How to buy American Equity Investment Life Holding Company shares

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American Equity Investment Life Holding Company (AEL) is a leading insurance-life business based in the US. American Equity Investment Life Holding Company is listed on the NYSE and employs 608 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in American Equity Investment Life Holding Company

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: AEL in this case.
  5. Research American Equity Investment Life Holding Company shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your American Equity Investment Life Holding Company shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

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 2021-01-24.
52-week range$8.9657 - $33.767
50-day moving average $28.45
200-day moving average $26.2124
Wall St. target price$32.56
PE ratio 3.1819
Dividend yield $0.32 (1.07%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $9.397
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Fineco
£2.95
£2.95
Zero platform fee
Your first 100 trades are free with Fineco, T&Cs apply.
Fineco Bank is good for share traders and investors looking for a complete platform and wide offer. Capital at risk.
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0% commission, no markup, no ticket fee, no management fee
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IG
0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
From £5
£0 - £24 per quarter
IG is good for experienced traders, and offers learning resources for beginners, all with wide access to shares, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
Degiro Share Dealing
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
Portfolio transfer fees (in & out)
Degiro is widely seen as one of the best low-cost share brokers, for people who are looking to trade regularly. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account
£11.95
£5.95
No fees
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's number one platform for private investors, with the depth of features you'd expect from an established platform. Capital at risk.
Interactive Investor
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
No transfer fees or exit fees. £9.99 a month on the Investor Service Plan
Open an ISA, Trading Account or SIPP you will get £100 of free trades to buy or sell any investment (new customers only).
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum deposit Maximum annual fee Price per trade Brand description
Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
Any lump sum or £25 a month
£119.88
£7.99
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
Moneyfarm helps you meet your investment goals with fully-managed portfolios designed around you. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got everything you'll need, from beginners to experienced investors. Capital at risk.
Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
Nutmeg offers three types of portfolios. Choose the one that goes with your investment style. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
Saxo Markets offers a wide access to a range of stocks, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
AJ Bell is a good all-rounder for people who to choose between shares, funds, ISAs and pensions. Capital at risk.
Fidelity stocks and shares ISA
£1000 or a regular savings plan from £50
0.35%
£10.00
Fidelity is another good all-rounder, offering a good package at a decent price. Not suited for trading shares. Capital at risk.
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £20 a month
0.61%
N/A
Legal & General is a big financial services company which offers insurance, lifetime mortgage, pensions and stocks and shares ISAs. Capital at risk.
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Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm Pension
£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
AJ Bell has two different pension options, a self managed pension and one that is managed for you. Capital at risk.
PensionBee Pension
No minimum
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
Pension Bee is a newbie in the pension market. It helps consolidate your pension plans into one place. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
0-0.45%
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got three different retirement options. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets Pension
Saxo Markets Pension
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
Penfold
Penfold
No minimum
4 portfolios
0.75-0.88%
Moneybox Pension
£1
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
Manage your money with an easy-to-use Moneybox app. Capital at risk.
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Is it a good time to buy American Equity Investment Life Holding Company stock?

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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 a whopping $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 $2.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 44.74%
Gross profit TTM $2 billion
Return on assets TTM 1.03%
Return on equity TTM 17.23%
Profit margin 35.13%
Book value $66.557
Market capitalisation $3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell American Equity Investment Life Holding Company shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "AEL.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 2.8 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 37.1% up from 2.1 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 2.03. In other words for every 100,000 American Equity Investment Life Holding Company shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2030 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 0.0381% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable American Equity Investment Life Holding Company shares, roughly 38 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 1.07% 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 1.07% 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: 1.47)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 1.4674. 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).

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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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