How to do financial planning and analysis

Financial planning and analysis (FP&A) teams play a crucial role in companies by performing budgeting, forecasting, and analysis that supports major corporate decisions. FP&A analysts utilise both quantitative and qualitative data from all operational aspects of a company to evaluate progress toward short and long-term goals. 

FP&A analysts consider economic and business trends, review past company performance, and attempt to anticipate obstacles and potential barriers to growing company wealth. They oversee a broad range of financial affairs, including income, expenses, tax, capital expenditures, financial statements and investments. 

At Prime Financial, we believe that everyone should take stock of their total financial position, be it as a company, an individual or a family. This can be an intimidating proposition for some, but playing the ostrich with your head in the sand exposes you to a kick that can truly hurt. 

If you do prefer to analyse and plan your finances yourself, you should:

Step 1: Determine your goals

Write down a list of positive financial goals. A goal could be to pay off a property as fast as possible or it could be to retire comfortably. Perhaps you want to save money for your child’s educational expenses? 

Step 2: Budget

In the age of the internet, you can find a huge range of budgeting tools to help you better understand the way you spend money. If you have a company, this budget should include planned sales volumes and revenues, resource quantities, costs and expenses, assets, liabilities and cash flows. 

Step 3: Review

If you don’t like what you see, change your position. This might mean cutting back on certain costs, skipping this year’s holiday, taking on a second job or asking your boss for a pay rise. Other options could be to borrow and build an investment portfolio or ramp up your super investments. 

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