Gathering & Entering Assumptions
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Note that a user's assumptions are entered directly into assumption reports only. Output reports contain extensive formulae which generate the projections. The only exceptions are the prior-year income statement in the Income Statements and the opening balance sheet in Balance Sheets which must be entered directly into these reports.
When starting to prepare a new set of financial projections for a business, there are likely to be some significant gaps in the information needed to plan effectively. It may be necessary to review historic accounts and budgets to derive basic cost or sales data; to conduct research and analyses of markets; to identify alternative strategies or scenarios; to make manpower projections; to consider funding issues etc.
Exl-Plan can assist this process by helping to pose the right questions and providing feedback on the financial implications of possible outcomes. However, bear in mind that, ultimately, Exl-Plan is only a high-powered calculating and printing system and that its output will only be as sound as the underlying assumptions. Refer to Pitfalls & Dangers for advice on preparing projections.
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