Monthly Archives - September 2017

Advice to the Advisors

Sheaff Brock preferred income portfolio strategy - preferreds may perform well in rising interest rate environments

In a Rising Interest Rate Environment, Preferreds are Particularly Apropos

“We find preferred securities attractive today from fundamental, technical and valuation perspectives,” Nuveen’s Doug Baker and Brenda Langenfeld commented back in December, citing preferred securities’ “history of lower sensitivity to rising interest rates.” “Preferred securities are often more sensitive to changes in credit spreads than other types of bonds. So on a relative basis they may perform well during periods of gradually increasing interest rates,” the Nuveen authors explain. And, while “it may seem counterintuitive to expect an asset class [...]

Advice to the Advisors

Sheaff Brock Institutional Group | REITs investing | real estate income and growth portfolio

Why the Timing’s so Right for REITs

There’s nothing “new” about Real Estate Investment Trusts, companies that own and manage income-producing real estate. In fact, REITs came on the scene more than sixty years ago and have increased in popularity with income-seeking investors. Since, by law, REITs are required to maintain dividend payout ratios of at least 90%, the dividend yield can represent a strong advantage over both equities and bonds. Investing in REITs also offers simplified tax treatment as compared with direct ownership of income-producing [...]

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Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors | Risk Management for Performance Outcomes

Risk Management as Important as Return on Investment

You might say risk management is even more important than return, asserts Sheaff Brock Managing Director Dave Gilreath. In the long run, he believes, risk management can lead to good investment outcomes. And, while nonprofessionals invariably focus on return, expecting their advisors to “beat the market,” that expectation, he feels, is essentially flawed. As a recent BlackRock study on market upside/downside demonstrates, “the preponderance of evidence suggests that market timing is difficult and rarely adds value.” Instead, emphasizing “low capture [...]

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Sheaff Brock RIA partner investment business performance and growth

Outsourcing Portfolio Management—A Partner, Not a Product

As a Registered Investment Advisor, you’re dedicated to growing and preserving your clients’ wealth, helping them protect their families, and define their goals. Simultaneously, of course, you’re dealing with all the nuances of running a business and of meaningfully participating in your community. As Tevye observed in Fiddler on the Roof, “It isn’t easy…” In many areas of life, even people accomplished in their fields leverage the additional knowledge and skills of others—as valued coaches, consultants, and advisors. At Sheaff [...]