Book value is an accountant's measure of the worth of a company's equity. The key basis of this screener is that markets are less reliable than accountants because markets can be volatile and irrational while accounting estimates are... conservative. Buying a stock below book can provide what Ben Graham called a 'margin of safety.' On the other hand, stocks available at a steep discount to book value can also have high risk, a poor growth outlook and low returns on equity. So we applied appropriate checks to provide for these risks. These checks look at return on equity, leverage and growth. Read more
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