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Cityscape for REITs and New Tax Law Savings | Sheaff Brock Institutional Group

New Tax Law May Not Be the Only Reason to Pay Heed to REITs

Remarking on the fact that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is set to deliver over a trillion dollars in tax savings over the next decade, adding fuel to an already healthy economy, those tax savings can stand to generally improve the tax efficiency of REITs and other real asset investments,” JR Humphreys, portfolio manager of the Sheaff Brock Real Estate Income & Growth strategy posits. One of the central features of the tax bill is a 20% deduction on [...]

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Upside Volatility on Wanted List | Sheaff Brock Institutional Group

Put Upside Volatility on the Wanted List?

Far from doing everything possible to avoid volatility, downside volatility is the only type to avoid. We should all want portfolios that have higher levels of upside volatility, Craig Israelson asserts. Traditionally, one advantage of building a broadly diversified portfolio is reduced volatility of returns. When higher standard deviation results in impressive upside performance, that is hardly something to be upset about, he observes. Well worth explaining to clients, the SPDR S&P 500 (NYSE symbol SPY) is the most widely traded contract [...]

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Sheaff Brock Institutional Group | Featuring Option Strategies

Who’s Talking About Option Strategies?

The study results, published just a year and a half ago, represented good news for both Registered Investment Advisors and the Options Industry Council. The OIC had commissioned global research and consulting firm Cerulli Associates to find out how much interest and involvement there is among financial advisors when it came to including options in client portfolios. The report highlighted three important developments: One-third of financial advisors were already using options in 20% of their client portfolios. Advisors expected to [...]

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Warren Buffett Lesson on Risk and Volatility | Sheaff Brock Institutional Group

The Lesson Many of Your Clients Were Never Taught

“That lesson has not customarily been taught in business schools,” Warren Buffett observes, referring to the concept that “Volatility is far from synonymous with risk.” In a 2015 letter to shareholders, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO wrote about the difference between risk and volatility. Many investors, he observes, “conflate these concepts, costing themselves money.” Of course, the fact that stock prices will always be far more volatile than cash-equivalents must play a part in any advisor-client discussions of portfolio design. But, [...]

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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 [...]