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Many dividend-focused ETFs have significant exposure to financial institutions, since this sector generally has a long history of making substantial cash payouts to shareholders. But investors looking to lower overall volatility and focus on more stable companies may find big allocations to the financial sector to be incompatible with their risk tolerance [see Free Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

Fortunately, there are a number of ETFs that offer exposure to dividend-paying stocks with little or no allocations to the financial sector. Below, we profile eight of them:

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Dividend ETFs: Going Beyond The United States

by on September 5, 2012 | Updated September 24, 2012

Even with recent talks by the Fed calling for another round of stimulus for the U.S. economy, domestic investors are looking for a place to invest outside of the United States in the hopes of achieving more lucrative returns. These same investors may wish to consider adding dividend-paying stocks to their foreign assets, as this asset class holds major appeal in the current low-rate environment. Thanks to the evolution of the ETF industry, investors can now easily beef up their portfolio’s current income while at the same time improving overall geographic diversification. As such, below we outline 20 ETFs with little or no exposure to the United States that target dividend-paying companies [see also Monthly Dividend ETFdb Portfolio]:

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With over 1,400 ETPs to choose from, and new ones launching every month, it’s no wonder that investors have embraced the diverse, cost-efficient nature of this financial instrument, making exchange-traded funds the preferred investment vehicle for many. ETFs offer easy access to strategies and corners of the global market that were previously costly, complex, and difficult-to-reach for mainstream […]

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Several investing trends popped up in a back-and-forth 2011, as advisors sought to tweak client portfolios to take advantage of new opportunities and adapt to a macroeconomic environment that featured a number of sudden and unexpected shifts along with a significant amount of volatility. One significant trend was a rush towards dividend-paying stocks, securities that […]

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Global X, the firm behind a wide-ranging lineup of exchange-traded funds, announced this week the debut of two funds linked to NASDAQ indexes. The Global X NASDAQ 400 Mid Cap ETF (QQQM) will be linked to an index consisting of the top 400 mid-capitalization domestic and international non-financial securities listed on NASDAQ. The Global X […]

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With the finish line in sight, it’s fairly safe to say that 2011 will be remembered by most investors as a wild, back-and-forth year that brought plenty of both hope and despair. A hot start raised optimism of a continued recovery after a generally impressive 2011, but the summer months were anything but relaxing; major […]

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Examining International Dividend ETFs

by on October 19, 2010 | Updated November 8, 2012

With interest rates at record lows and expected to remain depressed for the foreseeable future, investors have been forced to get creative in their hunt for current return. Some have shifted domestic fixed income holdings along the risk/return continuum, seeking out more attractive yields from junk bonds. Others have ventured beyond the U.S. borders, embracing […]

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