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Arlington Asset Investment Corp. (NYSE:AAIC) insiders recover some losses but still US$14k away from matching original investment

Some of the losses seen by insiders who purchased US$272k worth of Arlington Asset Investment Corp. (NYSE:AAIC) shares over the past year were recovered after the stock increased by 11% over the past week. However, the purchase is proving to be an expensive wager as insiders are yet to get ahead of their losses which currently stand at US$14k since the time of purchase.

Although we don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions, logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares.

View our latest analysis for Arlington Asset Investment

Arlington Asset Investment Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The President J. Tonkel made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$70k worth of shares at a price of US$3.52 each. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$3.44). Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock when an insider has bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price. J. Tonkel was the only individual insider to buy during the last year.

J. Tonkel bought 75.00k shares over the last 12 months at an average price of US$3.62. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

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Insider Ownership

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Based on our data, Arlington Asset Investment insiders have about 3.9% of the stock, worth approximately US$4.0m. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Arlington Asset Investment Tell Us?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. However, we note that the company didn't make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. On this analysis the only slight negative we see is the fairly low (overall) insider ownership; their transactions suggest that they are quite positive on Arlington Asset Investment stock. While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. To assist with this, we've discovered 1 warning sign that you should run your eye over to get a better picture of Arlington Asset Investment.

If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of interesting companies, that have HIGH return on equity and low debt.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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