Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors Indianapolis Mid-Cap Performance analysis

Neither Too Big Nor Too Small, Midcaps May Turn Out to be “Just Right”!

Most investors are accustomed to paying attention to small company stocks (they’re exciting) or large caps (they’re familiar), but often need to be reminded of a third, sometimes “forgotten,” asset class that has the potential of being (as Goldilocks would put it) “just right” for their portfolios. With the necessary caveat that “past performance is no guarantee of future results,” Sheaff Brock Mid-Cap 10 portfolio manager Paul Coan likes to point out that midcap stocks tend to be more stable [...]

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The One-Two Punch Potential of Mid-Cap Stocks

Market capitalization? Just a fancy name for a straightforward concept, says Investopedia.com. The market value of a company’s outstanding shares is calculated by taking the stock price and multiplying it by the total number of shares outstanding. (It’s a misconception that the higher the stock price, the larger the company, Investopedia goes on to explain; the true value is affected by the number of outstanding shares each company has in addition to its price.) Used to be, stocks fell into [...]

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Not Your Grandfather’s Retirement Portfolio

“We are living in an interesting time,” says Sheaff Brock Director and National Sales Manager, Jim Murphy, “and three factors are going to make all the difference when it comes to retirement planning.” Those factors are: Longevity Low capital market expectations Low interest rates (with the threat of ‘rising interest rates’ looming) Murphy believes that, “The idea of basing your sole retirement income on dividends and interest [from your investment portfolio] can be a challenge for investors facing retirement. Investors [...]

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Could Mid-Cap Serve as the Goldilocks Asset Category?

Remember the story of Goldilocks and how the little girl tried sitting in each of the Three Bears’ chairs? After rejecting the first two chairs because they were the wrong size, she tries the third: “Ahhh, this chair is just right,” she sighs. Most investors look at small stocks (they’re exciting) or large cap stocks (they’re familiar). But midcap stocks can be the “forgotten” asset class that may turns out to be “just right,” points out Sheaff Brock portfolio manager [...]

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The Potential Benefits of Bonds’ Boring Investment Style

When Oppenheimer Managing Director Leo Dierckman asserts that bonds should most definitely continue to be included in investment portfolios—even when interest rates are expected to rise—he means what he says. Dierckman believes that bonds serve as the backbone of both individual and institutional portfolios, and help offset the risks of equity and alternative investment holdings. While the portfolio manager admits that interest rates tend to rise when the economy is improving, which can render lower-paying existing bonds less attractive, those [...]

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In an Index Income Strategy, Optimism and Patience are at a Premium

Investment clients who are bearish on equities—or who do not have the patience to wait through market corrections—need not apply, at least not for becoming invested in the Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors Overlay Strategy. That’s because this particular strategy is intended for long-term, time-premium capture strategy, and is not a trading strategy designed for quick gains. How does the strategy work? For each of three subsequent months, portfolio managers: Sell put options on an S&P 500 ETF (exchange-traded fund) Buy [...]

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With Put Options, Portfolio Strategy is of Premium Importance

While put option buyers are interested in insuring their risk, put option sellers (also called put writers) are willing to take on that risk in exchange for additional portfolio income, explains Dave Gilreath, Sheaff Brock Managing Director. That income takes the form of premiums paid by the put buyer to the put seller. Put writing is a strategy whereby an investor writes a contract, selling that contract to a buyer. The contract obligates the put seller to buy share at [...]

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Selling Put Options: A Strategy for Those Who Want a Bit More

There are two main reasons, explain James Cordler and Michael Gross, writing in Futuresmag.com, for the popularity of option selling: investors’ ability to generate reliable income generally positive performance under varying market conditions However, the authors caution, there is no free lunch here, and option selling has its own set of risks. Two mistakes Cordler and Gross see investors make include: selling too many options relative to account size being too concentrated in a particular market sector Dave Gilreath, manager of [...]

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Preferreds Continue in a Starring Role

In the ever increasing search for income, preferred stocks continue to play an important role for companies and investors alike, with the Standard and Poor’s Preferred Index ETF (PFF) clocking 2.2 billion in new investment dollars year to date. By way of quick review, preferreds are hybrid securities, blending traits of both stocks and bonds. Like common stock, preferreds represent ownership in a company, but without voting privileges; like bonds, preferreds are issued at a fixed par value and rated [...]