2024 Week 27 | Sigma: Can you create a Cashflow Chart?


I’ve always liked tracking my personal finances, partly out of necessity (I was a freelance musician for nearly a decade and I needed to keep track of *every* expense). Even before I got into data, I appreciated seeing my personal finances visualized cleanly so I could answer questions like ‘Did I spend too much last month?’

This week, I’m leading you through creating a cashflow visualization, similar to what you might find in your favorite personal finance app!

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  1. Get your source data
    • Add Element > Tables and Datasets > Workspaces > Workout Wednesday > 2024 > 2024W27 – Can you make a Cashflow Chart? > Personal Transactions > Transactions
  2. Create some extra columns in your source data
    • Credit or Debit
      • If the amount is greater than 0, it’s Credit, otherwise, it’s debit
    • Credit Amount
      • If the record is a Credit, use the amount, otherwise, leave it null
    • Debit Amount
      • If the record is a Debit, use the amount, otherwise, leave it null
  3. Create a combo chart
    • Create new visualization element
    • Set the type to ‘Combo’
    • Change the display to ‘Stacked’ (just beneath the dropdown for visualizations, you’ll see the two bar images)
    • Truncate the date to the month and drag it to the X-Axis
    • Drag the following fields to the Y-axis in this order:
      • Amount (rename to Total Amount)
      • Credit Amount
      • Debit Amount
    • Change your Y-axis fields to the appropriate shape:
      • Total Amount: Line
      • Credit Amount: Bar
      • Debit Amount: Bar
    • Update the colors of your bars, choose whatever you like, but I prefer:
      • Total Amount: Black
      • Credit Amount: Blue
      • Debit Amount: Orange
    • Remove all your X-axis and Y-axis fields from the tooltip (right click on each and uncheck ‘Show in Tooltip’ near the top of the menu)
    • Add each of the columns in the Y-axis to the tooltip, but rename them so they don’t auto-increment:
      • Amount
      • Credit Amount
      • Debit Amount
  4. Format your chart
    • Title: Monthly Cashflow
    • X-Axis
      • Change the Scale type to ‘Time’
      • Hide grid lines
    • Y-Axis
      • Uncheck ‘Axis Labels’
      • Uncheck Show zero guideline
      • Hide Grid Lines
    • Legend
      • Move to the bottom of the visualization


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After you finish your workout, share on LinkedIn, Sigma’s Community page, (or Twitter) using the hashtags #WOW2024 and #SigmaComputing, and tag Ashley Bennett, Eric Heidbreder, Katrina Menne, and Michal Shaffer!

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