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IDV vs. ETF Alternatives
The iShares Dow Jones International Select Dividend Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Dow Jones EPAC Select Dividend Index. As per the prospectus, "The Underlying Index is comprised of 100 of the highest dividend- yielding securities (excluding real estate investment trusts (“REITs”)) in the Dow Jones World Developed-Ex. U.S. Index, a broad-based index representative of the Europe, Pacific, Asia and Canada (“EPAC”) regions, which covers developed markets, excluding the United States. To be included in the Underlying Index, the securities (i) must have paid dividends in each of the previous three years; (ii) must have a current year’s dividend per-share ratio which is greater than or equal to their three year average dividend payout ratio; (iii) must have a five year average dividend per-share ratio which is less than or equal to 1.5 times the five year average dividend payout ratio of the corresponding Dow Jones country index; and (iv) must have a minimum three-month average daily trading volume of $3,000,000. “Dividend payout ratio” reflects the percentage of a company’s earnings paid out as dividends. A ratio of 60% would mean that a company paid out approximately 60% of its earnings as dividends. A company with a lower dividend payout ratio has more earnings to support dividends, and adjustments or changes in the level of earnings are therefore less likely to significantly affect the level of dividends paid. Positive dividend growth rate is a measure of dividend consistency, since it provides some indication of a company’s ability to continue to pay dividends. The Underlying Index is reviewed annually."
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Tuesday, Mar 252:34 PM|Tuesday, Mar 252:34 PM| Comment!
Wednesday, Jan 223:45 PM
Wednesday, Jan 223:45 PM| Comment!
- The Market Vectors MSCI International Quality ETF (QXUS) and the MSCI International Quality Dividend ETF (QDXU) will both track the MSCI ACWI ex-U.S. Index which includes large and mid-cap stocks across 42 countries. Both funds have expense ratios of 0.45%.
- Related ETFs: EFA, VEA, EFV, PDN, IEFA, EFAV, DZK, DWM, PIZ, EFG, DTH, DPK, GWX, URTH, EFZ, EFU, IDLV, DBEF, PXF, MFLA, EFO, ADRD, TLTD, FNDF, IFSM, IDHQ, FWDI, FDTS, FDT, IDHB, IDV, SDIV, DWX, PID, DTN, LVL, FGD, DOO, DOL, DEW, IDOG, HGI, DVYA, IQDF, IQDY, IQDE, WDIV, FIEG
- The Market Vectors MSCI Emerging Markets Quality ETF (QEM) and the MSCI Emerging Markets Quality Dividend ETF will both track the MSCI Emerging Markets High Dividend Yield Index which includes large and mid-cap stocks across 19 emerging market countries.
- Related ETFs: EEM, VWO, DEM, EDC, DGS, EDZ, EEMV, EEB, SCHE, EDIV, IEMG, DVYE, BIK, EEV, EWX, BKF, PIE, CEW, ADRE, HILO, EUM, FNI, EET, GMM, PXH, EEMS, BBRC, EELV, FEMS, EEME, EMDD, BICK, DBEM, EMCR, FEM, EWEM, EVAL, JEM, EMBB, EMLB, TLTE, EEHB, EGRW, FNDE, EMSA, EMHD, EMDR, EMFT
Saturday, Jan 119:00 AM
Saturday, Jan 119:00 AM| 19 Comments
- Ranking about dead last a year ago in Barron's handicapping of where to go for yield, municipal bonds climb nearly to the top for 2014. Long-term issues yield 4.5-5%, towering over the 30-year Treasury at 3.8% ... and don't forget the tax exemption. Credit worries are high, but the "real news is that the credit profile of local governments throughout the U.S. will improve as property valuations rise, local sales and income-taxes increase, and major reform of public employee pension plans accelerates," says John Loffredo, co-manager of the MacKay Shields Municipal High Yield Fund.
- A few closed-end funds trading at discounts to NAV: NIO, NVG, BTT, NPM, NRK, MUC, VCV, NEA, NMA, NAD, ETX, BKN
- Muni ETFs: MUB, HYD, BAB, PZA, MUNI, TFI, ITM, MLN, HYMB, CMF, BABZ, BABS, XMPT, SHM, SUB, PRB, SMB, PZT, NYF, CXA, PWZ, PVI, SMMU, MUAF, INY, MUAD, MUAG, MUAE, VRD, MUAC, GMMB, RVNU
- Topping the list are the best performers from last year: dividend stocks. Even after a big rally, plenty of blue chips yield more than the 10-year Treasury and payouts are still low, says S&P's Howard Silverblatt, who sees a double-digit rise in cash payouts this year.
