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In light of ongoing global volatility, Legg Mason launched an international currency-hedged exchange traded fund version of its popular low-volatility, high-dividend strategy. The newly added Legg Mason International Low Volatility High Dividend ETF (BATS: LVHI) will target international stocks that come with low volatility and high dividends. LVHI has a 0.40% expense ratio. The new […]

Investors may be missing out on potential opportunities by focusing too much on the United States. Instead, one can utilize exchange traded funds to gain exposure to international markets and diversify an investment portfolio. On the recent webcast, It’s a Big World – The Case for International Investing, Robert Bush, ETF Strategist at Deutsche Asset […]

In the ongoing search for yields in an extended low-rate environment, investors have turned to preferred stock exchange traded funds as an attractive alternative investment, with the VanEck Vectors Preferred Securities ex Financials ETF (NYSEArca: PFXF) standing out among its competitors. PFXF has outperformed its peers, rising 12.2% year-to-date, and generated an attractive 5.62% 12-month […]

With the value and dividend styles back in play this year, a dividend “aristocrats” exchange traded fund strategy has been among the better performers, providing exposure to companies with a history of sustainable yields. The ProShares S&P 500 Aristocrats ETF (NYSEArca: NOBL) has increased 14.4% year-to-date, compared to the S&P 500 Index’s 7.1 gain. The […]

The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average have hit new highs, but observers remain skeptical over how much more room there is left to run in the so-called most hated bull market, with some pointing to a flat or low-return environment ahead. Consequently, if investors aren’t going to see a repeat of the breakneck performance […]

ETF Trends takes a condensed look at five new ETF products launched today, July 14. Cambria Expands on Shareholder Yield Suite Cambria launched the Cambria Emerging Shareholder Yield ETF (BATS: EYLD). EYLD tracks the Cambria Emerging Shareholder Yield Index, which is comprised of emerging market stocks ranked by dividend payments and net stock buybacks, key […]

Master limit partnerships and related exchange traded funds have been hit along with the broader energy market in response to the plunge in crude oil prices, but the sector is turning around. For instance, Goldman Sachs recently upgraded Williams Companies (NYSE: WMB) to “buy”, citing visible gas pipeline growth, valuations, M&A and a dividend cut […]

U.S. consumers are losing confidence in the housing market, with renters having a less favorable outlook on hone ownership. On the other hand, as more prefer to stick to renting, a residential real estate investment trust-related exchange traded fund may continue to find support from rising rents. According to the National Association of Realtors, the […]

Investors have been giving real estate investment trusts a second look ahead of indexing sector reclassification, bolstering demand for REITs-related exchange traded funds. “Demand for US real estate securities accelerated in May, as exchanged traded funds focused on the investment segment gathered $1.31 billion of new money, up from $510.4 million in April,” Todd Rosenbluth, […]

Columbia Threadneedle Investments has expanded its suite of exchange traded funds to include three smart-beta, index-based options that target global companies that adhere to socially responsible practices with the financial stability to support and grow future dividends. The three new ETFs include the Columbia Sustainable U.S. Equity Income ETF (NYSEArca: ESGS), Columbia Sustainable International Equity […]

Dividend stock exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been among the better performing assets this year as investors steered toward value and conservative bets amidst rising uncertainty, and the dividend trade may still have legs. ‘We don’t see strong demand for dividend stocks dissipating anytime soon but suggest focusing on dividend growers,” Richard Turnill, Global Chief […]

The utilities sector remains the best performing area of the S&P 500. However, a rising rate environment could cause utilities to underperform. While investors may have enjoyed the ride by overweighting the sector, exchange traded fund investors should also take the time to look under the hood of some of their investment plays lest they […]

ALPS Portfolio Solutions has partnered with RiverFront Investment Group to launch two actively managed exchange traded funds. The two new actively managed RiverFront Dynamic US Flex-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: RFFC) and RiverFront Dynamic US Dividend Advantage ETF (NYSEArca: RFDA) will both implement value, quality and momentum screens, among others, to generate alpha. Both RFFC and RFDA […]

An increasing number of companies are paying out more than they earned, potentially raising sustainability issues with high-yield-paying companies. Alternatively, investors can rest easier at night with exchange traded funds that specifically target quality companies with a history of dividend growth. About 20% of S&P 500 companies that pay dividends have paid out more than […]

