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U.S. equities edged lower this week as the prospect of a pullback in the central bank’s bond-buying program weighed heavily on the markets. In economic news, the ISM manufacturing index rose to 57.3 in November from the previous 56.4; the ISM non-manufacturing index was reported to have expanded in November at a slower pace than expected. Meanwhile, 215,000 private sector jobs were added last month, up from 130,000 in October and above the expected 178,000. The Commerce Department also reported initial jobless claims falling more than expected [see The Fed Effect: How Monetary Policy Impacts Your ETFs]. [click to continue…]

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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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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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5 Reasons Not to Flee Non-US Dividend Stocks

by on June 12, 2013 | Updated June 13, 2013

“Is it time to flee dividend stocks?” That’s what many investors are asking me amid the recent rise in bond yields. My answer: Don’t abandon dividend stocks but be selective. I’ve long been advocating that investors searching for yield should look abroad for dividend income, and I continue to stand by that call. Here are […]

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By Russ Koesterich, CFA, iShares Global Chief Investment Strategist One beneficiary of the 2013 US stock market rally: defensive sectors. Until recently, classic defensive sectors like utilities, healthcare and consumer staples outperformed as investors were just starting to dip their toes back into stocks focused on those parts of the market many considered safer and less volatile. But, […]

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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 […]

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The growth of the ETF industry continues to foster innovation across the financial landscape, offering up countless ways for investors to easily and efficiently tap into previously hard-to-reach corners of the market. The diverse lineup of ETPs has been embraced by investors of all walks; exchange-traded products can serve as core building blocks in long-term, […]

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iShares Launches More High Yield ETFs (GHYG, IYLD)

by on April 5, 2012 | Updated May 14, 2013

iShares continued its introduction of ETFs targeting high yielding asset classes with the debut of two more funds on the BATS Exchange this week. The Global HighYield Corporate Bond Fund (GHYG) completes a trio of junk bond ETFs to debut this week that target markets outside the U.S., while the Morningstar Multi-Asset Income Index Fund […]

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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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iShares announced the latest addition to its ETF lineup on Thursday, rolling out a fund that seeks to deliver exposure to U.S. companies that have consistently delivered relatively high dividend yields. The iShares High Dividend Equity Fund (HDV) will seek to replicate the performance of the Morningstar Dividend Yield Focus Index, a benchmark that includes […]

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Celebrating the one year anniversary of their partnership on a commission-free ETF platform, iShares and Fidelity announced the expansion of a program that allows free trading of certain iShares ETFs. The addition of the five ETFs brings the total number of iShares products that can be traded commission-free in Fidelity accounts from 25 to 30:

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