Dividend ETFs

The Federal Reserve’s near-zero interest rate policy has taken the allure out of money market funds and savings accounts which are yielding basically nothing. Dividend ETFs that focus on international high-yield stocks are a good place for investors to enhance their search for income.

“While there are several possibilities such as real estate investment trusts and preferred shares, one option is high-yielding dividend ETFs, particularly international ETFs. Though dividend ETFs are not the same asset type as bonds and are not meant as a perfect replacement, safe high-yielding dividend stocks do provide a regular and reliable source of income that, unlike many bonds, have yields above the inflation level,” J.J. Zhang wrote for MarketWatch.

International dividend ETFs are not only a good place to seek yield, they also offer diversification benefits. Both sector diversity and regional diversity are good additions to a portfolio that can go overlooked.

The SPDR S&P International Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: DWX) and the iShares Dow Jones International Select Dividend Index (NYSEArca: IDV) have yields that beat out the rate of inflation by a long shot. DWX yields 6.3%, while IDV yields 5.3%. [Yield Producing ETFs for a Retirement Portfolio]

Most dividend stocks are mid-cap to large-cap stocks, which signify stability, however, overseas companies come with different risks. The country specific exposure is important to consider, especially when it comes to geopolitical risk or default risk. For example, DWX gives an 18% allocation to Spain, with a total 71% allocation to Europe, reports Zhang. Obviously, DWX is exposed to the Eurozone issues. [Global ETFs with Above-Average Yields]