Sheaff Brock | Market Volatility in End-of-Day Trading Volume

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 [...]

Sheaff Brock | Stock Market Volatility as a Sheep in Wolf's Clothing

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 [...]

Sheaff Brock Preferred Income Portfolio | Impact of New Tax Law on Preferred Stock

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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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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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 – 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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Make Room for REITs in Your Portfolio

Real estate investment trusts, or REITs, are companies that own, and in most cases manage, income-producing real estate. In today’s environment, REITs may make a lot of sense for investors seeking diversification and yield. Perhaps you’ve avoided owning income-producing real estate because you’re uncomfortable losing liquidity. Since REITs trade on major exchanges like stocks, they offer the potential for a more liquid stake in real estate. In fact, as Investopedia explains, the three primary advantages of REITs include: active [...]

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Is There a Vacancy in Your Portfolio?

As markets have become more unpredictable, investors have begun to seek assets that are less correlated with traditional stock, bond, and cash holdings. While owning real estate has always been one way to diversify assets, direct ownership of property has two big challenges: as an investment, real estate is illiquid; maintaining property can be expensive and time consuming. Since 1960, however, as Sheaff Brock Director Jim Murphy explains, REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) have allowed investors the best of both [...]