When was the last time you thought about your financial health?

After 2020’s events, it is easy to put one’s health above any other decision-making need. You need to take care of yourself before you can accomplish goals or chase dreams. That’s why products from brands like Dr. Mercola and Bluebonnet saw surges of interest throughout the year.

That same kind of attention should get directed toward your investment portfolio. When was the last time you checked on stocks? Are you monitoring your 401(k) or 403(b)?

Best Ways to Evaluate an Investment

Remaining Profits

Some investors call this evaluation point, “owner earnings.” You can determine what money is available by adding the net income to non-cash expenses and one-time charges. Once you get that figure, deduct working capital needs and maintenance expenditures. It’s what a company has for discretionary spending. Higher figures indicate more financial health.

Special Income and Special Losses

If a company’s income receives distortion, it is usually due to this figure. It is not unusual to see some organizations attempt to classify things in this category that shouldn’t be there. Anything that occurs within a range of everyday expenses should be avoided here, even if they are one-off charges. Anything that makes you feel suspicious is something to avoid.

Asset Intensity

Businesses with significant assets often have high re-investment requirements. Although you have some valuation benefits and a little security with this approach, the company might require high spending to generate a smaller incremental profit.

Debt Usage

Debt isn’t always a terrible thing to have. When companies manage it responsibly, a lot of great stuff can happen on a faster timetable. The danger is that it can also be mismanaged, with the line between recklessness and responsibility difficult to define.

Competitive Advantage

What does a business offer that its competitors can’t touch? How strong is that advantage going to be in three, five, or ten years? If you plan to invest in something, there should be a return to expect. Without this trait, the money might disappear.

Every investor must look at their portfolio to determine what pros and cons exist for an opportunity. These evaluations can start that journey.