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Computerized Investing > First Quarter 2013

Creating the Revised Graham Enterprising Investor Screen

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by Joe Lan, CFA

Benjamin Graham is famously called the father of modern value investing. His investment methodology is based on fundamental analysis, seeking companies that are undervalued. He introduced the concepts of security analysis and intrinsic value. In fact, Warren Buffett, one of the greatest investors of our time, credits Benjamin Graham with being one of his strongest investing influences.

AAII currently follows three separate Graham screens based on Benjamin Graham’s methodologies as described in his book, “The Intelligent Investor” (revised edition: Collins Business, 2003). Each of these screens has performed well over the long run. However, the Graham Enterprising Investor screen typically has very few companies that pass its filters each month, and often no companies pass the screen at all. To address this weakness and make the screen more investable, AAII President John Bajkowski revised the Graham Enterprising Investor screen. His efforts can be found in the October 2012 AAII Journal (available at AAII.com).

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