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Are there any online resources for financial modeling?

I am interested in learning more about financial modeling and valuation. #financial-modeling #career #finance #online-learning

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Zachary’s Answer

Jennifer - to follow onto Christopher's response, here are some key words to try searching for online to find existing valuation models that you can explore:


1) "Discounted cash flow model" - often used to value businesses or assets with distinct future cash flows, like debt instruments, by measuring the present value of future cash flows


2) "Market comparables approach" - often used to value private companies by applying certain metrics from comparable public companies (e.g. market capitalization as a multiple of revenue)


3) "Option pricing model backsolve" - often used to value private companies using the price paid for a particular class of share (e.g. price per share by investors in a Series C preferred round of financing) to infer the total equity value of the company based on the relative preference of that particular class of share


The models discussed above are used frequently by companies when determining what to pay when buying another company, or when valuing investments made into the equity of private companies whose shares are not traded publicly.

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Christopher’s Answer

Start by googling some keywords and exploring sites like Investopedia which will include links to new keywords within its explanations. Develop foundational skills by reading books like The Intelligent Investor and Financial Modeling, periodicals such as WSJ and by messing around with formulas in Microsoft Excel. Aside from actual coursework, I am a large proponent for using MOOCs such as coursera.org. Also, never underestimate the power of Youtube for targeted walkthroughs of specific concepts. Hope this helps!
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Thomas’s Answer

Jennifer - to follow Zachary's response. At the following investopedia link https://www.investopedia.com/university/dcf/, you can follow a step by step process to gain a better understanding of the DCF Model. Additionally, there are multiple online courses that you can use to teach yourself how to construct a full financial model such as wallstreetprep.com.

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