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How to buy American Equity Investment Life Holding Company stock | $27.49

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American Equity Investment Life Holding Company is an insurance-life business based in the US. American Equity Investment Life Holding Company shares (AEL) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. American Equity Investment Life Holding Company employs 608 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2.5 billion.

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for American Equity Investment Life Holding Company. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: AEL. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until American Equity Investment Life Holding Company reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$27.49, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

American Equity Investment Life Holding Company share price

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American Equity Investment Life Holding Company shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$27.49
52-week rangeUSD$8.9657 - USD$33.767
50-day moving average USD$27.2709
200-day moving average USD$25.4046
Wall St. target priceUSD$30.44
PE ratio 2.9297
Dividend yield USD$0.32 (1.16%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$9.397

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American Equity Investment Life Holding Company price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $27.49 from 2020-10-19

1 week (2021-01-07) -9.27%
1 month (2020-12-17) -1.65%
3 months (2020-10-16) -14.89%
6 months (2020-07-17) 7.13%
1 year (2020-01-17) -5.04%
2 years (2019-01-17) -10.72%
3 years (2018-01-17) 34.34
5 years (2016-01-15) 46.69%

Is American Equity Investment Life Holding Company under- or over-valued?

Valuing American Equity Investment Life Holding Company stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's P/E ratio

American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 3x. In other words, American Equity Investment Life Holding Company shares trade at around 3x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's PEG ratio

American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.14. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's EBITDA

American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.1 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

American Equity Investment Life Holding Company financials

Revenue TTM USD$2.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 44.74%
Gross profit TTM USD$2 billion
Return on assets TTM 1.03%
Return on equity TTM 17.23%
Profit margin 35.13%
Book value $66.557
Market capitalisation USD$2.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting American Equity Investment Life Holding Company shares

There are currently 3.4 million American Equity Investment Life Holding Company shares held short by investors – that's known as American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's "short interest". This figure is 50.2% up from 2.2 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting American Equity Investment Life Holding Company shares can be evaluated.

American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company shares traded daily (recently around 1.4 million). American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's SIR currently stands at 2.34. In other words for every 100,000 American Equity Investment Life Holding Company shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2340 shares are currently held short.

However American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company shares, or, against the total number of tradable American Equity Investment Life Holding Company shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 American Equity Investment Life Holding Company shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0455% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable American Equity Investment Life Holding Company shares, roughly 46 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against American Equity Investment Life Holding Company.

Find out more about how you can short American Equity Investment Life Holding Company stock.

American Equity Investment Life Holding Company share dividends

24%

Dividend payout ratio: 24.06% of net profits

Recently American Equity Investment Life Holding Company has paid out, on average, around 24.06% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.16% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), American Equity Investment Life Holding Company shareholders could enjoy a 1.16% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's case, that would currently equate to about $0.32 per share.

While American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that American Equity Investment Life Holding Company is investing more in its future growth.

American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's most recent dividend payout was on 10 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 24 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's shares ever split?

American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's shares were split on a 3:1 basis on 30 June 2000. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your American Equity Investment Life Holding Company shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 66.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for American Equity Investment Life Holding Company shares which in turn could have impacted American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's share price.

American Equity Investment Life Holding Company share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as $8.9657 up to $33.767. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

AEL.US volatility(beta: 1.48)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's is 1.484. This would suggest that American Equity Investment Life Holding Company's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

American Equity Investment Life Holding Company overview

American Equity Investment Life Holding Company, through its subsidiaries, provides life insurance products and services in the United States. The company issues fixed index and rate annuities; and single premium immediate annuities, as well as life insurance products. It markets its products through independent agents, including national marketing organizations, broker/dealers, banks, and registered investment advisors. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa.

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