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  • An Active Approach to Diversify Fixed Income Portfolios

    12-15-2016 03:00 PM by Bryan Novak, Astor Investment Management

    By Bryan Novak, Astor Investment Management Senior Managing Director & Portfolio Manager Active may not be the approach that immediately comes to mind in income investing. But as the fixed income markets have reminded us recently, taking an active approach can be key to bo...

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  • Fidelitys New Spin on a Dividend ETF

    11-08-2016 10:43 AM by Clayton Fresk, Stadion Money Management

    Throughout the first part of 2016, Dividend ETFs were all the rage. Performance was very strong and investors were seemingly piling money into these dividend payers. While the strong performance has leveled off in the latter half of this year, dividend ETFs still seem to ...

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  • The Fed has a Say With This Dividend ETF

    10-31-2016 10:50 AM by Tom Lydon

    As has been widely documented, the once hot utilities sector has fallen back to earth in a big way over the several weeks as financial markets price in rising odds that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in December. That speculation is also weighing consumer staple...

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  • A Cautious Approach to a Popular Dividend ETF

    10-13-2016 12:31 PM by Tom Lydon

    High-yield dividend stocks and exchange traded funds have been rewarding yield-starved investors for much of this year, but that trade has recently been threatened on concerns that defensive sectors, such consumer staples, telecom and utilities, are overvalued and that the Federa...

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  • High Dividend ETFs may Offer a Pleasant Surprise

    09-14-2016 12:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    High-yield dividend stocks and exchange traded funds have been rewarding yield-starved investors for much of this year, but that trade has recently been threatened on concerns that defensive sectors, such consumer staples, telecom and utilities, are overvalued and that the Federa...

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  • It's Getting Pricey to Hedge a Big Dividend ETF

    09-09-2016 10:22 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors' thirst for defensive, high-yielding, low beta consumer staples and utilities stocks made the iShares Select Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: DVY) one of the better-performing dividend exchange traded funds through the first half of this year. However, options data suggest some ...

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  • Sticking With a Favorite Defensive ETF

    08-30-2016 10:29 AM by Brenton Garen

    The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU) is one of this year's best-performing sector exchange traded funds as the combination of the Federal Reserve holding off on raising interest rates and investors favoring low beta corners of the equity markets has lifted defensive s...

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  • The Right Time for Dividend ETF Investing

    07-07-2016 11:25 AM by Brenton Garen

    The iShares Select Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: DVY) is one of this year's best-performing dividend exchange traded funds and it is possible that the giant dividend ETF adds to its 15.3% year-to-date gain. The current environment has been especially favorable for DVY because the ET...

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  • Utilities ETFs Can Burn Brighter

    06-13-2016 09:30 AM by Brenton Garen

    The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU) and rivals, such as the Vanguard Utilities ETF (NYSEArca: VPU) and the Fidelity MSCI Utilities Index ETF (NYSEArca: FUTY), are among this year's top-performing sector exchange traded funds. While impressive upside moves by XLU a...

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  • ETF Investors Should Mind Their Exposure to Rate-Sensitive Stocks

    06-10-2016 08:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    The utilities sector remains the best performing area of the S&P 500. However, a rising rate environment could cause utilities to underperform. While investors may have enjoyed the ride by overweighting the sector, exchange traded fund investors should also take the time to l...

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  • 15 Most Read ETF Articles of the Week (May 9-13)

    05-13-2016 06:44 PM by Brenton Garen

    Each publishes news, strategy and commentary on ETFs in the realms of Commodities, Currency, Equities and Smart-Beta to name a few. Heres a look at the Top 15 Most Viewed Articles of the Week on ETF Trends, May 9-13, 2016. Click the headline to read the ful...

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  • What's So Special About Smart Beta ETFs?

    05-12-2016 02:13 PM by Max Chen

    Many investment innovations have been meet with skepticism, but exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track smart-beta or alternative index-based strategies have quickly caught investors' attention. Contributing to the rapid growth, smart beta ETFs have helped investors capitalize...

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  • Surging Utilities-Heavy Dividend ETFs

    05-06-2016 12:35 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU) up 14.4%, good for one of the best performances among any traditional sector exchange traded fund (ETF), it is not surprising that utilities-heavy dividend ETFs are benefiting as the utilities soars. The iShares Select Divi...

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  • ETF Investors Look to Dividend Payers Over Buybacks

    04-05-2016 05:40 PM by Max Chen

    Corporations have issued share buybacks and dividends to make company shares more attractive to investors. However, dividend-focused exchange traded funds are winning out the battle of shareholder value. The PowerShares Buyback Achievers Portfolio (NYSEArca: PKW), which tracks...

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  • Underperforming Stock Pickers Explain Passive ETF Growth

    04-04-2016 04:00 PM by Max Chen

    Bolstering the case for passively managed exchange traded fund as a good way for investors to tap into the equities market, active stock fund managers just experienced one of their worst quarters in almost two decades. Less than one in five large-cap funds outperformed the ben...

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  • Declining U.S. Treasury Yields Become a Boon for Dividend ETFs

    03-30-2016 06:00 AM by Brenton Garen

    Declining U.S. Treasury yields have been a boon for a wide array of income-generating asset classes and sectors this year, including dividend exchange traded funds. In particular, dividend ETFs with healthy allocations to rate-sensitive sectors are thriving. That includes the ...

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  • A Dependable Dividend ETF

    12-11-2015 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Like many dividend exchange traded funds, the iShares Select Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: DVY) has struggled this year as investors have become increasingly concerned about the timing of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike. DVY, one of the largest U.S. dividend ETFs, is down 5% ye...

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  • How ETFs Can Diminish Your Market Risk

    11-19-2015 05:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors can utilize a growing number of exchange traded funds that implement alternative indexing methodologies to diminish market risks and potential limit the impact of another bubble. James Norman, president of QS Investors, a Legg Mason affiliate, explains how market ine...

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  • Can Utilities Be Part Of Winning Dividend ETFs?

    11-02-2015 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    For the bulk of this year, conventional wisdom has been that once the Federal Reserve hikes interest rates, U.S. dividend stocks and exchange traded funds could experience a meaningful correction after investors piled into the yield-paying assets during the low rate environment. ...

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  • Where To Look In A Low-Yield Environment

    10-07-2015 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    With volatility back, bond yields down and speculation that the Federal Reserve sticks to low interest rates, investors may turn to old themes, like dividend-generating stocks and exchange traded funds. "Investors may be feeling a bit of 'dj vu all over again,' to quote the re...

