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Excel Accountant: What-If Analysis

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  • Excel's What-If Analysis Features
    2 mins
  • PMT Function
    5 mins
  • Scenario Manager Feature
    11 mins
  • Scenario Summary Pivot Table
    29 mins
  • Merging Scenarios
    33 mins
  • Goal Seek Feature
    58 mins
  • Data Table Overview
    67 mins
  • Forecast Feature (Excel 2016+)
    90 mins

Course Description

This informative on-demand webcast presented by Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, is designed to teach you how to implement Excel’s powerful What-If Analysis tools. David explains how and when to make use of Excel’s Scenario Manager, how to use the Data Table feature to compare calculation results based on two or three inputs, how to use Excel’s Goal Seek feature to perform basic what-if analyses, and more.

David demonstrates every technique at least twice: first, on a PowerPoint slide with numbered steps, and second, in the subscription-based Office 365 version of Excel. David draws your attention to any differences in the older versions of Excel (2019, 2016, 2013, and earlier) during the presentation as well as in his detailed handouts. David also provides an Excel workbook that includes most of the examples he uses during the webcast.
Office 365 is a subscription-based product that provides new-feature updates as often as monthly. Conversely, the perpetual licensed versions of Excel have feature sets that don’t change. Perpetual licensed versions have year numbers, such as Excel 2019, Excel 2016, and so on.

Who Would Be Interested in This Course:
Practitioners seeking to understand the what-if problem-solving capabilities in Excel.

Topics Covered:

  • Enhancing the Summary Report generated by the Scenario Manager with range names.
  • Using the Summary Report aspect of Scenario Manager to compare different scenarios side by side.
  • Implementing a simple Excel macro that will empower you to apply multiple scenarios at once when you have more than 32 inputs.
  • Exploring the Forecast Sheet feature in Excel 2016, which can extrapolate trends based on existing data in your spreadsheets.
  • Enabling Excel’s Solver Add-in for more complex what-if analyses.
  • Pausing Goal Seek when necessary to check the status of calculations that involve large numbers.
  • Contrasting Excel’s Data Table feature with traditional approaches used in spreadsheets.
  • Avoiding the need to write repetitive formulas with Excel’s Data Table feature.
  • Utilizing the PMT worksheet function to calculate loan payment amounts.

Learning Objectives

  • To identify when to use Excel’s Goal Seek feature versus Solver.
  • To describe how to apply Excel’s Solver Add-in for more complex what-if analyses.
  • To recall how to use the Data Table feature in Excel to compare calculation results based on varying inputs.

Who Should Attend?

  • Accountant
  • Accounting Firm
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Large Firm
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • CPA in Business
  • Entrepreneurial Accountant
  • Entrepreneurial CPA
  • Senior Accountant
  • Staff of Accounting Firm
  • Tax Accountant (Industry)
  • Young CPA