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Executive Chairman & MD Alastair Provan Just Bought Shares In Bell Financial Group Limited (ASX:BFG)

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Even if it's not a huge purchase, we think it was good to see that Alastair Provan, the Executive Chairman & MD of Bell Financial Group Limited (ASX:BFG) recently shelled out AU$113k to buy stock, at AU$1.13 per share. However, we do note that it only increased their holding by 2.2%, and it wasn't a huge purchase by absolute value, either.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Bell Financial Group

Notably, that recent purchase by Alastair Provan is the biggest insider purchase of Bell Financial Group shares that we've seen in the last year. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of AU$1.12. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. 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. The only individual insider to buy over the last year was Alastair Provan.

You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

ASX:BFG Recent Insider Trading, February 29th 2020

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Does Bell Financial Group Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. It appears that Bell Financial Group insiders own 8.5% of the company, worth about AU$30m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Bell Financial Group Insiders?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. Insiders likely see value in Bell Financial Group shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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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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