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  • Consider This Dividend ETF With the Fed Cooperating

    09-18-2015 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Once the Federal Reserve hikes interest rates, U.S. dividend stocks and exchange traded funds could experience a meaningful correction after investors piled into the yield-paying assets during the low rate environment. The good news is investors do not have to worry about that...

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  • Sector Factors to Consider With Dividend ETFs

    07-06-2015 10:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Thanks to the jump in Treasury yields, a rise that has been fueled by speculation the Federal Reserve will soon raise interest rates, investors are departing some noteworthy dividend exchange traded funds. Of the four largest dividend ETFs, only the Vanguard High Dividend Yiel...

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  • A Warning on U.S. Dividend Stocks, ETFs

    06-17-2015 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Once the Federal Reserve hikes interest rates, U.S. dividend stocks and exchange traded funds could experience a meaningful correction after investors piled into the yield-paying assets during the low rate environment. "With investors desperate for yield, dividend-paying stock...

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  • Payouts Rise in Q1, but Some Dividend ETFs Lag

    03-31-2015 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Dividends paid by S&P 500 member firms continued rising during the first quarter, but some of the major dividend exchange traded funds did not follow suit. With just two days remaining in the first quarter, S&P 500 companies have paid out $93.6 billion in dividends, up...

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  • Newer Dividend ETF Strategies Look Promising

    03-12-2015 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Among the recent batch of alternative index-based exchange traded funds to hit the market, some new dividend ETF options have been outperforming prominent, go-to investment choices. According to S&P Capital IQ, the Deep Value ETF (NYSE: DVP), First Trust NASDAQ Rising Divi...

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  • Investors Sticking With Utilities-Heavy Dividend ETFs as Sector Slides

    02-18-2015 01:11 PM by Todd Shriber

    One years leading sectors can turn into the following years laggards and that much is happening in 2015 with utilities stocks. With a 2014 gain of nearly 29%, the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU) was the top performer among the nine sector SPDR exchange traded fund...

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  • An Old Friend and a New Face Among Dividend ETFs

    01-21-2015 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Expectations are in place for another strong year of dividend growth by U.S. companies and that ongoing trend is likely to prompt investors to continue allocating capital to dividend exchange traded funds. According to S&P Dow Jones Indices, 971 dividend increases were rep...

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  • Banner Year of Dividend Growth Sends Cash to Dividend ETFs

    01-07-2015 01:00 PM by Todd Shriber

    U.S. dividend increases fell slightly last year $54.8 billion from $54.9 billion in 2013, but that modest downtick does little to damage the broader dividend growth thesis. Nor was 2014s slightly lower level of dividend growth enough to keep investors from pouring billions of new...

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  • U.S. ETF Assets Hit $2 Trillion Milestone

    12-23-2014 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Buoyed by strong inflows to equity and fixed income funds, the U.S. exchange traded products industry has hit another milestone, eclipsing $2 trillion in assets under management. Industry observers likely saw this landmark moment when November inflows data revealed that invest...

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  • This Years Leading Dividend ETFs Could Face Headwinds in 2015

    11-25-2014 08:20 AM by Todd Shriber

    The utilities sector is the second-best performer in the S&P 500 this year behind health care and the stodgy, high-yielding sectors rise has been a boon for an array of utilities-heavy dividend exchange traded funds. However, investors should exercise some caution if they ...

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  • Well-Known ETFs on Fidelitys Commission-Free Platform

    11-01-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The commission-free exchange traded funds movement continues to gain steam. In late October, it was reported that Raymond James, the Florida-based brokerage firm, will offer commission-free ETFs to its registered investment advisors (RIAs) and their clients. It is expected tha...

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  • Dividend ETFs Winning With Big Utilities Weights

    10-20-2014 04:55 PM by Tom Lydon

    Year-to-date, the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU) is the top performer among the nine sector SPDR ETFs and the race is not even close. XLU entered Monday with a 16.2% year-to-date gain, an advantage of 470 basis points over its nearest competitor, the Health Care ...

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  • Q3 Dividend Growth Could be Positive for These ETFs

    10-08-2014 11:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    The third quarter was another good one of U.S. dividend growth with dividend (increases less decreases) totaling $12.3 billion, up from $11.9 billion a year earlier, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. "For the 12-months ending September 2014, dividend payments have increa...

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  • So go Utilities, so Goes This Dividend ETFSort Of

    10-08-2014 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    When utilities stocks soared earlier this year, investors were reminded of some key points. First, the utilities sector, though not a shoe in to fall when interest rates rise, sure does enjoy more sanguine interest rate environments. Second, utilities sector strength is often ...

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  • iShares Announces Modest Fee Cuts on 24 ETFs

    09-03-2014 01:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    BlackRocks (NYSE: BLK) iShares unit, the worlds largest issuer of exchange traded funds, announced that it is reducing fees on 24 of its sector and industry ETFs by one basis point. Fees on iShares ETFs tend to fluctuate modestly as the funds gain or lose assets, indicating th...

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  • Different Strokes With Dividend ETFs

    08-25-2014 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    With benchmark Treasury yields remaining stubbornly low, investors can still find attractive income-generating options through dividend stock exchange traded funds. However, not all dividend ETFs are created equal, so an investor will have to consider the various strategies an...

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  • Use Income Generating ETFs in a Low Growth Economy

    07-31-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    In an environment of low global economic growth, exchange traded fund investors may find that income generation, rather than capital gains, provides a better source of investment returns. The global economy is left to depend on economic growth for further advances and it is gr...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: All That Glitters

    07-12-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    In a week marked by renewed concerns about the fragility of the banking systems in some peripheral European nations and the first signs that the Federal Reserves quantitative easing regime could end as soon as the fourth quarter, gold exchange traded funds were solid performers. ...

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  • Dividend Stocks, ETFs Remain in Style

    07-08-2014 11:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Dividend increases among U.S. companies rose $12.6 billion in the April through June time frame, but that lags the $17.6 billion growth rate seen in the first quarter, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. According to S&P Dow Jones Indices, 696 dividend increases were r...

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  • Tech, Dividend ETFs to Capture Goldman's 'Pockets of Opportunity'

    06-10-2014 03:59 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the equities markets touching new highs, most U.S. stocks are hovering at or above fair value. However, exchange traded fund investors can still find opportunities in technology and dividend investments. "The valuation of the market is at the higher end of a range of fair...

