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Reviewing 7 Cheap Dividend ETFs

by on September 18, 2012 | Updated September 24, 2012

As billions of dollars have flowed into exchange-traded products over the past several years, some asset classes and strategies have attracted particularly high levels of interest (and cash) from investors. Dividend ETFs in particular have become quite popular as investors have sought to build portfolios around securities that generate consistent and meaningful cash flows. There are now more than four dozen dividend ETFs–products that focus in one way or another on stocks that make payouts to their shareholders.

Focusing on the subsets of stock markets that pay dividends generally requires ETF investors to pay a bit more in expenses. But those looking to keep fees down still have dividend ETFs. Below, we profile a handful of dividend-focused ETFs with relatively low expense ratios [see the highest rated dividend stocks]: [click to continue…]

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In recent years ETFs have become the vehicle of choice for accessing a wide range of asset classes, from traditional stocks and bonds to more “exotic” strategies such as commodities and hedge fund-like positions. So it is no surprise that there are now dozens of dividend-focused ETFs designed to deliver cheap, efficient, and targeted exposure to companies that make cash distributions to shareholders. One of the most popular of those is the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY), a product that has perhaps the most stringent requirements for inclusion among all dividend-focused funds. In order to be included in the underlying index, companies must have raised their dividend for at least 25 consecutive years. That lengthy period of time stretches across all types of markets–including multiple recessions–meaning that any company that has managed to steadily increase payouts is likely on a firm foundation. [click to continue…]


The Best Dividend ETFs Aren’t Dividend ETFs At All

by on September 27, 2011 | Updated November 20, 2012

As the ETF industry has expanded rapidly in recent years, the universe of asset classes and investment strategies accessible through the exchange-traded wrapper has increased dramatically. In addition to funds offering exposure to natural resources and volatility–two asset classes previously beyond the reach of many investors–a number of products have popped up that seek to […]

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For investors looking to generate current returns from the equity portion of their portfolio, there is no shortage of exchange-traded products offering attractive dividend yields in the current environment. From ETFs linked to dividend-weighted indexes to those that focus on companies with stellar distribution histories to simply sector-specific funds in high yield corners of the […]

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Though the recent tax agreement between the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans was hailed as an historic compromise, there is no shortage of politicians and organizations–from both the left and the right–expressing frustrations with the accord. In addition to extending the Bush-era tax cuts for an additional two years, the deal signed into law last […]

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High-Dividend ETF Plays

by on November 23, 2009 | Updated April 23, 2013

As investors have regained their appetite for risk, cash has flowed into domestic and international equities, rewarding the “bargain hunters” who snapped up equities near the market bottom when pricing multiples and dividend yields were severely depressed. While these “too good to be true” investments are now much less abundant, they haven’t disappeared altogether.

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