The Modeller’s Miscellany #136

"Productivity is a trap. Becoming more efficient just makes you more rushed, and trying to clear the decks simply makes them fill up again faster." 

- Oliver Burkeman

AI

Microsoft invests $10bn in ChatGPT

The buzz around ChatGPT has tech enthusiasts frothing at the mouth and academics running for the hills. With Microsoft rumoured to be acquiring a stake, it seems like we might start to see AI tools embedded in Office applications. This could be the most exciting thing to happen to Excel since, well, ever. Google, it seems, is worried.

While we're waiting for all of that to play out, here's a list of cool ChatGPT prompts to inspire you.

Modelling Tech

Scott's Add-in gets a refresh

At the less sexy, but perhaps currently more useful end of the tech spectrum, Scott's Add-in has had a refreshThis Excel add-in enables you to link to your accounting numbers in Xero through formulae written directly into cells in Excel. Myles Arnot, Full Stack Modelling tech lead, said "Scott's add-in works well straight out of the box and seamlessly links your Excel model to your Xero-based actuals. A great tool that I have come to rely on."

Other cool stuff

Uncover your guiding principles

It's not just Ray Dalio who has principles. We all do, although some of us may not have taken the time to fully articulate them. This tool by the Clearer Thinking team can help you build a list of your own principles. Being clear on what your principles are can help guide you when making decisions and reduce stress and anxiety around making the wrong choice. So they say.

Article

All they told you about printing money is wrong

This article from the Macro Compass blog gives a useful framework for understanding the mechanics of how money is created; differentiating "real-economy money", the money created by governments and commercial banks, and "financial-sector" money, the only kind of money that can be created by Central Banks. The writer states that understanding this difference is key to understanding what's going on in macroeconomics. 

Modeller’s Miscellany Jobs

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

Senior Financial Planning & Reporting Analyst - Bupa - Melbourne, Australia (Remote)
Senior Financial Analyst - Qantas - New South Wales, Australia (Hybrid)
Financial Analyst - Phreesia - Boston, MA, USA (Remote)
Senior Risk Analyst - Signifyd - UK (Remote)
Financial Analyst - Emerald - USA (Remote)
Senior Planning Analytics Consultant - Capita - UK (Remote)
Junior Finance Analyst - Sun Life - ON, Canada (Hybrid)
Data Analyst - Remerge - Berlin, Germany (Hybrid)
Finance Analyst - JLL - Warsaw, Poland (Remote)

And finally...

You didn't know you needed to see this, but you do. How far could a human jump on different planets? 

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