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Live poll - Financial modelling


We periodically conduct live polls. Poll results are updated in real time and are viewable here by anyone.

You may participate in the poll if you wish. Poll results are immediately viewable once you complete all the poll questions. Note that participants cannot change responses after they have been given.

The questions in this first set are about day-to-day roles.

The industry sector I work in is:

Energy
Materials
Industrials
Consumer Discretionary
Consumer Staples
Health
Financials
Government
Information Technology
Telecommunications
Utilities
Education
Other

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The geographical region I work in is:

Africa
Americas
Asia
Europe
Other

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The functional area in which I work is:

Corporate finance
Treasury
Management accounting
Financial accounting
Other

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The number of years I have been modeling is:

0
1 or 2
3 to 5
6 to 10
More than 10

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The percentage of my working time I spend on financial modeling is:

100%
75%
50%
25%
0%

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Of the time I spend modeling the breakdown between developing new models versus maintaining existing models is:

100% new
75% new / 25% existing
50 / 50
25% new / 75% existing
0% new / 100% existing

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I use information systems like Bloomberg or Reuters in modeling.

Always
Most of the time
Sometimes
Rarely
Never

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I use statistical packages like SAS, R or S-PLUS in modeling.

Always
Most of the time
Sometimes
Rarely
Never

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I use Visual Basic for Applications in modeling.

Always
Most of the time
Sometimes
Rarely
Never

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The models I work on are used for valuation purposes.

Always
Most of the time
Sometimes
Rarely
Never

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The models I work on are used for sensitivity analyses.

Always
Most of the time
Sometimes
Rarely
Never

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The models I work on are used for risk analyses.

Always
Most of the time
Sometimes
Rarely
Never

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The models I work on are used for scenario analyses.

Always
Most of the time
Sometimes
Rarely
Never

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The models I work on are used for reporting purposes.

Always
Most of the time
Sometimes
Rarely
Never

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The questions in this set are about financial modeling education.

How useful was university in teaching me modeling skills ?

Extremely
Very
Somewhat
A little
Not at all
N/A

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How useful was my job in teaching me modeling skills?

Extremely
Very
Somewhat
A little
Not at all
N/A

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How useful was my own self study in teaching me modeling skills?

Extremely
Very
Somewhat
A little
Not at all
N/A

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How useful was post-university classroom-based training in teaching me modeling skills?

Extremely
Very
Somewhat
A little
Not at all
N/A

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How useful were online classes and seminars in teaching me modeling skills?

Extremely
Very
Somewhat
A little
Not at all
N/A

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The questions in this set are about structural drivers impacting the volume of financial modeling.

Developments in information technology (e.g. "cloud solutions", "off-the-shelf" products) have had this effect on modeling:

Significant increase
Minor increase
Neutral
Minor decrease
Signifcant decrease

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Economic changes in my industry sector has had this effect on modeling:

Significant increase
Minor increase
Neutral
Minor decrease
Signifcant decrease

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Changes in the regulatory environment (e.g. Sabanes Oxely, Basel III) have had this effect on modeling:

Significant increase
Minor increase
Neutral
Minor decrease
Signifcant decrease

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The impact of globalization (e.g. outsourcing) has had this effect on modeling:

Significant increase
Minor increase
Neutral
Minor decrease
Signifcant decrease

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The questions in this set are about the modeling process.

How important is extensive spreadsheet knowledge in modelling? (By extensive we mean that - if there are, say, three ways of doing something - you know all three and their pros and cons.)

Extremely important
Very important
Important
Useful
Not that important

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How important is understanding finance theory in modelling? (E.g. understanding drivers of cost of capital as used in DCF calculations.)

Extremely important
Very important
Important
Useful
Not that important

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How important is business knowledge in modelling?

Extremely important
Very important
Important
Useful
Not that important

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The average model lacks integration between its components.

Agree strongly
Agree
Neutral
Disagree
Strongly disagree

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The average model has been outgrown by changed circumstances or requirements and is past its use-by date.

Agree strongly
Agree
Neutral
Disagree
Strongly disagree

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The average model is of dubious correctness.

Agree strongly
Agree
Neutral
Disagree
Strongly disagree

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The average model is hard to maintain or extend.

Agree strongly
Agree
Neutral
Disagree
Strongly disagree

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