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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 [...]

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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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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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The Confidence Index for Late-Year Investing | Sheaff Brock Institutional

Keep Confidence Index in Mind for Late-Year Investing

True, September has been dubbed “the banana peel month” and October has been called the “jinx month” for investors, Sheaff Brock Managing Director Dave Gilreath observes wryly—with some of the largest “slip and fall” incidents relating to September investing and October crashes. While the worst September ever for the S&P 500 (a 30% drop) happened a long time ago, with six more September investing drops since then, the month of September has the dubious distinction of having surpassed all others [...]