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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 a good option to generate income in your Golden Years. Jonathan […]

Forgive the generalization, but it is not a stretch to say that many investors with Internet access, a television and those not living in caves are by now well aware of the startling retrenchment in momentum stocks. The most egregious offenders in the momentum repudiation trade are biotechnology, Internet and social media stocks. The irst […]

Declining 10-year Treasury yields and the significant retrenchment in momentum stocks have been boons for the utilities sector this year. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU) is by far the best performer of the nine sector SPDR ETFs. Up 11.8% year-to-date, XLU is crushing the second-best of the SPDRs, the Health Care Select Sector […]

The ascent of smart beta or intelligent index exchange traded funds is undeniable. “One-quarter of exchange-traded fund (ETF) inflows in the first 11 months of 2013—$41 billion—went into ETFs characterized as smart beta by Morningstar. Total assets in smart beta ETFs as of that point in time stood at $271 billion, approximately 17% of the […]

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 for stocks, […]

Ten-year Treasury yields have dropped 8.4% this year, providing relief to longer-dated bonds and some income-generating sectors. Last year’s surge in Treasury yields predictably pressured rate-sensitive sectors such as utilities and telecom, causing some well-known dividend exchange traded funds to lag the broader market. Lofty valuations on consumers staples and utilities shares also hampered some […]

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, dividend growth ETFs pulled in over $5 billion in […]

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 increase in the fourth quarter of 2012. 885 dividend increases were […]

Ten-year Treasury yields are rising once again. With Thursday’s 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 spiked following the initial taper tantrum, some dividend exchange […]

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, but considering the total asset base of this fund exceeding […]

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 their dividend plays and shift over to low-volatility debt once rates begin […]

Most exchange traded funds passively track benchmark indices that follow a capitalization-weighted methodology. Consequently, some sector and broad market ETFs lean toward a handful of heavyweight stocks. Passive ETFs track a basket of stock holdings from a benchmark index. However, in a traditional market-capitalization weighted index, large companies will have a heavier weighting in the […]

When it comes to dividend exchange traded funds, regular income payouts are an attractive feature, but the investments also provide portfolios with diversified, long-term market exposure. Investors can utilize dividend ETFs to access a diverse range of dividend-paying stocks with one single trade, instead of picking out a couple company stocks that could tank or […]

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 their yields provide downside protection,” Geoffrey Mrema and Todd Rosenbluth, S&P Capital […]

Since interest rates began rising earlier this summer, some market watchers have been declaring the dividend trade a thing of the past. It’s no wonder, then, that many clients are asking me if it’s time to abandon dividend payers. This is just one of the questions about dividend investing I’ve been hearing lately during my […]

The slight pullback in the stock market is creating the chance for income focused investors to get back into dividend-paying equities at a reasonable cost. Dividend exchange traded funds are back in focus as some yield-producing investments have pulled back to their 50 day-moving-averages. “Proactive income investors that have reduced equity exposure over the last […]

Investors who seek steady income and downside protection can find this through holding certain exchange traded funds.  ETFs that hold quality dividend-paying companies or that use a low-volatility strategy are favored, and continue to be popular with investors. According to Dodd Kittsley, the director and global head of exchange-traded products (ETP) research at BlackRock, equity […]

ETF Spotlight on the iShares High Dividend Equity Fund (NYSEArca: HDV), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $3.3 billion. Objective: The iShares High Dividend Equity Fund tries to reflect the performance of the Morningstar Dividend Yield Focus Index, which tracks a group of U.S. equities that have provided relatively high dividend yields on a consistent […]

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 during the first quarter of 2013, with a reported 944 dividend increases, a 39.4% […]

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 downside risk. “Dividend income ETFs tend to have higher exposure to the five […]

Dividend exchange traded funds have attracted investors looking for yield and a tilt to more defensive stocks and sectors. However, as a result of different index approaches, the funds can offer varying exposures to dividend paying equities. Some dividend ETFs weight individual stocks by their dividend yield, or simply by total dividend paid in a […]

Global X is trying to capitalize on two popular themes in the investment world with its new exchange traded fund that tracks U.S. dividend payers with low share-price volatility. On Tuesday, the Global X Superdividend U.S. ETF (NYSEArc: DIV) will begin trading. The new fund will try to reflect the performance of the INDXX SuperDividend […]

The explosion of dividend ETFs in recent years in a low-rate market for bonds has made it much easier for investors to buy diversified stock funds for yield. However, the wide array of ETF options can make it a bit difficult to choose the best fund to fit an investor’s particular needs and goals. Different […]

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 dividends of $281 billion over 2012, or 17% higher than 2011 and 13% above […]

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 to find a comparable investment even if we fall over the […]

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, says an executive at a firm that manages several dividend-themed ETFs. […]

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 decade ago on dividends and capital gains, Bloomberg News reports. Investors […]

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 concerned that higher tax rates would significantly cut into […]

Income seeking investors continue to search out dividend exchange traded funds amid record payouts and rock-bottom Treasury yields. U.S. investors are staying local when it comes to hunting for yield. “Dividends continue to have a great year, with actual cash payments increasing over 19% and the forward indicated dividend rate reaching a new all-time high,” […]

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 weather any storm. As the end of the year nears, market observers are […]