DWX follows its own liquidity, profitability and dividend growth criteria. The index also weights components by dividend yield. Unlike the previous two offerings, DWX also includes emerging markets.
IQDF implements a proprietary scoring model to determine a so-called quality factor, so holdings typically include large quality companies with a stable history. Additionally, the undelrying index trise to improve on the parent index’s dividend yield.
QDXU excludes U.S. companies and targets foreign companies taken out of the MSCI ACWI ex USA Index that have issued higher than average dividend yields.
Lastly, EFAD targets developed Europe, Asia and Australia companies with the longest track records of year-over-year dividend growth. The ETF tries to capitalize on the fact that the MSCI EAFE’s dividend growers hve outperformed the broader EAFE. [How to tap Into Developed Market Dividend Growth]
Since each ETF is different, investors should understand the differences to ensure they know what they are getting themselves into.
For more information on ETFs, visit our ETF 101 category.
Max Chen contributed to this article.