Financial Modeling Is a Discipline

Numbers. Detail. Spreadsheets. Complexity. That’s often what comes to mind when people think of financial models.

But if that’s all a model contains, it’s missing the point. A model needs to tell a story and be an outstanding communication tool. It needs to inspire confidence in the reader and help business professionals make the best financial decisions. A good model is intuitive, flexible, transferable and dynamic. It should also be well-designed and well laid out.

A powerful model provides tremendous insight about the inner workings of a business, but it must be built the right way.

At Marquee, this idea is deeply ingrained in our DNA. We ensure that all of our models, whether developed in our consulting practice or taught in our training courses, are much more than numbers. They are the narrative of sound business decisions.

Do your models tell a story?

On the contrary, have you ever worked with a financial model that was tough to understand, navigate, or modify?

I suspect you have. This is a common problem; many financial models don’t work very well. They can be clunky, inflexible and filled with errors.

Whether we are running a training program or providing consulting services, we bring the discipline of financial modeling to the table.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss how we can help.

– Ian Schnoor, President & Founder, The Marquee Group


Since 2002, Marquee has trained thousands of professionals globally at financial institutions, corporations, professional organizations and universities.

Our core modeling, valuation, Excel, and data sciences courses are standard training at numerous major banks and business schools.

Our participants acquire the skills, insights and confidence to build flexible, accurate and powerful financial models.

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Whether you are looking to improve an existing model or build a custom Excel solution, we transform models into simplified, powerful communication and decision-making tools for managers and executives.

By using our unique approach to modeling, we build and improve existing forecast models and we create custom Excel solutions for clients so that they can make better and more timely financial decisions.

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The Financial Modeling Institute (FMI) provides internationally recognized credentials for financial modeling skills.

Marquee was one of the founding organizations behind the FMI. The FMI offers three levels of certification, gradually increasing in difficulty as candidates obtain each subsequent level: Advanced Financial Modeler (AFM); Chartered Financial Modeler (CFM); and Master Financial Modeler (MFM).

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We believe that spreadsheet-based financial models are the most important decision-making tools in modern finance. Thousands of global transactions, financings and acquisitions are conducted each day on the basis of spreadsheet-based models that need to deliver clarity and actionable information.

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Do your models tell a good story?

If not, we want to hear from you.

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