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  • Dividend Stocks, ETFs Back to Outperforming S&P 500

    06-09-2014 10:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    When biotechnology, Internet and other momentum stocks were in favor during the first two months of this year, dividend payers lagged. Even with U.S. stocks recently hitting all-time highs, dividend payers are back to outperforming the S&P 500. "We noted in an early March ...

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  • Diversify With Dividend ETFs

    05-27-2014 03:06 PM by Max Chen

    Demand for dividend stocks and exchange traded funds remains robust as investors continue looking for ways to generate income in a low interest rate environment. A number of factors contribute to the ongoing appeal of investing in dividend ETFs. For instance, dividend payouts ...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: New Contestants

    04-26-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Increased tensions in Eastern Europe sent U.S. stocks tumbling Friday with the Nasdaq the worst offender among the major U.S. indices with a loss of nearly 2%. For the week the S&P 500 closed modestly lower. With the U.S. and Western allies threatening additional sanctions...

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  • Good Q1 for Dividends, but Some Payout ETFs Lost Cash

    04-09-2014 01:48 PM by Todd Shriber

    Net dividend increases totaled $17.8 billion in the first quarter, up almost 23% year-over-year. Nearly 1,100 dividend increases were reported during the quarter, displacing the prior first quarter record of 1,069 set in 1979. Q1 2014 is 14.2% higher than the 944 increases in Q1 ...

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  • Not Just Sector Funds: Other ETFs Benefit From Utilities Leadership

    04-07-2014 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Declining 10-year Treasury yields and the significant retrenchment in momentum stocks have been boons for the utilities sector this year. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU) is by far the best performer of the nine sector SPDR ETFs. Up 11.8% year-to-date, XLU is c...

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  • A Familiar Dividend ETF to Revisit

    04-07-2014 08:15 AM by Todd Shriber

    Just a short while after dividend exchange traded funds hauled in over $29 billion in 2013, making the genre the biggest contributor to the growth of smart beta ETFs, some of the largest U.S. dividend funds have been bleeding assets in 2014. Year-to-date, the three largest U.S...

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  • Utilities ETFs Make Their Presence Felt

    03-17-2014 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Utilities exchange traded funds may not be as exciting as equivalent financial services, energy and technology funds (just to name a few), but in a sign that some investors are again embracing lower beta fare, utilities ETFs have noticeably strong through the first two and a half...

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  • High-Yield Dividend ETFs Fall Out of Favor in Rising Rate Environment

    03-14-2014 02:32 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors may want to reduce exposure to high-yield dividend exchange traded funds in a rising interest rate environment. The Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index, which includes 100 stocks screened for dividend growth and weighted by annual yield, has underperformed the S&...

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  • Bond, Utilities Bounce Buoys Some Dividend ETFs

    02-03-2014 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Ten-year Treasury yields dipped 10.6% last month while utilities was the best performing sector in the S&P 500, but the good news from that scenario was not confined to the iShares Core Total U.S. Bond Market ETF (NYSEArca: AGG), the Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (NYSEArca: ...

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  • Dividend ETF Ideas for 2014

    01-03-2014 11:57 AM by Tom Lydon

    As of mid-December, dividend exchange traded funds had hauled in $27.6 billion, more than double the $13.1 billion raked in by payout ETFs in 2012. Amid low interest rates, income investors have relied on dividend stocks and ETFs as bond alternatives. "I think the right place ...

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  • 4 ETFs for Stocks that Consistently Grow Dividend Yields

    12-18-2013 07:00 AM by Max Chen

    Investors can find many various options for income generation, but some dividend-related exchange traded funds have been tailored to provide exposure to sustainable, quality stocks that have a history of growing dividends. For instance, the newly launched ProShares S&P 500...

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  • Rising Rates Turn Some Dividend ETFs Into Laggards

    12-16-2013 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Since April 30, 10-year Treasury yields have surged a jaw-dropping 71.2%. Although 2013 has been a remarkable year for dividend ETFs, both in terms of increased number of products and asset-gather acumen, that rise in Treasury yields has turned some of the largest dividend ETF...

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  • As Rates Rise, Some Dividend ETFs Stand Firm

    12-06-2013 01:16 PM by Todd Shriber

    Ten-year Treasury yields are rising once again. With Thursdays close at 2.86%, 10-year yields are again flirting with the supposedly ominous 3% level after climbing 7.5% in the past month and 3.6% in the last five trading sessions. As was seen earlier this year when rates spik...

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  • A Not so Jolly Start to December

    12-06-2013 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    December is historically one of the best months of the year for stocks. The last month of the year is the second month in the best six-month cycle for stocks and as an added bonus, an favorable seasonal factors kick in for several sectors, particularly on the cyclical side of ...

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  • Dividend Reinvestment Via ETFs

    12-05-2013 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend exchange traded funds are on a hot streak this year. Not only are companies raising payouts at an impressive clip, ETF issuers are meeting investors insatiable desire for yield with an array of new dividend-themed funds. Investors have responded by allocating billions...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: More Dividends

    11-25-2013 12:48 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Late last week we spoke about outflows in U.S. Equity/Dividend name DVY (iShares Select Dividend, Expense RRatio 0.40%) and now we have seen similar in activity in related product SDY (SPDR S&P Dividend, Expense Ratio 0.35%). With yield oriented names posting a strong year...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Dividend Dilemma

    11-22-2013 11:11 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Today we speak of recent outflows in a leading Large Cap Value Equity ETF, which falls within Dividend/Yield oriented equity ETFs, DVY (iShares Select Dividend, Expense Ratio 0.40%). Approximately $500 million has flowed out of the fund this week on a surge in trading volume, ...

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  • Advisors Embrace Commission-Free ETFs

    11-04-2013 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Free is perceived to be, in most cases, so it is not surprising that registered investment advisors have been using commission-free exchange traded funds in client portfolios. Charles Schwab (NYSE: SCHW), TD Ameritrade (NasdaqGS: AMTD) and Fidelity are among the platforms used...

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  • What Type of Dividend ETF Investor Are You?

    11-01-2013 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    While the Fed maintains its quantitative easing program and rock-bottom benchmark rates, investors will want dividend exchange traded fund plays. But how will you react when the easy money dries up? Investors who want dividends for the current income will likely hold onto thei...

