Total row not showing no matter what I do!

I know this must be simple and it’s a variation on a theme that many people have raised but the answers don’t seem to help me.

Now, the task is to create a forecast.

Give me the actuals for the months where there are actuals +
ADD the forecast ONLY for the months where there are no actuals.

I have 2 key measures. One calculates actuals based on a lot of filters. It uses the key measure [sum[actual] (actual is column in the fact table)

Measure 2 is the same measure but uses a different key measure [sum[budget]. (budget is another column in the fact table)

Should be simple, shouldn’t it?
I can get the figures for each based on a max date variable.
BUT, no matter what I try, I cannot get totals.

I know it’s to do with no filter context, but WHAT to do, escapes me. I have tried sumx and values but I get ALL the values for budget figures.

Any and all help would be mega appreciated.


From the description alone, the problem could be a lot of different things. However, if you can please post your PBIX file, I think this will be pretty straightforward to diagnose and fix.


  • Brian

Thanks Brian. I will edit the file as best I can so that the Hebrew isn’t a barrier!

Actually the 2 key field names are in English (actual and budget)… so that’s a helpful start. Will get back to you. Thanks again.


Hi Brian.

I’ll include the link to get the file. Here you see a picture of the issue.

Exp actual col is ok (column in fact table is actual)
Exp budget col is ok (the filter is the same as actual but the column it references in the fact table is different (budget)

It’s tricky, I know, but the fact table is ‘נתונים’ - you can find it at the bottom of the look up list if you need to reference it.

Forecast helper col = not ok. I can’t get the total.
New forecast is what I’m trying to achieve… and this would be OK if I could get a total for the forecast helper column - then the total would be correct … ie a total for the budget months where there is no actual and of course, ignoring the months where there are actuals.

The report you want is called Forecast Problem… basically the only one in English!

Sorry about the complication

with the foreign linguo!

I know it’s simple but I can’t find which values to reference to make sure I get the correct total. I either get 0 or the full total for all the budget; neither of which is of course correct!
link to forecast problem pbix

Of course, muchas gratias in advance. All pointers will be most helpful.

Hi Erica,

Can you give this a go…

Budget ENG =
VAR LastActual = CALCULATE( MAX( 'Date'[Date] ), FILTER( ALL('Date'), [EXP actual-] <>0), ALLSELECTED( 'Date' ))
VAR FCperiods = CALCULATETABLE( VALUES( 'Date'[YYMM] ), ALLSELECTED( 'Date' ), 'Date'[Date] >= EDATE( LastActual, 1 ))

SUMX( FCperiods, [EXP budget] ) + [EXP actual-]

I changed your Date Hierarchy to make sense of it all (see field names shown below)… but I think you can follow along.

First determined what the last Actuals date is since you calculated in a monthly granularity. Next I created a virtual table with all YYMM values in the ‘visible’ date range using EDATE in combination with ALLSELECTED - to identify where the YYMM is equal or greater than the LastActual Month +1.

All that’s left is to iterate over that virtual table within the table this results in a single value because of the context on the rows but for the Total it will iterate over all those 5 months to sum up the Budget

I hope this is helpful.


Hi Melissa

Wonderful. I knew I had to create a virtual table and use sumx to get the total, but I was iterating over the fact table and not the dates table! I didn’t know about EDATE… so that was missing also.

A big thank you for helping me out on this. For this job, I have about 10 different types of expenditure and I have a multi-filtered expression for each type. And then I create a total expenditure expression. And the same for income. So the DAX you’ve helped me with will be put to use many times over!

Re the date hierarchy: I didn’t actually bother too much which set of dates I dragged into the visual… but yes, the reports are all at the month. or quarter or year level.

I would NEVER, have got to this on my own. So am mega thankful and appreciative of your time, knowledge, and timeliness of replies! In short, thanks a lot! Erica

Glad I could help.

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