Designing a Financial Model – Standard Spreadsheet Layout

Designing a Financial Model - Standard Spreadsheet Layout

Standard spreadsheet layoutAgreeing on a standard spreadsheet layout at the beginning of every financial modeling project will ensure that the financial model is easily understood and consistent among all financial model team members, users and the eventual audience of the financial model results.

A standard spreadsheet layout is also especially helpful when integrating the work of several financial modelers into a single financial model, as it ensures a standard and consistent way to specify rows or columns that should be used for specific types of inputs, calculation formulas or results.

For instance, a good financial modeler may specify that Column T should always be used to display results for a particular time period (e.g. year 2015).

Look at the illustration for an example of a standard spreadsheet layout for a financial model.

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