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Ultimate Guide To TDIV

by on January 28, 2013

One of the common historical criticisms of tech stocks is that they by and large do not pay dividends. That has changed dramatically in recent years, as the blue chip tech stocks of the 1980s and 1990s have matured and accumulated more cash than they can effectively reinvest. With numerous tech stocks now offering dividends, it is a relevant consideration as to how to best build a portfolio of dividend-paying tech stocks. This is where the Nasdaq Technology Dividend Index Fund (TDIV) from First Trust comes into play [see How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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With clouds of uncertainty looming over much of the global economy, investors are searching far and wide for lucrative growth opportunities in a landscape otherwise characterized by debt drama and stagnation. The technology sector remains perhaps as one of the most exciting corners of the market given the sheer need for innovation across industrial processes and ever-expanding demand for more advanced consumer products. The rising popularity of touchscreen devices in particular showcases how consumer demand for innovative electronics continues to be a key driving force in the worldwide technology sector [see also High Tech ETFdb Portfolio].

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Stock markets had a rather uneventful start to the week as more of the same eurozone threats and uncertainties surrounding corporate earnings season at home continue to weigh down on confidence. On Wall Street, economic releases remain a mixed bag at best; the Empire state index beat expectations while June retail sales came in at […]

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Earnings got off to a rocky start this week as Citigroup missed analyst expectations, casting doubt on what will be a busy end to the week as dozens of blue chip firms will report earnings. Investors are looking to earnings season to revamp the bull run that has faltered in recent weeks, as less-than-encouraging data […]

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Sometimes the simplest solution is the most effective. That certainly seemed to be the case when it comes to dividend-focused exchange-traded products in 2011. As investors have sought to enhance current return profiles while scaling back the risk of equity investments, the landscape has become cluttered with ETPs targeting stocks of dividend-paying companies. Currently there […]

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The old adage “never judge a book by its cover” has been applied to a wide variety of situations over the years, from encouraging open mindedness in social situations to shopping for a car to, well, judging books by their covers. And it turns out this piece of advice can be quite valuable for investors […]

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As the greenback begins to take back some of the ground it has recently lost, investors are befuddled as to where they should allocate their assets. Some are still bullish on gold or fixed income, while others believe that these two asset classes have hit their peaks, and are due for a nasty correction in […]

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Over the past quarter, a few sectors have stood out as the biggest winners of the summer stock market surge. While materials and service firms were both big gainers, technology companies rose sharply as investors bought up the sector due to its high growth prospects and increasing demand in emerging markets. However, despite these gains […]

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As anxiety over Europe’s debt woes and the resulting drag on global growth have intensified in recent weeks, equity markets around the world have plummeted. Technology companies, which led the way higher during the recovery of 2009, have fallen on hard times. After rising for much of the start of 2010, the tech heavy Nasdaq […]

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Although news of SEC charges against Goldman Sachs became the dominant story on Wall Street on Friday, the focus on investors for much of the past week was on the handful of companies that kicked off another critical earnings season. With the market recovering much of the ground lost during the recent recession, many investors […]

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Three ETFs To Watch This Week: TIP, SMH, FXM

by on April 12, 2010 | Updated April 13, 2010

After plunging in mid-week trading, equity markets climbed back to finish up last week. Commodity markets were also in focus, as oil stayed flat and a sinking dollar caused gold to gain almost $50/oz. in trading over the course of the week. Bond yields also slipped with the benchmark 10 Year T-Bill falling by close […]

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The financial sector was in focus on Friday as Obama unveiled a plan to tax 50 banks, insurance firms, and broker-dealers in a plan to recoup $90 billion dollars of government funds. Signs of a recovery continued to emerge, and major benchmarks reached 15-month highs. After hours, Intel reported stronger than expected earnings, setting the […]

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