Building Financial Statements in Excel with Power Pivot

Author: Ken Puls

This advanced course explores the data structure and measures required to build financial statements in Excel using the DAX language. We’ll review the required Chart of Account setup and follow this with key DAX patterns for creating Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet, Statement of Cash Flow, Expected Actuals statements, as well as General Journal, General Ledger and Trial Balance reports.

  • Excel
  • Power Pivot
  • Data Preparation
  • Data Modeling
  • DAX Formulas
  • PivotTable Reporting

What you'll learn?

  • Configuring a Power Pivot model for finance solutions
  • The essentials for a Chart of Accounts table
  • A layered approach to complex DAX formulae
  • Methods to build General Ledger, General Journal & Trial Balance reports
  • How to build Income (P&L), Balance Sheet, Cash Flow statements
  • Creating a Forecasted Actuals Statement
  • Formatting tricks to make your statements look great
  • Protection techniques for your models

Building Financial Statements in Excel with Power Pivot

$270Renews at $69 per year
(All prices in USD)
  • 12h of training content
  • 12 modules
  • Downloadable files and Handouts
  • Support and Discussion
  • Certificate of Completion

Building Financial Statements in Excel with Power Pivot


Course Description

If you’ve worked with Excel Power Pivot for any amount of time, you know that it has incredible potential to change your reporting game. But while building a simple sales report may be easy, have you struggled to re-create a full set of financial statements in DAX?

Let’s face it, generating your current month’s sales may be easy, but how do you display that next to year to date, or same period prior year? Then comes the balance sheet. While calculating a year-to-date balance for assets and liabilities is not super difficult, what about current earnings? How about retained earnings to the end of the prior period?

Next up comes everyone’s most dreaded statement: the Statement of Cash Flows. Many users find this hard enough to work out with a regular Excel spreadsheet, but how about using DAX Measures?

Finally, we’ll explore the Forecasted Actual statement, which allows you to dynamically pull from historical actual values – where they exist – and report budget (or forecast) for the months that haven’t happened yet.

In this course we will explore creating the key requirements behind building a robust set of financial statements. Concepts that will be covered include:

  • Correctly laying out the chart of accounts for financial statement reporting.
  • Building P&L measures which display Revenues and Expenses as positive values, subtotal correctly and include comparative period columns.
  • Creating Balance Sheet measures which display as positive values, subtotal correctly, and calculate current earnings and retained earnings.
  • Generating measures to correctly display the Statement of Cash Flows metrics, grouping them appropriately into their cash, non-cash and financing sub-groups.
  • Architecting a forecasted actual statement that switches to display actual vs forecasted values.
  • Following key DAX patterns for creating General Journal, General Ledger and Trial Balance reports.

This training is an expert level, hands-on Excel course which leverages Power Query and Power Pivot. Please see the “Who is the Course For” section below to ensure that you have the background knowledge required before attending.

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Who this course is for?

This is an advanced course which targets users with Power Pivot experience who are struggling with the DAX formulae required to build financial statements. It is geared toward those with:

  • Experience in working with Power Pivot and the DAX formula language.
  • Experience using Power Query for reshaping and loading data to the Power Pivot data model.
  • Understanding of the CALCULATE() function and experience using it to modify filter context.
  • Working knowledge of financial statements (including Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss and Statement of Cash Flows)

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Building Financial Statements in Excel with Power Pivot

Average Rating

4.92 / 5

(based on 13 reviews)

Thomas Allan
Thomas Allan
January 21, 2023
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I liked that it was taught by a CPA with experience in all areas of the course. Many thanks for preparing the level of detail. A key benefit to me in signing up for this course was to watch Ken Puls as he assembled the financial reports while also learning insights and best practices along the way. If someone wants to be more efficient in building financial reports, I believe they will also enjoy and benefit from this course.
September 23, 2022
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This course is awesome. Ken did a great job. I’m slowly making my way through the first time, knowing I will do a deeper dive afterwards. It is the best course I have found on integrated 3-way statements using power query, power pivot and DAX.
Anne Walsh
Anne Walsh
February 21, 2023
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I loved how Ken walked through the whole set up from raw data to final set of accounts. I've already recommended this to accountants in my network. Thank you!
Jon Krueger
Jon Krueger
April 6, 2024
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I loved the level of DAX presented. Just excellent depth of material covered.
Antonio Magrì
Antonio Magrì
December 30, 2023
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I liked it as there are limited courses in finance about Power BI and Power Pivot.
Doug Funk
Doug Funk
December 6, 2023
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I liked the straightforward thorough approach Ken provides to his instruction, and the depth and thoroughness of the material.
Daniel Harley
Daniel Harley
November 11, 2023
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The depth of the material was fantastic. These deep dive, subject area courses are truly differentiated. Nice job.
Manal Malek
Manal Malek
July 22, 2023
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I loved the course because of its step-by-step learning process, which made it easy to understand and follow. It enabled me to absorb the information gradually and apply it in practical ways. If I need to make changes in the future, I can use the same step-by-step thinking to analyze and adapt the new concepts or skills more smoothly. This way, I can confidently tackle any challenges or modifications that come my way. Overall, I learned a lot and enjoyed the journey! Thanks for the great learning material!
Rafal Jagniewski
Rafal Jagniewski
January 29, 2023
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I loved the structure and the way it was presented. Very interesting and practical subject.
Tim Arrington
Tim Arrington
December 21, 2022
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Ken Puls is a great instructor, no pauses, no backtracking, he is smooth. It is great that Kens is an accountant and not just an IT geek. Really, really good course!
October 11, 2022
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I liked the step by step instructions.
Marvin Rivas
Marvin Rivas
August 24, 2022
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I was excited when I saw it listed in the course catalog in Skillwave.
Stanton Berlinsky
Stanton Berlinsky
August 30, 2022
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‘Building Financial Statement in Excel’ is a phenomenal course, and anyone who needs to create financial reports from raw data must take this course. Ken doesn’t just demonstrate how to turn your data into a financial statement; he gives you the theory while providing a step-by-step example. Going through the course is like reading a book you can’t put down.

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About the author

Ken Puls

Ken Puls

Microsoft MVP, FCPA, FCMA
Ken Puls is one of the founding partners of Skillwave.Training, and the President and Chief Training Officer of Excelguru Consulting Inc. in Canada. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant, blogger, author, and trainer with over 20 years of business and IT experience. His passion lies in exploring tools to turn data into information, and teaching others how to use them. Ken is a Microsoft MVP and a leading expert in Excel, Power Query, and Power BI.


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