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Sheaff Brock Money Management and Stock Market News have Glimmers of Optimism | Sunlight through Tree Leaves

Stock Market News Offers Unparalleled Opportunity for Advisors

With bad news abounding—the escalating number of confirmed virus cases and deaths, unemployment, and falling corporate earnings—how could stock market news possibly have included several sharp upswings? “Markets don’t need good news to advance,” explains Sheaff Brock Managing Director Dave Gilreath, “only an inkling of better news.” Stock market prices are predictive, Gilreath adds, often moving up on anticipation of better news. In times of turmoil, clients turn to their advisors as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), craving to be assured [...]

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Sheaff Brock Team Reviews Charitable Planning to Meet Family Wealth Goals

RIAs can Become Talk Therapists to Tame the 3-Generation Curse

As Vernon Wong of First Hawaiian Bank emphasizes, there exists the very real danger that the wealth will dissipate by the third generation. As investment advisors, we’re all too familiar with the American version of that Chinese adage: “Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations.” While taxes and inflation (along, possibly, with the failure to follow Sheaff Brock’s advice) can all be blamed for wealth attrition, the main reason 90% of family fortunes are affected is simply, as Augusta Dwyer of [...]

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Calendar Representing Double-Decades of the U.S. Stock Market | Sheaff Brock

Double-Decade Thinking Avoids Duration Neglect

As the decade draws to a close, the first since 1850 in which the U.S. did not experience a single recession and a ten-year period in which the stock market hit more than 200 new all-time highs on the S&P, investment advisors would do well to prep for client meetings by reviewing a certain chapter in the little book, The Power of Moments. Research has found, authors Chip and Dan Heath report, that “when people assess an experience, they tend [...]

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Sheaff Brock Institutional | Gifts of Year-End Planning for Your Clients

Year-End Planning Ideas to Share with Clients

Even as your clients are rushing around to make eleventh-hour holiday gift purchases, it’s important to offer them “gift bags” filled with last-minute year-end planning ideas, all the while encouraging them to gear up for 2020. It’s never too late for a planning discussion, beginning with a reminder of year-end cutoff dates. Kiplinger.com offers a workable deadline checklist, while Sheaff Brock wealth managers offer some innovative “food for thought” as the year draws to a close. RMDs Required Minimum Distributions from IRAs, [...]

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Man having suit tailored, customized to fit | Sheaff Brock Institutional Group

All Over the Country, Advisors Seek Customization for Select Clients

While visiting with Advisors around the country, the Sheaff Brock team found a common thread: advisors expressing a need to outsource, particularly for customization. Overwhelmed by the need to grow their practices by capturing new assets, maintain efficient practice administration, remain involved in their communities, and keep up with continuing education, outsourcing seemed to be the topic of the day. With “traditional” outsourcing through the use of ETFs or funds often failing to satisfy the need for tailoring portfolios to [...]

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Investment Advisors Rethinking Time | Outsourcing Concepts | Sheaff Brock Institutional Group

Advisors Repurpose Time Through Customized Outsourcing

At the giant Morningstar Conference spread out at McCormick Place on the Chicago pier, the keynote address was titled “Distortion, Divergence, and Diversification: What Investors Need to Know About the State of the Global Economy.” Sheaff Brock Senior Vice President of Investments Christy Jordan was there to learn what Registered Investment Advisors are thinking and doing these days. Time—lack of it, that is—was a recurring motif. As RIAs struggle to capture assets, many explained, they feel overwhelmed by the administrative duties [...]

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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 [...]