Below is a list of the 20 best performing "high yield" ETFs over the past year. The list is updated approximately once per month on Scott's Investments where several other momentum strategies are detailed. ETFs were ranked by one year performance and were required to have a 3% minimum dividend yield.
One year ago, we were in the midst of a crisis, with the worst just about to hit the global economy. Since then, the one year return on many of these yielding ETFs have performed very well.
Some of the ETFs listed below - the US Preferred ETFs - have performed exceptionally well as investors snatched up preferred shares at depressed levels during the financial crisis leading to excellent one year returns. Secondly, emerging markets, Asia, and South Africa have all been leaders in this momentum yield list, which echoes some of the performance we have seen in the overall equity markets.
The 200-day SMA column indicates the percent the ETF is trading above/below its current 200 day simple moving average, a strategy I detail frequently and inspired in part by Tom Lydon, author of The ETF Trend Following Playbook: Profiting from Trends in Bull or Bear Markets with Exchange Traded Funds, and Mebane Faber, author of The Ivy Portfolio: How to Invest Like the Top Endowments and Avoid Bear Markets.
|Ticker||Company||Dividend Yield||Performance (Year)||200-Day SMA||Price|
|PFF||iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index||8.25%||29.35%||30.32%||35.96|
|DGS||WisdomTree Emerging Mkts Small Cap Div||3.35%||23.89%||37.92%||39.62|
|SZR||WisdomTree Dreyfus South African Rand||5.71%||23.04%||23.56%||28.3|
|EZA||iShares MSCI South Africa Index||3.40%||22.81%||38.75%||56.11|
|DNH||WisdomTree Pacific ex-Japan Equity Inc||4.40%||20.22%||48.64%||51.67|
|EWT||iShares MSCI Taiwan Index||5.03%||17.62%||31.99%||11.95|
|PCY||PowerShares Emerging Mkts Sovereign Debt||5.95%||17.12%||18.50%||25.99|
|EWP||iShares MSCI Spain Index||4.77%||16.92%||37.41%||49.62|
|DEM||WisdomTree Emerging Markets Equity Inc||5.07%||16.84%||33.26%||47.18|
|PGF||PowerShares Financial Preferred||9.24%||15.29%||29.63%||15.53|
|VWO||Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock ETF||3.11%||14.58%||36.45%||37.88|
|EWH||iShares MSCI Hong Kong Index||3.99%||14.01%||28.73%||15.38|
|DFJ||WisdomTree Japan SmallCap Dividend||3.74%||13.22%||18.26%||41.92|
|EWS||iShares MSCI Singapore Index||3.31%||11.74%||36.00%||10.66|
|LQD||iShares iBoxx $ Invest Grade Corp Bond||5.29%||11.66%||9.05%||105.61|
|EWA||iShares MSCI Australia Index||4.18%||10.70%||42.22%||21.32|
|EMB||iShares JPMorgan USD Emerg Markets Bond||5.67%||10.46%||14.56%||101.24|
|INY||SPDR Barclays Capital New York Muni Bond||3.84%||9.36%||7.62%||22.55|
|CFT||iShares Barclays Credit Bond||4.82%||9.28%||8.47%||101.75|
Date Source: FINVIZ