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The recent rumble on Wall Street coupled with looming fears over rising interest rates has prompted many investors to re-examine their portfolios. More specifically, investors who rely on the current income stream from their portfolios have likely been thinking of prudent ways to more favorably re-position their holdings over the coming months. We recently had an opportunity to talk with David Fabian, a managing partner at FMD Capital Management, whose firm specializes in actively managed ETF portfolios.

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With interest rates looking to stay near zero for some time yet, yield-hungry investors have taken to equity markets for juicier sources of income. And in the world of exchange-traded products, dividend ETFs have become even more popular in recent years, thanks to their low costs, transparency, and wide array of dividend-focused strategies. Whether you are looking for fine-tuned exposure to a particular region, companies that have increased dividends for more than 20+ years, or are hoping to cast a wider net over the space, investors have more than 70 dividend-focused ETFs to choose from [see 101 High Yielding ETFs For Every Dividend Investor]. [click to continue…]

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Though lingering concerns over Fed tapering have weighed heavily on the markets in recent months, this week investors shifted their focus to Congress as they continue to struggle to come to a bipartisan budget agreement. Since Tuesday, the U.S. federal government officially shut down, closing its doors to all “non-essential” operations.  Though equity markets initially […]

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Since interest rates began rising earlier this summer, some market watchers have been declaring the dividend trade a thing of the past. It’s no wonder, then, that many clients are asking me if it’s time to abandon dividend payers. This is just one of the questions about dividend investing I’ve been hearing lately during my […]

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Interest in dividend-focused strategies has surged in recent years, as investors continue to look for ways to enhance their portfolio’s yield without taking on excessive risk. As such, the ETF industry has responded to this demand, pumping out a wide array of products that offer the stable and attractive yields many are looking for. A […]

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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: […]

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4 Dividend ETFs With Higher Yields Than LQD

by on July 24, 2012 | Updated July 25, 2012

Once upon a time, the conventional wisdom was that investors should hold stocks as a source of long-term capital appreciation while bonds could bring stability and a stream of meaningful current returns in the form of interest payments. But the appeal of bonds as a source of current income has been diminished by a prolonged […]

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Dividend ETFs have been at the intersection of two of the hottest investing trends over the last year or so, turning in stellar performances and attracting huge cash inflows. Interest in dividend-paying stocks has skyrocketed, as these securities have double-edged appeal as tools for both smoothing overall volatility and enhancing the current returns derived from […]

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Growth and evolution have been recurring themes in the exchange-traded universe in 2011, as investors are now faced with a diverse product lineup of  over 1,400 ETPs. More than 300 of those are new additions in 2011, a year that broke the previous record for extent of product development. And while many of the new […]

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Major stock indexes took a roller coaster ride this week as the seemingly never-ending crisis in Europe brought upon new market turmoil. After showing strong gains earlier in the week, U.S. and global stocks dropped significantly with the announcement of Greece’s decision to shelf their controversial bailout referendum. Further worsening matters, the G-20 summit departed from their […]

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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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