The Modeller's Miscellany - #59

The Financial Modelling Awards 2021.

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Events // Financial Modelling Awards 2021

The Financial Modelling Awards are back for a second year. And this year they are going to be bigger and better than ever. These awards are about celebrating financial modellers and the contributions they make. Building on the success of the first awards, this year the categories will include:

  • Financial Modeller of the Year
  • Emerging Financial Modeller of the Year
  • Financial Modelling Team of the Year
  • Financial Modelling Innovation of the Year
  • Financial Modeling Trainer of the Year

The nomination process will open on May 9th, followed by the judges shortlisting, and then a public vote for the winner in each category. Winners will be announced at the Financial Modelling Summit in late June.

Video // Why you should make useless things

This video is an absolute joy. Simone Giertz shares her craft: making useless robots. Her inventions, designed to chop vegetables, cut hair, apply lipstick, and more, rarely succeed, and that's the point."The true beauty of making useless things is this acknowledgment that you don't always know what the best answer is," Giertz says. "It turns off that voice in your head that tells you that you know exactly how the world works. Maybe a toothbrush helmet isn't the answer, but at least you're asking the question."   It's worth the 11-minute watch to liberate yourself from the tyranny of knowing the answer. Kenny.

Book // The Great Mental Models

"The best mental models that I have found have come through evolution, game theory, and Charlie Munger." - Naval. In the past, we've linked to articles from Shane Parish's Farnam Street blog, and interviews on the podcast (Check out Naval, Seth, BJ, and Daniel to get started). Shane has now published the second volume of his Great Mental Models series. This is highly recommended. When complete, the four volumes will cover the core, timeless ideas that you should have learned in school (but most likely didn't), and applies them to real life.

Even more books // Rebel bookclub

"Greatness is consistency.Meditating once is common. Meditating daily is rare.Exercising today is simple. Training every week is simply remarkable. Reading one book rarely matters. Reading every day is a super power. Unheroic days can make for heroic decades." - James Clear. Check out Rebel book club if you want to read more, and read better. Simple. Kenny.

Training // Full Stack Modeller Super Early Bird

The Super Early Bird window to join Full Stack Modeller comes to an end this evening.Don't miss out on your chance to save 15% on your initial 12-month membership. Come and join our incredible community of modellers from all over the world. You will not regret it. Find out more.

Tools // Excel for Mac: Accelerator Keys

One of the barriers that have prevented me from fully migrating to Excel for Mac and has kept me on my Parallels/Windows set up is the difference in, or the lack of, keystrokes for Excel for Mac. Accelerator Keys for Mac sets out to address that. It adds Window’s alt-key ribbon shortcuts to Excel for Mac. It very nearly gets there... but it's not (yet) quite complete enough to allow me to migrate. Thanks to Craig Perry for sharing.

Article // Can Excel Survive?

Thanks to New Jersey-based Miscellany reader Stephen Percoco for sharing this article from CFO magazine. Spoiler: Yes. But with a much smaller user base. As predicted by the unbundling of Excel use case theory.

Modeller's Miscellany Jobs

If you have a financial modelling related position you’d like us to include, please email

Investment / Financial Analyst - PowerTree - London, UK

Senior Financial Model Auditor - DWPF - London, UK

Manager - Financial Model Assurance Team - BDO - London/Edinburgh UK

Financial Quantitative Modeler - Apollo Global Management - La, California

Actuals & Reporting Finance Analyst - BBC Studios - Sydney, AUS

And finally // Play Tetris in Excel

Thanks to Peter Albert for sharing this.

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