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  • Income-Generating ETF Strategies for a Changing Market

    03-09-2017 03:07 PM by Max Chen

    With the Federal Reserve likely to hike interest rates ahead, yield-seeking investors have a number of fixed-income exchange traded fund options to help diversify a portfolio and still generate attractive payouts. On the recent webcast (available on-demand for CE Credit), ...

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  • Don't Count Dividend Growth ETFs Out Yet

    12-05-2016 04:45 PM by Max Chen

    Despite many calls that the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates, yields may linger on the lower range historically, potentially leaving room for high-quality dividend growth stocks and related ETFs to shine. "All told, there is no denying that rising bond yields represent...

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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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  • Dividend Stocks, ETFs Are Losing Steam

    11-04-2016 04:48 PM by Tom Lydon

    Quality, dividend-paying stocks and exchange traded funds have been among the best performers this year as investors turned to a relatively undervalued segment of the market following the sell-off in growth stocks. However, the dividend play has been losing momentum in recent mon...

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  • New REITs Sector Trips, Drags on Popular Dividend ETF Plays

    10-11-2016 05:38 PM by Tom Lydon

    Real estate investment trusts are trying to make it on their own with a new sector classification, but the asset category has underperformed in its first foray into the market. While alot of attention has been focused on market capitalization-weighted indexing changes, investors ...

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  • Quality Dividend ETFs May Have Legs

    09-27-2016 04:38 PM by Max Chen

    In the ongoing low-yield environment, yield-hungry investors have bid up dividend stocks for higher returns. Despite concerns that the asset category may be overpriced, high-quality dividend exchange traded funds may still have more room to run. Tony DeSpirito, co-manager of B...

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  • Investors May Still Find Value in High-Quality, Dividend ETFs

    09-16-2016 05:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend stocks and related exchange traded funds have been a popular play this year as value investments returned to style. While some may be apprehensive of the category after the recent run up, dividend stocks are only still trading near their historical averages. The SPDR ...

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  • Dividend ETFs for a Slow-Growth Environment Ahead

    09-12-2016 04:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    After a multi-year rally, the bull market is growing long in the tooth and beginning to slow down, but stocks can still slowly push higher. In a slow growth environment, investors should consider dividend exchange traded funds that can pay you along the way. "All in all, I see...

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  • Bonds Not Cutting It? Look to Dividend Growth ETFs for Yield

    08-29-2016 04:02 PM by Max Chen

    Income-minded investors who are venturing into other assets to generate higher yields should be wary of taking on too much risk to squeeze out that extra return. Instead, consider exchange traded funds that track quality, dividend growing stocks. In this environment, dividend ...

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  • ETF Trends' Tom Lydon Appears on Yahoo! Finance's "The Final Round"

    08-17-2016 12:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Trends publisher/editor Tom Lydon appeared on Yahoo! Finance's "The Final Round" to talk about trends in the trillion-dollar ETF industry on Tuesday. Host Jen Rogers spoke with Lydon about why SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEArca: GLD) is the ETF standout of the year; why the dividen...

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  • Turn to Quality Dividend ETFs for a Sluggish Outlook

    08-05-2016 04:18 PM by Tom Lydon

    Equities have jumped some major hurdles and broke new highs, but the markets are running out of steam after a multi-year bull rally and still face some challenges ahead. Consequently, investors should consider high-quality stock exposure, such as exchange traded funds that track ...

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  • ETF Focus: SDY - An ETF Focused on Consistent Dividend Growth

    07-04-2016 10:00 AM by Todd Rosenbluth

    Editor's Note: This article is courtesy of Todd Rosenbluth, S&P Global Market Intelligence Director of ETF Research. The S&P Global Market Intelligence Focus ETF for July is SPDR S&P Dividend (SDY), a passively-managed offering focused on companies with consistent ...

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  • Analyzing the Brexit Fallout in ETF and Currency Spheres

    06-24-2016 11:04 AM by Brenton Garen

    The United Kingdom willleave the European Union after the referendum vote known as Brexit won52% to 48% on Thursday. The European Union - often known as the EU - is an economic and political partnership involving 28 European countries, whichbegan after World War Two to foster ...

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  • Dividend Growth ETFs Could Continue to Outperform

    06-13-2016 04:49 PM by Max Chen

    Dividend stock exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been among the better performing assets this year as investors steered toward value and conservative bets amidst rising uncertainty, and the dividend trade may still have legs. 'We don't see strong demand for dividend stocks dis...

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  • Quality Dividend ETFs with Sustainable Yields

    06-06-2016 04:10 PM by Max Chen

    An increasing number of companies are paying out more than they earned, potentially raising sustainability issues with high-yield-paying companies. Alternatively, investors can rest easier at night with exchange traded funds that specifically target quality companies with a histo...

