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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 [...]