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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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  • A Favored Dividend ETF for 2017

    12-02-2016 10:06 AM by Tom Lydon

    Global dividend growth slowed in the third quarter and with the Federal Reserve poised to raise interest rates for the first time in 2016 later this month, some investors could be skittish about dividend stocks and exchange traded funds. Those scenarios remind income inves...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • An ETF to Access Tomorrow's Dividend Growers

    08-03-2016 05:08 PM by Max Chen

    Most dividend-related strategies select companies based on past or historical trends. Instead, investors may consider a forward looking dividend exchange traded fund to access stocks that are more likely to raise dividends ahead. "Looking at alternatives?" Eric Ervin, Presiden...

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  • An Attractive, High-Quality Dividend ETF Strategy

    07-15-2016 02:00 PM by Max Chen

    With the value and dividend styles back in play this year, a dividend "aristocrats" exchange traded fund strategy has been among the better performers, providing exposure to companies with a history of sustainable yields. The ProShares S&P 500 Aristocrats ETF (NYSEArca: NO...

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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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  • The Ins and Outs of Pricey Dividend ETFs

    05-18-2016 10:39 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds with an emphasis on dividends have become increasingly popular. Not to mention dividend ETFs contributed a substantial portion of the growth experienced by smart beta or intelligent index ETFs. But all dividend ETFs are not created equal and some sport hi...

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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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  • ETFs That Value Investors Buffett, Munger Would Approve Of

    04-30-2016 12:00 PM by Max Chen

    Investment guru Warren Buffett and his Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) partner Charlie Munger are known for buying good companies at fair prices. Exchange traded fund investors can also mimic the investment philosophy through strategies that target companies with wide economic m...

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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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  • 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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  • 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 Winners and Losers as Fed Stands Pat

    03-16-2016 02:41 PM by Max Chen

    Federal Reserve keeps short-term interest rates unchangedat a range of between 0.25% and 0.5% Fed officials also suggested there will only be two more rate hikes this year Weakening dollar helps bolster commodity assets With the Federal Reserve keeping short-term intere...

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  • Vanguard Unveils New International ETF Options

    03-02-2016 04:16 PM by Tom Lydon

    Vanguard Group unveilstwo international ETF options VIGI to follow an income investing strategy, focusing on companies with high dividend yields VYMI willemphasize stocks exhibiting dividend growth The Vanguard Group is expanding its line of popular dividend exchange tr...

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  • Quality Dividend ETFs Outperform

    02-19-2016 05:18 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors may be turning to the quality and value investment themes as dividend exchange traded funds lead the recent rebound. For instance, the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (NYSEArca: VIG) rose 5.0% Schwab US Dividend Equity ETF (NYSEArca: SCHD) gained 4.9% over the pas...

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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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  • This Dividend ETF Helps Investors Sleep at Night

    02-17-2016 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Heading into 2016, expectations were in place for slower S&P 500 dividend growth, more negative dividend action from the energy sector and higher interest rates. None of those factors are particularly appealing for dividend investors, but some dividend exchange traded funds h...

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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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  • An Effective ETF Avenue For Dividend Consistency

    01-12-2016 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Due in part to a spate of negative dividend actions in the energy and materials sectors, S&P 500 dividend growth, though still expected to remain solid, is also expected to slow in 2016. As economic growth slows and observers downgrade earnings forecasts, company cash payouts...

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  • Smart-Beta ETF Buying Guide

    11-12-2015 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors are increasingly adopting smart- or strategic-beta exchange traded funds as an alternative to traditional market capitalization-weighted index funds. With the multitude of options available, investors should take the time to compare smart-beta ETF options. For starte...

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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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  • A High-Yield Dividend ETF with a Heavy Emphasis on Value

    09-18-2015 04:47 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors interested in boosting their fixed-income portfolio can utilize an exchange traded fund that specifically targets high-yield, U.S. dividend payers. For instance, the WisdomTree Equity Income Fund (NYSEArca: DHS), which tracks the WisdomTree Equity Income Index, inclu...

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  • An ETF for Investors with an Eye Toward Quality

    09-04-2015 04:14 PM by Tom Lydon

    Long-term investors may turn to exchange traded funds that target quality stocks to capture attractive returns over time, and people may find cheaper valuations after the recent market pullback. "Good companies don't always make good investments, but they may offer attractive ...

