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Should You Be Worried About Insider Transactions At Globe Life Inc. (NYSE:GL)?

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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. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Globe Life Inc. (NYSE:GL).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. 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 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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Globe Life Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the insider, Paul Zucconi, for US$1.6m worth of shares, at about US$87.45 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (US$95.35). 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. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don't know for sure what they think of the stock price. It is worth noting that this sale was only 40.1% of Paul Zucconi's holding.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 40396 shares for a total of US$3.5m. Insiders in Globe Life didn't buy any shares in the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:GL Recent Insider Trading, September 16th 2019

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Globe Life Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Globe Life shares. In total, insiders sold US$1.4m 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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Globe Life insiders own 2.2% of the company, currently worth about US$228m based on the recent share price. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Globe Life Insiders?

Insiders haven't bought Globe Life stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. And even if we look to the last year, we didn't see any purchases. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we're a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Globe Life, 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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