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Sheaff Brock | S&P 500 is a measuring stick of the 500 largest US corporations

Please Welcome to the Stage…the Standard & Poor’s Index!

It’s a measuring stick, a benchmark, a way to discuss our investment markets. But what, exactly, does it DO? The S&P 500 index measures the value of the stock of the country’s 500 largest corporations listed on the New York Stock Exchange or on the Nasdaq Composite. The idea? To provide investors a quick look at the stock market and the economy. And, while many investors first check the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 index is the [...]

Midterm Elections and the Market | Sheaff Brock

Midterm Elections and the Market

Concerned about possible effects of the political scene on the stock market, investors are eying the upcoming 2018 midterm elections with some caution. In fact, Sheaff Brock Managing Director Dave Gilreath pointed out in a recent Knowledge Builder presentation, midterm elections have been inflection points for equity markets in the past regardless of which party won or lost! Source: Strategas Research
 True, there has always been a correction during a midterm year, but the interesting thing, Gilreath notes, is that the [...]

Graphic depiction of the Yield Curve | Sheaff Brock

What’s All This About the Yield Curve?

“The yield curve is not indicating a recession,” the Conference Board’s Consumer Research Center concluded. True, interest rates have begun to inch up, “flattening” the curve. Still, as Sheaff Brock Managing Director Dave Gilreath explains in April’s Knowledge Builder webinar, rates do not appear to be heading towards an “inverted yield curve” (in which short-term rates are higher than long-term rates, a situation that historically has come before a recession). According to Strategas Research, rates “should still be upward [...]

Sheaff Brock | Market Volatility in End-of-Day Trading Volume

At the End of the Day, Market Volatility Happens at the End of the Day

Bet you didn’t know this startling statistic—26% of all stock market trades are done at the very end of the trading day! How does that relate to the market volatility fear reaction that many investors are experiencing these days? Take a closer look. In just the first quarter of 2018, there have been four times as many days with a greater than 1% price move as there were in all of 2017. When weaker job statistics, political scandals, and scuttlebutt [...]

Sheaff Brock | Stock Market Volatility as a Sheep in Wolf's Clothing

Market Volatility—A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing?

“The market is as much about sentiment and psychology as it is earnings and profits,” Avi Salzman stated in Barron’s. As Salzman observed the “tit-for-tat proposals” of tariffs between China and the U.S., he realized that the fear factor was going up regarding a potential trade war. Meanwhile, stocks were also being rattled by an anemic jobs report. Salzman is reminded, he says, of “the importance of perception versus what is reality.” No tariffs have actually been approved or [...]

stock market drop and market correction | Sheaff Brock

Just How “Unprecedented” is This Drop? Just How Scared Should I Be?

“Dow plunges 1,033 points and sinks into correction,” the money.cnn.com headline practically jumped off your computer screen February 8th. Now what? you wonder. Yes, the pundits have been saying for some time now that a correction was overdue, that we investors have been waxing complacent, and that what goes up must eventually come down. Is this the beginning of The End? Whoa….When it comes to stock market corrections, the word “unprecedented” is simply incorrect when it comes to describing the [...]

Sheaff Brock | Index Income Overlay | covered calls | net unrealized appreciation | financial planning

Planning Conversation Can Net Unrealized Appreciation Benefit

It’s right there in Section 402 (e)(4)(B) of the IRS publication—that part about net unrealized appreciation. Without having in-depth planning conversations with their advisors, clients might miss out on important tax benefits. In an interview with our SheaffBriefs editor, Sheaff Brock Senior Vice President of Investments Christy Jordan pointed to the following statement in the IRS Code: Section 402(e)(4)( B) provides that in the case of a lump sum distribution which includes employer securities, there shall be excluded from gross income the net [...]

Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors Indianapolis Mid-Cap Performance analysis

Neither Too Big Nor Too Small, Midcaps May Turn Out to be “Just Right”!

Most investors are accustomed to paying attention to small company stocks (they’re exciting) or large caps (they’re familiar), but often need to be reminded of a third, sometimes “forgotten,” asset class that has the potential of being (as Goldilocks would put it) “just right” for their portfolios. With the necessary caveat that “past performance is no guarantee of future results,” Sheaff Brock Mid-Cap 10 portfolio manager Paul Coan likes to point out that midcap stocks tend to be more stable [...]