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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: FINDING EQUITY/BVPS ON INVESTOOLS

Today's Question of the Week comes from Omero in San Antonio, TX. It's an Investor Toolbox (Investools) question:

Q:  Great book! I am currently using the Investor toolbox website and I can find all big five easily except for equity (BVPS) growth rates. I understand how to caluclate BVPS growth rates but I want to make sure I'm pulling the right data from the balance sheet. One the balance sheet, there are 3 totals at the bottom. the first is TOTAL LIABILITIES, the second is TOTAL EQUITY, and the third is TOTAL LIABILITIES & SHARE HOLDER'S EQUITY.  The third total simply adds the first two. Which total should I use?

A: Use the Total Equity line to do the calculation.  And then use the Rule of 72.