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More Items for Your Year-End Financial Planning List

(Continued from “Some To-Do, Not-to-Do, & ‘It-Depends’ Items for Your Year-End List”) There’s no lack of financial planning and investment “tweaks” to consider as the fall season comes to an end, financial planning practitioner Paul Coan reminds Sheaff Brock investors. And, while some tactics may not prove best given your individual situation, others might have the potential to enhance tax savings at year-end and moving into 2017. As always, Coan cautions, it’s a good idea to speak with your CPA or [...]

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Harvesting Losses can be about More than Taxes

Tax loss harvesting is the practice of selling a security that has experienced a loss. By realizing, or “harvesting” that loss, investors are able to offset taxes on both gains and income. The sold security might be replaced by a similar one to maintain the same asset allocation strategy. How does tax loss harvesting work? An advantage of taxable accounts is the ability to use the losses that inevitably occur in some years to lower your tax bill. There are three [...]

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Some To-Do, Not-To-Do, and ‘It Depends’ Items for Your Year-End List

As the fall season sets in, there are certain end-of-year planning techniques you can begin implementing, financial planning professional Paul Coan reminds Sheaff Brock investors. There are some not-to-do items as well, Coan adds, and some “it depends” tactics that may or may not prove best given your individual situation. Since several, although not all, of these checklist items involve tax planning, there are a couple of cautions: Speak with your CPA or other tax advisor before implementing any tax-related [...]

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After the Recent Election, There’s New Reason to Love the Unloved

In certain oversold industries, it’s been a long, long stretch with stocks deprived of investors’ love and appreciation, observes Sheaff Brock Chief Investment Officer Dave Gilreath. Over-regulation and disfavor have swung the “affection pendulum” away from certain basic areas of our economy, Gilreath points out, including: pharmaceuticals industrials “traditional” energy (coal, natural gas, oil) After all, Gilreath reasons, with an aging population, the importance of pharmaceuticals and medical devices isn’t going away. Similarly, as the Energy Xchange emphasizes, “renewables have [...]

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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 [...]