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Fixed Income is the Portfolio’s “Boring Backbone”

Should bonds continue to be included in investment portfolios even when interest rates are expected to rise? Most definitely, Oppenheimer Asset Management’s Managing Director Leo Dierckman told our SheaffBriefs editor. In fact, Dierckman went on to say, bonds serve as the backbone of both individual and institutional portfolios, offsetting the risks of equity and alternative investment holdings, and reducing volatility. Using an analogy from baseball, Dierckman cautions investors that bonds can reasonably be expected to deliver “singles” and “doubles,” rather [...]

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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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Don’t Let “False Negatives” Lead to “False Fixes”

Whenever we see portfolio losses, the alarm system in our brain tends to go into overdrive – “Don’t just stand there – DO something!” it silently screams to our more rational selves.  And the more often we look and listen to financial media messages, Jay Mooreland, author of The Emotional Investor, points out,  the more our amygdala, fear center of the brain, is likely to exert its uncanny power over our actions. When logic is allowed to prevail, on the other [...]

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Focus Away from the News “Of The Day”

Is following the financial media the best way for investors to stay informed? Do all those news broadcasts about stock quotes and stories of the day help investors make wise decisions? The answer, at least in the view of Jay Mooreland, author of The Emotional Investor, is a resounding “NO!” Think about the material presented by the typical financial news program, Mooreland told our Sheaff Brock investment team. Stock quotes? They are “of the day.” News stories? “Of the day.” [...]