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  • Jan. 7, 2013, 11:33 AM
    More on dividend increases: In 2012, 2,883 firms increased their dividends, against 275 lowering their dividends. Forward yield hit an all-time high and actual cash payments increased 18% in 2012. The yield increased throughout 2012 ending flat at 2.80%. The report expects 2013 to be setting another record for regular cash dividends.
    | Jan. 7, 2013, 11:33 AM
  • Jan. 7, 2013, 11:16 AM
    Net dividend increases totaled $8.4B in Q4, according to S&P. 1,262 firms increased their dividends, up 94.5% Y/Y, vs. just 154 lowering. Of more import, the payout ratio remains at 36% against long-term average of 52%.
    | Jan. 7, 2013, 11:16 AM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 17, 2012, 3:54 PM
    Dividend players have 3 new ETFs to choose from with Northern Trust's FlexShares unit launching 3 self-indexed funds (QDF, QDEF, QDYN). The difference between the three will be in their volatility relative to the base index.
    | Dec. 17, 2012, 3:54 PM
  • Dec. 13, 2012, 9:08 AM

    The envelope please ... The winner of the ETP of the year is Invesco's PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (SPLV). The trend-setting product has generated a good deal of alpha - total return of 18.3% since May 2011 inception vs. S&P of 9.9% - by holding the lowest volatility stocks. It now has more than $3B in AUM.

    | Dec. 13, 2012, 9:08 AM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 7, 2012, 3:05 PM

    Strubel Investment notes the horrid record of managements using cash for buybacks or M&A. Buybacks are simple - companies tend to do them when the share price is high (JPMorgan a classic example: It suspended purchases after the CIO loss with the stock near $30, and will rev them up again next year in the 40's). The top tax rates for dividends would have to rise to 70-80% to make them less valuable than the alternatives.

    | Dec. 7, 2012, 3:05 PM | 4 Comments
  • Dec. 4, 2012, 5:11 PM

    Dividend stocks are not a crowded traded, argues Bahl & Gaynor's Matt McCormick (full presentation), seeing little correlation over the decades between tax rates and returns. Of note were dividend payers underperforming the rest of the market by 52.5% in 2003 after dividend tax rates were cut.

    | Dec. 4, 2012, 5:11 PM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 28, 2012, 11:25 AM
    Why does high-yield in reference to bonds signal greater risk to investors, but high-dividend yield in reference to equities does not, wonders a fund strategist. When it comes to dividend ETFs, it pays to consider total return first, writes Paul Britt, as the yield and performance can vary ... widely.
    | Nov. 28, 2012, 11:25 AM | 2 Comments
  • Nov. 20, 2012, 8:20 AM

    The recent selloff in dividend stocks represents a buying opportunity, says dividend fund manager Judith Saryan. She's expecting an eventual hike in the dividend tax rate, but to levels far below those for ordinary income. For now, she's steering clear of "frothy" utilities (XLU) and consumer staples (XLP), and looking more to dividend "growth" rather than "yield." Top picks: SNY, LYB, WFC, QCOM.

    | Nov. 20, 2012, 8:20 AM
  • Nov. 14, 2012, 12:36 PM

    "An attempt to quantify ... a qualitative process," is how Morningstar's Josh Peters describes the creation of the Dividend Yield Focus Index. Most dividend indexes, he says, are entirely backward looking. Instead, Peters looks for an economic moat to protect against a dividend ever being cut. Thus far, it's working: The ETF benchmarked to the index (HDV) is outperforming DVY by a wide margin since the April 2011 launch.

    | Nov. 14, 2012, 12:36 PM
  • Nov. 12, 2012, 12:18 PM
    Following up on research showing little correlation between dividend tax rates and equity returns, Miller Tabak's Andrew Wilkinson suggests selling recently-fattened puts on dividend stocks. "To think that investors will collectively dump dividend-paying stocks into the end of the year in hopes of making a tax savings seems a little fanciful."
    | Nov. 12, 2012, 12:18 PM
  • Nov. 10, 2012, 9:45 AM

    "The market environment is more important than the tax environment," says WisdomTree's Jeremy Schwartz, brushing off concern about a probable hike in the dividend tax rate in 2013 by pointing out the large amount of these assets held in tax-insensitive accounts. Sam Stovall, however, notes the S&P's highest yielding sectors have been the worst performers since the end of September.

    | Nov. 10, 2012, 9:45 AM | 8 Comments
  • Nov. 6, 2012, 9:29 AM

    All of WisdomTree's domestic dividend funds are now on monthly distributions as DTD, DLN, DON, and DES join DTN and DHS, which changed to a monthly schedule over the summer. (PR)

    | Nov. 6, 2012, 9:29 AM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 5, 2012, 11:14 AM

    Dividend investing has gotten to be a crowded space as a more than doubling in AUM since the end of 2008 has been met with a monthly average of 2 new funds (mutual and exchange-traded) being launched. Of 53 mutual funds screened by Barron's with $100M+ in assets and a 3-year track record, 29 have yields less than the 2.1% provided by the S&P 500.

    | Nov. 5, 2012, 11:14 AM | 3 Comments
  • Oct. 29, 2012, 1:15 PM

    Some areas of the dividend universe (telecom, utilities) may be pricey, but dividend stocks are not in a bubble, says ClearBridge's Mike Clarfeld. He suggests looking not just at the upfront yield, but instead at the ability of the company to increase the payout over time. "The sweet spot ... attractive dividends, but really dividend growers - we don't think they are overvalued at all."

    | Oct. 29, 2012, 1:15 PM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 19, 2012, 9:10 AM
    "Investors need to understand the growing risks of overplaying the defense card," writes AllianceBernstein's Joe Paul, exploring whether high-yield stocks are in bubble territory. It's not news they're expensive compared to past metrics, but high-yielders now make up a record 44% of the S&P 500 (on a cap-weighted basis). "As a countermeasure, (investors) may want to add more cyclical, deeper-value names."
    | Oct. 19, 2012, 9:10 AM | 2 Comments
  • Oct. 19, 2012, 7:37 AM
    Dividend investors get an interesting new choice with the launch of the PowerShares S&P 500 High Dividend ETF (SPHD), which comes with a low volatility twist. The fund picks 75 of the highest-yielding S&P stocks, but creates a portfolio of just those 50 exhibiting the lowest volatility. With an expense ratio of 0.30%, it's among the cheapest of the high dividend ETFs.
    | Oct. 19, 2012, 7:37 AM | 1 Comment
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WisdomTree Equity Income Fund seeks investment results that closely correspond to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the WisdomTree Equity Income Index.
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