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Paul Tracy Editor,High-Yield International and Co-Founder, StreetAuthority provided a long report on high dividend yield companies. His point is that you can find many strong high yielding, solid companies that are outside of the US.

This interested me for two reasons:

  1. I want to learn all I can about high dividend yield stocks to find the best of the best for both income and growth to offset the paltry returns from other interest bearing instruments.
  2. I am always interested in diversifying and if I can have companies that have markets in other geographic regions, that is of great interest.

Paul starts with the top US companies -- he filters the companies to make sure they are profitable and so this isn't just a tactic for propping up the stock price. He came up with 17:

Company Ticker Yield
Invesco Mortgage (NYSE:IVR) 21.6%
American Capital (NASDAQ:ACAS) 19.0%
CYS Investments (NYSE:CYS) 16.8%
Resource Capital (NYSE:RSO) 16.7%
Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR) 16.6%
Chimera Investments (NYSE:CIM) 16.4%
Two Harbors (NYSE:TWO) 16.2%
Arlington Asset Investments (NYSE:AI) 14.9%
MFA Financial (NYSE:MFA) 14.6%
Anworth Mortgage (NYSE:ANH) 14.3%
Annaly Capital (NYSE:NLY) 14.2%
Hatteras Financial (NYSE:HTS) 13.9%
Otelco (OTT) 13.5%
Capstead Mortgage (NYSE:CMO) 13.2%
Crexus Investments (NYSE:CXS) 12.5%
Dynex Capital (NYSE:DX) 12.2%
Great Northern Iron Ore (NYSE:GNI) 12.2%

Source calculated February 6 2012

In a future article, we will go on to look at the international stocks but this is a set of stocks that are a mix of names and not the usual suspects. It is noticeable that there are a lot of financial stocks which will add to volatility. Still, this is an interesting blind filter and worth comparing with our dividend ETF benchmark portfolio.

Asset Fund in this portfolio
REAL ESTATE (NYSEARCA:ICF) iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors
Emerging Market (NYSEARCA:VWO) Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock ETF
US EQUITY (NYSEARCA:DVY) iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend Index
US EQUITY (NYSEARCA:VIG) Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF
High Yield Bond (NYSEARCA:HYG) iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bd

Portfolio Performance Comparison

Portfolio/Fund Name YTD


1Yr AR 1Yr Sharpe 3Yr AR 3Yr Sharpe 5Yr AR 5Yr Sharpe
Retirement Income ETFs Tactical Asset Allocation Moderate 1% 1% 21% 10% 77% 8% 54%
Retirement Income ETFs Strategic Asset Allocation Moderate 5% 3% 24% 20% 118% 3% 8%
Top 17 Yields For Profitable US Companies 7% 0% 1%

Unfortunately we can't learn a great deal from the table because the selection has had a short life thanks to some recent additions. However, we can see a strong year to date return but not very good over the one year history that we have assembled. Bear in mind that dividends have been re-invested so without that, the returns would have been worse.

Three Month Chart One Year Chart Three Year Chart Five Year Chart

When you look at the charts, you can see a great deal of volatility as many of the stock correlate through times when financial stocks have had a rocky time. I am interested to track this selection and see how it does. In particular, I am thinking about picking out some of the best and seeing if the financial imbalance were corrected, if we would get something better. I want more history on this set before I do that.


Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

Disclaimer: MyPlanIQ does not have any business relationship with the company or companies mentioned in this article. It does not set up their retirement plans. The performance data of portfolios mentioned above are obtained through historical simulation and are hypothetical.