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We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPSS).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Consumer Portfolio Services

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Director, Gregory Washer, sold US$81k worth of shares at a price of US$3.43 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$3.68, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. This single sale was just 5.6% of Gregory Washer's stake. Gregory Washer was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.

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!

NasdaqGM:CPSS Recent Insider Trading, April 8th 2019

I will like Consumer Portfolio Services better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Insider Ownership of Consumer Portfolio Services

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 25% of Consumer Portfolio Services shares, worth about US$21m. 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 Consumer Portfolio Services Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Consumer Portfolio Services shares in the last quarter. Still, the insider transactions at Consumer Portfolio Services in the last 12 months are not very heartening. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Consumer Portfolio Services.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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