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Downside Protection in an Equity Portfolio

“Downside risk is an estimation of a security’s potential to suffer a decline in value if the market conditions change,” is the way Investopedia.com explains what no investor wants—the chance to lose money. “In general,” Investopedia authors observe, “many investments that have a greater potential for downside risk also have an increased potential for positive rewards.” In an interview with our Institutional editor, Managing Director Dave Gilreath explained key risk management tactics employed by the firm’s portfolio managers. In fact, [...]

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With Put Options, Portfolio Strategy is of Premium Importance

While put option buyers are interested in insuring their risk, put option sellers (also called put writers) are willing to take on that risk in exchange for additional portfolio income, explains Dave Gilreath, Sheaff Brock Managing Director. That income takes the form of premiums paid by the put buyer to the put seller. Put writing is a strategy whereby an investor writes a contract, selling that contract to a buyer. The contract obligates the put seller to buy shares at [...]

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Managing Portfolios with Fundamental Analysis

While technical analysts look for general stock movement patterns, fundamentalists look at individual companies, examining the earning potential and value of each stock. A corporation’s earnings, expenses, assets, and liabilities are all important factors, and fundamental analysts are looking for shares that may be undervalued at the present time by the investor community. There are two categories of fundamentalist buyers, Sheaff Brock Managing Director Dave Gilreath explained in an interview with our Institutional editor: 1. The value fundamentalist looks at price-to-book, [...]

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Why Technical Analysis Matters in Portfolio Management

The “punch” is in the pattern, according to the technical analysis school of thought. The price of a stock—like the price of everything else—is a matter of supply and demand, technical analysts believe, and so they focus on generating and interpreting charts of the price and volume histories of stocks, using those to predict future movement in stock prices. Explaining in an interview with our Institutional editor that the firm’s emphasis has been on fundamental analysis, enough people believe in technical analysis [...]

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Focus Away from the News “Of the Day”

Is following the financial media the best way for your investors to stay informed? Do all those news broadcasts about stock quotes and stories of the day help investors make wise decisions? The answer, at least in the view of Jay Mooreland, author of The Emotional Investor, is a resounding “NO!” Think about the material presented by the typical financial news program, Mooreland told our Sheaff Brock investment team. Stock quotes? They are “of the day.” News stories? “Of the [...]

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Preferreds Continue in a Starring Role

In the ever increasing search for income, preferred stocks continue to play an important role for companies and investors alike, with the Standard and Poor’s Preferred Index ETF (iShares: PFF) trading at an average share volume of 2.3 million/day as of May 23, 2017. By way of quick review, preferreds are hybrid securities, blending traits of both stocks and bonds. Like common stock, preferreds represent ownership in a company, but without voting privileges; like bonds, preferreds are issued at a [...]

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Selling Put Options: For Investors Who Want a Little Bit More

There are two main reasons, explain James Cordler and Michael Gross, writing in Futuresmag.com, for the popularity of option selling: investors’ ability to generate reliable income generally positive performance under varying market conditions However, the authors caution, there is no free lunch here, and option selling has its own set of risks. Two mistakes Cordler and Gross see investors make include: selling too many options relative to account size being too concentrated in a particular market sector Dave Gilreath, manager of [...]