Financial services stocks are helping drive European dividend growth. “France’s BNP Paribas continued to pay a dividend despite a hefty U.S. fine and crisis-scarred Credit Agricole recently resumed dividend payments,” according to Reuters.
Financials account for 26.7% of FEZ’s weight, indicating that ETF should be a beneficiary of dividend growth from that sector.
So should the WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: HEDJ). HEDJ, which is designed to deliver a boost as the euro falls against the dollar, features solid dividend growth credentials of its own although it is not an explicit dividend ETF. [Flailing Euro Helps These ETFs]
HEDJ features a 12.5% weight to financials and a combined weight of nearly 44.7% to France and Spain. The ETF has more than doubled in size since April.
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