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By Preferred Stock Channel Staff, Monday, December 10, 2:13 PM ET
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In trading on Monday, shares of Amtrust Financial Services Inc's 7.75% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series E (AFSI.PRE) were yielding above the 14.5% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $1.9375), with shares changing hands as low as $12.92 on the day. This compares to an average yield of 12.57% in the "Insurance Brokers" preferred stock category, according to Preferred Stock Channel. As of last close, AFSI.PRE was trading at a 45.56% discount to its liquidation preference amount, versus the average discount of 42.18% in the "Insurance Brokers" category. Investors should keep in mind that the shares are not cumulative, meaning that in the event of a missed payment, the company does not have to pay the balance of missed dividends to preferred shareholders before resuming a common dividend.

The chart below shows the one year performance of AFSI.PRE shares, versus AFSI:

Performance Comparison Chart

Below is a dividend history chart for AFSI.PRE, showing historical dividend payments on Amtrust Financial Services Inc's 7.75% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series E:


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In Monday trading, Amtrust Financial Services Inc's 7.75% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series E (AFSI.PRE) is currently off about 3.9% on the day, while the common shares (AFSI) are up about 0.1%.


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