Michel Plessis-Bélair Just Bought Shares In Great-West Lifeco Inc. (TSE:GWO)

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Even if it's not a huge purchase, we think it was good to see that Michel Plessis-Bélair, a Great-West Lifeco Inc. (TSE:GWO) insider, recently shelled out CA$109k to buy stock, at CA$21.72 per share. However, we do note that it only increased their holding by 10.0%, and it wasn't a huge purchase by absolute value, either.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Great-West Lifeco

In fact, the recent purchase by Michel Plessis-Bélair was the biggest purchase of Great-West Lifeco shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of CA$24.12. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. We do always like to see insider buying, but it is worth noting if those purchases were made at well below today's share price, as the discount to value may have narrowed with the rising price. Happily, the Great-West Lifeco insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.

While Great-West Lifeco insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. Their average price was about CA$25.49. This is nice to see since it implies that insiders might see value around current prices. 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!

TSX:GWO Recent Insider Trading March 27th 2020
TSX:GWO Recent Insider Trading March 27th 2020

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 Great-West Lifeco

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It appears that Great-West Lifeco insiders own 0.08% of the company, worth about CA$19m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Great-West Lifeco Tell Us?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. Insiders likely see value in Great-West Lifeco shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. Case in point: We've spotted 1 warning sign for Great-West Lifeco you should be aware of.

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

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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