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  • Dividend ETFs: Were Bigger Than U.S. Treasuries

    10-24-2013 07:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Cash continues to pour into dividend exchange traded funds, so much so that ETFs holding dividend stocks are now bigger, as a group, than funds that hold U.S. Treasuries. Combined assets under management for dividend ETFs have surged to $80 billion this year from $50 billion a...

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  • Some Dividend ETFs Starting to Look Pricey

    10-22-2013 07:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    At the sector level, consumer staples, telecom and utilities are among income investors favorite destinations. Far from being growth names, stocks residing in those sectors are usually viewed as value plays and, as a result, dividend investing is often thought to be value investi...

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  • Dividend ETFs Help Cushion Market Dips

    10-05-2013 07:01 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the equities market stumbles on increased uncertainty surrounding the U.S. debt ceiling, investors should take another look at dividend exchange traded fund plays that help cushion dips in the market cycle. Companies with consistent and high dividend payouts tend to be able...

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  • Steps to Work Out Your ETF 'Core'

    09-13-2013 11:43 AM by Tom Lydon

    While getting hyped about the next great investment idea and chasing after potentially lucrative plays can be fun, investors should remember to stick to the basics with core portfolio holdings. ETFs are great for working the core. "Without a solid core, you are doomed to under...

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  • International Dividend ETFs

    09-12-2013 11:10 AM by Tom Lydon

    Many turned to U.S. dividend stocks for an easy way to ride the rally and receive some extra cash on the side. However, investors should also consider dividend exchange traded funds that track overseas markets as a way to diversify a portfolio. The iShares International Select...

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  • Why Retirees Are Turning to ETFs for $1 Million Goal

    06-15-2013 07:11 AM by Tom Lydon

    As we scramble to put enough away for life after work, most Americans have not amassed enough to live comfortably in their Golden years, but exchange traded funds can help investors realize their goal. Were facing a crisis right now, and its going to get worse, Alicia Munnell,...

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  • Dividend ETFs, Yield-Producing Equities Back in Focus

    06-09-2013 10:05 AM by Tom Lydon

    The slight pullback in the stock market is creating the chance for income focused investors to get back into dividend-paying equities at a reasonable cost. Dividend exchange traded funds are back in focus as some yield-producing investments have pulled back to their 50 day-moving...

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  • A Closer Look at WisdomTree's Dividend ETFs

    05-14-2013 08:23 AM by Tom Lydon

    The phenomenal success of WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity (NYSEArca: DXJ) has been a huge story in ETFs this year. However, WisdomTree Investments (NasdaqGM: WETF) also oversees a family of ETFs that take a different approach to popular dividend strategies. The firm is "arguabl...

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  • Dividend ETF with Growth Tilt Makes a Comeback

    05-12-2013 09:05 AM by Tom Lydon

    The S&P 500 keeps rising and dividend exchange traded fund investors are feeling more confident as they start to favor growth over yield. Over the past month, total returns of the two most popular dividend funds, the growth-minded Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (NYSEAr...

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  • An Attractive Dividend ETF Outperforming the S&P 500

    05-07-2013 07:50 AM by Tom Lydon

    Most dividend stocks and exchange traded funds have either kept pace with or slightly lagged behind the broader market, while enticing investors with generous yields. The iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: DVY), on the other hand, has been outperforming the S&P ...

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  • Dividend ETFs for 2013

    05-04-2013 07:41 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend exchange traded funds are still an investor favorite in this low-yield, income-starved environment. Investors have a number of fund choices to pick from that will complement an income-producing strategy. "There are a lot of reasons to recommend dividend investing. For...

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  • Dividend ETFs: Yields Falling as Market Rallies

    04-16-2013 07:59 AM by Tom Lydon

    Corporate America's dividend payouts are on the rise, but dividend related exchange traded funds are actually seeing yields diminish as the equities market rallies to new heights. According to S&P Dow Jones Indices, the amount of dividend payments increased $14.5 billion d...

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  • Surveying the Dividend ETF Landscape

    04-03-2013 09:21 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend exchange traded funds have attracted investors looking for yield and a tilt to more defensive stocks and sectors. However, as a result of different index approaches, the funds can offer varying exposures to dividend paying equities. Some dividend ETFs weight individua...

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  • More Dividend ETFs Hitting the Market Amid Strong Demand

    03-16-2013 06:38 AM by Tom Lydon

    There are about 50 different dividend-focused ETFs trading that use company payouts as a screening process. Some experts say the dividend sector is blowing up and competition couldnt be fiercer. Investors have poured more than $69 billion into these products, with much of that...

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  • Buyback, Dividend ETFs Boosted as Companies Return Record Cash

    03-08-2013 03:09 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the Dow Jones Industrial Average at an all-time high, Corporate America is in better shape than the average American after the financial crisis. Companies are seeing profits rise and firms are returning cash to investors at a record pace, which has provided a lift to ETFs th...

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  • Dividend and Buyback ETFs: A Match Made in Heaven?

    02-26-2013 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend-themed ETFs have been all the rage with investors looking to boost income in stocks rater than bonds. Meanwhile, an ETF focused on companies that are buying back their shares has outperformed the market by a wide margin. Now, new research suggests that combining divid...

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  • Investors Still Want Dividend ETFs for Yield

    01-31-2013 06:14 AM by Tom Lydon

    After finding clarity on the tax debate, investors are returning to dividend-paying stocks and exchange traded funds in search of yield and more conservative strategies for equities. Interest-bearing accounts like money market fund and short-term deposits are earning less than...

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  • ETF Opportunities as Budget Deal Affects U.S. Growth

    01-18-2013 11:19 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite a resolution to the fiscal cliff, the consequences of the budget deal will still negatively affect the markets and exchange traded funds. One iShares analyst points out some potential pitfalls and opportunities in the months ahead. "The fiscal drag left in place by the...

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  • Dividend Stocks, ETFs Could See Higher Payouts

    01-02-2013 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After years on the decline, dividends are making a comeback. More companies are beginning to reward stock shareholders, along with dividend-related exchange traded funds, by issuing larger payouts. According to S&P Dow Jones Indices, S&P 500 companies will pay out cash...

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  • Dividend and Bond ETFs Will Stay Hot in 2013: S&P

    12-24-2012 12:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    As 2012 comes to an end and we head into the new year, exchange traded funds that generate income and investments that cover the international and emerging markets will continue to attract a lot of interest, S&P Capital analysts say. Despite potentially higher taxes, divid...

