Our Story – Moving Forward with Experience

Financial Mechanics is a specialist financial modeling services company, providing modeling and training courses to clients worldwide.  We design and build financial models used in forecasting business performance, evaluating projects, securing funding, and making acquisitions.  We also provide specialized FAST modeling design, financial modeling, and model review training courses for clients worldwide.

Our corporate clients include 64 global investment funds, project developers, construction companies, oil majors, leading mining companies, and major utilities. Amongst financial institutions our clients include 9 of the top 10 global banks, more than 30 smaller commercial banks and financial advisers, and 6 of the top 8 accounting firms.

Our online training courses range from technical design and build courses, for those who need to build or regularly adapt financial models, to specialized finance courses for decision makers who need to understand and use models that have been built by others.

Good Models Should Be – Flexible, Appropriate, Structured & Transparent

The FAST modelling standard was pioneered by the founder of Financial Mechanics, John Richter, and Morten Siersted over 15 years ago and is now used by thousands of modellers across the globe as a ’shared language’ for modelling. The Standard advocates a philosophy of good financial model design rules founded on the acronym FAST: flexible, appropriate, structured, and transparent. It advocates transparent model structure and clear, crisp modelling style.

The Standard has been developed from the experience of industry practitioners who have learned simple techniques to replace overly-clever ‘good ideas’ that proved bad in practice over time. It documents a skilled craft that is functional within the realities of the business environment.
As a minimum objective, models must be free of fundamental omissions and logical errors, and this outcome must be achieved under short lead times. However, a good model must achieve more than this minimum standard. It must be easily used and reviewed by others and readily adaptable as circumstances change.

– Robert-Jan Bakker, Deloitte


Model design and modelling techniques must allow models to be adapted easily and quickly when new information becomes available


Models must reflect key business assumptions directly and faithfully without being over-built or cluttered with unnecessary detail


Rigorous consistency in layout and organization is essential to retain a model’s logical integrity over time, particularly as a model’s author may change


Our modelling approach is founded on simple, clear calculations that can be understood by other modellers and non-modellers alike.


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