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Taking the elevator down | option overlay for returns | Sheaff Brock

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, [...]

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 [...]

Option Overlay Strategies as Timely and Timeless | Sheaff Brock

Timely vs. Timeless—Option Overlays Strive to Be Both

With this month’s over-arching message being the power of TIME—the goal being to discuss investment tactics which are timely, yet which belong in portfolios based on timeless wisdom—the option overlay strategy becomes a particularly relevant topic. There’s nothing new about option overlays. In fact, as Institutional Investor explains, the majority of U.S. pension plans have adopted overlay techniques as part of their investment tactics. And, while in investment vocabulary, the term “overlay” can have different meanings, Sheaff Brock Managing Director Dave Gilreath [...]

Dividend Growth Investing | Sheaff Brock | Time and Money

Dividend Growth Investing in 2019

The new film release, “What Men Want,” is designed to recapture the box office success of the blockbuster Hollywood romantic fantasy of nineteen years ago, “What Women Want.” An investment-world equivalent might attempt to answer the question of “What Investors Want.” It appears the answer is asylum-with-growth-potential, given the tumultuous investment markets which marked the final weeks of the past year. Dividend growth investing, as seekingalpha.com explains, involves the researching and careful selection of high-quality companies that are capable of [...]

Market Volatility | Heart-Shaped Roller Coaster Ride | Sheaff Brock Perspectives

What Is This Thing Called Volatility, Really?

“What is this thing called love, this funny thing called love?” is Cole Porter’s well-sung query, asking the Lord in Heaven above: “Why should it make a fool of me?” Recent market volatility has had many investors asking a similar question about the investment market. “Stock market volatility is a great way to test your nerves as an investor,” writes Leslie Albrecht in MarketWatch.com. The Volatility 101 lesson here for investors, as Albrecht correctly points out, is this: “There’s a [...]

Post-Election Stocks | Perspectives by Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors

The Rest of the Post-Midterm Election Story

The performance of healthcare stocks, as we’ve been discussing, has in general “tracked well with the prospects of a divided government.” One Sheaff Brock research source, Strategas Research, remarks that in post-election periods in general, healthcare has been just one of many beneficiaries of a “divided government.” Of course, the December ruling by a Texas judge on the constitutionality of the ACA and the subsequent staying of his ruling during appeal has caused some volatility in the healthcare sector. As [...]

Post-Midterm Elections and Health Stocks | Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors

The Other Side of Midterm Election What-Ifs

With the midterm elections now in the rearview mirror, with no clear “sweep” on either side of the aisle, investors are asking a number of “so now what?” questions. As one Sheaff Brock research partner, Strategas Securities, LLC observed even prior to the midterm election, funding for the National Institutes of Health is unlikely to decrease, which is a positive for life sciences tools companies. Even though a Texas judge ruled the entire ACA unconstitutional in December, Strategas commented shortly [...]

Dividend Stocks could take the Baton from Growth Equity Stocks for Income | Sheaff Brock

Dividend Stocks Could Take Baton from Growth Equities

“High dividend stocks appeal to many investors living off dividends in retirement because their high yields provide generous income,” simplysafedividends.com observes, almost stating the obvious. Why, exactly, is it that some dividend-paying stocks offer much higher yields than others? There are several possible answers, the authors explain: a high yield reflects a company’s mature status (think utilities and telecom companies) some companies have unique business structures that require them to distribute cash flow to investors some stocks use financial [...]

Market Effects of Midterm Elections | Sheaff Brock Perspective

Market Effects of Midterm Elections

“A quick look at historical performance shows that stocks often see rough sledding in the September of years that feature midterm elections,” MarketWatch comments, adding that it was not “clear that the midterm congressional elections on Nov. 6 … would be enough to derail the bull market.” One thing that has characterized midterm seasons, Sheaff Brock Managing Director Dave Gilreath notes, is greater stock price volatility. In fact, he notes, midterm years have been more volatile than the average. The [...]

Late-Year Investing | Sheaff Brock Perspectives

Important Things to Keep in Mind for Late-Year Investing

Not for naught has September been dubbed “the banana peel month” and October the “jinx month” for investors, Sheaff Brock Managing Director Dave Gilreath observes wryly—some of the largest “slip and fall” and “crash” incidents seem to relate to late-year investing. To be sure, the worst September ever for the S&P 500 (a 30% drop) happened a long time ago. Still, with six more September investing drops since then, the month of September has the dubious distinction of having surpassed [...]