Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETFFund
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- Volume 0.54 M
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- Assets $20,898.5M
- Expense Ratio 0.10%
- Yield 2.08%
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Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF is an exchange-traded fund incorporated in the USA. The ETF tracks the Mergent Dividend Achievers Select Index. The ETF holds mid and large-cap U.S. stocks. Its investments are focused on U.S. common stocks that have a history of increasing dividends for ten consecutive years but exclude REITs. The ETF weights the holdings using by market capitalization.
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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-...
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...
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...
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...
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 patch's longest dividend increase streaks are at risk. With April being the month in which Exxo...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
03-24-2015 03:00 PM by Todd Shriber
Tuesday's 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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 2014's slightly lower level of dividend growth enough to keep investors from pouring billions of ne...
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...
12-15-2014 02:01 PM by Todd Shriber
Exchange traded products tracking benchmarks sponsored by NASDAQ OMX Group's (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 ...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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...
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 g...
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...
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 Reserve's quantitative easing regime could end as soon as the fourth quarter, gold exchange traded funds were solid performers....
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
06-03-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber
A company's payout ratio, or its percentage of profits paid out in dividends to shareholders, is a frequently used metric by investors to determine a firm's ability to continue paying and growing dividends. The higher the payout ratio, the more vulnerable the dividend is perce...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 week's 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 N...
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...
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-ba...
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 ...
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 week's most searched tickers on ETF Trends. Not ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 Barron's notes,...
02-22-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber
Let's 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 Tre...
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 week's search data on ETF Trends. Of the 10 most...
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...
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: ...
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...
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...
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 portfolio's returns. Dividends are nice, but dividend growth is even better....
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...
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...
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 ...
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 week's most searched tickers on ETF Trends is alw...
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. ...
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...
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 ...
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 billion...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 invest...
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 ...
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...
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...
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 ...
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. ...
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. "We're facing a crisis right now, and it's going to get worse," Alicia Munn...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 (...
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 couldn't be fiercer. "Investors have poured more than $69 billion into these products, with much of th...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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, divi...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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 gr...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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. ...
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...
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...
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...
07-11-2012 12:14 PM by John Spence
Tom Lydon appeared on CNBC Asia recently to discuss his view on planning a defensive portfolio. Watch the CNBC video to see the full interview.
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 the WisdomTree Dividend ex-Financial ETF (NYSEArca: DTN). [Surveyin...
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...
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 ...
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 Jaffe's 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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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, ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
01-09-2012 03:37 PM by John Spence
Tom Lydon appeared on CNBC's Street Signs today to discuss financial advisor ETF usage in 2011 and how advisors are positioning clients' ETF assets for 2012. "2012 ETF Outlook for Advisors" by Charles Schwab and ETF Trends is available for financial advisors at ETF Virtual Summit...
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...
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...
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 ...
11-04-2011 09:51 AM by John Spence
Investors piled into riskier exchange traded funds during October's 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, accord...
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...
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: ...
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...
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 index's strategy, sector allocations and other factors. "Dividend paying stocks are supposed to be the 'Easy Button' of...
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...
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...
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 th...
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 Wednesday's volatile trading. But Standard & Poor's equity analyst Todd Rosenbluth notes the broad benchmark is stronger with a positive return for 2011 when factoring in dividend...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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...
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% ...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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). "...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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,...
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...
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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