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  • A Dependable Dividend ETF

    05-31-2016 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Although the Federal Reserve is nearing a June interest rate hike, that move may not hinder dividend stocks and exchange traded funds as much as some income investors think. Additionally, dividend growth stocks could prove particularly sturdy in the event of an interest rate incr...

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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 TMI: Equity ETFs, Millennials and Turkey

    05-05-2016 06:57 PM by Brenton Garen

    Got a case of TMI (Too Much Information)? ETF Trends takes a condensed look at latest happenings The Day's Hot News In Equity ETFs Marketssaw what appeared to be a rotation in U.S. equities and fixed income names. BothSPDR S&P Dividend (NYSEArca: SDY) and iShares Russell...

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  • High-Yield Dividend ETFs Come with a Price

    04-27-2016 04:43 PM by Max Chen

    High-yield dividend exchange traded funds offer attractive yields for the income-strapped investor, but the higher payouts come with risks, such as potentially unsustainable dividends from a beleaguered energy sector. "A lot of companies have adopted dividend policies that are...

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  • Dividend ETFs Enjoy Impressive Growth Thanks to Fed

    04-21-2016 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Scores of dividend exchange traded funds are enjoying the fact that the Federal Reserve has yet to raise interest rates this year. Better yet is the fact that many fixed income traders are betting that, at the most, the central bank will boost borrowing costs twice this year, dow...

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  • A Dividend Growth ETF to Play the Return to Value

    04-19-2016 04:16 PM by Max Chen

    The value style has outperformed growth over the past few months, and investors who are positioning for a potential long-term shift should look to dividend growth exchange traded funds to capitalize on the trend. For instance, the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: SDY) hold...

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  • ETFs for a Dovish Fed: Asset Categories Investors Will Target

    04-06-2016 07:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Federal Reserve is slated to release minutes of last month's meeting today, clarifying the central bank's decision to stand pat on interest rates. The closer look into the Fed's inner workings may also help steer investors toward certain exchange traded funds for this ongoing...

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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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  • ETF Plays to Take Advantage of Current Markets

    02-17-2016 03:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    As we mull over ideas after the market correction, investors should look at targeted markets and exchange traded fund segments to capitalize on potential opportunities. For instance, JPMorgan Private Bank's Steven Rees singled out the consumer discretionary and health care sec...

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  • Energy ETF Traders Wait on Big Oil Earnings

    01-28-2016 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Energy exchange traded fund traders will be watching so-called Big Oil as industry leaders reveal fourth quarter results. The energy sector has been the worst performing area of the market, plunging along with oil prices. Over the past year, the Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSE...

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  • Quality Dividend ETFs May Be Worth a Look

    01-15-2016 01:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    The markets have plunged to August lows, and some market observers believe the selling is overdone. For those who believe in a market rebound but are still wary of potential turns, look to steady dividend-paying stock exchange traded funds. PIMCO global economic advisor Joachi...

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  • Are Dividend ETFs Fed-Proof?

    10-29-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend exchange traded funds have encountered some struggles this year as market participants have speculated as to when the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates, something the central bank once again passed on doing following the completion of its most recent meeting Wedn...

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  • ETFs To Play While Inflation Is Flat

    10-13-2015 04:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    While the U.S. is stuck with an anemic inflation rate, investors can ride out a deflationary environment through certain assets and exchange traded funds. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the total national rate of inflation was 0.2% in August, reports Jeff Cox for...

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  • Is The Dividend Party Over?

    10-12-2015 10:16 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend exchange traded funds have helped investors generate attractive long-term returns. However, investors may want to pare down expectations as dividend growth could slow ahead. While S&P 500 dividend payouts continue to set records, the pace of dividend growth has de...

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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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  • Dividend ETFs are Offering Value

    08-31-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After tumbling early last week, valuations on some large-cap dividend-paying stocks look attractive, a scenario that could provide income investors with the opportunity to get involved with select exchange traded funds. Income investors searching for stocks with lengthy histor...

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  • Dividend Stock ETFs Moving Back into the Limelight

    08-21-2015 02:56 PM by Tom Lydon

    Stock buybacks have helped support market gains, but investors are shifting away from the theme and turning back to dividend stocks and related exchange traded funds. So far in August, the PowerShares Buyback Achievers Portfolio (NYSEArca: PKW), which includes U.S. companies t...

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  • Dividend ETF Investors Should Pare Down Expectations

    08-18-2015 05:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. dividend stocks and related exchange traded funds have been a great source of steady income for investors over the years as companies steadily raised payouts to shareholders. However, dividend ETF investors should pare expectations ahead as the era of dividend growth stalls....

