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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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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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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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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.” [...]

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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 [...]