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  • Vanguard Takes Another Swing in Ongoing ETF Fee War

    02-27-2017 03:24 PM by Max Chen

    Exchange traded fund investors are winning in the ongoing fee war that has slashed expense ratios in a number of ETF options. The latest round comes fromVanguard as the money manager lowers costs on 68 mutual funds and ETF shares, which represents a cumulative $143 million...

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  • ETF Investors Take a Shine Toward Overseas Markets, Corporate Credit

    02-02-2017 05:07 PM by Tom Lydon

    As U.S. equities stuck within range near record highs over January, investors picked up overseas market and investment-grade corporate debt related exchange traded funds. Among the most popular ETF plays in January, the iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: IEM...

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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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  • A New Fund-of-Funds ETF to Target Right Dividend Stocks

    09-21-2016 03:26 PM by Max Chen

    Amplify Exchange Traded Funds has come out with a new ETF that can help investors hone in on the right dividend-paying stocks on the market. The Amplify YieldShares Prime 5 Dividend ETF (BATS: PFV) began trading Wednesday. PFV has a 0.49% net expense ratio. The new Prime 5 ...

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  • VYM: Lean on This Dividend ETF if Interest Rates Rise

    09-01-2016 10:35 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Federal Reserve could boost interest rates later this year, but that move may not hinder dividend stocks and exchange traded funds as much as some income investors think. Additionally, dividend growth stocks could prove particularly sturdy in the event of an interest rate inc...

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  • A New Idea Among International Dividend ETFs

    06-30-2016 12:01 PM by Brenton Garen

    Dividend investors should limit their search for income and yield to U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds. Savvy dividend investors know ex-U.S. developed market dividend payers often feature larger yields than their U.S. counterparts, an assertion proven by comparing large- and...

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  • Investors Still Love This Vanguard Dividend ETF

    05-19-2016 11:03 AM by Tom Lydon

    Although there is speculation that the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates next month, no rate hikes have come to pass this year and even one arrives in June, it is unlikely to be punitive for higher-yielding assets because U.S. borrowing costs are still near historic lows...

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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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  • 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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  • Federal Reserve Helps This Dividend ETF

    04-05-2016 06:25 AM by Brenton Garen

    Last year, the Federal Reserve was a thorn in the side of dividend exchange traded funds. This year, that trend has reversed for the better as market participants have come to grips with the fact that the U.S. central bank probably will not be able to raise interest rates any mor...

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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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  • Vanguard lowers fees on six international ETFs, one domestic fund

    03-01-2016 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Vanguard lowers fees on some of its most popular ETFs Expense ratios reduced on six of Vanguard's international ETFs and one domestic fund Vanguard CEO Bill McNabb attributes asset growth related to favorable financial markets Vanguard, the second-largest U.S. issuer of...

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  • A Durable Dividend ETF Strategy

    12-02-2015 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Amid fears that the Federal Reserve will soon raise interest rates, 2015 has been a tough year for some of the largest dividend exchange traded funds. However, the Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF (NYSEArca: VYM) has been solid during some trying times for dividend stocks and ETF...

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  • How ETFs Can Diminish Your Market Risk

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

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

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  • 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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  • The Two Approaches To Dividend ETF Strategies

    11-09-2015 05:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    When building a diversified investment portfolio, investors may turn to various dividend-paying stock exchange traded funds to generate some extra income. In an environment of near-zero interest rates and quantitative easing, dividend stocks have attracted investors seeking a ...

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  • A New High-Dividend S&P 500 ETF

    10-22-2015 04:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    Income-minded investors can now target the top dividend-paying companies taken out of the S&P 500 benchmark through a new State Street Global Advisor exchange traded fund. The SPDR S&P 500 High Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: SPYD) began trading Thursday, October 22, according...

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  • Dividend ETF Durability In A Tough Year

    10-09-2015 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Amid fears that the Federal Reserve will soon raise interest rates, 2015 has been a tough year for some of the largest dividend exchange traded funds. However, the Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF (NYSEArca: VYM) has been sturdy in a rough environment for dividend ETFs. VYM of...

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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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  • Why Investors Love This Dividend ETF

    10-01-2015 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    At the end of August, the Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF (NYSEArca: VYM) had $10.6 billion in assets under management, placing it among the largest U.S. dividend ETFs. VYM is also one of a small number of well-known dividend ETFs that have added new money this year as fears of ...

