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Sheaff Brock Financial Advisors | Bull Market | portfolio management

This Bull May be Younger than You Think!

For investors worried that the stock market is so high that it has to be headed for a drop, Sheaff Brock Director Jim Murphy wants them to know he’s not having any of it. “At Sheaff Brock, we believe this is a ‘market of stocks,’ not a ‘stock market,’” he explains. Translation: The big upward price movement in the Dow has been primarily driven by its most expensive stocks, specifically the FANG (Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Google) and Microsoft. There are [...]

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Building All Aspects of Gameday Strategy

Like a well-run football team, portfolio managers should consider offering long-term investors all three facets of game strategy: offense, defense, and special teams. Marv Levy, former head coach of the Buffalo Bills who led the team to an unprecedented four consecutive Super Bowl appearances, explained, “There’s these parts to football—offense, defense, and special teams. You’d no more ignore special teams than you would ignore offense and defense.” He further defined these three different areas of focus, which are all going on [...]

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Will Higher Interest Rates Huff and Puff Your House Down?

Ever since (think back approximately a year-and-a-half) rates began their slow upward movement, income investors have experienced a certain degree of worry about the “big bad wolf” blowing down their carefully constructed investment “abodes.” Thankfully, as Sheaff Brock senior portfolio manager JR Humphreys, CFA, CAIA explains, if you’ve “built” for the longer term (planning a longer holding period), there may be little reason for concern. In fact, Humphreys pointed out in an October interview with our SheaffBriefs editor, since December [...]

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Do Rising Interest Rates Put Investors Behind the Curve? It Ain’t Necessarily So.

Rates are rising. They will likely keep rising; accept that and adjust, is the message astute investors should be receiving. Rates are rising. They will likely keep rising; accept that and adjust, is the message astute investors should be receiving. When we compare the rates on U.S. Treasury bonds now to those of one year ago, Sheaff Brock Managing Director Dave Gilreath observes, at every maturity, rates are higher now by 60 to 95 basis points. Actually, he adds, U.S. 10-year [...]

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Passive vs. Active – The Beauty of Both

One question any investor must consider is whether to take an active or passive approach to investing. Per Investopedia, “The predominant investment strategy today is active investing,” which attempts to beat a particular benchmark and “outperform the market.” Continuing, the article points out, “anomalies and irregularities in the capital markets can be exploited by those with skill and insight.” By contrast, passive investing, the authors explain, is an approach based on investing in exactly the same securities, in the same proportions, [...]

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REITs in a Rising Interest Rate Environment

Concerned that, as soon as interest rates start moving in an upward direction, any real estate-related investments you have will be slated to take a “hit”? ’Tain’t necessarily so, according to Alfred Galli in Seeking Alpha. He concludes that “on an historical basis, there is no strong correlation between rates and prices (of real estate).” Michael Orzano of S&P Dow Jones Indices admits there’s growing concern today about how REITs will perform “when interest rates ultimately rise from their [...]

Salzinger Sheaff Brock | Mark Salzinger | Exchange-Traded Funds | investment strategy

The Anomalies and Advantages of Exchange-Traded Funds

Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs), often described as “baskets” of marketable securities, contain anywhere from 30 or 40 stocks to thousands, with the typical ETF containing companies numbering in the hundreds. Asked to compare owning ETFs to owning individual stocks, Sheaff Brock joint venture partner Mark Salzinger sees the “baskets” as a risk-reduction strategy, because with ETFs, investors are exposed to a broad range of companies. In fact, through ETFs, investors can gain exposure to “satellite” or niche positions, Salzinger adds—anything from [...]

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REITs – The Timing may be Just Right

Investment income can be rather hard to find these days, as you’ve no doubt noticed. With interest rates in “the 2’s,” (not to mention the risk of principal loss when, as Kiplinger predicts, those rates likely rise), it’s time to get strategic, taking a broader look at portfolio possibilities. When both stock and bond markets become more unpredictable, Sheaff Brock feels it becomes important to diversify into assets that are less correlated with traditional stock, bond, and cash holdings. [...]

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Getting Strategic with Asset Allocation

When it comes to asset allocation, getting strategic means dealing with the big picture and working on ways to achieve financial goals over time, explains Mark Salzinger, wealth manager and a founder of Salzinger Sheaff Brock, LLC. Time horizon According to Salzinger, asset allocation should always be guided by the length of time the assets can remain in the market. As Salzinger explains, a one- to two-year time-frame will be marked by volatility. If you, as an investor, are unlikely to [...]

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Active vs. Passive: “Stand Up and Be Counted”

One question any investor must consider, Sheaff Brock Managing Director Dave Gilreath agrees, is whether to take an active or passive approach to investing. While there is certainly room for both approaches in an investor’s portfolio, he concedes, ’tis the season for the stock picker and sector picker to stand up and be counted. Why? “Markets are not cheap right now,” Gilreath explained in an interview with our SheaffBriefs editor, “whether judged by ‘price-to-sales’ or ‘price-to-book.’” Unlike 2009, for example, [...]