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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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  • Monitor Your ETF Portfolio's Overall Sector Weights

    07-22-2015 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds allow investors to capture broad markets. However, investors should be mindful of what ETFs they pile into as layering the investments may inadvertently overweight a portfolio to a market segment. "When you purchase an ETF, you might end up with more or l...

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  • Like Dividend Growth? Youll Love These ETFs

    07-15-2015 01:44 PM by Todd Shriber

    Although dividend increases slowed a bit in the second quarter, the 12-month figures are still strong. For the 12 months ended June 30, nearly 3,100 companies boosted payouts while fewer than 400 cut dividends, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. In the second quarter, 562...

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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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  • Tried and True Vanguard Dividend ETF Faces Near-Term Challenges

    06-11-2015 11:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Home to $20.4 billion in assets under management as of the end of April, the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (NYSEArca: VIG) is the largest dividend exchange traded fund trading in the U.S. VIG has established that massive following for several reasons, including a paltry 0...

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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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  • 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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  • With an Increase, Exxon Keeps its Place in Dividend ETFs

    04-30-2015 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM) quashed speculation that falling oil prices are endangering its dividend. On Wednesday, the Dow component and the largest U.S. oil company said it will raise its quarterly dividend to 73 cents per share from 69 cents. Following intense fear that last ye...

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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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  • Firms Raising Debt for Dividends, Burdening Corporate Bond ETFs

    04-22-2015 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As more companies try to meet shareholders' demand for greater buybacks and dividends, firms are dipping into the debt markets to raise cash, potentially fueling risks for investment-grade bonds and related exchange traded funds. Some companies are borrowing money from the bon...

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  • Oil ETF Dividends Appear SafeSort Of

    04-14-2015 01:09 PM by Todd Shriber

    With oil prices remaining stubbornly low and major producers cutting capital expenditures while also trimming share repurchase programs, investors are concerned that some of the oil patchs longest dividend increase streaks are at risk. With April being the month in which Exxon...

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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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  • A Slow First Quarter for Dividend Increases

    04-01-2015 02:37 PM by Todd Shriber

    Dividends paid by S&P 500 member firms rose in the first quarter with companies from the benchmark U.S. index having paid out $93.6 billion in dividends as of March 27. However, dividend growth slowed in the first three months of the year. Net dividend increases rose $12.6...

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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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  • The Bell Tolls for Energy Dividends, ETFs

    03-24-2015 03:00 PM by Todd Shriber

    Tuesdays news that Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE: FXC) is slashing its quarterly dividend to 5 cents per share from 31.25 cents is igniting scuttlebutt that other natural resources companies will follow suit. Freeport is commonly viewed as a copper produce and, to a lesser extent, a ...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • A Sampling of TD Ameritrades Commission-Free ETF Offerings

    01-03-2015 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the exchange traded funds industry continue to boom, various brokerage houses are racing to get in on the action. A popular tactic for capturing ETF assets from registered investment advisors, financial planners and retail investors has been to offer menus of ETFs on a co...

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  • ETPs Tracking NASDAQ Indexes Continue Growth Spurt

    12-15-2014 02:01 PM by Todd Shriber

    Exchange traded products tracking benchmarks sponsored by NASDAQ OMX Groups (NasdaqGS: NDAQ) NASDAQ Indexes group added assets, along with the rest of the ETP industry, this year. The PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ), the NASDAQ-100 tracking ETF, is the marquee ETF tracking a N...

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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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  • Low-Cost, Dividend Stock ETFs for a Successful Retirement Portfolio

    10-31-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    When putting money to work in your retirement portfolio, investors are better off with low-cost, index-based exchange traded than actively managed funds that could end up significantly diminishing overall returns. In a recent discussion with analysts, Vanguard Group founder Jo...

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  • Hedge Funds Love These ETFs

    10-23-2014 10:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Count hedge funds among the professionals that are increasingly using exchange traded funds. On aggregate, Bank of America Merrill Lynch reports that hedge funds owned $36.9 billion worth of ETFs at the beginning of the third quarter, according to Zero Hedge. While $36.9 bi...

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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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  • 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: Going Global

    07-19-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Geopolitical tensions were high this week after a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down in Ukraine and Israeli ground forces advanced toward the Gaza Strip. U.S. stocks endured to finish the week in solid form as the Dow Jones Industrial Average notched a triple-digit gain on Frida...

