Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, global holding company Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE: BAM) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Brookfield's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Brookfield facts

Headquarters Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Market Cap $17.14 billion
Industry Asset management
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $13.66 billion

CEO Bruce Flatt (since 2002)

CFO Brian Lawson (since 2002)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 6.4%
Cash/Debt $1.42 billion / $27.62 billion
Dividend Yield 1.7%

Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE: VNO)

Boston Properties (NYSE: BXP)

Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,228 members who have rated Brookfield believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include jc09058 and TheGraham.

Late last month, jc09058 tapped Brookfield as a particularly refreshing choice: "Looks like a well managed company who's focus is on good business decisions and on shareholders. An interesting combination in this day and age."

Brookfield's portfolio of attractive hard assets, shareholder-focused management, and value-oriented investment approach continue to support its perfect CAPS rating. In fact, Brookfield has grown its tangible book value at a compounded rate of 17.3% over the past five years, easily topping those of property management foes Vornado (2.9%), Boston Properties (9.5%), and Simon Property (9.8%), as well as value-minded holding companies like Markel (NYSE: MKL) (10.7%) and even Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) (BRK-B) (7.6%).

CAPS member TheGraham expands on why Brookfield might just be the market's most attractive vulture:

"A Perfect Predator" according to Canadian Business magazine. Understated CEO with good horizontal management and the patience and contacts to sniff out screaming good deals. This stock will never take off, but if they hit their stated 10%-12% growth target each year, you can expect solid & steady returns.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Brookfield is a Motley Fool Global Gains pick. Markel and Berkshire are Inside Value choices. Berkshire is also a selection of Stock Advisor. The Fool owns shares of Markel and Berkshire. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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