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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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  • Theres $7.8 Trillion Benchmarked to the S&P 500

    06-04-2015 02:50 PM by Todd Shriber

    The S&P 500, the benchmark U.S. equity index, now has $7.8 trillion following it with $2.16 trillion of that coming by way of exchange traded funds, mutual funds and other investment products, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. Of the seven largest U.S.-listed ETFs, i...

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  • Dividend Investors Should Look for ETFs with Steady Yields

    06-01-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    When searching for yield-generating exchange traded fund options, a stable income stream is the most important factor to consider. "After all, investors looking to these funds as a source of cash flow would be disappointed to find that their income stream is volatile," Ben Joh...

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  • Dividend Royalty With ETFs

    05-20-2015 11:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Investors looking for a broad range of companies with lengthy histories of boosting dividends can access those rising payouts via exchange traded funds, including the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: SDY) and the ProShares S&P 500 Aristocrats ETF (NYSEArca: NOBL). Both...

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  • ETF Options to Generate Income for Retirement

    05-13-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As workers hang up their hats and plan for their golden years, retirees are browsing through exchange traded funds to meet their income needs, and there are a lot of yield-producing options to choose from. For instance, there are over 500 ETFs that offer better yields than 10-...

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  • Rewards and Risks With a Dividend ETF

    05-12-2015 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Investors love dividends, but what is even better is a company with a long-standing commitment to boosting its payout. Savvy income investors know the advantages of stocks that raise payouts in set your clock by it fashion. From 1972 through 2012 companies that initiated or co...

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  • Bond Investors May Want to Shift into Stock ETFs Ahead

    04-23-2015 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    A good mix of equities and fixed-income assets has helped provide attractive returns. However, it may be time to underweight bonds and lean toward stock exchange traded funds. BlackRock's chief investment strategist for fixed income, Jeff Rosenberg, said that he would bet on s...

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  • Dividend, Buybacks ETFs to Capture Corporate America's Cash Infusion

    04-14-2015 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    With U.S. companies expected to return $1 trillion back to shareholders this year, investors can capture potential value plays through dividend and buybacks-related exchange traded funds. After shareholder returns rose over $903 billion in 2014, S&P Dow Jones Indices proje...

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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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  • Retirees May Need More Stock ETFs to Meet Income Needs

    03-27-2015 11:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    A typical maxim of retirement portfolio management has many investors allocating a percentage of fixed-income assets equal to their age. However, with interest rates hovering near record lows and the senescent population living longer, retirees may have to turn to equities and st...

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  • Consistent Dividend Growth ETFs for Attractive Risk-Adjusted Returns

    03-27-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that track solid, stable companies with a history of dependable dividend growth can provide better risk-adjusted returns. For instance, the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (NYSEArca: VIG), which tracks U.S. stocks that have increased dividends on a reg...

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  • Dividend Aristocrats ETFs: Big Oil Payouts Are Still Reliable

    03-11-2015 02:13 PM by Tom Lydon

    Big oil components in so-called dividend aristocrats exchange traded funds will defend their cash payouts to shareholders even as low oil prices pressure the energy sector. Chevron (NYSE: CVX) and ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) are the only two energy components among S&P dividend...

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  • Dividend, Buyback ETFs for Value Investors

    02-20-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Corporate America is giving back, bolstering shareholder returns through a record amount of dividends and buybacks. Investors can also target these companies through exchange traded funds that track share repurchases and dividend growth themes. Over 2014, S&P 500 companies...

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  • U.S. Dividend ETFs Could Outperform in Low-Yield Environment

    02-05-2015 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    As bond yields turn, income-starved investors can take a look at relatively high-yield dividend stocks and related exchange traded funds. According to Andrew Garthwaite, a global equity strategist at Credit Suisse Group AG, investors should focus on dividend stocks as an alter...

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  • Quality Dividend ETFs with Consistent Yields

    02-04-2015 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend exchange traded fund investors who are seeking a stable return, along with exposure to the growing U.S. markets, should stick to quality instead of chasing after yields. "Shy away from those with the highest dividend yields," Tom Fredrickson, a financial planner in Br...

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  • Meaningful Changes for a Popular Dividend ETF

    01-30-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Last year, just 1.4% of S&P 500 dividend action was unfavorable while nearly 69% was favorable as five of the 10 sectors tracked by the benchmark U.S. index saw the number of dividend-paying stocks increase. That compares with just two sectors that saw a reduced number of div...

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  • Changes Coming for Dividend Aristocrats ETFs

    01-28-2015 01:50 PM by Todd Shriber

    Income investors know a dividend is nice, but a consistently growing payout is even better. Hence, the popularity of the S&P Dividend Aristocrats indexes and the exchange traded funds that track those benchmarks. To qualify for admission to either the S&P Dividend Aris...

