# Understanding Accumulated Depreciation

If you want to invest in stocks, then you may not be sure about how to work out the accumulated appreciation, most often referred to as accumulated depreciation. The fact that items lose value the longer that you hold onto them is a difficult situation, and you may find that the longer you hold onto your shares, the faster they lose value. When it comes to the point where you are unsure whether to sell or to hold onto any valuable stocks, then you might want to know how to understand the effects of accumulated appreciation.

#### Understanding Accumulated Depreciation

The net worth of an asset can loose value as it gets older. In order to calculate the proper value of an item, particularly when it comes to stocks and shares in long-standing items, you will need to first look at the amount of time to be reviewed. The time will begin with the date on which the item was purchased, and then will extend all the way to the end of the current period. Being able to settle this time period is vital, as being able to work out the accumulated depreciation of an item involves comparing the expenses of the item versus the wealth of the item over a period of years or months.

#### Calculating Accumulated Depreciation

Begin by working out or finding out the purchase price of your item or stock. You should then note the current price of the item, according to the present market. This may mean looking on sales sites, trying to locate the item through the Internet, or looking in shops for items of a similar type. You should then consider the performance of the asset. If it is no longer in general use, and is less popular than previously, then this will also mark against it when you consider the depreciation. You should not forget to include this when you are working out the lost amount. Start by deducting the cost of the item from its general worth. You should also include the revenue which is still being gained from the asset.

#### Determining the Accumulated Depreciation

Start by deducting your current cost from the purchase price and the revenue of the asset. You should not forget to include the overall worth of the item, which might include its availability to be used by yourself, or its popularity as a general tool. If you are looking at stocks and shares, then you might also consider its worthiness, or otherwise, as some stocks are considered to be more socially acceptable than others. This will all count towards the net worth of the item. When you have deducted all of these current issues from your asset, you should then have the remaining sum, which is the accumulated depreciation of the item. Some units, such as stocks and shares, may be worth more now than in previous years, but most assets will be worth less.