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big bad wolf with little red riding hood, Sheaff Brock reviews potential tax hikes

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 [...]

Two Faces to Show Upside Volatility and Downside Volatility | Sheaff Brock

The Two Faces of Volatility

“Remember that there are two varieties of volatility. Downside volatility is the type to avoid, not generally upside volatility,” Craig Israelsen writes in Financial Planning magazine. Far from doing everything possible to avoid volatility, we should all want portfolios that have higher levels of upside volatility, Israelson asserts. Traditionally, one advantage of building a broadly diversified portfolio is reduced volatility of returns. When higher standard deviation results in impressive upside performance, that is hardly something to be upset about, he observes. The [...]