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two puppies | the difference between SPX and SPY | Sheaff Brock Institutional Group

Have Your Clients Warmed to SPY and SPX? What’s the Diff?

“Many advisors have warmed to using options and products that use options in their portfolios in 2018,” Christopher Robbins writes in Financial Advisor magazine. “They have been encouraged by both more volatile markets in stocks and bonds and by the increasing ease and efficiency of applying the strategies.” In fact, not that long ago, the Chicago Board Options Exchange reported a new monthly volume record in October 2018 for S&P 500 options, at 41.4 million contracts traded. Two of the most [...]

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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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Sheaff Brock Institutional Group | Active vs Passive Investment Strategy | Core and Satellite appraoch

The Core & Satellite Approach to the Market of Stocks

When it comes to advising investors, RIAs must don teachers’ caps. Clients have become comfortable (perhaps in their do-it-yourself years before meeting you) with either a largely passive (index fund) approach to investing or, at the opposite extreme, have become used to populating their portfolios with individual stock picks. Going forward, those clients now look to you for insight. Few discussions have the potential for you to offer them true guidance more than the passive vs. active “debate.” Active [...]