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  • Stock ETFs & Fixed-Income Yield Spread Paints Bullish Picture

    01-23-2015 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The equities market and dividend stock exchange traded funds may be relatively cheap, compared to the fixed-income market where Treasury bonds have surprised. Some point out that the spread between the dividend yield on the S&P 500 index and the yield on benchmark 10-year ...

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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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  • Industrial ETFs Could Get Year-End Dividend Love

    12-01-2014 01:36 PM by Todd Shriber

    The industrial sector, the fifth-largest sector weight in the S&P 500, could deliver some dividend growth to investors before the end of 2014, providing a potential lift to industrial and dividend exchange traded funds. Three of the of the largest industrial companies, Dow...

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  • Passive Dividend ETFs Trump Active Income Mutual Funds

    11-18-2014 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    The failings of many actively managed mutual funds have been on full display again this year as 80% of equity funds focused on large-cap growth stocks are trailing their benchmarks. Only 17.7% of active managers beat the Russell 1000 index of large-cap stocks so far this year,...

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  • Defensive ETFs to Diversify an Investment Portfolio

    11-16-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the equities markets touch new heights, more conservative players don't want to press their luck and are looking at defensive investments and related exchange traded funds to hedge against another correction. For instance, the Guggenheim Multi-Asset Income Index ETF (NYSEAr...

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  • Grandparents: Use These ETF for the Grandkids College Fund

    11-09-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It is a fact that college costs are rising and the pace of college cost inflation far outstrips U.S. wage growth and even above-average equity market returns. Tuition for four years at some of the most prestigious U.S. colleges and universities easily exceeds the income many w...

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  • A Quality Dividend ETF to Limit Portfolio Volatility

    10-24-2014 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend stock exchange traded funds are gaining popularity again as market volatility push rattled investors into more stable, income-generating assets. For instance, the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: SDY) targets the highest-yielding stocks from the S&P 1500 Compo...

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  • Income-Generating ETFs for a Long Retirement

    10-09-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. life expectancy has hit a record high. As advances in medicine help Americans live longer, investors seeking to finance their golden years could turn to income-generating exchange traded fund strategies. In 2012, life expectancy in the U.S. touched a record 78.8 years, a ...

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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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  • 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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  • S&P Says $7 Trillion Benchmarked to the S&P 500

    08-22-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    S&P Dow Jones Indices, one of the largest providers of indices for use by issuers of exchange traded funds, said over $7 trillion in global assets were linked to the S&P 500 at the end of last year. That represents an increase of almost 22% from the end of 2012, said t...

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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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  • Sun Shines on Dividend ETFs Again

    05-09-2014 08:15 AM by Todd Shriber

    On Thursday, 51 U.S.-listed exchange traded products hit new all-time highs. Highlighting investors thirst for income, preparation efforts for a possible case of the summer doldrums or both, nearly a quarter of the ETFs making new highs yesterday were dividend ETFs. And that d...

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  • Dividend Aristocracy in a Global ETF

    05-07-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    The premise of Dividend Aristocrats, those companies with lengthy track records of dividend increases, serves as the backstop for several exchange traded funds, including some well-known funds. The SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: SDY), one of the largest U.S. dividend ETF...

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  • Dependable Dividends in This ETF

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

    There are stocks that pay dividends and then there are dividend stocks. The latter group is comprised of those companies that raise their dividends every year, giving investors dependable and growing income. Long-term return data prove the point that while there is a favorable...

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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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  • Inflation Fighting With Dividend Growth ETFs

    03-10-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Dividends, both foreign and domestic, are on the move higher. Global dividend reached $1.03 trillion last year with S&P 500 member payouts rising to a record of nearly $312 billion. [At Least EM Dividends are Rising] Seemingly alongside rising payouts, the number of div...

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  • WisdomTree Dividend Growth ETF Tops $100M in Assets

    03-03-2014 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    In another sign of the ongoing popularity of dividend exchange traded funds, the WisdomTree U.S. Dividend Growth Fund (NasdaqGM: DGRW) reached $100 million in assets under management in just nine months of trading. DGRW, which debuted in late May 2013, had almost $100.6 millio...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Commodities, Dividends, Europe Dominate

    02-15-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    U.S. stocks logged a second consecutive week of gains with all three major U.S. indices gaining more than 2% on the week. Despite frigid weather across much of the U.S., some exchange traded funds remain hot according to this weeks search data on ETF Trends. Of the 10 most ...

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  • This ETF is Loaded With Dividend Aristocrats

    02-12-2014 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    The dividend aristocrats concept is undoubtedly alluring to income investors. Building an exchange traded fund around companies that have boosted dividends for a minimum of 25 consecutive years has helped make the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: SDY) one of the largest U....

