The ALPS Sector Dividend Dogs ETF (NYSEArca: SDOG) is up 1% year-to-date, a performance that is sturdy compared to some other big-name dividend exchange traded funds. Underscoring the resurgence of high-yield dividend payers, SDOG has surged more than 9% over the past month, but that does not mean this dog’s bite is no longer sharp.

SDOG is an equal-weight ETF and as has been seen over the years with a plethora of ETFs, equal-weighting works and it is working with SDOG. SDOG has an international counterpart, the ALPS International Sector Dividend Dogs ETF (NYSEArca: IDOG). For dividend investors looking for mostly developed market ex-U.S. exposure, IDOG merits consideration.  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%.

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SDOG tries to reflect the performance of the S-Network Sector Dividend Dogs Index, which applies the “Dogs of the Dow Theory” on a sector-by-sector basis using the S&P 500 with a focus on high dividend exposure.

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