This ETF offers exposure to a strategy that is largely similar to the popular "Dogs of the Dow" approach that involves a portfolio consisting of the ten components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average with the highest dividend yields. SDOG, however, casts a much wider net by drawing from the S&P 500 as its universe of potential stocks. The fund is also unique in that it maintains equal allocations to each of ten sectors; that makes it very different from many dividend-focused products, which tend to have biases towards utilities and financials. The portfolio also consists of equal weighting to each individual component stocks, which might be appealing to those who favor equal weight strategies. SDOG can be a useful tool for achieving a diverse portfolio of large cap U.S. stocks while also seeking to capture a meaningful dividend yield. SDOG will generally maintain a dividend yield that is much greater than the S&P 500, and will often exceed many other dividend-focused ETFs as well. One potential caveat is the possibility of falling into "value trap" stocks that have high yields that result from deteriorating business models and depressed stock prices. However, since the universe is the S&P 500, component stocks are more likely to be generally stable, large companies. SDOG is more expensive than some other funds in the Large Cap Value Equities ETFdb Category, but still features a relatively low expense ratio given the specialized objective. For investors interested in a refined, logical way to target yield, this ETF is certainly an interesting option.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for SDOG 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 Large Cap Value 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 27 other ETFs in the Large Cap Value 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.
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This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.
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