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Part 5: Creating Formulas and Performing... > Functions for Financial Analysis

Chapter 16. Functions for Financial Analysis

Calculating Investments 449

Calculating Depreciation 455

Analyzing Securities 457

The financial functions that are provided with Microsoft Excel allow you to perform common business calculations, such as net present value and future value, without building long and complex formulas. These functions are the heart of spreadsheets—the word “spreadsheet” itself refers to the seemingly antiquated system of using special grid paper to track financial information. Functions have taken the place of the old 10-key calculator sequences (“algorithms”) used by accounting professionals before computers revolutionized the discipline.


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