For our e-mail newsletter today, we’re going beyond the bottles. We’re taking a look at what drives financial models and how building your own can benefit your business. We invited Andrew Nguyen, Manager of Strategic Development at membership-by-invitation wine website Lot18 (founded by Snooth's Philip James), to share his experiences with financial models.

Prior to joining Lot18, Andrew was Portfolio Analyst at an emerging markets hedge fund based in New York. Andrew graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Operations Research and a minor in Economics.

"At my hedge fund, we focused on analyzing companies in Latin America. The region is an exciting one; last year, Brazil‘s economy grew 7.6% and Mexico’s grew 5.3% (by comparison, the U.S. grew 2.9% in 2010). Identifying opportunities for investment starts with analyzing companies and building financial models. You begin by reading research on an industry and learning what key factors affect a company’s performance in its particular industry.