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  • Almost Your Grandads Dividend ETF, but not Quite

    02-10-2014 09:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    It is shaping to be another good year for income investors. Earlier this year, S&P Dow Jones Indices said "Net dividend increases rose $12.7 billion during the fourth quarter of 2013 for U.S. domestic common stock, compared to an $8.4 billion increase in the fourth quarter...

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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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  • Indexology: Low Dispersion Implies Low Value Added

    01-28-2014 06:30 AM by Indexology Blog By SP Dow Jones Indices

    Understanding a markets dispersion provides important insights into its internal dynamics and the opportunities and pitfalls that might await both active and passive investors. Dispersion measures the average difference between the return of an index and the return of each of the...

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  • Collection of Big ETFs Easily Trump Hedge Funds

    01-15-2014 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Exchange traded funds are becoming a legitimate thorn in the side of hedge funds. First, there is the issue of size. At the end of Q3 2013 Eurekahedge reported that there was $1.91 trillion invested in 8,500 hedge funds which they state was just 2% below their historic peak, B...

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  • NASDAQ, S&P on Prowl for Index Acquisitions

    01-14-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Nasdaq OMX Group (NasdaqGM: NDAQ) and S&P Dow Jones Indices are shopping for acquisitions to bolster their index offerings in what could be a sign of an imminent wave of consolidation for indexing space. Executives from both companies "told Reuters in recent interviews tha...

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  • Most Popular Tickers on ETF Trends Week of Dec. 27

    12-28-2013 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Stocks closed flat on Friday, but overall, it was a decent holiday-shortened week for U.S. equities as the S&P 500 managed to tack on almost 0.8% in just 3.5 trading days. While some traders and investors were busy pondering the fate of Twitter (NYSE: TWTR), among other ma...

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  • ETF 'In-Kind' Redemptions Help Limit Capital Gains

    12-18-2013 01:46 PM by Max Chen

    Exchange traded funds are lauded for their tax efficiency, and as we head toward the end of 2013, only a fraction of fund products are expected to make capital gains distributions. Most ETFs redeem securities "in-kind," or swap securities for securities, unlike mutual funds, w...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Bet on These Dividend ETFs in Volatile Times

    10-17-2013 01:51 PM by Max Chen

    Rising interest rates will change the way investors allocate an income oriented portfolio, but dividend exchange traded funds that emphasize dividend growth and quality stocks will likely weather the storm. "Regardless of rates, we prefer dividend ETFs that emphasize dividend ...

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  • ProShares Aristorcrats ETF Tracks Quality S&P 500 Dividend Payers

    10-10-2013 03:52 PM by Tom Lydon

    ProShares expanded its line of non-leveraged exchange traded funds Thursday, launching the new S&P 500 dividend fund that follows quality names with a consistent record of raising dividends. The ProShares S&P 500 Aristocrats ETF (NYSEArca: NOBL) tries to reflect the pe...

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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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  • Dividend ETFs to Guard Against Volatile Markets

    08-30-2013 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the equities market showing greater volatility, investors can take a look at dividend exchange traded funds that hold up during tougher times while generating some cash on the side. "We believe that when pullbacks happen, dividend stocks fare better than others because th...

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  • Investors Take Another Look At Stock ETFs With Above-Average Yields

    07-30-2013 03:30 PM by Gary Gordon

    Morningstar offers its paid subscribers a premium service called, ETF Valuation Quickrank. The company offers price-to-fair value estimates for several hundred ETFs that are based upon a proprietary analysis of the underlying stock holdings. At present, each investment is being l...

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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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  • Multi-Asset ETFs Yielding Over 5%

    06-11-2013 07:02 AM by Tom Lydon

    When it comes to income, traders can browse through fixed-income and equity assets. Exchange traded fund investors, though, can hold an all-encompassing, multi-asset that covers multiple income producing investments. The Guggenheim Multi-Asset Income ETF (NYSEArca: CVY) tracks...

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  • Dividends and Low-Volatility: Two Sucessful ETF Strategies

    05-31-2013 08:59 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors who seek steady income and downside protection can find this through holding certain exchange traded funds. ETFs that hold quality dividend-paying companies or that use a low-volatility strategy are favored, and continue to be popular with investors. According to Dod...

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  • Some Dividend ETFs Outperforming the S&P 500

    05-21-2013 01:47 PM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend investors typically give up on fast growth in favor of steady income. However, some dividend exchange traded funds have been outpacing the broader S&P 500 so far this year. Of the almost 50 dividend-focused ETFs on the market, 18 are outperforming the S&P 500,...

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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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  • State Street Dividend ETF Focuses on Steady Payers

    04-12-2013 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors have taken a keen interest in SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: SDY) as a way to get exposure to steady companies that have a long history of raising dividends. For example, SDY is trending #1 this week at ETF research website SDYs tracking index has s...

