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ETFs have earned the respect of countless investors as viable financial instruments well suited as core building blocs for achieving diversified, cost-efficient exposure to virtually any asset class. Exchange-traded products have also become a favorite of many active traders who value their ease-of-use, liquidity and unparalleled transparency. As such, these vehicles can serve as tools for anyone looking to make a tactical play in the market, and with the presidential election inching closer every day, several intriguing ETFs may warrant a closer look [see also ETF Insider: Bears Are Lurking].

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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 period of record low interest rates, pushing yields down and forcing investors to look elsewhere for distributions. In many cases company stock now has distributions that exceed the yield on debt issued by the same entity, a unique phenomenon to say the least [see also 12 High-Yielding Commodities For 2012].

The same scenario plays out for many ETFs; with interest rates at record lows, the current return that can be derived from corporate debt has plummeted. Yet dividend payouts have remained largely untouched, as corporate profits have maintained strength and companies have sought to make a show of stability through a consistent distribution to shareholders [ETFdb Pro members can see the Monthly Dividend ETFdb Portfolio; sign up for a free 7-day trial for full access]. [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 […]

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This week will watch earnings season continue in full stride as a number of bellwether firms are set to announce their most recent fiscal quarter’s statements. Last week saw some mixed results, with companies like Citigroup and Google missing, while others like Wells Fargo, IBM, and Intel were able to lift markets. In fact, the […]

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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 past few trading sessions have been plagued with worries both abroad and within our own borders. While investors scrambled to get out of equities, gold has seen a spark of life as the precious metal hit an all time high of $1,600 per ounce in intraday trading yesterday, pointing to a lack of investor […]

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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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This week saw earnings season kick into high gear as markets reacted to the most recent performances of the nation’s biggest firms. Big name companies like Halliburton, Texas Instruments, and Abbott Labs all brought good news to markets with their strong marks, while others like Johnson & Johnson and Amazon disappointed investors, coming in below […]

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Despite ongoing concerns over debt issues in developed markets and inflation fears in emerging nations, a number of equity sectors have managed to post solid returns thanks to increased optimism over the strength in the market’s recovery. While some of the nation’s most famous companies have come roaring back, others have failed to capitalize off […]

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With health care remaining a major issue in today’s political and financial world, big pharmaceutical firms have been under the microscope for some time. Legislation earlier this year from Washington created quite a buzz, as the bill executed an overhaul of our entire health care system. On top of this, many big pharma firms who […]

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Although growth prospects remain dim and job creation remains minimal, investors continue to snatch up equities thanks to a weak dollar and hopes that the Fed will resume its quantitative easing program in the not-so-distant future. However, speculation of this program and brighter futures in emerging markets are combining to produce some collateral damage, as […]

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With investors divided over the prospects for equity markets heading into the second half of 2010, another highly anticipated earnings season kicked off last week, with mixed results. After a flat Monday, markets surged higher following a slew of impressive reports, only to retreat after some disappointing numbers from the financial sector and a shockingly […]

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