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Dear readers, Today's post features an article by Alina Niculita, CFA, ASA. I was about to write a post on the same topic, and she summed it up perfectly. Click here for Alina's other articles. This post first appeared in the Portland Business Journal on July 12th, 2019. Myths and truths about business valuation While most people understand real estate appraisal, the same cannot be said about business appraisal or business valuation. Real estate appraisal makes sense because it puts a price on houses...

For many business owners, the majority of their net worth sits in the value of their business, and for many there is no concrete exit strategy. It is common for business owners to view their business primarily as an income source (perhaps for family members as well as themselves), a job, or an “ATM,” rather than what it really is: an investment, and probably their most valuable asset. The same business owners may spend time managing their investment portfolios and/or...