Dividend ETFs

The Bank of Japan unexpectedly implemented negative interest rates Friday in response to the volatile global markets that has added to its ongoing deflationary risks, bolstering Japan country-specific exchange traded funds and pulling the rug from under the yen currency. The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ), the largest Japan-related ETF, was 1.8% higher Friday. […]

Energy exchange traded fund traders will be watching so-called Big Oil as industry leaders reveal fourth quarter results. The energy sector has been the worst performing area of the market, plunging along with oil prices. Over the past year, the Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE) declined 27.2%, Vanguard Energy ETF (NYSEArca: VDE) dropped 28.9%, […]

Master limited partnership-related exchange traded products surged Thursday after data revealed a slightly lower-than-expected rise in crude oil inventories and optimism over increased dividends and buybacks from Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI). On Thursday, the JPMorgan Alerian MLP Index ETN (NYSEArca: AMJ) and Alerian MLP ETF (NYSEArca: AMLP), the two largest MLP-related ETPs in the space, […]

Investors enjoy getting paid to wait. Through exchange traded funds, anyone may gain access to quality stocks with strong fundamentals and attractive yields. Dividends are a nice perk when investing, but investors should not go overboard and chase after high yields as generous dividends may often signal weak share price tied to negative views. On […]

The markets have plunged to August lows, and some market observers believe the selling is overdone. For those who believe in a market rebound but are still wary of potential turns, look to steady dividend-paying stock exchange traded funds. PIMCO global economic advisor Joachim Fels said that while recent data shows the economy slowed in […]

Innovative Tech ETF State Street Global Advisors launched the SPDR FactSet Innovative Technology ETF (NYSEArca: XITK). The fund tracks U.S. tech companies in the most innovative segments of the technology and media sectors as defined by FactSet Research Systems. The underling index selects firms with the highest revenue growth and believes these companies are in […]

Investors who believe volatility may persist through the year and the Federal Reserve may hold off on quick interest rate hikes may want to take a second look at defensive utilities sector exchange traded funds. “For investors who hold a contrarian view on the U.S. Federal Reserve’s future actions on interest rates, a utilities-sector investment […]

While U.S. markets retreated in the wake of the recent China-induced selling, residential real estate investment trusts and sector-related exchange traded fund have held up surprisingly well. The iShares Residential Real Estate Capped ETF (NYSEArca: REZ) dipped 0.9% year-to-date while the S&P 500 Index declined 5.8%. The rising number of U.S. renters and shift away […]

Income-minded investors may be jumping on master limited partnerships and related exchange traded funds as the recent selling pressure opens an attractive entry point. Among the top performing ETFs on Friday, the Yorkville High Income MLP ETF (NYSEArca: YMLP) increased 4.0%, Direxion Zacks MLP High Income Shares (NYSEArca: ZMLP) gained 3.3%, JPMorgan Alerian MLP Index […]

Investors who rely on a steady income stream may be interested in a new Reality Shares exchange traded fund focusing on U.S. companies that are expected to increase dividends ahead. The new Reality Shares DIVCON Leaders Dividend ETF (BATS: LEAD) begins trading tomorrow. The ETF has a 0.43% expense ratio and a dividend yield of […]

Investors may want to keep an eye on real estate investment trusts and sector-related exchange traded funds this year as fundamental factors are still supportive of the asset class. REITs were among the best performers Tuesday, with the IndexIQ US Real Estate Small Cap ETF (NYSEArca: ROOF) up 2.1% and iShares Residential Real Estate Capped […]

Seasoned fund industry player Legg Mason Inc. (NYSE: LM) has launched four smart-beta or alternative index-based exchange traded funds that bring institutional styled strategies to retail investors. The new Legg Mason ETFs highlight the importance of risk management, especially during the current environment of heightened volatility. For instance on Monday, the huge 7% sell-off in […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds experienced a wild ride this year, but with everything said and done, the markets are closing out 2015 pretty much where they started. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 1.5% over 2015. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite increased 6.5% and the S&P 500 was flat. The top performing non-leveraged […]

Commodities have been down in the dumps this year as a strengthening U.S. dollar and slowing global economy weigh on demand. Consequently, exchange traded products linked to the raw materials have been among the worst performers of 2015. For instance, a natural gas-related exchange traded note and exchange traded fund are at the bottom of […]

