Otto von Bismarck, the "Iron Chancellor," engineered the unification of Germany in the 1870s. Bismark's close adviser and confident was a German-Jewish banker, Gerson von Bleichroeder. Bleichroeder's bank played a key role in Bismarck's ascension to power, helping to bankroll the German Empire. Now, a century-and-a-half...
When investors sell an entire market sector indiscriminately, they always throw out a few babies with the bathwater. That may be the case with these two small-cap specialty semiconductor companies where insiders recently purchased shares on the open market.
Insiders buy market crashes, backing up the truck if their shares get cheap enough. The smartest fund managers can make their year -- even careers -- acquiring great companies at phenomenal bargains during market crashes. True market crashes are rare--black swans. But garden variety "panics" occur fairly...
In the investing world, those with superior information usually make the most money. And possibly no group has better information on public companies – and profitably acts on it – than corporate insiders at small-cap biotech and medical technology companies.
The insider trading anomaly was first formally identified by James Lorie and Victor Niederhoffer in a 1968 article Predictive and Statistical Properties of Insider Trading. Much has changed in the investment markets over the ensuing years. But the predictive properties of insider trading remain as relevant today...
The stock market crash over the last week is drawing comparisons to the mother of all bad markets -- October of 2008. There are many similarities, including this one: Bank insiders bought heavily into weakness back then, and they're beginning to buy heavily now.
A JC Penny (JCP) insider disclosed on Monday afternoon a nearly $1 million purchase of JCP stock at $0.99 cents. JCP traded at $1.91 as recently as March 12, but in recent weeks speculation has intensified that a bankruptcy filing by the 117-year-old retailer was fast approaching.
As tech stocks were battered last week, a hedge fund with a history of smart moves was buying.  Activist Hedge Fund ValueAct Holdings reported on Nov. 23 that it upped its stake in Seagate Technology (STX) from 26.4 to 26.77 million shares. The purchases by the $16.48 billion fund, headed by Jeffrey Ubben, increased ValueAct’s ownership of STX to about 9.32%.
On May 6, Arconic Inc.'s (ARNC) insiders disclosed the purchase of $1.6 million of stock as the aluminum-parts maker announced additional share buybacks and clarified plans for a spinoff. Chairman and CEO John Plant bought 50,000 shares of ARNC at $22.14. Since March...
Solid Biosciences' private placement featured investments by an all star list of top biotech institutional investors. Cambridge-based Solid Biosciences (SLDB) trades at 1/3 of its January 2018 IPO value. But based on the A-list biotech investors buying shares in the company's July 26 $60...