Tag - VIX

Advice to the Advisors

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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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 [...]

Advice to the Advisors

Sheaff Brock Institutional Group | VIX | The "Fear Factor"

When Market Volatility Causes Client Fear, Cite the “Fear Factor”

The VIX, ticker symbol for the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s Volatility Index, has the nickname “fear factor.” Paradoxically, a high VIX is not necessary bearish for stocks, you can remind clients, because market volatility refers to upward movements in the market along with downward ones. What a high VIX reading does mean is that investors are seeing significant risk that the market will move sharply, whether up or down. The VIX tends to be low in “ho-hum” times, when [...]