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Are You Mr. A or Ms. B.? — Customized Financial Planning Solutions

There are six steps to the financial planning process, the CFP Board explains: Establishing and defining the client-planner relationship Gathering client data, including goals Analyzing and evaluating the client’s current financial status Developing and presenting recommendations and/or alternatives Implementing the recommendations Monitoring the recommendations For any client, financial planning is about a whole lot more than investment selection. But if you happen to be a “Mr. A” or a “Ms. B,” your advisor may need to seek out unique, customized [...]

REIT Investing and the New Tax Law | Sheaff Brock

New Tax Law May Favor REIT Investors

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is set to deliver significant tax savings over the next decade, which might well help an already healthy economy, says JR Humphreys, portfolio manager of the Sheaff Brock Real Estate Income & Growth strategy. Here’s why, Humphreys continues: One of the central features of the tax bill is a 20% deduction on pass-through income. By law, REITs must distribute at least 90% of their income. And, since the REITs themselves do not pay tax [...]

Two Faces to Show Upside Volatility and Downside Volatility | Sheaff Brock

The Two Faces of Volatility

“Remember that there are two varieties of volatility. Downside volatility is the type to avoid, not generally upside volatility,” Craig Israelsen writes in Financial Planning magazine. Far from doing everything possible to avoid volatility, we should all want portfolios that have higher levels of upside volatility, 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. The [...]

Talking with investment advisor about option strategies | Sheaff Brock

Are You and Your Advisor Talking About Options Strategies?

The study results represented good news for the Options Industry Council. The OIC had commissioned global research and consulting firm Cerulli Associates to find out how much interest and involvement there is among financial advisors when it came to including options in client portfolios. The report, published a year and a half ago, highlighted three important developments: One third of financial advisors were already using options in 20% of their client portfolios. Advisors expected to increase the use of options [...]

Risk and Volatility | Lesson from Warren Buffett | Sheaff Brock

The Lesson Warren Buffett Says Hasn’t Been Taught in Business School

“Risk is not the same as volatility, but that lesson has not customarily been taught in business schools,” Warren Buffett observes. “Volatility is far from synonymous with risk.” In a 2015 letter to shareholders, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO wrote about the difference between risk and volatility. Many investors, he observes, “conflate these concepts, costing themselves money.” Yes, stock prices will always be far more volatile than cash-equivalents, Buffett concedes, but over the long term, currency-denominated instruments are far riskier than [...]

Sheaff Brock Discusses Risk and Volatility | Child on Teeter Totter

Is It Smart for Investors to Equate Risk and Volatility?

Value means different things to different people. Therefore risk (the possibility of losing something of value) can also mean different things. For decades, investors defined risk as the chance of permanent loss of capital. Wherever there was volatility in the price of an investment, that meant there was risk. But are risk and volatility really the same? As Sheaff Brock Director Jim Murphy explains, understanding the difference between market volatility and market risk is a key skill for investors to have. Volatility is how [...]

Option Overlay Strategies as Timely and Timeless | Sheaff Brock

Timely vs. Timeless—Option Overlays Strive to Be Both

With this month’s over-arching message being the power of TIME—the goal being to discuss investment tactics which are timely, yet which belong in portfolios based on timeless wisdom—the option overlay strategy becomes a particularly relevant topic. There’s nothing new about option overlays. In fact, as Institutional Investor explains, the majority of U.S. pension plans have adopted overlay techniques as part of their investment tactics. And, while in investment vocabulary, the term “overlay” can have different meanings, Sheaff Brock Managing Director Dave Gilreath [...]

Dividend Growth Investing | Sheaff Brock | Time and Money

Dividend Growth Investing in 2019

The new film release, “What Men Want,” is designed to recapture the box office success of the blockbuster Hollywood romantic fantasy of nineteen years ago, “What Women Want.” An investment-world equivalent might attempt to answer the question of “What Investors Want.” It appears the answer is asylum-with-growth-potential, given the tumultuous investment markets which marked the final weeks of the past year. Dividend growth investing, as seekingalpha.com explains, involves the researching and careful selection of high-quality companies that are capable of [...]

Market Volatility | Heart-Shaped Roller Coaster Ride | Sheaff Brock Perspectives

What Is This Thing Called Volatility, Really?

“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 investment market. “Stock market volatility is a great way to test your nerves as an investor,” writes Leslie Albrecht in MarketWatch.com. The Volatility 101 lesson here for investors, as Albrecht correctly points out, is this: “There’s a [...]

Income Investments in 2019 | Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors

Income Investments Take Center Stage Entering 2019

Income investments represent a popular “meme” for pundits these days, and for good reason. In offering innovative portfolio solutions for Sheaff Brock investors who want a balance between risk-avoidance and higher returns, income investments are taking center stage as we enter 2019. “After a tumultuous few weeks in the markets, the steady income offered by yield-focused investments looks very attractive,” Andrew Bary writes in Barron’s. The two drivers, Bary points out, are these: following the erratic market movements, the steady [...]