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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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  • Red Herrings In The Marketplace: How To Invest In A Twilight Zone

    09-17-2015 01:19 PM by Gary Gordon

    Workers have jobs. The headline unemployment rate at 5.1% proves it, right? Yet the percentage of working-aged folks in the labor force at 62.6% represents the lowest employment rate since the late 1970s. Equally troubling? Wages/salaries rose a mere 0.2% in the second quarter. T...

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  • A Dividend ETF With the Goods

    07-21-2015 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Amid fears that the Federal Reserve will soon raise interest rates, 2015 has been a tough year for some of the largest dividend exchange traded funds. Of the four largest dividend ETFs by assets, only one has managed to add new money this year while the other three have bled asse...

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  • Use Dividend Stocks, ETFs to Augment Long-Term Returns

    06-18-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Over the long-term, high-quality dividend-paying stock exchange traded funds could produce outperforming results. Stocks with high dividend yields is the best way for investors to buy income in the current market, and if the positions are held over the long haul through short-...

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  • Retirees Should Think About Augmenting Yields with Dividend ETFs

    05-29-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With interest rates stuck near historical lows, retirees may find it harder to meet their income needs through bonds alone. Instead, more should think about adding dividend-paying stocks and related exchange traded funds to bolster yields. In a hypothetical case, an investor w...

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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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  • 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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  • A Buying Opportunity in a Favored Dividend ETF

    03-16-2015 02:35 PM by Tom Lydon

    As indicated by its $15.6 billion in assets under management at the end of February, the Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF (NYSEArca: VYM) is one of the most popular dividend exchange traded funds. VYMs recently lethargic performance could give investors an opportunity to buy into...

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  • The Right Dividend ETFs for Rising Rates Protection

    02-20-2015 04:16 PM by Tom Lydon

    Ten-year Treasury yields inched lower Friday, but that decline did little to dent the benchmark yields recent surge. Entering Wednesday, 10-year yields had surged 28% in the past 10 days, the second-biggest 10-day rally for those yields over the past 45 years. In predictable f...

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  • Why Invest in Dividend ETFs

    02-09-2015 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend stock exchange traded funds have outpaced other investment styles and could remain a strong strategy ahead. Over the past year, the WisdomTree MidCap Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: DON) increased 24.0%, Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF (NYSEArca: VYM) gained 20.1%, PowerSha...

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  • Banner Year of Dividend Growth Sends Cash to Dividend ETFs

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Time for a new iPhone, Time to Check Your ETFs Apple Weight

    09-09-2014 08:20 AM by Todd Shriber

    It is that time of year again: Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL), the largest U.S. company by market value, is holding a new product launch today. Along with the expected unveiling of the iPhone 6, there is some talk the company could also introduce a wearable device or a new mobile payment...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Dividend Dynamos

    08-23-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    This week brought the return of a familiar theme for the most searched exchange traded funds on ETF Trends: Dividends. August is not the most brisk of months for dividend increases, though there were a few this week, but the third quarter is shaping up to be decent on the divi...

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  • A Simple, but Effective Dividend ETF

    08-21-2014 01:30 PM by Todd Shriber

    Investors still love dividend exchange traded funds. That much is confirmed by the nearly $8 billion in new assets that have flowed into such ETFs this year. One of the more prodigious asset gatherers among U.S. dividend ETFs this year is also one of the groups largest members...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: No Silver Medals

    06-21-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    In a week marked by geopolitical flare-ups, U.S. stocks eked out gains on Friday to help the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average close at fresh record highs. The S&P 500 is now up 6.2% year-to-date. Although it closed modestly lower Friday, the PowerShares QQQ (Na...

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  • High Yield Dividend ETFs Topping S&P 500

    06-16-2014 10:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    The S&P 500 is up 5.7% year-to-date, but high-yield funds, both exchange traded and mutual funds, that focus on stocks with big yields have been performing even better. That assessment jibes with recent data that indicate that since the end of February, about the time when...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Diversify With Dividend ETFs

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

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

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  • Most Searched ETFs: A Veritable Potpourri

    05-10-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Usually, our look at the most searched exchange traded funds for a given week turns up some symmetry, even if it is on multiple fronts. For example, there have recently been weeks when several Russia ETFs are among the most searched funds on ETF Trends. And there have been ins...

