tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7503685325882202280.post2640072874720514936..comments2015-11-22T08:03:05.042-05:00Comments on Case Master: Timeline Pitfalls to Avoid - 2012 CMA Case ExamCase Masterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16267027529858385350noreply@blogger.comBlogger13125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7503685325882202280.post-35506879716632778482013-04-15T11:46:37.725-04:002013-04-15T11:46:37.725-04:00Hi CM,
It is a bliss to have found this site! and ...Hi CM,<br />It is a bliss to have found this site! and thank you very much for that. For capital purchases made by NFPs, tax shields don't apply, correct?<br /><br />Also, I found audit trails on quantitative very time consuming to do. Do you recommend typing out the numbers, or the formula?<br /><br />Do you recommend doing each type of analysis for each alternative on a separate tab? or do we have to somehow consolidate various analysis on each alternative on one tab? or even multi-column comparative analysis on all alternatives on one tab (I found this very difficult and time consuming to do in a 4 hour limit but I usually do this on assignments that have limitation on how many pages we can use). <br /><br />Thanking you in advance for offering your opinions. Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7503685325882202280.post-82688602593344832282012-04-18T11:00:14.390-04:002012-04-18T11:00:14.390-04:00if you want tips on calculating npv check out my l...if you want tips on calculating npv check out my latest post. <br /><br />CMCase Masterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16267027529858385350noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7503685325882202280.post-18777706453997901432012-04-18T10:59:35.169-04:002012-04-18T10:59:35.169-04:00Hello,
Great question - I think I will write a po...Hello,<br /><br />Great question - I think I will write a post this weekend on non for profits because there are a lot of misconceptions about them.<br /><br />You do have to calculate NPV for Non-For-Profit (NFP) Organizations' strategic alternatives. Any organization, regardless of for profit or not, needs to make money to survive. A NFP organization will not be able to survive if it cannot make money and will not be much use to the community if it has to close its doors.<br /><br />You calculate the NPV for NFPs the same way as for regular organizations. <br /><br />The only difference that I see between for profit and not for profit is that there is more importance placed on qualitative factors in NFPs (for example if you have two strategic alternatives and one has NPV of a million and another of two million, you would then recommend the alternative that is most aligned with the NFP's mandate rather than just recommend that one with the biggest NPV). NFP or not, I would not recommend going with an alternative that has a negative NPV.Case Masterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16267027529858385350noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7503685325882202280.post-74567524663567427502012-04-17T20:40:34.244-04:002012-04-17T20:40:34.244-04:00Do we need to calculate NPV for not-for-profit org...Do we need to calculate NPV for not-for-profit organization? I don't really know how to calculate it. PV of annaul spending + funding avaliable? Could you please help me with this?Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7503685325882202280.post-69332343161174978902012-04-09T22:37:54.873-04:002012-04-09T22:37:54.873-04:00i will put together a post discussing the npv and ...i will put together a post discussing the npv and will include a template that I find useful (give me a few days, hopefully by the weekend I will have it up)Case Masterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16267027529858385350noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7503685325882202280.post-52785742942503790292012-04-07T13:05:52.455-04:002012-04-07T13:05:52.455-04:00Would you mind sharing that standard NPV template ...Would you mind sharing that standard NPV template so we can see an example and create one for ourselves?<br /><br />Any templates or short cuts would be appreciated.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7503685325882202280.post-62685674687426633862012-04-06T10:41:04.403-04:002012-04-06T10:41:04.403-04:00I think it is a good strategy. Make sure you calcu...I think it is a good strategy. Make sure you calculate all ratios to see which show trends that you need to pay attention to. Make sure you know the backgroudner very well to minimize amount of time that you need to refer back to it during the exam.Case Masterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16267027529858385350noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7503685325882202280.post-34895217893256218062012-02-08T08:46:30.163-05:002012-02-08T08:46:30.163-05:00my approach to the backgrounder is to do a mock sw...my approach to the backgrounder is to do a mock swot and calculate some ratios, what do you think?jtsamnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7503685325882202280.post-14859688419778662742012-02-05T22:30:37.892-05:002012-02-05T22:30:37.892-05:00That is a good strategy. The more you can streamli...That is a good strategy. The more you can streamline and standardize your approach, the more time you will have to analyze and solve the case.Case Masterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16267027529858385350noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7503685325882202280.post-10472468909680019672012-02-02T10:42:18.039-05:002012-02-02T10:42:18.039-05:00i have been practicing having a standar npv templa...i have been practicing having a standar npv template and just trying to apply it to as many alternatives as possible, so i am just pluging the numbers into my npv template and get the npv result at the end. of course i have to tweak it here and there depending on the situationottawawriternoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7503685325882202280.post-66392823790531653392012-01-26T22:57:35.999-05:002012-01-26T22:57:35.999-05:00In my SLP class, for the last practice case we had...In my SLP class, for the last practice case we had several students who got AE/ME+ and each had a completely different # for the npv for the alternatives... some had a positive npv others negative.. but they all passed the practice case with a great mark so i guess its not that important.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7503685325882202280.post-81202324856515238782012-01-26T22:14:32.285-05:002012-01-26T22:14:32.285-05:00Hi Jen, The goal should not be to get it perfect (...Hi Jen, The goal should not be to get it perfect (that is just impossible given the time constraints). Aim for reasonable and appropriate. Make sure you apply the NPV concept properly, use simplifying assumptions and incorporate the key information and figures provided in the case and you should be fine. Spending twice as much time just to get it 'perfect' will not earn you that much more points but you will end up missing another part of the report and losing significant marks there. <br /><br />When doing a quantitative analysis for alternatives keep in mind the following:<br />- It is ok to make some simplifying assumptions <br />- Make sure that you apply the concepts properly (i.e. for NPV calculations remember the following components - incremental after tax cash flows, salvage value, tax shield, tax shield lost on salvage, etc.)<br />- The resulting NPV should not be an outrageously large/small <br />- The CMA Case Exam is structured in such a way that there is room for ambiguity and assumptions need to be made. This is intentional as they are testing your ability to apply logic and make reasonable assumptions, not your ability to get a perfect NPV<br />- When running very low on time, it is better to use ballpark figures for the NPV analysis then to show none at all<br /><br />And make sure to do an NPV for at least 2-3 of your strategic alternatives.Case Masterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16267027529858385350noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7503685325882202280.post-71476825900605722032012-01-26T15:20:33.922-05:002012-01-26T15:20:33.922-05:00If we are only supposed to spend 45 minutes on cal...If we are only supposed to spend 45 minutes on calculations of alternatives how can we get it done right with all the case facts incorporated, the audit trail provided and have it all nice and accurate?Jennoreply@blogger.com