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Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE:MMC) insider upped their holding by 9.8% earlier this year

From what we can see, insiders were net buyers in Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.'s (NYSE:MMC ) during the past 12 months. That is, insiders acquired the stock in greater numbers than they sold it.

While we would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.

See our latest analysis for Marsh & McLennan Companies

Marsh & McLennan Companies Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The insider Marc Oken made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$837k worth of shares at a price of US$167 each. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price, which is US$168. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it's a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. The good news for Marsh & McLennan Companies share holders is that an insider was buying at near the current price. The only individual insider to buy over the last year was Marc Oken.

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

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There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Insider Ownership Of Marsh & McLennan Companies

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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Marsh & McLennan Companies insiders own about US$202m worth of shares (which is 0.2% of the company). This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Marsh & McLennan Companies Tell Us?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Marsh & McLennan Companies shares in the last quarter. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. With high insider ownership and encouraging transactions, it seems like Marsh & McLennan Companies insiders think the business has merit. 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 Marsh & McLennan Companies.

But note: Marsh & McLennan Companies 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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