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Quite a few insiders invested in CrossFirst Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:CFB) last year which is positive news for shareholders

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When a single insider purchases stock, it is typically not a major deal. However, when multiple insiders purchase stock, like in CrossFirst Bankshares, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:CFB) instance, it's good news for shareholders.

While we would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.

Check out our latest analysis for CrossFirst Bankshares

CrossFirst Bankshares Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by CFO & Company Secretary Benjamin Clouse for US$107k worth of shares, at about US$14.49 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$13.23 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.

While CrossFirst Bankshares insiders bought shares during the last year, they didn't sell. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

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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

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. CrossFirst Bankshares insiders own about US$43m worth of shares. That equates to 6.5% of the company. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At CrossFirst Bankshares Tell Us?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded CrossFirst Bankshares shares in the last quarter. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Overall we don't see anything to make us think CrossFirst Bankshares insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. For example - CrossFirst Bankshares has 1 warning sign we think you should be aware of.

If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of interesting companies, that have HIGH return on equity and low debt.

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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