How to Forecast: A Guide for Business
Forecasting is an essential discipline in the planning and running of a business: not only for the business plan and annual budget but for the appraisal of investment projects, the commissioning of research as well as the appraisal of the competition and the feasibility of making acquisitions. Managers are continually confronted with the need to take decisions, and being able to construct a route map of the future is a key way of determining a course of action. This book offers a practical guide to forecasting the environment in which a firm operates.
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Forecasting the national economy
Interest rates and government policy
The global market exchange rates and the balance of payments
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20th century 21st century analysis assets assumptions average balance of payments black economy business cycle capital employed cash flow cent per annum central bank Climate Change commodity prices company sector company's construct consumer costs and prices countries currency cyclical deficit demand depreciation Diagram dividends earnings per share employment energy estimates exchange rate expanded exports factors faster fertility rate firm firm's fiscal policy fluctuations genetic engineering global global warming growth impact important increase industrial interest rates investment labour costs long-term major measure monetary money supply national economy OECD output pattern period population potential price forecasts price inflation profits range ratios reduce result return on capital rise risk set of forecasts share price shareholders social spending power statistics targets taxation tend trade trend value added volatile wage whole world economy