Strategic Business Forecasting: The Complete Guide to Forecasting Real World Company Performance, Revised Edition

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CRC Press, Jan 28, 2000 - Business & Economics - 312 pages
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A book on practical business forecasting belongs in the library of everyone interested in business. Forecasting is extremely important to finance and accounting executives, business economists and managers at all levels.
Strategic Business Forecasting: The Complete Guide to Forecasting Real World Company Performance provides you with a working knowledge of the fundamentals of business forecasting that can be applied in the real world regardless of the size of the firm. The author explains the basic forecasting methodology and the practical applications. All aspects of business are discussed, making this a comprehensive and valuable reference.
The author avoids theoretical and mathematical discussions to gets right into how, when , and why to use this book. Many practical examples, applications, illustrations, guidelines, measures, checklists, rules of thumb, tips, graphs, diagrams and tables aid your comprehension of the subject. The author displays and explains printouts obtained using many popular spreadsheet programs and software packages.
The book goes far beyond just sales forecasting, encompassing a wide range of topics of major importance to practical business managers and finance professionals, including cash flow forecasting, cost prediction, earnings forecasts, bankruptcy prediction, foreign exchange forecasting, and interest rate forecasting. Written in an easy-to-read style, it is practical, current, and intriguing - a reference book to use throughout your business career.
 

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Contents

Forecasting and Managerial Planning
3
Forecasting Budgeting and Business Valuation
15
FORECASTING METHODS
27
Moving Averages and Smoothing Methods
29
Regression Analysis
45
Multiple Regression
57
Time Series Analysis and Classical Decomposition
79
Forecasting with No Data
95
APPLICATIONS
161
Finanicial and Earnings Forecasting
163
Cash Flow Forecasting
179
Cost Behavior and Cost Prediction
189
Bankruptcy Prediction
203
Forecasting Foreign Exchange Rates
229
Interest Rate Forecasting
243
Technological Forecasting
251

The BoxJenkins Approach to Forecasting
103
Models Based on Learned BehaviorMarkov Model and Indirect Methods
121
Evaluation of Forecasts
131
What Are the Right Forecasting Tools for You?
141
Forecasting in the 21st Century
263
INDEX
289
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