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For the Right Clients, Option Premiums Can Offer Additive Returns

“Most economic indicators are benign,” James B. Stewart commented in a New York Times article towards the start of 2019, noting the exceptionally low unemployment rate and low inflation. In an earlier First Trust Monday Morning Outlook report, Chief Economist Brian S. Wesbury made some positive observations of his own that may still be relevant: “As the summer goes on, we expect evidence will continue to show that the economy isn’t slipping into recession.” Wesbury makes note of several [...]

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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 | 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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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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Sheaff Brock Institutional | Current Geopolitical Risk for Investors

Dealing with Geopolitical Risks on Investors’ “Wall of Worry”

“Even when the financial markets are growing at a healthy rate, under financially sound circumstances, investors always find reasons to worry,” Investopedia authors observe. While a ‘wall of worry’ commonly comprises concerns on numerous fronts, geopolitical issues are undoubtedly affecting consumer and investor sentiment given today’s headlines and happenings. Interestingly, observes Sheaff Brock Managing Director Dave Gilreath, geopolitical risk is lower today than it has ever been. For one thing, there are more democracies in the world than ever before [...]

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Market Volatility Roller Coaster Ride | Sheaff Brock Institutional Group | Advice to Advisors

At the End of the Day, Market Volatility can be Bullish

“Somewhere along the line, the word ‘volatility’ became code for a declining stock market,” Robert Burgess notes in Financial-Planning.com. “The simple fact is the recent swings are closer to what is considered normal, and investors should be thankful,” Burgess asserts. Rising volatility, he predicts, will lead to a healthier market, with better “price discovery,” which is a fancy way, he states, of saying greater differentiation in the values between good and bad stocks. It may be time to have “the [...]

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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, [...]