Dividend Growth in Times of Turbulence | ETF Trends

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Resilience in a Market Downturn

Dividend growth strategies held up better than the broader market during the recent downturn and also had the consistent growth to perform in rising markets. The key is quality—dividend growers generally had the financial stability to weather market turmoil.

Quality Drove Results

While the S&P 500® declined more than 13% during the three-month period from October 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, dividend growth strategies fared far better. And that wasn’t limited to the domestic large-cap stock universe. It applied to mid-cap and small-cap stocks as well.

Outperformance during the recent downturn

October 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018

Source: Bloomberg. Index performance returns do not reflect any management fees, transaction costs or expenses. Indexes are unmanaged, and one cannot invest in an index.

Strong up/down capture ratios

Index inception – December 31, 2018

Source: Morningstar. “Up capture ratio” measures the performance of a fund or index relative to a benchmark when that benchmark has risen. Likewise, “down capture ratio” measures performance during periods when the benchmark has declined. Ratios are calculated by dividing monthly returns for the fund’s index by the monthly returns of the primary index during the stated time period and multiplying that factor by 100.

How Can This Benefit Investors?

The more uncertain the markets, the more investors may want to consider incorporating a dividend growth strategy into their portfolios. Why? Historically, companies that have grown their dividends have outperformed, with lower volatility, over time. ProShares offers the only ETF tracking the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index, as well as ETFs covering a variety of domestic and international market caps. Visit ProShares.com to download a copy of this report or for more information about ProShares Dividend Growers ETFs.

See daily performance and holdings for ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL)

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See daily performance and holdings for ProShares S&P MidCap 400 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (REGL)

See daily performance and holdings for ProShares Russell 2000 Dividend Growers ETF (SMDV)

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