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What are some good cash flow analysis templates?

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Microsoft Office offers free cash flow analysis templates, both online and offline, as of 2015. Microsoft Excel comes with free cash flow templates that are customizable according to the user's needs.

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The online version of Excel is accessible at Home.Office.com, as of 2015. Users need Microsoft login details to access the cash flow analysis templates in the program. The templates are easy to use and edit according to the user's needs.

The model is divided into a few sections. The cash inflows section shows how much cash the business has earned over a certain period. Cash outflows shows how much cash the company has spent over that time. The investment cash flow section shows how much cash the company has earned from the sale of assets and how much it has spent buying new assets and other capital expenditures.

The financing cash flow section shows how much cash the business has accessed through loans and other borrowings. This information is necessary to help would-be investors work out the amount of debt the company has accumulated over time and how much it is spending repaying those debts. The cash left after the borrowings and expenses have been subtracted is the cash the business has left to finance its operations or pay shareholder dividends.

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