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  • Investors Play Defense with Dividend ETFs

    04-11-2013 12:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    The latest data from S&P Capital IQ suggests that investors are still taking a defensive stance, evidenced by the particular exchange traded funds they are choosing. The most popular ETFs are dividend-focused, which helps create an income stream and protect against some downs...

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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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  • High-Yield Bond vs. Dividend ETFs

    03-26-2013 02:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors are turning to junk bond and dividend ETFs for income in a low-rate environment. High-yield ETFs invest in bonds, while dividend funds target the stock market, so the two groups can perform differently. The key is to build a portfolio with the bulk of your portfolio ...

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  • Quality Dividend ETFs Help Mitigate Risk

    03-18-2013 06:40 AM by Tom Lydon

    Many investors are using dividend ETFs as a way to dip a toe in the stock market with a more conservative strategy and income to boot. News over the weekend from Cyprus is a reminder of the macro risks still lingering in the market. For instance, the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF ...

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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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  • An ETF that Tracks Consistent Dividend Payers

    03-08-2013 06:22 AM by Tom Lydon

    One of the larger dividend ETFs is a State Street fund that focuses on companies that have a consistent dividend track record. And like most dividend ETFs, it's yielding more than the 2% currently on offer from 10-year Treasury notes. SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: SDY) ...

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  • Here are the Most-Searched ETFs

    03-03-2013 07:08 AM by Tom Lydon

    When it comes to exchange traded funds, different types of investors have different goals. For instance, institutional investors have been looking at broad equities while individual investors and advisors leaned toward income and mitigating risk. According to a list of the mos...

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  • Global Dividend ETFs: State Street Readies New Fund

    03-02-2013 08:06 AM by Tom Lydon

    Rounding out its line of dividend exchange traded funds, State Street Global Advisors filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to launch a global-oriented fund. According to the SEC filing, the SPDR S&P Global Dividend ETF will try to reflect the performance of 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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  • 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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  • A Dividend ETF That Focuses on Quality Companies

    12-20-2012 02:06 PM by Tom Lydon

    I do the ETF of the Week for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffes MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments within the exchange traded fund market. This Thursday, I highlighted the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: SDY). Despite concerns over tax...

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  • How to Reduce Risk with Dividend ETFs

    12-14-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors can lower risk in their stock portfolios with dividend ETFs but they should keep in mind the equity-based funds shouldn't be substituted for bonds. When playing the income game, exchange traded fund investors have been increasingly reaching for yields. According t...

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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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  • Dividend ETFs 2.0

    11-15-2012 08:16 AM by Tom Lydon

    As investors hunt for yield, exchange traded fund providers are churning out more dividend stock funds to satiate the growing demand, but some are skeptical that the new wave of dividend ETFs may not be up to par with the older generation. Morningstar analyst Michael Rawson po...

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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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  • 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 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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  • PowerShares Files Two Yield-Themed ETFs

    08-01-2012 04:43 PM by Tom Lydon

    Invesco PowerShares, the fourth largest exchange traded fund provider, is working on two new income generating funds, one to provide access to emerging market debt and another to dividend paying U.S. stocks. According to a SEC filing, the PowerShares S&P 500 High Dividend ...

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  • Multi-Asset ETFs

    06-28-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Institutions, investors and advisors all utilize exchange traded fund products. Now, some fund products are also adding exposure to other ETFs within their own portfolios to provide regular investors with exposure to institutional quality management. The burgeoning sub-class o...

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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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  • Dividend ETFs May See Higher Payouts

    05-04-2012 09:05 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the paltry yields being offered by safe-haven Treasury bonds, alternative income-generating assets such as dividend exchange traded funds are attracting a wider audience. Dividend ETF investors may now draw upon a more diversified pool of stock components and look for higher...

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  • Dividend ETFs: A Solution to Stock Picking

    05-01-2012 08:50 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend stock investors should consider diversified exchange traded funds to save time on researching individual companies and limit single-stock risk. "As great as being a dividend investor is, it does require time. Why? To find, research both potential purchases but also c...

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  • State Street Rolls Out First Active ETFs

    04-27-2012 07:32 AM by Tom Lydon

    The actively managed exchange traded fund space, once pushed to the side, is now attracting a greater following, especially in the wake of highly successful PIMCO Total Return ETF (NYSEArca: BOND) launch. Now, State Street Global Advisors is testing the waters with its first acti...

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  • Dividend ETFs: How to Select a Winner

    04-24-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    An income generating strategy is going to remain in focus for exchange traded fund investors, especially as Treasury bond yields remain at their lowest levels. There are several dividend ETFs to help investors navigate this trend, but it's not all about finding the fund with the ...

