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You can ratchet down errors in your Excel reports by using an Error Summary Table that uses conditional formatting to alert you to errors.

How to Set Up an Automatic Error-Checking System in Excel Reports

Decades ago, I worked as a cost accountant for a large company. But because our department received terrible reports, I wrote my own reports...using...
How to aggregate named groups of GL accounts.

How to Report GL Account Groups in Excel

Believe it or not, this income statement is quite sophisticated. It's not nearly as simple-minded as it looks. In fact, this income statement illustrates a...
In Excel, you can report named groups of GL account numbers, product codes, and so on—just as you report one such number. Here’s how.

How to Use Array Formulas to Report Groups of Accounts

Often, in accounting, marketing, and other departments, we'd like to report and analyze groups of items rather than one item at a time. In Part...
Here's how to add sources and uses of funds to your company's Balance Sheet in Excel to get a clearer picture of how the changes affect your cash flow.

Use this Excel ‘Cash Flow Balance Sheet’ to See Sources & Uses of Funds...

For most businesses, cash flow is more important than profits and losses. The reason is clear. A profitable company with negative cash flows may not...
If you track Accounts Receivable the way most companies do—with Days Sales Outstanding in Receivables (DSO)—you probably know less about your receivables than you think. There's a better way, which also can improve your cash flow forecasts.

Use Excel to Fix Your Broken AR Measure of Days Sales Outstanding in Receivables

During tough economic times it's particularly important to manage your Accounts Receivable balance carefully. Unfortunately, the traditional way to measure AR performance is badly...
Your Return On Equity ratio is a key indicator of financial health. This report lets you show the components of that ratio in a unique Excel display.

Map Your Financial Health With an Excel DuPont Dashboard

Management reporting is all about communication. Reporting Return On Equity (ROE) is a case in point. The ROE financial ratio is a key measure of...
In finance, breakeven charts illustrate how your fixed and variable costs vary with your monthly sales. Here's how to set up break-even charts in Excel.

Map Costs and Sales in Excel with a Classic Breakeven Chart

When I worked as a CFO, my monthly reports always included a breakeven chart. It was one of the most popular reports I produced. But...
Does your company need to make scheduled payments to companies that don't send invoices? This worksheet will help to plan those cash requirements.

Manage Periodic Payments with an Excel Cash Calendar

Most companies must write checks periodically to companies that don't send invoices. Often, their accounting systems provide little help in keeping track of these...
Growing too fast can be dangerous to your company's health. Use the Sustainable Growth Rate ratio to track your company's financial ability to grow.

How Fast Is Too Fast?

(Originally published in Inc Magazine.) What typically tops the list of worries of the chief executive officers of fast growing companies? Financing that growth, according...
Here's how to use Excel to figure out whether you're making or losing money on the cash you borrow, why it matters, and what you can do about it.

Weighing Your Debt Load

(Originally published in Inc Magazine.) I've talked to any number of business owners over the years who felt buried under a mountain of debt. But...

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A Lesson in Excel Analysis Learned from Rising US Inflation

Looking at the trends in the annual rate of change (ROC) of business and economic measures is an excellent way to reveal hidden information...
Here's how you can split delimited text into an array with a short Excel formula, and then wrap the formula with the INDEX function to return any value from the array.

How to Split and Index Delimited Text with Excel Formulas

For the longest time I've wished that Microsoft would add a SPLIT function to Excel. The function would have a syntax like this... =SPLIT(text, delimiter,...
Berkshire Hathaway is raising prices, and their costs are increasing. Inflation is on the rise. These Excel charts illustrate the the problem.

Warren Buffett, Inflation, and Excel

On May 3, 2021, CNBC quoted Warren Buffett saying, “We are seeing very substantial inflation. We are raising prices. People are raising prices to...
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