This ETF offers exposure to dividend-paying U.S. equities, making SCHD a potentially useful tool for either enhancing current returns derived from the equity portion of a portfolio or for scaling back risk exposure within a portfolio. While there are dozens of funds offering exposure to dividend-paying stocks, SCHD offers a somewhat unique approach to this strategy. The underlying index methodology requires a long track record of distributions, meaning that this product is unlikely to include small, speculative firms that are offering an attractive distribution yield because their stock price has been depressed. The methodology also considers multiple metrics, including dividend growth and dividend yield, resulting in a portfolio that should offer a substantial upgrade in payout compared to the broader market. Given the methodology employed by this fund, SCHD can be used in a number of different ways. Though the portfoli ois somewhat shallow, this fund certainly could be used as a core holding for achieving U.S. equity exposure; it could also be used as a complement to a more broadly-based fund to derive greater yield. Like most Schwab ETFs, SCHD is extremely competitive from a cost perspective; this ETF is cheaper than the vast majority of other products in the All Cap Equities ETFdb Category. Further enhancing the appeal to certain cost conscious investors is the ability to trade this product commission free within Schwab accounts; that feature may have appeal to investors looking to keep a lid on trading-related fees.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for SCHD on several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, concentration of holdings in addition to an overall rating. The "A+ Metric Rated ETF" field, available to ETFdb Pro members, shows the ETF in the All Cap Equities with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field. To view all of this data, sign up for a free 14-day trial for ETFdb Pro. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.View the Category Report
The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for this ETF and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb Category.
This ETF is currently available for commission free trading on the following platforms: (Charles Schwab)
There are 13 other ETFs in the All Cap Equities ETFdb Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:
This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb Category.
The following charts can be customized to display historical performance in a number of different formats, including line charts, bar charts, and candlesticks. Time periods can be adjusted to increase or decrease the period shown, ranging from five minutes to several months.
The following chart also includes the option to compare the performance of SCHD relative to other ETFs and benchmarks or to include indicators such as Bollinger Bands, relative strength, and moving averages.
This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.
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