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  • PIMCO Total Return ETF Manager Gross Offers 5 Investing Tips

    12-24-2012 10:35 AM by Tom Lydon

    For the exchange traded fund investors who are reluctant to just sit idly by while the government hikes up taxes and diminishes overall wealth, PIMCO's resident bond guru, Bill Gross, suggests a couple of steps to hedge the pending wealth tax. Gross manages the PIMCO Total Ret...

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  • Why There is no Substitute for Dividend ETFs

    12-13-2012 06:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend stocks and exchange traded funds are a great income-producing investment tool and can bolster a retirement account in a yield-starved market. A dividend is also a bellwether for a high quality, stable stock that can suit any portfolio well. Investors will be hard-pressed...

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  • Dividend ETFs and the Fiscal Cliff

    12-04-2012 06:27 AM by Tom Lydon

    The fiscal cliff deadline is less than a month away, and Washington is looking at higher taxes on dividends for high-income investors as a way to diminish the burgeoning deficit. Nevertheless, dividend exchange traded fund investors should not overreact to the proposed tax hikes,...

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  • Dividend ETF Weights Stocks by Yield

    11-27-2012 06:37 AM by Tom Lydon

    SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: SDY) is made up of companies that have a consistent history of boosting their dividends annually for the past 25 years. The exchange traded fund sharpens its income focus even more by weighting individual stocks by their dividend yield. The...

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  • Yield-Producing ETFs for a Retirement Portfolio

    11-20-2012 06:14 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors nearing retirement need to find ways to boost income and capital for their portfolios. The following income and high-yield exchange traded funds have a payout worthy of most retirement portfolios. "So, where do you hide out when the markets are plagued with uncertain...

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  • Dividend ETFs: What Obama Win Means for Tax Rates

    11-08-2012 08:39 AM by Tom Lydon

    President Barack Obama securing a second term means the lower tax rate on qualified dividends for wealthier investors could be allowed to expire at the end of the year, impacting those who have piled into dividend-themed ETFs. Obama's re-election endangers tax breaks enacted a...

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  • Tax Debate Puts Dividend, Muni Bond ETFs in Focus

    10-28-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Taxes are a sticking point going into the Presidential election, and the tax debate will put income generating stocks and municipal bond exchange traded funds into focus. With the Bush-era 15% dividend tax rate slated to expire at the end of the year, many investors are concer...

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  • Why Dividend ETFs Remain Popular

    10-26-2012 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Income seeking investors continue to search out dividend exchange traded funds amid record payouts and rock-bottom Treasury yields. U.S. investors are staying local when it comes to hunting for yield. Dividends continue to have a great year, with actual cash payments increasin...

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  • ETFs For Fiscal Cliff Safety

    10-24-2012 06:09 AM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. Presidential election is just weeks away, along with potential spending cuts and expiring tax breaks. Neither candidate really has a clear cut vision on avoiding or mitigating the impending fiscal cliff, so investors should get ready with protective stocks and exchange t...

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  • Dividend and International ETFs for the U.S. Fiscal Cliff

    10-17-2012 02:03 PM by Tom Lydon

    The equities market and stock ETFs are in for a potential rough patch as the political uncertainty over the U.S. fiscal cliff could throw the markets into turmoil. Nevertheless, investors can hold onto dividend-paying stocks and diversify into international holdings to help weath...

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  • Dividend ETFs to Reap Record Quarterly Payout

    10-11-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors have honed in on dividend exchange traded funds as Treasury yields remain depressed near historical lows. Now with companies raising payouts to shareholders to record levels, dividend ETFs look like they have even more going for them. Dividends continue to have a gre...

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  • Dividend, REIT and High-Yield ETFs for Income

    10-08-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Income generating exchange traded funds are the hot spot in 2012. Investors have flocked to them in droves and bid up prices, but there are still pockets of the market that offer yield as interest rates remain grounded. It is hard to find bargains in this market for dividend s...

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  • ETFs and the Presidential Election

    09-12-2012 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Presidential campaigns are in full swing and November is just around the corner. Investors and politicos are carefully monitoring the equities market to try to glean any hints. With stocks and exchange traded funds rallying, the incumbent may hold out, S&P analysts say. Si...

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  • Dividend ETFs, the Fiscal Cliff and Potential Tax Hikes

    09-10-2012 06:06 AM by Tom Lydon

    If we witness another political gridlock going into the "fiscal cliff" next year, investors may see a hefty tax hike on dividend-paying exchange traded funds. Nevertheless, dividend investors shouldn't jump ship too quickly as the alternatives are still rather lackluster. Divi...

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  • Dividend ETFs Benefit from Higher Payouts

    08-02-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend exchange traded funds have experienced exponential growth this year, and the case for investing in them has just gotten stronger. The paltry yield environment is expected to hang around for some time with the Federal Reserve committed to keeping rates low, so the news th...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Dividends

    07-27-2012 10:54 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    The past week in terms of net inflow/outflow activity in ETFs has been marked mostly with heavier redemption activity from broad based ETFs including SPDR S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Russell 2000 (NYSEArca: IWM) and PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ). Collectively, the thre...

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  • How to Sift Through Dividend ETFs

    07-18-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend focused exchange traded funds are becoming an important tool in many portfolios. There are so many funds trading that investors may find themselves perplexed when it comes down to investing in one. "If you look at the traditional income products, many of them actually...

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  • Appraising the Largest Dividend ETF

    06-29-2012 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The expectation for a continued low yield environment and ongoing market volatility has kept the dividend investment theme alive. Dividend-paying exchange traded funds, such as the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation Index Fund (NYSEArca: VIG), are a popular option for investors se...

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  • Reviewing the Leveraged Dividend ETNs

    06-08-2012 01:04 PM by Tom Lydon

    The voracious investor appetite for yield has led UBS to launch new exchange traded notes focused on leveraged dividend plays. The bank has developed a method for the notes to employ a 2x leverage technique which rebalances on a monthly basis. Patricia Oey of Morningstar repor...

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  • Special Report: Surveying the Dividend ETF Landscape

    06-01-2012 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As more people shift assets around to invest toward their golden years, income-seeking investors are finding less opportunities in traditional fixed-income products. Yields in CDs, money market accounts and Treasury bonds are already at their record lows after investors piled int...

