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Benjamin Graham Defensive Investor Screen 200 Qualifying

Benjamin Graham Defensive Investor is a demanding, deep value 'bargain' investing strategy based on rules suggested by legendary investor, Benjamin Graham, who wrote The Intelligent Investor. The strategy focuses on value stocks with good quality financial characteristics. It uses price-to-earnings as a valuation measure and looks for larger companies with a consistent track record of earnings and dividend growth, manageable debt and a high current ratio. Ben Graham wrote: "An investment operation is one which, upon thorough analysis, promises safety of principal and an adequate return. Operations not meeting these requirements are speculative." Defensive Investor is a stricter approach than Ben Graham's enterprising strategy, which look for unpopular companies, special situations and 'bargain' issues.

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Benjamin Graham

Known as the Father of Value Investing, wrote the Intelligent Investor

The Intelligent Investor: The Classic Text on Value Investing

by Benjamin Graham

Presents the philosophy of 'value investing', which helps protect investors against the areas of possible substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies with which they will be comfortable down the road. This book enables you to make the right decisions to protect your investments and make them a success.

This screen uses the following criteria:

  • Sales £m > 150
  • Current Ratio > 2
  • P/3y Avg Earnings < 25
  • P/E < 20
  • Graham Multiplier < 22.5
  • EPS 5y CAGR % > 2.9
  • EPS Streak > 4
  • Div Streak > 4
  • Long Term Debt < 1 * Working Capital

Results are sorted by:

  • P/3y Avg Earnings in ascending order


And limited to the first 200 Results


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Performance Tracking


Returns FTSE 100
1 week -2.9% -1.7% -1.5% -3.5% -6.7% -0.2% 3.6% 0.8%
1 month -5.8% -3.2% -4.5% 5.7% -10.9% 0.3% -3.5% -3.4%
3 months -12.9% -9.4% -4.9% -0.5% -19.3% -6.9% -7.0% -7.2%
6 months -17.1% -12.9% -4.1% -7.4% -15.9% -17.0% -22.9% -11.3%
1 year -12.4% -17.4% -9.5% -19.6% -16.4% -13.0% -18.5% -9.3%
2 years 5.4% -10.2% -17.5% 7.8% -22.1% 10.2% -29.8% -3.4%
Annualised -5.5% 1.8% 1.4% 27.5% -4.8% 17.7% 1.9%
 
Risks
Max Drawdown -56.8% -23.5% -28.2% -36.4% -36.2% -21.4% -41.4%
Avg Holdings 4.2 19.8 10.3 3.1 2.4 25 4
Diversification Low Good Moderate Low Low Good Low