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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 Growth Fosters Growth for These ETFs

    07-10-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    The dividend story of 2014 remains positive and, more importantly, growing. 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 In...

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  • Dividend ETFs Still Popular Despite Slowing Growth

    07-01-2014 01:11 PM by Todd Shriber

    The second quarter was another solid one for U.S. companies on the dividend front although dividend growth ebbed a bit. 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 firs...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Tactical Time

    06-28-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    In a lethargic week for U.S. stocks, investors were seen taking a tactical approach to exchange traded funds. At least that is the anecdotal evidence provided by our weekly look at the most searched ETFs. While broad market ETFs and dividend funds usually occupy several spots ...

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  • Dividend Delights With These ETFs

    06-25-2014 10:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Another strong year for U.S. dividend stocks is in the works. That is good news for income investors and dividend exchange traded funds. Net dividend increases totaled $17.8 billion in the first quarter, up almost 23% year-over-year. Nearly 1,100 dividend increases were report...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Surging Sectors

    06-14-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    U.S. stocks managed to closer higher Friday, but in a case of June gloom, the S&P 500 snapped a multi-week winning streak. Escalating tensions at the hands of a militant faction of al-Qaeda in Iraq weighed on stocks, but sent oil prices soaring. On that note, it is surpris...

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  • Dividend ETFs With Safe Dividends

    06-03-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    A companys payout ratio, or its percentage of profits paid out in dividends to shareholders, is a frequently used metric by investors to determine a firms ability to continue paying and growing dividends. The higher the payout ratio, the more vulnerable the dividend is perceiv...

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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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  • This Weeks Most Searched ETFs: Boring is Beautiful

    05-03-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    It was a tepid end to April and start to May this week as the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average eked out modestly weekly gains. The Nasdaq Composite was the leader of the trio with a gain of almost 1%. While the evidence is anecdotal and represents just one week of ...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Some Changes, but a few Surprises

    04-12-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Sometimes, the song changes and other times it remains the same. There was a little bit of both among this weeks searched ETF tickers as momentum stocks and ETFs were again punished. To that end, it probably will not surprise devoted followers of this space that the iShares Na...

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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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  • Vanguard Again Dominates Inflows

    04-01-2014 11:40 AM by Tom Lydon

    Vanguard, the third-largest U.S. provider of exchange traded funds, is again dominating ETF inflows. In the first quarter, Vanguard attracted $13.1 billion, or almost 90 percent of the money gathered by all U.S. ETFs, reports Christopher Condon for Bloomberg. Pennsylvania-base...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Guess Whos Coming to Dinner?

    03-29-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    An interesting split emerged among the most searched exchange traded fund tickers on ETF Trends this week. Six of the 10 most searched tickers will come as no surprise to investors that paid even scant attention to the financial markets this week while the remaining four are new ...

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  • Putins Promises: Russia ETFs Lead the Weeks Most Searched

    03-22-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Emerging markets exchange traded funds of all stripes are getting ample attention, but, probably for the wrong reasons, Russia ETFs continue to gain fame or infamy. As was the case two weeks ago, Russia ETFs again dominated this weeks most searched tickers on ETF Trends. Not s...

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  • Watch the Fees on Dividend ETFs

    03-17-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds with an emphasis on dividends have become increasingly popular. At one point last year, combined assets under management at dividend ETFs were larger than that of the assets held by U.S. Treasury ETFs. Not to mention dividend ETFs contributed a substantia...

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  • Diversified Growth ETFs for a Retirement Portfolio

    03-16-2014 07:02 AM by Tom Lydon

    In any long-term investment portfolio, exchange traded funds that track stocks or other riskier assets will provide investors with a capital growth component, augmenting a portfolio's overall returns. For an aggressive ETF portfolio for couples with a 25-year or longer time fr...

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  • Four Fixed-Income ETFs for Your Retirement Portfolio

    03-15-2014 07:01 AM by Tom Lydon

    When building a retirement nest egg, people will typically set aside a portion of their portfolios for conservative, fixed-income allocations. With exchange traded funds, investors can customize bond holdings as they see fit. For example, in an aggressive ETF portfolio for cou...

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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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  • Most Searched ETFs: Russia Sweeps the Podium

    03-08-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    In a departure from our previous editions of the most searched exchange traded funds of the week, albeit not unexpected, Russia ETFs were extremely popular this week. Of course, increased search activity in Russia ETFs is the result of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. On Monda...

