have unrealistic profit expectations, thinking that they can outsmart the markets, doubling funds in a short amount of time. Beginner’s luck makes things even worse, providing hope that a few big wins can help you make a fortune. When markets move fast, things get hectic, you do not have time nor the luxury to sit back and think long about what to do. You need to have a trading plan in place that tells you exactly what to do and when to do it. Experienced options traders understand that modern markets give out very few gifts.

11 months

Lupin Case Study on Value Investing

Lupin is a pharma stock that most investors are ignoring at this point but what most people tend to forget is that ”a successful investor takes a contrarian approach to investing."

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