Proper financial modeling relies on methods and tools that bring rigor to the forecasting process. Oversimplifying the forecasting process can create forecasts that ignore business cycles and lead to missed investor expectations, excess inventory buildup, and overstaffing. Financial analysts need processes and tools that help them provide management with forecasts in which management can have confidence. Financial analysts can create stronger forecasts by building thorough forecasts from the ground up. Analysts often face similar problems when developing forecasts. Learning to avoid these pitfalls can help you strengthen your forecasts. Forecasting can play a key role in the budgeting process. Companies can benefit by creating flexible budgets that they can adapt to changing business conditions.