Yearly Archives - 2019

Street Sign of Worst and Best | Double Decade Stock Market | Sheaff Brock

Believe It or Not — Stellar 2019 Ends Second-Worst Double Decade in History

“For investors, the past decade was a marvelous run, but that tells only half the story,” Ben Carlson writes in Fortune. Not only were the 2010s the first decade since 1850 that the U.S. did not experience a single recession, the stock market has hit more than 200 new all-time highs on the S&P this decade alone. A chapter in Chip and Dan Heath’s book, The Power of Moments, offers a valuable perspective. Research has found, the authors note, that [...]

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A Potpourri of Year-End Planning Ideas

Just as retailers—and etailers—are out in force with eleventh-hour holiday gift ideas, financial companies are offering “gift bags” filled with last-minute ideas for investors’ year-end planning. And, while it’s never too late for financial planning, there are certain December deadlines and cutoff dates, as Kiplinger.com details: RMDs Required Minimum Distributions from IRAs, 403(b)s and 401(k)s must be completed by December 31. However, for the year in which you turn 70.5, you may defer your first RMD until April 1st of the [...]

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A Bullish Approach to “Dogs of the Dow”—Part One

Nearly thirty years in use, the term “Dogs of the Dow” is hardly new to investor vocabulary. The concept—out of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average, choose the ten with the highest dividend yield. Dogs of the Dow is based on investors’ intent to “buy low, sell high.” The premise, as Investopedia explains, is that blue chip companies such as those included in the DJIA rarely alter their dividend payouts. The dividend can thus be [...]

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Option Premiums Can Provide Additive Returns During the Elevator Ride

“Stocks often take the elevator down and the stairs up,” Sheaff Brock Managing Director Dave Gilreath comments, referring to the strong rallies following the stagnant markets in 2004–2005, 2011–2012, and 2015–2016. “The stock market often takes a breather before rallying up to a higher plateau,” Gilreath adds. With the Dow Jones “stuck” for the past year-and-a-half, he observes, it’s not unreasonable to anticipate another “stair-climbing” period. In an earlier First Trust Monday Morning Outlook report, Chief Economist Brian S. Wesbury, [...]

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Does Your Stock Position Have a Customized Protection Shield?

Wealth created by holding a single stock over time is a fairly common finding. In fact, as the Sheaff Brock investment team has been traveling to lecture at Financial Planning Association meetings around the country, advisors have continually mentioned the challenge they face helping clients who own a concentrated position in a single stock. Concentrated positions that comprise more than a quarter to a third of your entire portfolio holdings often happen as part of a benefits package for a [...]

Sheaff Brock Refresher Course on Preferred Stock

Preferred Stock 101+

(Quick Preferred Stock “cheat sheet” coaching session for those “in the know,” but who could use a little reminder before investing): Companies raise capital by either borrowing money or by selling ownership. To accomplish that goal, they issue either debt or equity securities. As an alternative, by issuing preferred stock, a company combines the characteristics of both debt and equity. There are some advantages to a company that issues preferred securities: Issuing preferred stock as opposed to bonds keeps the [...]

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SPY and SPX—What’s the Diff and Does the Difference Matter?

In a rather cryptic and historical intro to the subject of options, Yahoo Finance states: “When it comes to the battle of SPY versus SPX, the first may have more volume, but the second has more value.” Size comparison: The SPDR S&P 500 (NYSE symbol SPY) is, in fact, the most widely traded contract on option exchanges. The SPX S&P 500 index options have far lower trading volume, but each contract is ten times the size of a SPY. Underlying security: Underlying the [...]

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Staying Active with Preferreds

The Sheaff Brock Preferred Income portfolio is an actively managed strategy, and there are reasons why. With the two-part goal of generating income while preserving capital, Senior Portfolio Manager JR Humphreys utilizes both institutional and retail preferred shares. No question as to which side of the ongoing debate about the merits and shortcomings of active vs. passive management is exemplified in the Preferred Income portfolio. So, what is the distinction between active management and a passive approach? Passive investors buy an [...]

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Are You Mr. A or Ms. B.? — Customized Financial Planning Solutions

There are six steps to the financial planning process, the CFP Board explains: Establishing and defining the client-planner relationship Gathering client data, including goals Analyzing and evaluating the client’s current financial status Developing and presenting recommendations and/or alternatives Implementing the recommendations Monitoring the recommendations For any client, financial planning is about a whole lot more than investment selection. But if you happen to be a “Mr. A” or a “Ms. B,” your advisor may need to seek out unique, customized [...]

REIT Investing and the New Tax Law | Sheaff Brock

New Tax Law May Favor REIT Investors

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is set to deliver significant tax savings over the next decade, which might well help an already healthy economy, says JR Humphreys, portfolio manager of the Sheaff Brock Real Estate Income & Growth strategy. Here’s why, Humphreys continues: One of the central features of the tax bill is a 20% deduction on pass-through income. By law, REITs must distribute at least 90% of their income. And, since the REITs themselves do not pay tax [...]