As I have mentioned before, I color code a number of things on my spreadsheet. I am changing one color. For things like negative growth I will still use red, but for low growth I will use a dark purple. This will show a difference between low and negative growth.
I mostly color code things like growth in Revenue, EPS, Cash Flow, Book Value and Net Income on my spreadsheet. Red is for negative growth. Purple is for growth lower than 3%. Blue is for moderate growth which for me is from 3% to below 8%. Green is for good growth which I define at 8% and above. This is so I can easily get a sense on how good or bad growth is for a company.
Other color coding can be for dividend growth where red is generally used for dividend declines. I use blue for caution when dividend growth is very low. For dividends you want dividend growth to be at least at the rate of inflation.
I sometimes use red as a "red flag", blue for caution and green for good on other ratios or calculations. I will still use mauve for estimates or things I am not sure of. Also, for growth I will use mauve to show that I do not have a Total Growth or IRR growth for a standard 5 or 10 years.
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