Budgets are like road maps -- they provide a direction for a corporates financial management. Balance sheets and statements of revenues also provide insights into how well a company is following that direction. But cash flow and cash flow forecasts are what guide the day-to-day itinerary for an organization. Budgets and cash flow are dynamic -- adjustments and changes can and should occur. If you understand what you are looking at, you can use cash flow to create better budgets and thus more accurate cash flow forecasting. Cash Flow Forecasting outlines the techniques required to undertake a detailed analysis of the cash flow dynamics of the business from both a historical and forward looking perspective. Cash Flow Forecasting explains how to: * Determine appropriate cash flow figures from pro forma financial statements * Interpret detailed cash flow forecasts and understand the difference between profit and cash flow * Conserve or generate cash in the short term * Evaluate different methods of project evaluation * Recognize the limitations of accounting information in valuing companies *Inspired by basic entry level training courses that have been developed by major international banks worldwide * Will enable students and those already in the finance profession to gain an understanding of the basic information and principles of cash flow forecasting * Includes questions with answers, study topics, practical "real world" examples and extensive bibliography
Forecasting federal and state revenues, maintenance contracts, other expenditures, and cash balances. Phase II
Author: Gary R. Allen
Category: Cash flow
The research on which this report is based was performed as part of a study to develop an improved system for generating a two-year forecast of monthly cash flows for the Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation. It revealed that current techniques used by the Department to forecast right-of-way payments, salaries and wages, and allocations to cities, counties, other state agencies, and transit properties require no change. On the other hand, it showed that forecasts of expenditures on materials, supplies and equipment, and maintenance contracts have overestimated actual cash outlays by significant margins. In addition, this research revealed that success in forecasting federal revenue reimbursements is, at best, likely to be spotty and that forecasts typically will be overly optimistic. For state revenues, official forecast approved by the Office of the Secretary of Transportation necessarily serve as the basis of the official cash forecast; nevertheless a technique is proposed for early identification of significant changes in state revenue collections. The use of techniques derived from this research in a December 1983 forecast of cash flows for January Through July 1984 showed that the estimated cash balance for the end of the period was within $4.0 million of the actual balance. Among the major recommendations are that it may be reasonable to establish cash balances at contingency levels consistent with the expected excess of expenditures over revenues for the months of July through October.
Release on 2008-04-25 | by S. Keoki Sears,Richard H. Clough,Glenn A. Sears
A Practical Guide to Field Construction Management
Author: S. Keoki Sears,Richard H. Clough,Glenn A. Sears
Pubpsher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Technology & Engineering
This volume provides a guide to managing all aspects of a construction project. This is a new edition of this guide to the subject which includes a new chapter devoted solely to the planning process and another on legal aspects of scheduling.