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  • Best ETFs for Dividends and Income

    05-15-2012 11:48 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors are starved for income. Exchange traded funds tracking both stocks and bonds can offer diversified exposure to market sectors with decent yields in a low-rate environment. ETFs are an effective tool to capture yield in a portfolio, due to the lower expense ratios, wh...

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  • ETF Spotlight: iShares Select Dividend

    05-15-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend Index Fund (NYSEArca: DVY), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $10.2 billion. Objective: The iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend Index Fund tries to reflect the performance of the Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index, which s...

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  • Dividend ETFs in Focus as Companies Raise Payouts

    04-05-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Corporate America is sitting on a lot of cash and more companies are beginning to dole out more with dividends. With companies issuing higher payouts and bond yields still low, dividend exchange traded funds may begin to attract even greater interest. S&P 500 dividends ros...

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  • Shopping Around for Emerging Market Dividend ETFs

    03-16-2012 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging markets are back in favor as investors are able to handle more risk than last year. For those investors who still want an income stream for safety, there are emerging market exchange traded funds that give exposure to overseas markets via dividend stocks. "The typical...

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  • New Emerging Market Dividend ETF from iShares

    02-27-2012 07:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    BlackRock's iShares has introduced a new emerging markets exchange traded fund targeting dividend stocks that will compete head-to-head with a large ETF managed by WisdomTree Investments (NasdaqGM: WETF). BlackRock also launched a dividend fund that focuses on the Asia/Pacific...

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  • Total Return: Why Dividends Matter for ETFs

    02-17-2012 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Many income-focused investors are using dividend exchange traded funds to anchor the equity component of their portfolio. Dividend ETFs are more volatile than bonds, but some investors like the combination of yield and chance for capital appreciation. As we witnessed in 2011, ...

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  • Best Dividend ETFs

    02-16-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend exchange traded funds have become a key component holding for many investors, especially for those looking for that extra bit of cash on the side. Dividend ETFs specifically pick out companies known for their dividend yields, but among the ETF universe, the markets m...

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  • Is There a Bubble in Dividend ETFs?

    02-14-2012 09:43 AM by John Spence

    Investors fed up with rock-bottom interest rates and Treasury yields have piled into dividend-paying stocks, and dividend exchange traded funds outperformed the market by a wide margin last year. However, rich valuations in some dividend stocks and proposals to raise tax rates on...

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  • Can Dividend ETFs Sustain Their Performance?

    02-08-2012 11:12 AM by Tom Lydon

    In 2011, the dividend growth strategy ruled the stock market, as conservative investors were seeking yield and relative safety. The S&P 500 was mostly flat for the year, while focused exchange traded funds such as the Vanguard Dividend Growth Strategy (NYSEArca: VIG) gained n...

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  • Can Dividend ETFs Maintain Their Winning Ways?

    01-04-2012 02:16 PM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend exchange traded funds in the U.S. large cap category managed to beat the S&P 500 in 2011 while raking in plenty of cash as investors hungry for income looked far and wide for alternatives to bond funds. Market volatility doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon ...

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  • ETF Focus: Dividend Funds in 2012

    12-22-2011 02:03 PM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend exchange traded funds made a big splash in 2011 and most held up much better than the S&P 500 as investors were drawn to safety and income. Yet looking ahead to next year, there are increasing concerns that this strategy could be a "crowded" trade and that dividend ...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Dividend Funds

    12-16-2011 10:44 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    We highlight call buying this morning in generally lightly traded options on a dividend exchange traded fund, DVY (iShares DJ Select Dividend). This play seems to reflect investor willingness to earn higher yields via equities that pay steady and attractive dividends given the fa...

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  • After Inflows, High-Yield and Dividend ETFs Suffer Losses

    11-25-2011 07:56 AM by Tom Lydon

    Slim yields in Treasury bonds and a desire for safety and income have pushed many investors into dividend and high-yield exchange traded funds in 2011. However, both ETF categories have been hit hard in the recent sell-off in another reminder of the risks of stretching for yield....

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  • Dividend ETFs Are Not All The Same

    11-09-2011 02:55 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the yields in the Treasuries market at historic lows, dividend stock exchange traded funds (ETFs) have attracted the attention of investors. But with so many to choose from, fund providers seeking to enter this ETF space will have to have a leg up on the competition. For ...

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  • S&P 500 ETFs Testing 200-Day Average

    11-07-2011 03:43 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Exchange traded funds indexed to the S&P 500 briefly rose above their 200-day simple moving average, a key technical indicator, in late October before stumbling into November. The U.S. stock index nearly hit 1,300 before pausing. Profit taking as well as opportunistic shor...

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  • Emerging Market, High-Yield Bond ETFs Lead October Inflows

    11-04-2011 09:51 AM by John Spence

    Investors piled into riskier exchange traded funds during Octobers rally, with ETFs tracking emerging markets and U.S. high-yield corporate bonds among the inflow leaders. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (NYSEArca: EEM) was the top-selling U.S.-listed ETF in October, accordi...

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  • Dividend ETF Gets Warm Reception in Europe

    11-02-2011 02:33 PM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend exchange traded funds have been big sellers this year in the U.S., and now a new equity-income ETF launched in Europe is off to a fast asset-gathering start. According to State Street Global Adviors, the SPDR S&P US Dividend Aristocrats pulled in $100 million in t...

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  • A Closer Look at Vanguard's High Dividend ETF

    10-20-2011 02:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    We've been covering dividend exchange traded funds a lot lately because investors can't seem to get enough information on these top-selling ETFs. Some of the largest dividend ETFs by assets have seen impressive inflows in 2011. Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (NYSEArca: ...

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  • Dividend ETFs See Performance Diverge on Sector Allocations

    09-30-2011 08:38 AM by John Spence

    Investors have been flocking to dividend exchange traded funds, but the performance of these income-themed ETFs can vary from product to product based on the indexs strategy, sector allocations and other factors. Dividend paying stocks are supposed to be the Easy Button of inv...

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  • Dividend ETFs Under the Microscope

    09-28-2011 09:10 AM by Tom Lydon

    New dividend exchange traded funds have hit the market this year in response to investor interest. The low-yield environment in bonds has given dividend-paying companies the spotlight, especially as some have higher yields than the 10-year Treasury note. Some of the new funds ...

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  • Dividend ETFs Set to Benefit from Higher Payouts

    09-07-2011 03:12 PM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend exchange traded funds are set to profit from higher payouts from corporate America, but income-starved investors should keep in mind that stocks are more volatile than bonds. If the economy worsens, investors in equity-linked ETFs may suffer capital losses that could swa...

