Value & Dependable Dividends in 'DURA' ETF | ETF Trends

Dividend stocks and ETFs faced plenty of challenges in 2018 as the Federal Reserve boosted interest rates four times, but S&P 500 dividend growth was still impressive and some dividend strategies performed less poorly than the broader market.

The VanEck Vectors Morningstar Durable Dividend ETF (DURA), a newer dividend exchange traded fund which debuted last October, can help investors access a basket of high-yield dividend payers with value traits and healthy balance sheets.

DURA seeks to provide exposure to high dividend yielding U.S. companies with strong financial health and attractive valuations, according to Morningstar. DURA seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the Morningstar® US Dividend Valuation IndexSM. The Index leverages Morningstar’s forward-looking fair value assessments as well as its proprietary quantitative Distance to Default score, which helps target financially strong companies with a higher probability of sustaining dividend payments.

Not Just Short-Term

Dividends have long been the primary way businesses distribute cash to shareholders, and investors find appeal in their income stream and contribution to long-term total return from equity markets,” said VanEck in a recent note. “Sometimes, however, investors can be attracted to a dividend-paying stock with seemingly attractive yields, only for the company to experience financial distress, dividend cuts, and a falling share price—in other words, a “dividend trap.’”

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Investors should be careful of chasing short-term yield.