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News Bad; Market Strong? Pay Attention to the COVID-19 Rate of Change

It’s a puzzlement—how can the market be this strong when the news continues to be so bad? A certain calendar date may offer a clue. 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 sure, the news continues to document a rising pandemic death toll. According to Johns Hopkins, on March 23rd the number of [...]

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Glimmers of Optimism Breaking Through the Outbreak

With bad news abounding—confirmed virus cases, virus deaths, unemployment, and falling corporate earnings—how could stock market news possibly include an upswing? “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. On one very recent day, for example, cruise line, hotel, casino, airline, and restaurant stocks gained more than 10%, flying in the face, of [...]

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Charitable Planning Can Cure the 3-Generation Curse

The American version of the old Chinese saying, “Wealth does not pass three generations” is “Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations.” Whenever there is a lack of financial literacy, and wherever family values are not emphasized, Vernon Wong of First Hawaiian Bank emphasizes, there exists the very real danger that the wealth will dissipate by the third generation. The wealth attribution rate is surprising high, agrees Augusta Dwyer of Globe Wealth, affecting 90% of family fortunes. Of course taxes, inflation, [...]

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A Bullish Approach to “Dogs of the Dow”—Part Two

The well-known “Dogs of the Dow” concept focuses on choosing, out of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average, those ten with the highest dividend yield. Based on investors’ intent to “buy low, sell high,” the guiding principle of “Dogs of the Dow” is that the dividend payout can be used as a measure of the average worth of the company, with a high yield signaling that the company is near the bottom of its [...]

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Believe It or Not — Stellar 2019 Ends Second-Worst Double Decade in History

“For investors, the past decade was a marvelous run, but that tells only half the story,” Ben Carlson writes in Fortune. Not only were the 2010s the first decade since 1850 that the U.S. did not experience a single recession, the stock market has hit more than 200 new all-time highs on the S&P this decade alone. A chapter in Chip and Dan Heath’s book, The Power of Moments, offers a valuable perspective. Research has found, the authors note, that [...]

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A Potpourri of Year-End Planning Ideas

Just as retailers—and etailers—are out in force with eleventh-hour holiday gift ideas, financial companies are offering “gift bags” filled with last-minute ideas for investors’ year-end planning. And, while it’s never too late for financial planning, there are certain December deadlines and cutoff dates, as Kiplinger.com details: RMDs Required Minimum Distributions from IRAs, 403(b)s and 401(k)s must be completed by December 31. However, for the year in which you turn 70.5, you may defer your first RMD until April 1st of the [...]

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A Bullish Approach to “Dogs of the Dow”—Part One

Nearly thirty years in use, the term “Dogs of the Dow” is hardly new to investor vocabulary. The concept—out of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average, choose the ten with the highest dividend yield. Dogs of the Dow is based on investors’ intent to “buy low, sell high.” The premise, as Investopedia explains, is that blue chip companies such as those included in the DJIA rarely alter their dividend payouts. The dividend can thus be [...]

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Option Premiums Can Provide Additive Returns During the Elevator Ride

“Stocks often take the elevator down and the stairs up,” Sheaff Brock Managing Director Dave Gilreath comments, referring to the strong rallies following the stagnant markets in 2004–2005, 2011–2012, and 2015–2016. “The stock market often takes a breather before rallying up to a higher plateau,” Gilreath adds. With the Dow Jones “stuck” for the past year-and-a-half, he observes, it’s not unreasonable to anticipate another “stair-climbing” period. In an earlier First Trust Monday Morning Outlook report, Chief Economist Brian S. Wesbury, [...]

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Does Your Stock Position Have a Customized Protection Shield?

Wealth created by holding a single stock over time is a fairly common finding. In fact, as the Sheaff Brock investment team has been traveling to lecture at Financial Planning Association meetings around the country, advisors have continually mentioned the challenge they face helping clients who own a concentrated position in a single stock. Concentrated positions that comprise more than a quarter to a third of your entire portfolio holdings often happen as part of a benefits package for a [...]

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Preferred Stock 101+

(Quick Preferred Stock “cheat sheet” coaching session for those “in the know,” but who could use a little reminder before investing): Companies raise capital by either borrowing money or by selling ownership. To accomplish that goal, they issue either debt or equity securities. As an alternative, by issuing preferred stock, a company combines the characteristics of both debt and equity. There are some advantages to a company that issues preferred securities: Issuing preferred stock as opposed to bonds keeps the [...]