Define: Insider Information

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Definition: Insider Information

Quick Summary of Insider Information

Information gained by someone inside, or close to, a listed company which could confer a financial advantage if used to buy or sell shares. It is illegal for a person who is in possession of inside information to buy or sell shares on the basis of that information.

What is the dictionary definition of Insider Information?

Dictionary Definition

Insider trading is the trading of a public company’s stock or other securities by individuals with access to nonpublic information about the company. In a number of countries, trading based on insider information is illegal.


Full Definition of Insider Information


Examples of Insider Information in a sentence

Whilst it’s not proven, it’s still highly possible they were acting on some kind of insider information.
The media played a key role in protecting certain investors by spreading insider information to a wider audience.
The company also accused him of using insider information to help acquire his job at Facebook.

Insider Information FAQ's

What is considered insider information?

Insider information is a non-public fact regarding the plans or condition of a publicly traded company that could provide a financial advantage when used to either buy or sell shares of that (or another company’s securities).

In most cases, Insider information is typically gained by someone who is working within or close to a listed company.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Insider Information. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. November 21, 2019
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Insider Information. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: November 21, 2019).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Insider Information. Retrieved November 21, 2019, from website:

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This glossary post was last updated: 23rd December 2018.