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Sheaff Brock | COVID-19 Rate of Change may be explanation for strong market

The COVID-19 Rate of Change—Just One of Several Market Anomalies to Watch

It’s a puzzlement that has clients biting their nails—and worse. How, they wonder, can the market be this strong when the news continues to be so bad? Here are three important factors worth discussing with them in detail. Anomaly #1: Death Rate v. Rate of Change On March 23, 2020, two things happened. The COVID-19 death “rate of change” peaked, with a steady descent following. At the very same time, the stock market bottomed, then began a sustained rise. To be [...]

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Sheaff Brock Institutional Group | marble columns | value in preferred securities

Recent Events Have Led to Uncommon Value Across the Preferred Securities Market

Preferred stocks, as measured by the S&P Preferred Stock Index, were trading at their highest prices in over two years in mid-February until suffering a (36%) decline through March 19th amid the Coronavirus panic. Prices have recovered, but the index is still down substantially from the average price it has traded over the last 10 years. We believe the sell-off in these shares was the proverbial “throwing the baby out with the bathwater” type of decline and driven by a [...]