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  • Capturing Big Dividend Growers With ETFs

    04-17-2014 01:30 PM by Todd Shriber

    The first quarter was another good one for dividends. Net dividend increases totaled $17.8 billion in the first quarter, up almost 23% year-over-year. Nearly 1,100 dividend increases were reported during the quarter, displacing the prior first quarter record of 1,069 set in 1979....

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  • Dividend ETFs Fit In Your Retirement Portfolio

    04-15-2014 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As investors set up their retirement accounts, dividend-paying stocks and related exchange traded funds will play a large role in generating income, so that retirees won't have to dip into their capital. While they are not the be-all and end-all investment, dividend stocks are...

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

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

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

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Getting Paid to Play

    03-01-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Another week and month are in the books for U.S. stocks with February being kind to the bull. February was a strong month for U.S. stocks as the S&P 500 bounced back from a glum January to gain 6.7% in the second month of the year. While February was a bounce back month fo...

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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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  • A Dividend ETF That Beats Rising Rates

    12-31-2013 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Although U.S. stocks soared in 2013, one of the more prominent themes facing investors was the specter of rising interest rates. With confirmation of the Federal Reserves intent to taper its quantitative easing program and 10-year Treasury yields hovering near 3%, higher rates...

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  • Rising Rates Turn Some Dividend ETFs Into Laggards

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

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

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  • As Rates Rise, Some Dividend ETFs Stand Firm

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

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Dividend ETFs to Guard Against Volatile Markets

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

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

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  • Investors Play Defense with Dividend ETFs

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

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

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  • High-Yield Bond vs. Dividend ETFs

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

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Investors Still Want Dividend ETFs for Yield

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

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

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  • Dividend Stocks, ETFs Could See Higher Payouts

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

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

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  • 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 ETFs 2.0

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

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

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  • Dividend ETFs: What Obama Win Means for Tax Rates

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

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

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  • Tax Debate Puts Dividend, Muni Bond ETFs in Focus

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Dividend ETFs to Reap Record Quarterly Payout

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

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

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  • Dividend ETFs, the Fiscal Cliff and Potential Tax Hikes

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

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

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  • PowerShares Files Two Yield-Themed ETFs

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

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

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  • 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: How to Select a Winner

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

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

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  • This Dividend ETF Can Double as a Core Holding

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

    There are numerous reasons why the Vanguard High Yield Dividend Index (NYSEArca: VYM) can serve as a core holding for a portfolio. This dividend yielding fund could sit in the place of a core U.S. equity holding or broad market investment. "VYM has one of the highest quality a...

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  • Is Dividend ETF Investing Risky Business?

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

    Dividend exchange traded funds have been the answer for investors seeking an income stream along with the flexibility of a diversified trading tool. But these ETFs are by no means risk-free. "Beyond individual securities, investments in equity ETFs [that] have stocks that p...

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  • Three Fairly Valued Dividend ETFs

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

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

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  • Dividend ETFs for an Uncertain Market

    03-16-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Economic data is looking more positive and stock valuations seem relatively low, but we shouldn't be lulled into a false sense of security. Regardless of how the markets play out, dividend exchange traded funds will still provide investors with additional cash on the side. Whi...

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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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  • ETF Spotlight: Vanguard High Dividend Yield

    01-31-2012 01:04 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF spotlight on Vanguard High Dividend Yield Index ETF (NYSEArca: VYM), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $2.7 billion. Objective: The Vanguard High Dividend Yield Fund tries to reflect the performance of the FTSE High Dividend Yield Index, which holds companies with a hi...

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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 Focus: Dividend Funds in 2012

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

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

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Dividend Funds

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

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

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  • A Closer Look at Vanguard's High Dividend ETF

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

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

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  • A Quartet of Dividend ETFs

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

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

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  • S&P's Best Dividend ETF Picks

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

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

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  • Dividend ETFs Spike As Market Volatility Increases

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Why Now May Be the Time for Dividend ETFs

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

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

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  • ETFs to Earn Income When Yields Elsewhere Are Low

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

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

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  • Dividend ETFs That Beat Warren Buffett's Yield

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

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

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  • Where Are My Dividends, ETFs?

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

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

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

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

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

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