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  • Investors Discover Dividend ETFs in Quest for Yield

    09-01-2011 01:34 PM by Tom Lydon

    The paltry interest rates in U.S. Treasuries have driven income-starved investors to other areas of the market for yield, including exchange traded funds that concentrate on dividend-paying stocks. "We continue to focus on companies that have the ability to generate strong lev...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Dividend Funds

    08-23-2011 10:21 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Market turmoil such as what we have faced recently in equities often causes value investors to come out of the woodwork and start hunting for potential bargains. One investment strategy that seems to gather steam when equity indices have fallen sharply from their highs is that...

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  • S&Ps Favorite Dividend ETFs

    08-03-2011 02:48 PM by Tom Lydon

    S&P 500 exchange traded funds were fighting to stay in positive territory for the year in Wednesdays volatile trading. But Standard & Poors equity analyst Todd Rosenbluth notes the broad benchmark is stronger with a positive return for 2011 when factoring in dividends....

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  • Hunting for Yield with ETFs

    07-28-2011 01:04 PM by John Spence

    With bond interest rates so low, many investors are looking for relatively safe places to park their cash while also earning a reasonable yield. Many stock-based exchange traded funds specialize in dividend-paying companies and sectors, and they may appeal to investors with a ...

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  • Dividend ETFs to Consider as Companies Boost Payouts

    04-21-2011 10:51 AM by John Spence

    More companies such as General Electric (NYSE: GE) are raising their dividends this earnings season as they return cash on the books to shareholders. At the same time, equity investors seeking safety and income have moved into dividend exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in ...

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  • New iShares ETFs Launch: Dividends And China

    04-04-2011 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    iShares, the exchange traded fund (ETF) branch of BlackRock, has launched new funds focusing on dividends and China. The iShares High Dividend Equity Fund (NYSEArca: HDV) joins two other focused funds from the same provider, the iShares Dow Jones International Select Dividend ...

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  • Dividend Surge Puts Specialized ETFs In Focus

    04-01-2011 05:39 AM by John Spence

    Dividend funds, one of the fastest growing segments in the exchange traded fund (ETF) business, could get more attention on news the dividend payout by S&P 500 companies grew by a record $16.6 billion in the first quarter. Since the start of the year, 117 companies in the ...

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  • 3 Approaches to Dividend ETF Investing

    02-03-2011 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    If you're looking for some payouts in addition to returns, you could do a lot worse than to explore dividend exchange traded funds (ETFs). These companies can generate the returns investors crave at a better rate than the broad market. There are more than 30 dividend ETFs trad...

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  • Dividend ETFs to Play Fatter Payouts

    01-24-2011 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the economy improves, companies that are sitting on a pile of cash now feel safe enough to reward their long-term investors with higher dividend payouts. Instead of picking single stocks, you might be better off playing the dividend craze with exchange traded funds (ETFs) inst...

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  • Looking For Higher Yields? Try Dividend ETFs.

    11-26-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The financial crisis has dramatized investors, and people have sought safety in bonds. As bond yields dropped and prices rose, investors may want to consider dividend-paying investments and exchange traded funds (ETFs), instead. The federal funds rate is around zero and 0.25% ...

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  • Dividend ETFs: Which Companies are Paying?

    09-30-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have rapidly been growing in appeal, and one analyst recently showed just how much that's true. Investors have been pushed further and further out the risk spectrum and the Federal Reserve has kept interest rates stuck at zero. ...

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  • Getting Paid in a Volatile ETF Market

    09-03-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It may be a tough time to trade in the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs), but that doesn't mean that there aren't some good picks still out there. Dividend-related ETFs are attracting more investors who want some stable returns in a volatile market. Dividend-yielding in...

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  • ETF Spotlight: iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend (DVY)

    07-28-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend (NYSEArca: DVY), part of a weekly series. Assets: $4.2 billion Objective: Tracks the Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index Holdings: Among the top holdings include Chevron (NYSE: CVX), McDonald's (NYSE: MCD), Clorox (NYSE...

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  • ETF Strategies to Recession-Proof Your Portfolio

    07-26-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Talks of a surging recovery have faded into distant memory as the financial landscape has become littered with news of gloom. In case the dire news proves true, we highlight below a few strategies and exchange traded funds (ETFs) you can use to recession-proof your portfolio. ...

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  • 8 Ways to Safeguard Your Money With ETFs in Turbulent Markets

    05-18-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    While the situation is Greece is approaching some semblance of a resolution, the global economy is far from out of the woods. We may continue to see bumps on the road back, but with these exchange traded funds (ETFs), you can help protect your assets. First things first. Don't...

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  • As Companies Hike Dividends, These ETFs Can Play Them

    05-18-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    One byproduct of a recovering economy is increased dividend payouts from some of the nation's largest companies, and the number of companies doing so has hit records. As luck would have it, many of them are holdings in top exchange traded funds (ETFs). A record 22 companies re...

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  • Why Now May Be the Time for Dividend ETFs

    04-29-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The threat of high inflation looms large in the wake of the U.S. governments loose fiscal policy. Thats why it will be important to find a source of investment income that will rise with inflation and help you keep all your retirement plans intact. Fortunately, dividend-focused e...

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  • ETFs to Earn Income When Yields Elsewhere Are Low

    04-16-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Yields on money funds and Treauries aren't inspiring much elation. But there are still some ways to get some substantial yields on money that would otherwise just sit there, as long as you know where to look. Want a hint? Exchange traded funds (ETFs). If you see higher yields ...

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  • Dividend ETFs That Beat Warren Buffett's Yield

    04-13-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Dividends are a great way to earn some cash on your investments. Just ask billionaire Warren Buffett, who netted a cool $43 million in dividends through his personal portfolio. You can do likewise, albeit on a smaller scale, with exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in a dive...

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  • Looking for Income? The Case for Dividend ETFs

    04-05-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend-paying stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) lagged in 2009, but don't let that stop you from taking another look in 2010. Many companies are reinstating and even raising their dividends now that the economy is getting some color in its cheeks. Investors are lookin...

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  • Dividend ETFs: Aristocrats vs. Achievers

    03-05-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Yields are in the tank, so dividend payouts may be the next best thing to finding easy money right now. It may even improve as the recovery deepens and companies boost their payouts. Dividend exchange traded funds (ETFs) are an ideal way to get exposure to the different dividend...

