Book Value (shareholders' equity) as of December 31, 2012 was $2.3 billion or $7.29 per diluted Common share outstanding. The Company previously reported on February 13, 2013, that it estimated its then-current Book Value to be between $6.70 and $6.76 per diluted Common share.
is either answer good ? no.
they can't lie, it's a criminal offense and they make money as a percentage of AUM so they want it up or they issue more shares to increase AUM even if the stock price tanks. they don't purchase shares themselves.
again, look at the company website, it's all there if you poke around and find the most recent reports.
yes their holdings have gone down in value. read the financials and their own reports.