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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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  • Dividend Growth Via ETFs

    02-24-2014 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    There are about 70 dividend-focused exchange traded funds on the market, some of which have debuted this year, indicating issuers are not done rolling out new dividend funds. Where the money is heading in the dividend ETF segment is a story worth monitoring. As Barrons notes, ...

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  • Holy Health Care: This Weeks Most Searched ETFs

    02-22-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Lets just go ahead and eschew cheeky puns regarding feeling healthy and writing prescriptions to get down to the nitty gritty: Exchange traded funds holding health care stocks have been stellar performers this year. Those ETFs have also been quite popular, at least on ETF Tren...

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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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  • 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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  • A Healthy Look at This Weeks Most Searched ETFs

    01-18-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Confession time: That pun was intended because health care funds dominated the list of the most searched tickers on ETF Trends this week. With two major biotechnology conferences taking place during the week, it was not surprising visitors to ETF Trends were flocking to health...

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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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  • Dividend Achievers With a Global Spin

    01-13-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Although S&P 500 members that do not pay dividends outperformed their dividend-paying peers last year, there is no denying that over the long-term, dividends account for a substantial portion of a portfolios returns. Dividends are nice, but dividend growth is even better. ...

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  • Few Surprises Among This Weeks Popular Searches on ETF Trends

    01-11-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Seasoned pros know to expect the unexpected in the financial markets. However, there are times when the expected is just what we get. That was the case with the most searched tickers on ETF Trends this week. Without the benefit of a fully functional crystal ball, we do not kno...

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  • ETF Ideas for the Dividend Boom

    01-07-2014 01:04 PM by Todd Shriber

    These are halcyon days for U.S. dividend investors and the statistics affirm as much. In 2013, nearly 2,900 companies boosted their payouts. 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 ...

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  • High Achievers: These Dividend ETFs, Indices Delivered in 2013

    01-07-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    There were some compelling data points out Monday that underscore just how much the dividend investing phenomenon has benefited exchange traded funds. S&P Dow Jones Indices said Net dividend increases rose $12.7 billion during the fourth quarter of 2013 for U.S. domestic c...

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  • This Weeks Most Popular Tickers on ETF Trends

    01-04-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    This certainly was not the start to 2014 eager bulls were looking as the S&P 500 finished the holiday-shortened week to the downside following losses on Thursday and Friday, the first two trading days of 2014. A look at the weeks most searched tickers on ETF Trends is alwa...

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  • Three Dividend ETFs up 30% This Year

    12-19-2013 01:59 PM by Tom Lydon

    Through November, nearly $210 billion has flowed into exchange traded products around the world and nearly a third of that total has been allocated to precision-driven, or smart beta, strategies. Dividend ETFs are capturing a significant of the flows to non-cap weighted ETFs. ...

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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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  • 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: 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • ETFs for a Rising Rate Environment

    08-20-2013 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    For the first time in three decades, investors are beginning to realize the potential detrimental effects rising rates will have on a fixed-income investment portfolio. Nevertheless, exchange traded fund investors can take steps to obviate the damage. When it comes to bonds, i...

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  • Dividend ETFs with Growing Yield Potential

    08-09-2013 03:53 PM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend exchange traded fund investors should look at their exposure to rate-sensitive sectors and consider switching over to dividend growth leaders. In a rising rate environment, ETFs with high exposure to utilities, telecom services and real estate investment trusts could ...

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  • Why Dividend ETFs Can Still Work

    06-23-2013 07:35 AM by Tom Lydon

    Treasury yields have spiked recently but solid dividend ETFs are still paying out more, which brings the focus back to dividend-yielding stocks.Investors should look for dividend exchange traded funds that have potential for growth and the possibility to raise dividend payouts. ...

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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 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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  • 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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  • Vanguard's Dividend Appreciation ETF

    04-21-2013 07:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite the recent correction, the broad equities market could still move higher. Nevertheless, investors who are wary of any potential volatility along the road could consider exchange traded funds that focus on consistent dividend payers, say S&P analysts. "While we beli...