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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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  • Three Fairly Valued Dividend ETFs

    04-03-2012 10:21 AM by John Spence

    Dividend ETFs have been enormously popular the past year but investors should be careful to temper their expectations. A rising stock market means valuations arent as cheap, while conservative investors need to remember equities are more volatile than bonds. Tread cautiously b...

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  • No Free Lunch: The Risks of Dividend ETFs

    02-23-2012 12:38 PM by John Spence

    Investors trying to bolster yield in their portfolios have made dividend exchange traded funds one of the hottest investments the past two years. There is speculation Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) may announce a dividend at its shareholder meeting Thursday, which could drive further int...

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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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  • ETF Spotlight: SPDR S&P Dividend ETF

    01-24-2012 07:35 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $8.7 billion. Objective: The SPDR S&P Dividend ETF tries to reflect the performance of the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats Index, which holds the 60-highest dividend yielding co...

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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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  • Four Dividend ETFs with Growth Potential

    12-12-2011 11:47 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend exchange traded funds have seen intense interest from investors in 2011 as they seek shelter from market volatility in stable sectors and an income stream. For example, investors have flocked to utilities ETFs due to their conservative reputation and enticing dividend...

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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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  • Index ETFs with Active Strategies

    11-08-2011 01:24 PM by Tom Lydon

    Some exchange traded funds blur the line between active and passive management. For example, many ETFs track hand-tailored indexes that incorporate active strategies in an effort to produce superior performance. The new "strategy-based" ETFs, not unlike actively managed funds,...

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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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  • A Quartet of Dividend ETFs

    10-19-2011 09:17 AM by Tom Lydon

    It's not surprising that dividend exchange traded funds have been all the rage lately. Investors are looking for safety and yield, and dividend ETFs offer a low-cost, transparent way to invest in a basket of companies and mitigate single-stock risks. Money Morning points to...

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  • Dissecting Two Large Dividend ETFs

    10-13-2011 02:31 PM by Tom Lydon

    Income-seeking investors are taking a closer look at dividend-paying exchange traded fund options in the ongoing hunt for returns in a low-yield environment. Many dividend ETF searches begin with the largest funds by assets with a diversified approach. Matt Krantz for USA Toda...

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  • S&P's Best Dividend ETF Picks

    10-11-2011 09:17 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors' hunger for yield has caused many to sniff around dividend exchange traded funds to boost income in their portfolios. "With interest rates relatively low, we believe that many investors are increasingly starved for income. As a result, we think more attention has bee...

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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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  • Defensive Sector ETFs, Dividend Payers Guard Against Volatility

    09-26-2011 08:59 AM by Tom Lydon

    Many investors are turning to traditional defensive sectors and dividend exchange traded funds to weather the volatility in the stock market. SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) fell 6.6% last week on worries Greece will default and accelerate the European debt crisis. The...

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  • Dividend ETFs Spike As Market Volatility Increases

    09-21-2011 05:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) have experienced rapid growth this year, with many of them doubling their growth, according to a report from Morningstar. Inflows to this sector really spiked in August, proving investors are still searching for yield and stability in...

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  • Dividend ETFs in Focus as S&P 500 Yield Exceeds 10-Year

    09-12-2011 11:35 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend exchange traded funds continue to increase in popularity as income-famished investors look beyond bond markets for yield. There has been about $12.6 billion in inflows to dividend-stock ETFs this year. Treasury yields are falling as and bond prices are rising as i...

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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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  • Investors Tap ETFs to Trade Volatile Markets

    08-25-2011 08:51 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds have seen volume rise during the market's recent volatility as investors use the financial products for specific sector trades and to hedge risk. ETFs have made navigating a bumpy market somewhat easier, with choices ranging from leveraged and short vehic...

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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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  • Ritholtz Likes Total Market, Dividend ETFs

    05-18-2011 10:08 AM by John Spence

    Barry Ritholtz, chief executive at quantitative research firm Fusion IQ, in a Forbes interview says the firm is long the market and its holdings include exchange traded funds tracking the total stock market and dividend stocks. Were now about 86% long and have been for some ti...

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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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  • 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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  • How ETFs Reinvest Dividends

    10-27-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend exchange traded funds (ETFs) have become a hot ticket as interest rates sink. But reinvesting those dividends works a little bit differently than what new ETF investors might be used to. Matt Krantz for USA Today reports that most mutual fund companies offer to reinve...

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  • The Dividend ETF Comeback

    10-21-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investing in the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) come with a variety of risks, but stashing away some cash into some investments that yield dividends may help mitigate some of those risks while generating extra income. Solid corporate earnings from a number of large c...

