Track Institutional and Hedge Fund Insider Buying

On July 30, 2002 the Sarbanes Oxley Act was signed into law requiring corporate Insiders to inform the public of their purchases, sales, or intention to sell within 48 hours of doing so.


   

Insider trading can be illegal or legal depending on when the insider makes the trade: it is illegal when the material information is still nonpublic--trading while having special knowledge is unfair to other investors who don't have access to such knowledge. Illegal insider trading therefore includes tipping others when you have any sort of nonpublic information. Directors are not the only ones who have the potential to be convicted of insider trading. People such as brokers and even family members can be guilty.

Insider trading is legal once the material information has been made public, at which time the insider has no direct advantage over other investors. The SEC, however, still requires all insiders to report all their transactions. So, as insiders have an insight into the workings of their company, it may be wise for an investor to look at these reports to see how insiders are legally trading their stock.

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How to Use Insider Buying to Your Advantage!

Many investors have heard the term Insider trading and usually associate it with illegal conduct. In fact the term includes both legal and illegal conduct. The legal version is when corporate insiders (officers, directors, and beneficiary owners) buy and sell stock in their own companies. When corporate insiders trade in their own securities, they must report their trades to the SEC as mentioned above.

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In general, insider buys are more useful. Since insiders have exclusive information on the company performance, if they are risking their own money on the stock, usually they should have good reasons, especially when several insiders buy the stock at the same time.  Sign up for the free Insider Buying newsletter to get daily alerts on significant insider transactions.

 

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