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Ben Stein Wears A Small Cap

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In Ben Stein’s column this week, he offers ideas for smartly investing in small caps, which have outperformed the broader market.

The article makes me want to buy $1,500 of iShares S&P Smallcap 600 Value [IJS] right now through ShareBuilder and hold onto the investment as long as possible. In the article Ben talks about the ratio of book value to market price, but I’m not sure what to look for in this figure. For this particular Exchange Traded Fund, the price to book ratio is 1.78. Is that good?

Updated June 17, 2014 and originally published December 16, 2005. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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avatar thc

Price to book is a comparative measure. Value stocks will generally have a low P/B and a price to book of under 2 is usually considered a value stock (index).

Stein refers to “book to price”, the reciprocal of price to book. It’s a less commonly used form of the same statistic.

avatar Loi Tran

$1500 back in 1957 would be worth around $6.500 today after accounting for inflation. Still, $3 million+ is an impressive number.