The Wall Street Journal: Aaron Jett was quoted in the article, “Absent From Trump Rally in Stocks? Insider Buying”
“Absent From Trump Rally in Stocks? Insider Buying,” by Inyoung Hwang, The Wall Street Journal.
Far more executives at Russell 3000 companies have unloaded their own stock in the past three weeks than have bought
“The big increase in insider selling makes sense because we’ve been making all-time market highs,” said Aaron Jett, the Los Angeles-based vice president of global equity research at Bel Air Investment Advisors, which oversees about $8 billion. “A huge portion of their wealth could be tied up with that one stock so they could want to sell to diversify.”
It is normal for executives to sell into market strength, according to Mr. Jett. That said, a prolonged period of outsize selling by insiders would be concerning, he noted.
Since Nov. 8, no other group than banks has been buoyed by optimism surrounding the future Trump presidency amid expectations of higher interest rates and looser regulation. Still, in the last month, 891 insiders of U.S. financial companies sold shares, compared with 425 executives who added, data from The Washington Service show.
Both Mr. Clissold and Mr. Jett said it is more valuable to pay attention to a pickup in executive buying rather than selling, since sales can occur for personal, idiosyncratic reasons, while stock purchases tend to indicate confidence in the company.
The market is currently in a wait-and-see mode and giving Mr. Trump the benefit of the doubt, according to Bel Air’s Mr. Jett. While the selling by insiders is no cause for alarm yet, it is something to monitor, he said.
“The elephant in the room is what will Trump’s agenda be? Once we get more clarity on that and if it’s pro-growth, we think the market could go further,” said Bel Air’s Jett. “What would make us feel more cautious is if he puts in place more isolationist policies and tries to go after trade agreements. That would hurt the market.”
Click here for the full article.
Reuters: Aaron Jett was quoted in the article, “At midday: Wall Street rises as oil prices touch one-year high”
“At midday: Wall Street rises as oil prices touch one-year high”, by Yashaswini Swamynathan, Reuters. “Today is also a little bit of a relief rally from last week. With the bond market closed, it’s safe to go ahead and buy stocks,” said Aaron Jett, vice...read more
Reuters: Aaron Jett was quoted in the article, “FACTBOX-Market participants react to U.S. presidential debate”
“FACTBOX-Market participants react to U.S. presidential debate”, by Lewis Krauskopf, Reuters. AARON JETT, VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL EQUITY RESEARCH, BEL AIR INVESTMENT ADVISORS, LOS ANGELES: “The market wants Hillary to win. The better she does (or the...read more
Los Angeles Times: Todd Morgan was quoted in the article, “A hot market for IPOs shows itself — at least for a week”
“A hot market for IPOs shows itself — at least for a week”, by Paresh Dave, Los Angeles Times. “There’s a lot of cash around, and the alternatives in bonds and elsewhere are not very attractive,” said Todd Morgan, chairman of fund advisor Bel Air...read more
The Pollack PR Marketing Group
Bel Air Investment Advisors’ Carol Cheng-Mayer To Co-Host Los Angeles Celebration Event For Third Annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
LOS ANGELES – (November 10, 2016) – Bel Air Investment Advisors, LLC (Bel Air), a leading wealth management advisory firm, announced today that its senior vice president, Carol Cheng-Mayer, will co-host the third annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) in Los...read more
Bel Air Investment Advisors Facilitated A Conversation On Climate Change With President Tong of Kiribati
Bel Air Investment Advisors facilitated a conversation on climate change in their Los Angeles office this week with President Tong of Kiribati and Greg Stone, one of the leading scientists regarding marine conservation and ocean health issues. President Tong held an...read more
Anti-Defamation League to Honor Three Extraordinary Women of Achievement at 21st Annual Deborah Awards Dinner March 3
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will honor three women of achievement from diverse fields and backgrounds at the 21st Annual Deborah Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 3 at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills. This year’s honorees are Carol Cheng-Mayer, Senior Vice President...read more