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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Tax Hike?

“Tax increases may not be the obstacle that many investors expect,” according to Fidelity Viewpoints. Other economic factors may play a more important role, especially when sizable federal spending serves as an offset. Sheaff Brock Managing Director Dave Gilreath tends to agree. “The global economy is a good policeman of tax rates,” Gilreath says, with money flowing to where ‘it’s treated best.” If tax rates in the U.S. are judged to be “too high,” capital will flow to other [...]

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REIT Investing in the Wake of the Pandemic

“REITs and real estate owners have played an important role across the country throughout the pandemic,” writes Matthew Bechard, Editor-in-Chief of REIT Magazine, predicting that “REITs and the 516,000 properties they own and operate will play a key role in bringing America back together.” JR Humphreys, portfolio manager of the Sheaff Brock Real Estate Income & Growth Strategy, definitely agrees. There were certainly areas of real estate which were negatively, even severely, impacted by the pandemic, Humphreys admits, naming: shopping [...]

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Market Bubbles and the Big Picture

A basic characteristic of financial bubbles, Troy Segal wrote recently in Investopedia, is the suspension of disbelief while a speculative stock price surge is happening. It’s only after a bubble has burst that it is recognized, much to investors’ chagrin. The term “bubble” itself refers to a situation in which a stock, or even the entire stock market, exceeds its fundamental value by a large margin, Segal explains. There’s no doubt that the advent of commission-free investing apps such as [...]

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Innovation Set to Spur New Roarin’ 20s-Style Market

The stock market is a forward-looking animal, explains Sheaff Brock Managing Director Dave Gilreath, yet signs indicate that clues to what lies ahead may be found in our Roarin’ 20s’ USA past. There is a very real potential for the Dow Jones Industrial Average to hit 50,000 by the year 2027, Gilreath states. That’s because the decade of the 2020s, like the decade of the 1920s, will be marked by both disruption and innovation. “Confidence in the recovery is growing rapidly,” [...]

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The Direction of the Market—Debunking Popular Beliefs

It might seem the stuff of a Ripley’s Believe It or Not episode, but, over the past more than 70 years, both the stock market and the economy performed better under Democratic presidents than under Republican leadership. The score for the S&P 500? As Markets Insider chronicles, 10.8% to 5.6% in favor of Democrats.  Oh, well, you might counter. The Great Recession and COVID-19, both of which occurred under Republican presidents, skewed the average downward for the Red team. Sorry, [...]

Sheaff Brock Revs Up Research

The word rev is an abbreviation for revolution, alluding to the rate of rotation of an engine, dictionary.com explains. The purpose of revving? To enliven, or stimulate…. The words “enliven” and “stimulate” precisely describe Sheaff Brock managing partners Dave Gilreath and Ron Brock’s intent in inviting research analyst Tom Kaiser to become the newest member of the wealth management firm’s research team. A 2009 graduate of Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business, Tom Kaiser spent five years at Fitch Rating in [...]

Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors | Tax Planning for 2021

Year-End Financial and Tax Planning Tips for Individuals and Couples

Investors maintain caution after the election as control of the Senate remains unclear until after the January runoff election, Sheaff Brock Vice President Tiffany VanHook observes. While this uncertainty makes tax planning more challenging, the possibility of a split government gives hope that the more significant tax increases proposed under Biden’s tax plan will be more difficult to put into effect. The most practical tax-planning approach, VanHook suggests, is to put the emphasis on traditional year-end balancing of portfolio [...]

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Stay Invested to Help Soften the Arithmetic of Loss

The stock market, it might be said, is the greatest of teachers, but attending class isn’t always fun. One of the harshest lessons the market has to impart to investors concerns the arithmetic of loss. Quite Like medical students learning about the ravages cancer can cause, investors understand the potential of portfolio losses, yet persist in hoping the lesson applies to others, never to themselves. Fact is, as the arithmetic of loss shows, a given percentage of gain is never [...]

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Re-Sectioning the Pie Chart

The whole idea behind asset allocation is to prevent extremes. Experience has taught us that the three main categories of investment assets—equities (stocks), fixed-income (bonds), and cash equivalents—each behave differently in reaction to any given set of circumstances. The term for this difference is “negative correlation.” Investor.gov, the website of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, explains asset allocation by comparing it to street vendors who sell both umbrellas and sunglasses, two items consumers are unlikely to purchase at the [...]

Sheaff Brock | Pre-Election Investment Plan Based on Historical Data Since the 1930s

If-Then Investment Planning Prior to an Election

In classical logic, a connection is made between two statements, implying that if P (the proposition) is true, then Q (the next statement) is also true. If Sarah works overtime, she’ll be paid time-and-a-half. If I study, then I’ll get good grades. If I get good grades, then I’ll get into a good college. You get the idea—If statement #1, a given fact, is true, then statement #2 is a new fact that may be deduced from statement #1. Just [...]