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Are Insiders Selling CNO Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CNO) Stock?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in CNO Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CNO).

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.'

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At CNO Financial Group

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Executive VP & General Counsel, Matthew Zimpfer, sold US$322k worth of shares at a price of US$18.46 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$15.85. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take place at a lower price. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 12000 shares worth US$194k. But they sold 48584 for US$832k. Over the last year we saw more insider selling of CNO Financial Group shares, than buying. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:CNO Recent Insider Trading, August 9th 2019

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Insiders at CNO Financial Group Have Sold Stock Recently

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of CNO Financial Group shares. In total, Matthew Zimpfer sold US$249k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

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. Insiders own 1.3% of CNO Financial Group shares, worth about US$31m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Do The CNO Financial Group Insider Transactions Indicate?

An insider hasn't bought CNO Financial Group stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. And our longer term analysis of insider transactions didn't bring confidence, either. Insiders own shares, but we're still pretty cautious, given the history of sales. So we'd only buy after careful consideration. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in CNO Financial Group, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

But note: CNO Financial Group may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE 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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