Investing in big banks can be intimidating for individual investors, but there are a few "shortcuts" that investors like us can look at when determining whether or not a bank is a good buy today. 

Some of the highlights include:

  • Price to book value
  • The skill of management
  • Return on assets

You can find out more on these critical metrics in the video below. 

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