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Have Insiders Been Selling Diamond Hill Investment Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DHIL) Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Diamond Hill Investment Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DHIL), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'

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Diamond Hill Investment Group Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the insider, Roderick Dillon, sold US$418k worth of shares at a price of US$161 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$135. 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. Roderick Dillon was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.

You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGS:DHIL Recent Insider Trading, September 3rd 2019

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Insider Ownership

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. 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 Diamond Hill Investment Group insiders own 7.8% of the company, worth about US$34m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Diamond Hill Investment Group Tell Us?

The fact that there have been no Diamond Hill Investment Group insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. We don't take much encouragement from the transactions by Diamond Hill Investment Group insiders. But it's good to see that insiders own shares in the company. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow for free .

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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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