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Following the Lead—Economic Indicators Point Upwards

The economy, like the scenery on a car trip, can be viewed through the windshield, the rearview mirror, or the side window, Investopedia explains. Leading indicators are pieces of data which economists see as they look through “the windshield” at the economy, using those indicators to help predict the future direction of the markets. Examples of economic indicators include: current stock prices stock futures bond and mortgage interest rates the yield curve foreign exchange rates commodity prices (gold, grains, oil, [...]

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At the End of the Day, Market Volatility Happens at the End of the Day

Bet you didn’t know this startling statistic—26% of all stock market trades are done at the very end of the trading day! How does that relate to the market volatility fear reaction that many investors are experiencing these days? Take a closer look. In just the first quarter of 2018, there have been four times as many days with a greater than 1% price move as there were in all of 2017. When weaker job statistics, political scandals, and scuttlebutt [...]

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To Measure Market Volatility, You Oughta Meet VIX

Meet VIX, the ticker symbol for the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s Volatility Index. The VIX, constructed using a wide range of Standard & Poor’s 500 Index options, is a way to express the market’s expectations of volatility over the coming 30 days. What is actually measured by the VIX is the ratio of put options versus call options being bought on the S&P 500. By way of background, the CBOE Volatility Index, originally developed back in 1986, was designed to [...]

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Market Volatility—A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing?

“The market is as much about sentiment and psychology as it is earnings and profits,” Avi Salzman stated in Barron’s. As Salzman observed the “tit-for-tat proposals” of tariffs between China and the U.S., he realized that the fear factor was going up regarding a potential trade war. Meanwhile, stocks were also being rattled by an anemic jobs report. Salzman is reminded, he says, of “the importance of perception versus what is reality.” No tariffs have actually been approved or [...]

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Preferred Stock—Expect the Question; Consider the Answer

The unrelenting search for reliable investment income is an important theme in retired clients’ investment plans, and preferred securities certainly share the limelight. What’s more, given the current buzz about the new tax law, it’s hard to ignore the fact that certain features of the law can favor investing in preferred stock, potentially increasing the demand for high-income investment vehicles. The question: As you’re discussing this very topic at the tennis club, expect the question: Interest rates are on the rise. By [...]

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New Tax Law Bodes Well for Companies Issuing Preferred Stock

There’s a whole lot of media buzz going on about the new tax law and how good a thing that law is turning out to be for corporate America. Turns out, certain features of the law may be a very good thing for investors in preferred stock as well. What’s that all about? First, by way of quick review, preferreds are hybrid securities, blending traits of both stocks and bonds. Preferreds, like common stock, represent ownership in a company, but [...]

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Managing Interest Rate Risk in a Preferred Stock Portfolio

If I invest in preferred stock for the income just when interest rates are rising, won’t I be setting myself up for losing money? “Not necessarily,” contends JR Humphreys CFA, CAIA, Senior Portfolio Manager at Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors. Humphreys explains that, “increasing interest rates is usually the result of an improving economy that could lead to credit rating upgrades for the preferred equity, resulting in a higher price.” Many investors have the perception that preferred securities are highly interest-rate [...]

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Stock Market’s Ratio of Positive to Negative Feedback has been Spectacular

In improving team performance through feedback, corporate consultants Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman report in the Harvard Business Review, the ideal praise-to-criticism ratio is 5:1. Negative feedback grabs attention, they concede, and has the power to change behavior, but it does not make people put forth their best efforts. Only positive feedback truly motivates vigor, determination, and creativity. In his book “What Predicts Divorce,” John Mordechai Gottman finds essentially the same thing in marriage—the single biggest determinant of wedded [...]

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The 3 Classes of Investors; Only 1 Can Afford to Avoid the Game

The head of behavioral science at Morningstar, Dr. Stephen Wendel, describes investors in simple terms: There are those wealthy enough to meet all their financial goals with cash and then there’s everybody else. Members of the first class need not bother themselves with market volatility; the other two classifications of investors face an unavoidable trade-off, Wendel explains. Type #2 stay in the market, running the risk of failing to generate sufficient returns to meet their financial goals. Type #3 derail [...]

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Just How “Unprecedented” is This Drop? Just How Scared Should I Be?

“Dow plunges 1,033 points and sinks into correction,” the money.cnn.com headline practically jumped off your computer screen February 8th. Now what? you wonder. Yes, the pundits have been saying for some time now that a correction was overdue, that we investors have been waxing complacent, and that what goes up must eventually come down. Is this the beginning of The End? Whoa….When it comes to stock market corrections, the word “unprecedented” is simply incorrect when it comes to describing the [...]