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  • ETFs to Cope With Market Uncertainty

    09-18-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After closing out a dismal August, the markets seem to have stabilized in September. Make no mistake: the economy is still working out its kinks, which means you need to stay on your guard and know which exchange traded funds (ETFs) are best when the going gets rough. Income...

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  • How to Easily Find High-Yielding ETFs

    09-16-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It's all about the Benjamins for investors these days. If you're one of the many seeking exchange traded funds (ETFs) with yield, we have a few solutions. 1. The ETF Analyzer. There's no easier way to find and sort ETFs by yield. When you're in the Analyzer, simply click "expa...

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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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  • ETFs That Yield More Than Your Savings Account

    08-26-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commercial banks stay operational by lending at higher rates and letting customers save at dirt cheap rates. But have you seen those rates on savings accounts? They make Treasury bonds look like they're giving cash away. There are many exchange traded funds (ETFs) that may be a b...

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  • ETFs to Look At In a Low-Yield World

    08-17-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    I you're looking for high yields, don't count on finding it in Treasuries. Don't fret - there are plenty of other places you can get it. Analysts weigh in on what asset classes and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are going to give the best yields in this climate. David Bogoslaw f...

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  • Dividend Paying ETFs: Where to Look

    08-17-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The tax cuts implemented by the Bush administration could soon be coming to an end. If you are affected by this change, it may also be prudent to look over your holdings of dividend income and related exchange traded funds (ETFs). Companies have heavily cut costs and spending ...

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  • Dividend ETFs: Which Sectors Are Best?

    08-05-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded fund (ETF) investors are looking for income, and they're not finding it in Treasury bonds. That's part of the reason dividend ETFs are so appealing right now. But not every sector is handing them out in equal measure. Nilus Mattive for Money and Markets has fou...

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  • Why It's Time to Think About Dividend ETFs

    08-03-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Corporate America is sitting on $1.24 trillion in spare change. After a short stint spent on cost-cutting measures, corporations are now thinking about putting that money to work in addition to increasing dividends and spending more on stock buybacks. The flurry of corporate acti...

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  • Tom Lydon Picks His ETF Spots on CNBC

    07-29-2010 09:15 AM by Heather Hayes

    Tom Lydon appeared on CNBC to discuss the tepid economy and where he thinks we're headed next. While he was at it, he tossed in a few ETF picks for investors looking for some opportunities. Watch to find out what they are!

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  • Dividend ETFs: Aristocrats and Achievers

    07-27-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    In this day and age of low, low yields, investors are on the prowl for some income. One place you can find it is in dividend exchange traded funds (ETFs) - especially in the cream of the crop: aristocrats and achievers. Beyond the regular type of dividend-paying companies - so...

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  • Dividend ETF Plays for Hiked-Up Payouts

    06-10-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors may be uncertain these days, taking refuge in safe-havens and volatility hedging exchange traded funds (ETFs). But corporate America doesn't seem so concerned, and several big companies are hiking their dividends. Corporate America is giving investors reason to cheer...

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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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  • The S&P 500: One Index, Many ETF Plays

    04-30-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Whether you're a bear or a bull, the S&P 500 is one of the best indicators our economy has. Regardless of your views, there are several S&P 500 exchange traded funds (ETFs) that can help accomplish different goals. There is no telling what the markets are going to do ...

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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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  • How Dividend ETFs Can Add Oomph to Your Portfolio

    03-29-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend-paying stocks have always found a home in portfolios, especially after a bear market, when investors want a reliable source of income. A good way to gain exposure to the variety of dividend-paying companies out there is through a dividend exchange traded fund (ETF). "...

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  • ETF Spotlight: SPDR S&P Dividend (SDY)

    03-04-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on SPDR S&P Dividend (NYSEArca: SDY), part of a weekly series. Assets: $1.3 billion Objective: Tracks the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats Index (SPHYDATR), which consists of the 50 highest dividend yielding companies in the S&P Comp...

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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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  • 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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  • 10 Dividend-Yielding ETFs

    05-08-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend-paying stocks are an investor favorite, and many of the dividend focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) give investors better coverage with less risk than found in single stocks. Some of the dividend-focused ETFs are so diversified that they could stand in as core hold...

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  • How to Safely Access High Yields With ETFs

    03-17-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As stock and exchange traded fund (ETF) prices decline, dividend yields are on the upswing. But are some too high to be safe? There are still good yields (yield is the annual dividend divided by the stock price) to be found by investors who can discriminate between the good an...

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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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  • Keeping Dividends, ETFs From Going the Way of the Dodo

    10-23-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend yields are at decent levels right now, benefiting related exchange traded funds (ETFs), but some say we shouldn't rest on our laurels. Last month the credit and housing markets turned over and sent dividends out of the roof to their highest levels in a decade. David G...

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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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