Franklin Templeton, a long-time active fund manager, has rolled out its first group of passive global exchange traded funds that track customized or smart-beta indices. The fund provider recently launched the Franklin LibertyQ International Equity Hedged ETF (NYSEArca: FLQH), Franklin LibertyQ Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: FLQE), Franklin LibertyQ Global Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: FLQG) and Franklin […]

In the ongoing search for yields, investors can take a look at an outperforming infrastructure exchange traded fund (ETF) that offers some attractive payouts to boot. The Guggenheim High Income Infrastructure ETF (NYSEArca: GHII), which is composed of the 50 highest-dividend-paying global infrastructure companies, has been outperforming other infrastructure sector-related ETFs, rising 16.0% year-to-date. Moreover, […]

Oil prices are rebounding, with the fundamental outlook improving. As more return to the energy play, investors can consider a broad energy infrastructure exchange traded fund. On the recent webcast, High Quality MLP Strategy: Understanding the Benefits of Pipeline ETF, Brian Sulley, Vice President of Tortoise Capital Advisors, projects that oil demand will grow in […]

Investors seeking alternative income opportunities to traditional fixed-income and equity assets may consider looking into energy infrastructure exchange traded funds. On the upcoming webcast, High Quality MLP Strategy: Understanding the Benefits of Pipeline ETF, Brian Sulley, Vice President of Tortoise Capital Advisors, and Matthew Weglarz, Portfolio Manager and Vice President at Tortoise Index Solutions, will […]

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 on actively managed investment styles at a fraction of the cost. “Strategic beta, unlike most innovations, demands less […]

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) and sector-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a good source of attractive payouts in a low-yield environment. REITs are securities that trade like a stock and invest in real estate directly through property ownership or mortgages. Consequently, revenue are mainly generated through rents or interest on mortgage loans. To qualify […]

Investment guru Warren Buffett and his Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) partner Charlie Munger are known for buying good companies at fair prices. Exchange traded fund investors can also mimic the investment philosophy through strategies that target companies with wide economic moats or sustainable competitive advantages. Specifically, Munger and Buffett consider every aspect of a business […]

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 unsustainable and have been rewarded by the financial markets that don’t sufficiently question the sustainability,” Harald […]

While many typically checkout before the summer, investors should keep an eye on real estate investment trusts and related exchange traded funds in the months ahead as REITs becomes the newest S&P 500 sector. In September, the S&P and MSCI will no longer classify REITs as a financial sector component and will spin off real […]

As oil prices rebound on improved market sentiment, master limited partnership exchange traded funds have broken above their long-term trend lines and offer attractive yields to boot. Crude oil prices just finished higher for the third consecutive week as market sentiment turned upbeat on strengthening U.S. gasoline consumption ahead of the summer driving season and […]

With investors returning to more riskier segments of the market, defensive utility stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds are losing momentum. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU) has declined 3.8% since Wednesday and is now trading below its short-term, 50-day simple moving average. XLU has increased 9.3% year-to-date and reflects one of the best […]

As the value investment style comes back to the forefront, dividend growth exchange traded funds have been among the best performing strategies. For instance, the ProShares Russell 2000 Dividend Growers ETF (NYSEArca: SMDV) has returned 8.4% as of March 31, the best performer among 794 small-cap related mutual funds and ETFs, according to Lipper data. […]

The value style has outperformed growth over the past few months, and investors who are positioning for a potential long-term shift should look to dividend growth exchange traded funds to capitalize on the trend. For instance, the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: SDY) holds firms that have a minimum dividend increase streak of 20 years […]

Each week ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon sits down for “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where he highlights big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, he looked at the ProShares Russell 2000 Dividend Growers ETF (BATS: SMDV). SMDV may be a better way to access the small-cap category as the fund […]

Corporations have issued share buybacks and dividends to make company shares more attractive to investors. However, dividend-focused exchange traded funds are winning out the battle of shareholder value. The PowerShares Buyback Achievers Portfolio (NYSEArca: PKW), which tracks U.S. companies that have repurchased 5% or more of shares over the past 12 months, was down 0.4% […]

Bolstering the case for passively managed exchange traded fund as a good way for investors to tap into the equities market, active stock fund managers just experienced one of their worst quarters in almost two decades. Less than one in five large-cap funds outperformed the benchmark S&P 500 Index, the lowest number of beats since […]