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  • Call It a Comeback: Dividend ETFs for the Income Investor

    02-25-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Yields have been dropping so low we could soon need to dig up a microscope to find them. If you're an income-oriented investor, don't lose heart - dividends and making a comeback and exchange traded funds (ETFs) will give you access to them. After the financial crisis, many ba...

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  • 12 ETFs to Play Future Fed Rate Hikes

    02-19-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Growth in the U.S. economy, markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) has been aided by our exceptionally low interest rates. Yesterday, we were reminded that it's becoming increasingly important to mind the rates and be prepared to act accordingly. Yesterday, the Federal Rese...

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  • How to Play the Dividend Comeback With ETFs

    01-29-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the markets waver and look for direction, you may be on the hunt for assets that are higher quality. Dividend-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) may be just the ticket. As the threat of more dividend cuts are likely behind us and the global economy regains its health, di...

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  • Is Now the Time to Think About Dividend ETFs?

    01-19-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Long-term bonds are so pass. At least, that's what financial experts are beginning to believe. Investors may want to consider the benefits investing in dividend-paying growth stocks and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) instead. The Feds will likely raise interest rates thi...

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  • Why Dividend ETFs Are Portfolio-Compatible

    01-11-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    After a recession strikes, the priority of many an investor is to locate areas that can help deliver gains. Overlooking the potential of dividend exchange traded funds (ETFs) could leave you missing some great opportunities. A dividend-focused ETF can help boost returns during...

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  • Why Dividend ETFs Could Have a Solid 2010

    12-23-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors hunting for dividends may have been left disappointed this year. Dividend payouts are set to decline 21% this year from 2008. But 2010 could bring better opportunities for dividend-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs). Dividend-yielding stocks tended to lag the broad...

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  • Going Shopping? Think About Dividend ETFs

    11-25-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite an impressive market rally that has major indexes up around 65% off the March 9 lows, there are still a number of blue-chip stocks delivering handsome dividend yields. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) can give a diversified play. Yields upwards of 3% are being offered by ...

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  • 3 ETF Investing Strategies

    11-06-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The expansion of the exchange traded fund (ETF) industry has not only given investors more choices in what they choose to invest, but more options and flexibility in their overall portfolio approach. The number of ETFs available in the market may be confusing, but there are s...

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  • Dividend vs. Growth ETFs: Why Dividend Has Outperformed

    10-16-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As a portfolio is being built, it's important to consider the strategy or type of exchange traded funds (ETFs) to have in play. One issue to consider is whether it's better to have dividend or growth in your portfolio. Investors looking for dividend-paying stocks will encounte...

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  • Know the Weightings In Your Dividend ETFs

    09-16-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a good fit in any portfolio. But an investor should know the sector weightings included in dividend ETFs, lest you get bitten when a highly weighted sector does poorly. Investors interested in dividend ETFs should watch out for large s...

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  • Why Dividend ETFs Can Help You Tough Out Hard Times

    08-12-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    To combat a recessionary climate, a strategy many investors use is investing in dividend-paying stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs). These stocks and funds give income from the dividend, and also give you the chance to benefit from any returns. Stocks are still a ways off...

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  • How to Invest With ETFs In Uncertain Times

    08-07-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The markets and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been looking like they are on the mend. There are investors out here, however, who are skeptical that this rally has legs. Where do they go? ETF investing has become a popular way of getting into the market with less r...

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  • An ETF Quandary: Dividend Yield Or Dividend Growth?

    07-06-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A prudent way to save up for the future has many investors putting their wealth into dividend-paying stocks and related exchange traded funds (ETFs). But an investor may wonder if he or she should be investing in dividend yield or dividend growth. Stocks operating with high di...

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  • Why It's Important to Look Under an ETF's Hood

    04-01-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend exchange traded funds (ETFs) have fallen prey in some instances to the stresses of the market. Owning a dividend-paying stock or ETF traditionally should pay off in times like these. After all, consistent dividend-payers are financially stable or they wouldn't be abl...

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  • What If Dividend ETFs Are Losing More Than They Yield?

    02-18-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    During this crazy bear market and market meltdown, optimistic investors have been turning to dividend-rich exchange traded funds (ETFs) to answer their prayers. But what if the funds have lost more than what they yield? What's the point of them then? One reader of ours wonders: ...

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  • Where Are My Dividends, ETFs?

    02-02-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Traders trying to benefit from high dividends and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) may look for companies offering high dividends, payouts that may reflect the companies' healthy earnings growth. Dividend growth and stock price appreciation are quite synonymous, according ...

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  • 4 Dividend-Paying Companies, Some ETFs That Hold Them

    12-18-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Amidst the consistent bad market news there is a glimmer of Christmas cheer spotted among some of the dividend paying companies and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that hold them. Over the past week several dividend paying companies announced they are increasing the amount o...

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  • Ways Financial Turmoil Will Reshape ETFs, Indexes

    12-02-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The government bailout of Citigroup (C) has lead the company to be booted from some exchange traded funds (ETFs) and indexes that track dividend stocks, such as the Dow Jones and STOXX dividend indexes. Onestipulation that came with accepting the bailout moneywas thatCitigroup...

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  • Dividends Are a Crisis Casualty; Will ETFs Be, Too?

    10-08-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the financial crisis continues to leave no economic stone unturned, dividend-slicing could affect exchange traded funds (ETFs) that hold the stocks of such companies. Investors love those quarterly dividends, and they account for more than one-third of shareholders' long-te...

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  • ETF-Tracking Dow Jones Dividend Index Changes Component

    10-02-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The exchange traded fund (ETF)-tracking index, Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index, has undergone some component changes. Union BanCal Corp. (UB) is deleted from the index and will be replaced by General Electric Co. (GE). UB is being taken off the index because of the recent...

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  • U.S. Treasury Seeks ETF And Other Fund Managers For Help

    09-23-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The United States Treasury is looking to hire fund managers, including exchange traded fund (ETF) managers, to help implement moves within the market rescue plan. Asset managers charged with buying distressed assets are first up, and Pimco's Bill Gross is already saying he would ...

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  • Dividend ETFs Are Put Together In Different Ways

    07-28-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend investing with exchange traded funds (ETFs) has had enough time in the game to see which ones are the most successful. Dan Caplinger for The Motley Fool reports that after the tech bubble in the 1990s, dividend investing came back into style and Wall Street responded ...

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