[HW 1.1c] Readings

Here are a few readings about spreadsheets and financial modeling that you should do.

Course Reader: please read the Burton G. Malkiel Chapter from “A Random Walk Down Wall Street”

In addition, please also read:

1a. Basics
A quick primer on spreadsheet given to me my first day on the job at Babcock & Brown. Called simply, Spreadsheet Rules.txt.

Stanford – Best Practices for Spreadsheeting has at least a few very good ideas in it: http://library.stanford.edu/research/data-management-services/case-studies/case-study-spreadsheets

1b. Number Formats
“1. Excel Custom Number Formats.docx” Source: http://www.ozgrid.com/Excel/excel-custom-number-formats.htm
Another good article on this subject is: http://peltiertech.com/Excel/NumberFormats.html

1c. NPV
The New Zealand Treasury prepared this a brief example of how to calculate a NPV.

To the extent that you feel that you need some brushing up in basics, I would recommend watching parts of the Lynda.com Essential Training course, which can be found at:


At a minimum, it would be a good idea to make sure you understand the basics of formatting numbers, cells, columns, and rows.  To that end, you may want to watch the following movies in Section 4:

  • Exploring font styles and effects
  • Adjusting row heights and column widths
  • Working with alignment and Wrap Text
  • Exploring numeric and special formatting
  • Formatting numbers and dates



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