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May 2020  |  Openbox

Iain Morrow

Your Openbox questions answered

You saw us build a financial model in 20 minutes, here we delve into some of your questions which came up from the demo.

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Your Openbox questions answered

You saw us build a financial model in 20 minutes, here we delve into some of your questions which came up from the demo.

Read more

May 2020  |  Openbox

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Openbox closed beta

With the first round of beta testing kicking off, we will soon begin preparations for the second round. This will commence in the coming months. If you would like to be involved at that point please apply using the form within this post.

May 2020  |  Openbox

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Can we build a Project Finance Model in 20 minutes?

In the first public demo of Openbox, we challenged ourselves to build a full Project Finance model in 20 minutes. We managed it with 3 minutes to spare. Watch the recording and find out more about the upcoming closed beta.

April 2020  |  Model Build

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The Business Analysis Lifecycle

As modellers, it’s easy to focus on the technical details within a model and to lose sight of the bigger picture.
The business analysis lifecycle is a framework which is useful in putting into context what we are doing as modellers, and more importantly, why we are doing it.

January 2020  |  Model Build

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Why implementing a financial modelling standard is hard

At Gridlines, we care deeply about Standards in modelling.

In this video, Kenny Whitelaw-Jones discusses some of the challenges that modelling teams must overcome to implement standards. He also discussed findings that were uncovered through a recent survey of financial modellers.

September 2019  |  Model Build

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The Disconnect Between Modellers and Business Decisions

Why is financial modelling perceived to be easy?
Modelling is complex and it brings together a whole group of different skills.
A perfect modeller is hard to find, so if modelling is so easy to do, where are all the modellers?

September 2019  |  Model Build

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Understanding our Bias as Modellers

Our human biases can sometimes get in the way of effective analysis.
Whenever you are changing something in your model, running a sensitivity or trying to answer an analytical question, it is always useful to create a hypothesis about what you think is going to happen.

March 2019  |  Model Build

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Why can I never get a good haircut?

Every few weeks the facial recognition on my iPhoneX (humble brag) stops working.This inability of my phone to recognise me baffled and offended me for a long time, but eventually I figured it out. It means I need a haircut!

March 2019  |  Model Build

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Fake News and Financial Models

We are living in a world of fake news. As traditional media outlets fragment, and literally anyone can put out content to a global audience, the traditional checks and balances of truth and impartiality no longer apply.

February 2019  |  Model Build

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Life is Poker, not Chess

I recently read ‘thinking in bets’ by Annie Duke. If you haven’t read it, you should, it is great. The book deals with decision making when you don’t have all the facts. As a financial modeller, it’s a subject close to my heart.

January 2019  |  Model Build

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