An ETF for Dividend Growth and the Quest for Yield

Investors seeking a steady yield-generating exchange traded fund to help diversify their portfolios in a volatile year can look to the ProShares S&P 500 Aristocrats ETF (NYSEArca: NOBL) for quality stock market exposure and sustainable dividends.

“By investing in dividend growth strategies, you not only get high-quality companies that have delivered strong total returns, you also get the potential for attractive yield,” according to ProShares. “If you look at effective yield, you’ll see dividend growth strategies have significantly outperformed the broader market.”

NOBL, which has accumulated $1.39 billion in assets under management, shows a 2.03% 12-month yield and a 0.35% expense ratio.

The dividend ETF has been outperforming the broader equities market. Year-to-date, NOBL rose 5.5% while the S&P 500 index was only 0.9% higher. Over the past year, NOBL increased 4.3% as the S&P 500 dipped 0.6%.

NOBL’s 17.2% tilt toward industrials and 10.4% position in materials helped the ETF capitalize on the recent rally in more undervalued sectors of the market. Additionally, the fund holds large positions in more conservative or defensive sectors, including 12.9% in health care and 25.5% in consumer staples.


The recent selling pressure in the equities market has also made dividend stock plays more attractive, especially as the Federal Reserve projects only two interest rate hikes this year, compared to previous expectations for four rate hikes. As the S&P 500 index experiences its worst start to a new year since 2009, yield spread between the benchmark and 10-year Treasuries widened to their largest spread in a year.