Investors seeking a more stable asset category may want to take a look at infrastructure stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds. “Good infrastructure products are unlikely to wildly outperform equity markets – but nor are they likely to create serious losses in a portion of investors’ portfolios that should be defensive,” writes Thomas Hoops, executive vice […]

With the equities market slowing down after a multi-year rally, investors may find opportunities in exchange traded funds that track buy-write or covered-call strategies. “Many investors overlook buy-write/covered call strategies, as their objective is to provide monthly income without interest rate or duration risk,” according to Recon Capital. For instance, the Recon Capital NASDAQ-100 Covered […]

Once beloved income-generating asset classes, master limited partnerships and sector-related exchange traded products have tumbled in unison with oil and natural gas prices this year with some analysts expressing view that it is still too early to embrace downtrodden MLPs. At the crux of the matter, investors are worried that a traditionally attractive dividend-paying asset […]

Dividend ETFs have become one of the most popular products to spin out of the smart-beta ETF evolution. Targeting firms that have consistently grown their dividends has provided investors with a simple way to access a strategy that has shown some of the strongest correlation with good returns. Tom recently caught up with Kieran Kirwan, ProShares’ […]

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is one of the oldest and most widely followed U.S. equity indexes, but the blue-chip benchmark has its flaws. Chief among those flaws is a weighting methodology that assigns the largest weights to Dow components based on price tag. To put the skew created by the Dow’s price-weighting methodology in […]

Interest rate-sensitive assets and related exchange traded funds were relatively unfazed by the Federal Reserve’s announced first rate hike since 2006, suggesting that the markets may have already priced in higher rates. The Federal Open Market Committee announced that it will raise the benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to between […]

Advisors and investors can turn to exchange traded funds that target quality stocks to capture attractive returns over time. Along those lines, it is worth noting the quality factor is one of the most revered and studied investment factors. Dividend exchange traded fund investors who are seeking a stable return, along with exposure to the […]

The ProShares S&P 500 Aristocrats ETF (NYSEArca: NOBL) is off just 1.5% year-to-date, a performance that is impressive relative to some other big-name dividend exchange traded funds. That could be a sign the time is right NOBL and its dividend consistency strategy, which only includes companies that have increased their dividends for at least 25 […]

Like many dividend exchange traded funds, the iShares Select Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: DVY) has struggled this year as investors have become increasingly concerned about the timing of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike. DVY, one of the largest U.S. dividend ETFs, is down 5% year-to-date. The $13.2 billion DVY allocates over a third of its […]

A surge in renting homes and apartments has pushed up prices as builders fail to meet the rising demand. While Americans are forced to pay higher rents, investors may capitalize on the trend through a residential real estate investment trust-related exchange traded fund. The iShares Residential Real Estate Capped ETF (NYSEArca: REZ) includes large positions […]

Master limited partnerships and sector-related exchange traded products surged Tuesday as traders jumped on an oversold segment of the market after months of declines on falling energy prices. MLPs were among the the best performing exchange traded funds and exchange traded notes on Tuesday, with the RBC Yorkville MLP Distribution Growth Leaders Liquid Index ETN […]

Against the backdrop of rising Treasury yields, plenty of income-generating asset classes and sectors have struggled this year. However, 2016 could bring better things for business development companies (BDCs) and the Market Vectors BDC Income ETF (NYSEArca: BIZD) even if the Federal Reserve proceeds with boosting interest rates. BDCs offer attractive income opportunities since they […]

The Guggenheim Multi-Asset Income Index ETF (NYSEArca: CVY) is one of the largest multi-asset exchange traded funds with over $511 million in assets under management. Dividend stocks, high-yield bonds, MLPs and REITs remain popular choices for income-staved investors. ETFs that offer one-stop shopping for yield-starved investors, commonly known as multi-asset ETFs, are also becoming part […]

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. Dividend stocks and ETFs may also enjoy dividend growth, along with capital appreciation, which could also help an investor […]

Investors seeking greater income generation may turn to a number of alternative investments and exchange traded funds that can provide attractive yields. For instance, investors who want to add a little more dividend into their mix can consider master limited partnerships, or MLPs. To qualify as an MLP, the companies pass through at least 90% […]

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 ETFs. It can be said that VYM belies its […]