Small-cap dividend ETFs (DES, DLS, DFE, DGS, DFJ, EES) led the pack in 2012 performance...

Small-cap dividend ETFs (DES, DLS, DFE, DGS, DFJ, EES) led the pack in 2012 performance domestically and globally, followed by mid-caps (DON, DIM, EZM) and large-caps (DLN, DOL, EPS). Among strategy-based ETFs, it was preferreds (PGF, PFF) and buybacks (PKW) that outperformed. See here for full dividend ETF performance data.

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  • PalmDesertRat
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    It's interesting.


    With all the emphasis on dividends I would have expected to see the divvie etf's outperform the broader sector including non-dividends.


    In the mid-cap area (my largest sector in my own portfolio), mdy's price (the mid-cap 400) outperformed the mid-cap divvie etf -don-on your list, and by a big margin. mdy was up 16.25% vs 10.3% for don. the difference in yield seems to be about 2% in favor of don, but not enough to make up the difference. That outperformance by mdy vs don goes back for as long as don has been trading,about five years.
    1 Jan 2013, 11:26 AM Reply Like
  • Tortoise #1
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    Tortoise #1 is 86 years old and has been a long-term, dividend-growth investor for almost 50 years. In March, I added PFF to a portfolio of otherwise long owned, individual equities with the goal of adding some monthly, high yield income. On the basis of my cost, this investment currently yields 6.3%!
    The investment has happily met my expectations for income with a modest price appreciation.


    As long as the FED keeps interest rates low, I believe PFF will perform well!
    1 Jan 2013, 06:02 PM Reply Like
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