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Read This Before Selling National Storage Affiliates Trust (NYSE:NSA) Shares

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So before you buy or sell National Storage Affiliates Trust (NYSE:NSA), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. 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 Columbia University study found that 'insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers'.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At National Storage Affiliates Trust

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Chairman of the Board of Trustees & CEO Arlen Nordhagen for US$526k worth of shares, at about US$26.30 per share. We do like to see buying, but this purchase was made at well below the current price of US$35.43. While it does suggest insiders consider the stock undervalued at lower prices, this transaction doesn't tell us much about what they think of current prices.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 20500 shares for US$541k. But they sold 10000 for US$283k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by National Storage Affiliates Trust insiders. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:NSA Recent Insider Trading, October 22nd 2019

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).

National Storage Affiliates Trust Insiders Bought Stock Recently

There was some insider buying at National Storage Affiliates Trust over the last quarter. Lead Independent Trustee Paul Hylbert purchased US$15k worth of shares in that period. We like it when there are only buyers, and no sellers. But in this case the amount purchased means the recent transaction may not be very meaningful on its own.

Does National Storage Affiliates Trust Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company 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. National Storage Affiliates Trust insiders own about US$20m worth of shares. That equates to 0.6% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About National Storage Affiliates Trust Insiders?

We note a that there has been a bit of insider buying recently (but no selling). The net investment is not enough to encourage us much. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Overall we don't see anything to make us think National Storage Affiliates Trust insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in National Storage Affiliates Trust, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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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