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SCENARIO: Three months have passed since you created your first financial plan (i.e., the Unit 2 Touchstone). In that time, your budget has gone through some changes. The good news is that your income has increased because of your strong performance at work. However, health care and miscellaneous costs have gone up along with your earnings. You will need to reallocate your monthly budget based on these changes to see how you’re progressing toward your original savings goal.

While you appreciate numbers and figures, you also know that a strong financial analysis needs visual information. As part of your progress check, you’ve committed to creating a set of graphs that you can share with your financial advisor.

In part 2, you will answer reflection questions about the decisions you made, identify how to create more savings opportunities, and make predictions about life and economic impacts that could affect the future of your plan.

For this assignment, you will:
• Create three monthly budgets and perform a personal financial analysis using Microsoft Excel.
• Summarize changes in expenditures between budgets.
• Show the results of the analysis using appropriate graphs in Excel.
• Explain how the graph types you have selected will help your financial advisor understand the data.
• Discuss the results of the financial analysis including savings achievements, future budget modifications, and life impacts that could derail the budget in the coming year.
• Reflect on what the analysis might reasonably look like in one year, accounting for economic factors such as inflation and the consumer price index.
Download the Excel template below, which further breaks down the steps involved in this assignment. You will return the completed template as your Touchstone submission.

1. Analyzing Your Personal Finances
❒ Have you populated the tables for Month 1, Month 2, and Month 3 with your budgeting information?
❒ Have you verified that all amounts are displayed on a monthly (not annual) basis?
❒ Have you verified that the sum of your expenditures (including savings) equals your employment income?
❒ Have you populated the Savings Progress table?
❒ Have you selected the most effective graph type for each of your data sets?
❒ Have you left all predetermined formulas intact?
2. Reflection Questions
❒ Have you directly answered each question that was asked?
❒ Have you provided sufficient evidence to support each of your answers?
❒ Have you made clear and logical connections between your conclusions and the data used in the financial analysis?
❒ Have you leveraged content from the course tutorials about economic factors?
❒ Have you included sufficient detail in your answers?


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