Definition of "Book value"

Cost of the assets listed on the accounting records of the company. These assets include the following: real estate (to include any adjustments for depreciation), transportation equipment (to include any adjustments for depreciation), policy loans (limited to the unpaid principal balance plus any unamortized premiums minus any accrued discounts), mortgage loans (limited to the unpaid principal balance plus any unamortized premiums minus any accrued discounts), cash, and joint ventures. Not listed at book value are securities.

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