Insider selling surged in the latest week from $960MM in sales to over $1.39B. Buying made a drastic improvement from $29MM to over $166MM. The improvement in buying is a positive sign, but the vast discrepancy in selling continues to overshadow the buying. Insiders are clearly viewing the run-up as a selling opportunity. This is consistent with the very tepid recovery we’ve seen in organic revenue growth thus far during the economic rebound. Executives are still unlikely to invest their personal fortunes in the companies they run due to the fact that they aren’t seeing the organic growth that so many equity buyers are hoping will develop once the government steps aside and stops propping up the economy. Thus far, there are little to no signs of this occurring and this is perhaps most evident in the personal use of insider buying and selling.
Mr. Roche is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Discipline Funds.Discipline Funds is a low fee financial advisory firm with a focus on helping people be more disciplined with their finances.
He is also the author of Pragmatic Capitalism: What Every Investor Needs to Understand About Money and Finance, Understanding the Modern Monetary System and Understanding Modern Portfolio Construction.