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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 [...]

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Talking Investors Down Off the REIT Wall of Worry

Is the current market uptrend simply a function of investors’ “Wall of Worry,” that significant uncertainty about stock price sustainability? But what about REITs? “Long before investors fell in love with Facebook and Amazon.com or even the hot stocks of past generations such as utilities and railroads, real estate inspired dreams of wealth,” writes John Coumarianos. “Some financial advisers and pundits helped fuel the love affair, suggesting that investors could reduce volatility and boost returns by adding real-estate investment [...]

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Sector Allocation Using Technical Analysis—Alert for the Underloved

Dorsey Wright & Associates, now owned by NASDAQ, is an independent registered investment advisory firm based in Richmond, Virginia. The DWA point-and-figure charting service is just one of many value-added research tools used by Sheaff Brock investment management to enhance investment management for client portfolios. As value investors, Sheaff Brock investment managers are always on the alert for “underloved” sectors which, while having been temporarily out of favor, are coming back into notice. The Sheaff Brock Dividend Growth and Income [...]

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Harnessing Twin Risks can Turn Preferreds into Portfolio Workhorses

In any income portfolio, two “bug-a-boos” are credit risk and call risk. When it comes to preferred stocks, interest-yield-hungry investors tend to over-emphasize the former, even as they devote less than due attention to the latter, observes Sheaff Brock Senior Portfolio Manager JR Humphreys. “Investors in search of solid income from their portfolios often select preferred stocks rather than Treasury securities or ETFs based on Treasury bonds. One reason behind this decision is that preferred stocks generally pay dividends of [...]

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There’s a Method to Dealing with Preferreds

Think of preferred stock as “middlers,” Sheaff Brock Senior Portfolio Manager JR Humphreys advises. Preferred stocks are income enhancers, yes, but they may have a higher return potential than bonds. At the same time, preferreds don’t act like other stocks, and, in fact, can carry less risk than their common cousins. In speaking with our Institutional editor, Humphreys outlined the five basic considerations he uses in the selection process when building a preferred portfolio: Liquidity—Many preferred issues are small, making [...]

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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 [...]

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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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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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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 [...]