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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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  • A Closer Look at Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF

    04-12-2013 06:43 AM by Tom Lydon

    High-yield investments options have been all the rage with many seeking bond alternatives to boost income needs. However, investors should not forget exchange traded funds that track well-established, solid dividend stocks. For example, the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation 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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  • Dividend ETFs Remain in Favor as Stocks Hit Record Highs

    03-14-2013 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Dow Jones Industrial Index has hit new highs along with a rebound in U.S. equity markets, while specific dividend exchange traded funds remain in favor. Certain funds are maintaining streams of inflows and performance while others within the same sector have fallen to the sid...

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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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  • Breaking Down a Pair of Vanguard Dividend ETFs

    03-07-2013 06:24 AM by Tom Lydon

    When browsing for a suitable investment, investors should not judge an exchange traded fund by its cover. It is important to peek inside a fund's inner workings, lest you come across an unwanted surprise. The search for yield has brought dividend funds to the forefront of the ...

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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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  • A Vanguard Dividend ETF with a Focus on Quality

    02-27-2013 12:52 PM by Tom Lydon

    Dividends provide an additional source of income and returns in an equity portfolio, but investors should still know the type of exposure dividend exchange traded fund investments provide. While high yield dividend ETFs generate attractive yields, the dividends may not be sust...

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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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  • Dividend ETFs: Morningstar's Top International Pick

    02-20-2013 06:33 AM by Tom Lydon

    International equities continue to offer decent valuations compared to U.S. stocks, making the case for investing in overseas dividend exchange traded funds stronger. PowerShares International Dividend Achievers (NYSEArca: PID) holds quality companies with minimum volatility, and...

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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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  • S&P Ranks Largest ETF Managers

    01-09-2013 12:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded fund industry assets are at about $1.3 trillion, with about 88% of this concentrated among the top four providers. BlackRock iShares, Vanguard, PowerShares and State Street Global Advisors are considered the largest ETF providers, with Market Vectors and WisdomTre...

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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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  • Seven ETFs to Watch in 2013

    12-25-2012 06:59 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the economic outlook gets murkier heading into the so-called fiscal cliff, investors should stick to high-quality stocks and exchange traded funds. Moreover, investors shouldn't overlook opportunities in the emerging markets and fixed-income space. Steven Goldberg for Kipli...

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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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  • ETFs for the Fiscal Cliff: Dividends, Consumer Staples and Munis

    11-24-2012 06:08 AM by Tom Lydon

    The fiscal cliff is about one month from materializing and investors are setting up defense for their portfolios. Should the tax increases and spending cuts come to fruition, the best way to save capital is to have it parked where it will be safe. Certain sector exchange traded f...

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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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  • A 'Bucket' ETF Retirement Strategy for Moderate Investors

    11-02-2012 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    For those seeking to invest toward their Golden Years, exchange traded fund products provide low-cost, diversified exposure to broad asset classes, allowing investors to remain hands-off and spend less time worrying about their nest egg. Christine Benz, Morningstar's director ...

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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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  • 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: Look Before You Leap

    08-27-2012 11:23 AM by Tom Lydon

    Considering the paltry yields in U.S. Treasury bonds and money market funds, investors have turned to dividend-producing stocks and exchange traded funds to help generate some extra cash. However, like with any investment product, investors should take a moment to look over what ...

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  • An ETF That Tracks Quality Dividend Stocks

    08-21-2012 07:02 AM by Tom Lydon

    In the ongoing hunt for yields, exchange traded fund investors have delved deep into the markets, fishing out the highest yielding, and often riskiest, funds. Investors, though, should not overlook the more stable ETFs that provide exposure to quality dividend-producing firms. ...

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  • Dividend Stocks and ETFs: Is Bigger Better?

    08-13-2012 09:02 AM by Tom Lydon

    Large-cap growth stocks and focused dividend exchange traded funds have weathered the market uncertainty in 2012 in stride. Investors may be wondering if the success of dividend focused ETFs may be winding down or if it is just getting warmed up. Large-cap stocks have shown a ...

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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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  • 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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  • This Dividend ETF Carves Out Financial Stocks

    07-09-2012 05:55 AM by Tom Lydon

    The dividend theme is still the ticket in 2012, but others, like financials, are not. As big banks, and the financial sector, continue to present a degree of volatility, income focused investors should appreciate theWisdomTree Dividend ex-Financial ETF (NYSEArca: DTN). [Surveying...

