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The Modeller’s Miscellany #91

How to ask the right questions.

Networking event

Financial Model Audit and Review: How to ask the right questions

The Project Finance Institute is running a free networking event on Friday, Dec 17th at 5 pm GMT. Hedieh Kianyfard, Author of Financial Model Detective, will give a short talk on Financial Model Audit and Review, followed by discussion and networking time. Sign up here.

Deep work – functional music to improve focus

In-depth financial modelling & analysis is deep work that requires avoiding distractions and getting in the zone. creates music to support focused deep work. I was skeptical at first but now find it deepens my ability to stay focused and avoid distractions. Find out more.


Hop any paywall

12ft Ladder claims to be able to bypass most paywalls by serving up the google cached version of web pages. I’ve tried it with mixed success. Worked well on the Economist. Didn’t work at all on the FT.

“Show me a 10ft paywall, I’ll show you a 12ft ladder.” Great strapline.


Full Stack Start-ups

Chris Dixon was on a recent episode of the az16 podcast talking about Full Stack Start-ups. He wrote this blog post a while back about the move to Full Stack startups; companies who create a complete, end-to-end product or service that bypasses existing companies. It’s a useful concept to better understand and dissect the business models of many of the recent tech unicorns.



Grammarly has become my most used app (after Excel of course). I now write everything in Grammarly first. It corrects my spelling, improves my grammar, and continually reminds me to stop writing in the passive voice. It can’t be recommended highly enough.

Modeller’s Miscellany Jobs

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


Financial Analyst – Ateco Group – Greater Sydney, AUS

Financial Analyst – LifeWorks – Toronto, ON, Canada

Senior Financial Analyst – Amazon – New York, USA

Head of Financial Planning & Analysis – Mamas & Papas – Huddersfield, UK

Financial Modelling Analyst – Broadridge – London, UK

And finally…

With COVID on the rise again and more of us working from home once more, let’s not forget this beautiful moment on BBC news.

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