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Sheaff Brock Institutional | Market Movement | Risk and Volatility

Today’s Advisors and Investors Do Not Equate Risk and Volatility

By the 1990s, forty years after Harry Markowitz had introduced his Modern Portfolio Theory, the concept of risk avoidance had gained enormous influence in the world of portfolio management. Computer programs had come into being plotting different investment mixes into an “efficient frontier,” causing many financial professionals to equate risk and volatility. Michael Keppler, then First VP of Commerzbank Capital Markets in New York, viewed this development with concern, questioning Modern Portfolio Theory’s use of volatility as a proxy for [...]

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Option Overlays Timely and Timeless | Sheaff Brock Institutional Group

Option Overlay Strategies—Timely, Yet Timeless

One over-arching theme in any financial-advisor-to-client messaging is the power of time, with the goal being to select investment tactics which are timely, yet which belong in portfolios based on timeless wisdom. In that context, option overlay strategies, Sheaff Brock posits, become a particularly relevant topic. There’s nothing new about option overlays. In fact, as Institutional Investor explains, the majority of U.S. pension plans have adopted overlay techniques as part of their investment tactics. And, while in investment vocabulary, the term “overlay” can have [...]

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Our Dividend Growth Investing Methodology | Sheaff Brock Institutional Group

Dividend Growth Investing Methodology

Dividend growth investing, as seekingalpha.com explains, involves the researching and careful selection of high-quality companies that are capable of growing profits for extended periods of time and that pay shareholders sustainable dividends that are regularly increased on an annual basis. “The U.S. stock market has been one of the greatest long-term wealth generators in history, recording a compound annual growth rate around 9% since the late 1800s,” simplysafedividends.com reminds investors. “However, as with most things in life,” the authors caution, [...]

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Market Volatility | The Reality of Its Ups and Downs | Sheaff Brock Perspectives

Volatility 202—Advisor-to-Client Reality Talk

“Stock market volatility is a great way to test your nerves as an investor,” writes Leslie Albrecht in marketwatch.com. As for advisors, no doubt their nerves have been put to test as well in recent weeks. “What is this thing called love, this funny thing called love?” is Cole Porter’s well-sung query, asking the Lord in Heaven above: “Why should it make a fool of me?” Recent market volatility has had many investors asking a similar question about the stock [...]

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Preferred Stock as Portfolio Ballast | Sheaff Brock Institutional

Preferred Stock as Portfolio Ballast

“Corporate bonds and preferred stocks are two of the most common ways for a company to raise capital,” Ravi Srikant writes in Investopedia, and income-seeking investors, he says, can make good use of both. While bonds make regular interest payments, preferreds pay fixed dividends, Srikant explains, going on to note three qualities the two investment types share: Interest rate sensitivity—the security’s price falls when interest rates rise. Callability—the issuer has the right to call back the security and issue [...]

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A Divided Congress Post-Election | Sheaff Brock Institutional

Telling Clients the Rest of the Post-Midterm Election Story

As Sheaff Brock research source Strategas Research observes, the performance of healthcare stocks has in general “tracked well with the prospects of a divided government.” In fact, Strategas notes, in post-election periods in general, healthcare has been just one of many beneficiaries. Defense and aerospace “Post election, analysts still predict a budget deal,” Military Times writes, predicting that while defense spending might not experience the hardy growth of fiscal year 18–19,” spending will not decline substantially.” Alternative energy The current administration has been [...]

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Sheaff Brock Institutional Group | Post Midterm Elections Healthcare Stocks

Post-Midterm Election So-Now-What Questions on Healthcare Stocks

Now that the November 6 midterm elections are in the rearview mirror, having resulted in no clear “sweep” on either side of the aisle, investors are asking a number of “so now what?” questions. Well, as one Sheaff Brock research partner, Strategas Securities, LLC, observes, funding for the National Institutes of Health is unlikely to decrease, which is a positive for life sciences tools companies. Even though a Texas judge ruled the entire ACA unconstitutional in December, Strategas commented shortly [...]

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Lens Viewing Downside Risk Analysis | Sheaff Brock Institutional Group

Innovative Research Approach Sees Stocks Through a Different Lens

As the longest bull market in history continues its (generally) upward trajectory, and as debates rage about recent “corrections,” Sheaff Brock portfolio managers continue to focus on analyzing and managing downside risk. Motley Fool, by the way, reminds investors of 5 very important things about corrections: 1. They happen. 2. They rarely last long. 3. We can’t reliably predict them. 4. They only matter in the short term. 5. They represent great buying opportunities. Keeping all five of those “tenets” in [...]

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Market Effects from the Midterm Elections | Sheaff Brock Institutional Group

The Perhaps Counter-Intuitive Market Effects of Midterm Elections

If the media firestorms that surrounded the 2018 upcoming midterm elections caused your phone lines to burn up with client inquiries and dire imaginings, you can in good conscience follow the old family doctor “take-two-aspirin-and-call-me-in-the-morning” approach, recommending they look at historical performance data for this very season: “A quick look at historical performance shows that stocks often see rough sledding in the September and October of years that feature midterm elections,” MarketWatch comments, adding that “it isn’t clear that [...]

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Dividend Growth Stocks | Potential to Take the Baton as Leaders | Sheaff Brock Institutional Group

Dividend Growers Might Steal the Baton

As advisors, having watched our clients move through the “banana peel” month of September and the “jinx month” of October, months known for stock market price drops, it’s crucial for us to prevent volatility-induced panic selling, keeping our investors’ vision focused on the months—and years—to come. Sheaff Brock Managing Director Dave Gilreath is doing just that. “Dividend growth stocks could become the leaders,” he predicts, “taking the baton from growth stocks.” Even assuming that growth in our economy slows to [...]