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roger nusbaumRoger Nusbaum submits: I got to thinking it might be interesting to see how some of the low beta, high yielding, defensive investment products came through the recent dip. The following list is not comprehensive; feel free to add any of your own.

• Claymore Sabrient Defender ETF (NYSEARCA:DEF) was down 3.00% on February 27 and from the close on 2/26 to the close on March 5 it was down 4.97%
• Claymore Yield Hog (NYSEARCA:CVY) was down 2.33% on February 27 and from the close on 2/26 to the close on March 5 it was down 5.52%
• iShares Dividend Select ETF (NYSEARCA:DVY) was down 3.21% on 2/27 and from the close on 2/26 to the close on 3/5 it was down 5.15%
• SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (NYSEARCA:SDY) was down 2.26% on 2/27 and for the same week as the others it was down 4.81%
• WisdomTree High Yielding Equity ETF (NYSEARCA:DHS) was down 2.80% on 2/27 and down 4.95% for the week measured as above
• Madison Claymore Covered Call Fund (NYSE:MCN) was down 0.93% on 2/27 and down 1.73% for the week
• S&P 500 Covered Call Fund (BEP) was down 3.80% on 2/27 and down 5.56% for the week
• First Trust Covered Call Fund (NYSE:FFA) was down 1.60% on 2/27 and down 3.98% for the week
• NFJ Div, Int, Prem Strategy Fund (NYSE:NFJ) was down 2.91% on 2/27 and down 3.58% for the week
• Macquarie Infrastructure Trust (NYSE:MIC) was down 1.52% on 2/27 and down 6.0% for the week
• Eaton Vance Enhanced Equity Income Fund (NYSE:EOI) was down 2.15% on 2/27 and down 3.66% for the week
• Eaton Vance Tax Managed Diversified Equity Income Fund (NYSE:ETY) was down 0.06% on 2/27 and down 2.35% for the week
• Alpine Global Dynamic Dividend Fund (NYSE:AGD) was down 3.28% on 2/27 and down 6.26% for the week.
• DB Currency Harvest ETF (NYSEARCA:DBV) was down 1.75% on 2/27 and down 3.70% for the week.

The S&P 500 was down 3.47% on 2/27 and down 5.19% for that week. The CBOE BuyWrite Index (BXM) was down 2.91% and 5.05% respectively. Draw your own conclusions. You may want to look at how quickly these funds bounced back.

The value of what these funds are supposed to offer is more important during periods of rolling over into bear markets as opposed to V shaped dips, but it is interesting nonetheless.

Source: How Defensive Funds Fare in a Downturn