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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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  • S&P's Dividend ETF Pick

    06-18-2012 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend ETFs have attracted a big following as investors seek refuge from the high market volatility. For instance, the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation Index ETF (NYSEArca: VIG) holds high quality companies that have the ability and commitment to increase their dividends over ...

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  • Tom Lydon, Chuck Jaffe Talk ETF of the Week: Dividends

    06-14-2012 11:52 AM by Tom Lydon

    Click here to listen. 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 week, I looked at the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (NYSEArca: V...

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  • ETF Spotlight: Vanguard Dividend Appreciation

    06-14-2012 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (NYSEArca: VIG), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $13.5 billion. Objective: The Vanguard Dividend Appreciation fund tries to reflect the performance of the Dividend Achievers Select Index, which is comprised of stock...

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  • Vanguard ETF Has Biggest Target Stake Among Dividend Funds

    06-13-2012 02:04 PM by John Spence

    Shares of Target (NYSE: TGT) traded higher Wednesday after the retailer boosted its quarterly dividend by 20%. Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (NYSEArca: VIG) has the largest position in Target among dividend-themed exchange traded funds. Target comprises 2.2% of the Vangua...

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  • Comparing Dividend Yields in REIT ETFs

    06-07-2012 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Yield hunters have branched into alternative segments of the market in search of income, adding real estate investment trust exchange traded funds to their dividend portfolios. However, REIT investors should consider the potential risks that the sector faces. According to the ...

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  • Three Dividend ETFs to Consider

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

    Dividends are a big contributor to the overall return of benchmarks such as the Standard & Poor's 500. The focused exchange traded funds offer investors low cost exposure to large numbers of dividend paying stocks, in one shot. "As of this writing, the U.S. stock market is...

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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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  • Dissecting Vanguards Two Largest Dividend ETFs

    05-21-2012 07:54 AM by Tom Lydon

    Vanguard's two largest dividend-themed ETFs are Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF (NYSEArca: VYM) and Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (NYSEArca: VIG). More individuals are turning to dividend ETFs as an income play, but investors need to be aware that varying dividend ETF pr...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Dividend ETF Can Anchor a Portfolio

    01-27-2012 02:06 PM by Tom Lydon

    Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (NYSEArca: VIG) has the potential to be a core holding within a portfolio because it holds a diversified collection of high-quality dividend stocks. The index holds U.S. stocks that have increased their dividend payout for at least the past deca...

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  • U.S. ETFs See More Inflows

    01-15-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S.-listed exchange traded funds attracted higher inflows in 2011 to take the business to $1 trillion in assets under management. Leading the charge, Vanguard brought in the most in new investment dollars for the second year in a row. While smaller providers gained greater ma...

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  • Can Dividend ETFs Outperform Again After Stellar 2011?

    01-13-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend-themed exchange traded funds outperformed in 2011 but are lagging the overall market so far this year with investors favoring growth sectors rather than dividend payers. Dividend ETFs were all the rage last year due to low bond yields and a desire for safety in an unc...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Be Careful When Reaching for Yield with ETFs

    06-29-2011 03:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    One of the key lessons of the credit crisis and the subprime-mortgage meltdown was that investors can unknowingly add huge risks to their portfolios when digging for just a little extra yield. ETF sponsors are launching products sporting higher payouts or tracking exotic asset...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 4 Ways You Can Put ETFs to Use

    02-01-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a great alternative to mutual funds. They offer full transparency, intraday liquidity and flexibility, plus lower fees. There are also ways to target specific areas of the market and create a strategy with them, too. ETFs are mutual funds that...

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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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  • Morningstar's Favorite ETFs

    05-29-2009 10:51 AM by Tom Lydon

    I had the pleasure this week of attending the fantastic Morningstar Investment Conference in Chicago. One of the most interesting panels I sat in on was "Our Favorite ETFs," led by Scott Burns, one of Morningstar's ETF experts. Which fund did the team like best? The answer my ...

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  • How to Spot ETF Opportunities In a Recession

    04-08-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    In a recession, how does one go about building a portfolio of exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Besides the trend lines, there are other things you can scope out to identify potential opportunities. The typical boom-bust pattern often demonstrates that as the market turns around,...

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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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  • Some Dividend ETFs Are Beating the Markets

    09-11-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) usually get torn up pretty bad after a bear attack, however, there are some funds that have beat the odds. Since financial companies usually dominate dividend-paying companies, it is only natural they faltered during the recent hou...

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