The ALPS Sector Dividend Dogs ETF (NYSEArca: SDOG) will soon celebrate its second anniversary, but it is accurate to call this dividend ETF a success.
Nearly $721 million in assets under management, a two-year return north of 45% and the ETF hitting a new all-time high Tuesday confirm SDOG’s success. There is good news for investors that want to apply SDOG’s to global dividend stocks.
The ALPS International Sector Dividend Dogs ETF (NYSEArca: IDOG) is nearly a year old and has also proven successful out of the gate.
As is seen in both SDOG and IDOG, ALPS identifies the five highest-yielding securities in the 10 GICS sectors on the last trading day of November. From there, IDOG is rebalanced quarterly in an effort to keep sector weights in the area of 10% and individual holdings at around 2%. [Don’t Bark at These Global Dividend Payers]
However, IDOG is not simply driven by yield.
“Simple yield-based dividend indices tend to have risky concentrations that can diminish the original benefits of indexing, while indices based on dividend growth and size may be better diversified but often lack the income producing qualities investors expect,” notes AltaVista Research.
While many dividend ETFs focus on backward-looking methodologies, IDOG’s country allocations indicate the ETF is significantly leveraged to credible international sources of future dividend growth.
At the end of the first quarter, the ETF devoted almost 40% of its combined weight to Japan, Australia and the U.K. Although Japan is not yet a prime developed market dividend destination, some market observers see that changing in the future as cash-rich Japanese companies look to increase shareholder rewards. [The Allure of Japanese Dividends]
In 2013, the U.K. was the second-largest developed market dividend payer in dollar terms after the U.S. while Australian companies paid $40.3 billion in dividends last year, nearly double the amount paid in 2013. [Aussie Dividends on the Rise]