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A total of twenty one Dogs of the Indices, Lists, and Sectors reported here on Seeking Alpha last year are summarized and ranked by risk below. Those reported indices started with seven collected in August: Russell 1000; S&P500: NYSE International 100; NASDAQ 100; Dow 30; Sectors 3x9; S&P 500 Aristocrats. Then one more was added: JPMorgan Sovereigns. These made eight reported from August through November.

In December five more came on board: Carnevale Power 25; Dividend Champions; Dividend Contenders; Dividend Challengers; Dividend CCC Combined. Adding those made thirteen. Finally, top dogs in eight of nine sectors were detailed in December to bring the total to twenty-one: Basic Materials; Consumer Goods; Financials; Healthcare; Industrial Goods; Services; Technology; Utilities.

Here, then are the results for all 21 Dogs of the Indices, Lists, and Sectors reported here on Seeking Alpha last year ranked by relative risk as of their posts in December 2011. The risk is gauged by divergence (the gap) between annual projected dividends from $10,000 invested at $1,000 each in the top ten highest yielding stocks in an index or sector versus the total prices of one share of each of those ten stocks in that same index or sector. Notice how closely the top ten dividend yielders from David Fish's Challenger list mirror the average results of the 21 indexes and sectors reported in December.

Conclusion

A Seeking Alpha reader request in August to "add relative financial data on the companies selected" for an article comparing indices by annual yield projections inspired a simple tool to gauge investment risk. The tool is best applied prior to the purchase of any 5 or 10 Dogs of the Index stocks at any point during the year.

For the record, here are the top stocks from each of these indices and sectors, in the same order as above.

Technology sector top dog by yield as of 12/16/11: Cimitron, Limited (CIMT)

Service sector top dog by yield as of 12/16/11: Alon Holdings - Blue (BSI)

Financial sector top dog by yield as of 12/9/11: BBVA Banco Francs S.V. (BFR)

3x9 Sector Selections Index top dog by yield as of 12/30/11: CPI Corp. (CPY)

Russell 1000 Index top dog by yield as of 12/30/11: American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC)

Industrial sector top dog by yield as of 12/12/11: Xinyuan Real Estate (XIN)

Consumer Goods sector top dog by yield as of 12/16/11: Vector Group (VGR)

Dividend Challengers index top dog by yield as of 12/30/11: Telefonica S.A. (TEF)

Healthcare sector top dog by yield as of 12/12/11: Neostem, Inc. (NBS)

Basic Materials sector top dog by yield as of 12/12/11: Torch Energy Royalty (TRU)

S&P 500 Index top dog by yield as of 12/30/11: Frontier Communications (FTR)

Utilities sector top dog by yield as of 12/16/11: Niska Gas Storage (NKA)

NYSE International 100 index top dog by yield as of 12/30/11: Nokia Corporation (NOK)

Dividend Champions index top dog by yield as of 12/30/11: Pitney Bowes Inc. (PBI)

Dividend Contenders index top dog by yield as of 12/30/11: Inergy L.P. (NRGY)

NASDAQ 100 index top dog by yield as of 12/30/11: Vodafone (VOD)

DOW 30 index top dog by yield as of 12/9/11 and 12/30/11: AT&T Inc. (T)

S&P 500 Aristocrats top dog by yield as of 12/30/11: Pitney Bowes Inc. (PBI)

Carnevale Power Index top dog by yield as of 12/30/11: RR Donnelley & Sons (RRD)

JP Morgan New Sovereigns top dog by yield as of 12/30/11: Merck & Co. (MRK)

This information will continue to be reviewed monthly as one step toward Robert Schiller's admonishment to "make conservative preparations for possible bad outcomes."

Disclaimer: This article is for informational and educational purposes only and shall not be construed to constitute investment advice. Nothing contained herein shall constitute a solicitation, recommendation or endorsement to buy or sell any security. Unless otherwise noted, prices and returns on equities in this article are listed without consideration of fees, commissions, taxes, penalties, or interest payable due to purchasing, holding, or selling same.

Source: Sizing Up Dividend Dog Indices, Lists, And Sectors