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How to buy National Western Life Group stock

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National Western Life Group, Inc is an insurance-life business based in the US. National Western Life Group shares (NWLI) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. National Western Life Group employs 353 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$703.8 million.

How to buy shares in National Western Life Group

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  3. Search for National Western Life Group. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: NWLI. 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 National Western Life Group 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. 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 National Western Life Group, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of National Western Life Group. 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.

National Western Life Group share price

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National Western Life Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-24.
52-week rangeUSD$120.3116 - USD$256.6214
50-day moving average USD$201.4964
200-day moving average USD$200.7939
Wall St. target priceN/A
PE ratio 7.9052
Dividend yield USD$0.36 (0.17%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$26.103

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Is it a good time to buy National Western Life Group stock?

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Is National Western Life Group under- or over-valued?

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

National Western Life Group's P/E ratio

National Western Life Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 8x. In other words, National Western Life Group shares trade at around 8x 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.

National Western Life Group's EBITDA

National Western Life Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$127.2 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a National Western Life Group's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

National Western Life Group financials

Revenue TTM USD$703.8 million
Operating margin TTM 16.42%
Gross profit TTM USD$269.7 million
Return on assets TTM 0.58%
Return on equity TTM 4.41%
Profit margin 13.49%
Book value $609.246
Market capitalisation USD$750.3 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting National Western Life Group shares

There are currently 21,722 National Western Life Group shares held short by investors – that's known as National Western Life Group's "short interest". This figure is 19.6% down from 27,031 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting National Western Life Group shares can be evaluated.

National Western Life Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

National Western Life Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of National Western Life Group shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of National Western Life Group shares traded daily (recently around 7168.9768976898). National Western Life Group's SIR currently stands at 3.03. In other words for every 100,000 National Western Life Group shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3030 shares are currently held short.

However National Western Life Group's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of National Western Life Group shares, or, against the total number of tradable National Western Life Group shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case National Western Life Group's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 National Western Life Group shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0076% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable National Western Life Group shares, roughly 8 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 National Western Life Group.

Find out more about how you can short National Western Life Group stock.

National Western Life Group share dividends

2%

Dividend payout ratio: 1.86% of net profits

Recently National Western Life Group has paid out, on average, around 1.86% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.17% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), National Western Life Group shareholders could enjoy a 0.17% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In National Western Life Group's case, that would currently equate to about $0.36 per share.

While National Western Life Group's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that National Western Life Group is investing more in its future growth.

National Western Life Group's most recent dividend payout was on 1 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 4 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

National Western Life Group share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, National Western Life Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as $120.3116 up to $256.6214. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

NWLI.US volatility(beta: 1.15)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while National Western Life Group's is 1.1483. This would suggest that National Western Life Group's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

National Western Life Group overview

National Western Life Group, Inc., through its subsidiary, National Western Life Insurance Company, operates as a stock life insurance company. It operates through Domestic Life Insurance, International Life Insurance, Annuities, and Acquired Businesses segments. The company provides life insurance products for the savings and protection needs of policyholders; and annuity contracts for the asset accumulation and retirement needs of contract holders. Its life products include universal life insurance, interest-sensitive whole life insurance, and traditional products comprising term insurance coverage; and annuity products comprise flexible premium and single premium deferred annuities, equity-index annuities, and single premium immediate annuities. The company also engages in the real estate and other investment activities. The company markets and distributes its insurance products primarily through independent national marketing organizations. National Western Life Group, Inc. was founded in 1956 and is based in Austin, Texas.

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