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Computerized Investing > Second Quarter 2012

Using Percent Rank in Excel

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by CI Staff

In the Fourth Quarter 2011 issue of CI, I introduced Charles Carlson’s Advanced Big, Safe Dividend BSD screen that he uses to “find stocks with above-average appreciation and safe and growing dividends.” This approach combines 10 different factors, each of which is scored with a different weighting. In my article, I assigned subjective scores based on where a given value fit into the range of values for all of the companies being considered. At the time, I mentioned that it is possible to rank and score the 10 factors more precisely using Excel. For this installment of Spreadsheet Corner we return to Carlson’s Advanced BSD screen and use the percent rank function in Excel.

For a refresher on the Advanced BSD approach, refer to the Feature article in the Fourth Quarter 2011 issue of Computerized Investing; the article is available online at

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