- Dividend ETFs: DVY, IDV, VIG, SDY, VYM, SDIV, HDV, SCHD, DWX, KBWD, PID, DES, DTN, PEY, SPHD, DIV, DHS, DLN, LVL, DTD, DGRW, DON, FDL, FVD, PFM, FGD, NOBL, DOO, DOL, SDYL, DVYL, DEW, IDOG, HGI, DGRS, DNL, DGRE, DVYA, RDIV, QDF, RDVY, QDEF, QDYN, IQDF, EMDG, IQDY, WDIV, IQDE, FIEG
- Near the bottom of the list this year after a big move in 2013 are MLPs, which trade for nearly twice the valuation of utilities and telecom, based on Enterprise Value/EBITDA. Yields are tasty at 5.5%, but many MLPs barely cover their payouts - a contrast to the vast majority of dividend-paying corporations. Stick with MLPs comfortably covering their distributions like EPD and PAA.
- MLP ETFs: AMLP, AMJ, MLPL, YMLP, MLPI, MLPA, MLPN, EMLP, MLPS, MLPG, MLPY, MLPJ, MLPX, AMU, YMLI, ATMP, MLPW, IMLP, ENFR, MLPC
Tuesday, Jan 712:05 PM
Tuesday, Jan 712:05 PM| 6 Comments
- Q4 net dividend increases of $12.7B compared to $8.4B in 2012 Q4, according to S&P. The number of increases (885), however, pales in comparison to the 1,266 "tax-incentivized" hikes from a year ago (there were 649 in 2011).
- Of roughly 10K traded stocks, 51 companies cut payouts in Q4 compared to 154 in the year-earlier quarter.
- Room for more hikes? S&P's Howard Silverblatt notes payout rates - which historically average 52% - continue to remain near their low of 36%. "At this point, we expect Q1 to be a very busy positive period for dividends, with 2014 setting another record for payments."
- The weighted dividend yield off 2.44% compares to 2.6% in Q3 and 2.8% in Q4 of 2012 as boosted payouts aren't quite keeping pace with the strong advance in equity prices.
- Dividend ETFs: DVY, IDV, VIG, SDY, VYM, SDIV, HDV, SCHD, DWX, KBWD, PID, DES, DTN, PEY, SPHD, DIV, DHS, DLN, LVL, DTD, DGRW, DON, FDL, FVD, PFM, FGD, DOO, NOBL, DOL, SDYL, DVYL, DEW, IDOG, HGI, DGRS, DNL, DGRE, DVYA, RDIV, QDF, QDEF, QDYN, EMDG, IQDF, IQDY, IQDE, WDIV, FIEG
Thursday, Jan 23:03 PM
Thursday, Jan 23:03 PM| Comment!
- The First Trust High Income ETF (FTHI) and Low Beta Income ETF (FTLB) will use index options as a complement to its equity holdings.
- The Nasdaq Rising Dividend Achievers ETF (RDVY) tracks an index of 50 companies with a history of raising payouts, and "that exhibit the characteristics to potentially continue doing so in the future."
- Nasdaq indices are used in a number of well-followed dividend ETFs such as PowerShares' High Yield Dividend Achievers Portfolio (PEY) and PowerShares' Dividend Achievers Portfolio (PFM).
- For its part, FirstTrust's other dividend ETFs include the Nasdaq Technology Index Fund (TDIV) and the Value Line Dividend Index Fund (FVD).
- Dividend ETFs: DVY, IDV, VIG, SDY, VYM, SDIV, HDV, SCHD, DWX, KBWD, PID, DES, DTN, PEY, SPHD, DIV, DHS, DLN, LVL, DTD, DGRW, DON, FDL, PFM, FVD, FGD, DOO, NOBL, DOL, SDYL, DVYL, DEW, IDOG, HGI, DGRS, DNL, DGRE, DVYA, RDIV, QDF, QDEF, EMDG, QDYN, IQDF, IQDY, IQDE, WDIV, FIEG
Monday, Dec 232013, 12:38 PM|Monday, Dec 232013, 12:38 PM| Comment!
Wednesday, Dec 42013, 3:08 PM
Wednesday, Dec 42013, 3:08 PM| Comment!
- Open for trade today is the actively-managed Cambria Foreign Shareholder Yield ETF (FYLD), the global version of Mebane Faber's recently-launched and thus far successful Shareholder Yield ETF (SYLD).
- Faber's methodology relies on what he calls "shareholder yield" - a measure adding buybacks and debt repayment to dividends.
- The new fund's expense ratio is 0.59%, the same as SYLD.
- Other ETFs with a broader idea of what yield is include: TTFS and PKW.
- Global dividend ETFs: IDV, SDIV, DWX, PID, DTN, LVL, FGD, DOO, DOL, DEW, IDOG, HGI, DVYA, IQDF, IQDY, FYLD, IQDE, WDIV, FIEG
Friday, Nov 152013, 9:22 AM
Friday, Nov 152013, 9:22 AM| 1 Comment
- Dividend ETF fans may soon have three more funds to choose from as Reality Shares files to launch a trio of ETFs. Tickers and fees have not yet been disclosed.
- The Reality Shares Isolated U.S. Dividend Growth Index ETF and The Isolated Global Dividend Growth Index ETF will both be passive strategies, and the Isolated Dividend Growth ETF will be actively managed.
- The company's edge - so it argues - will be a focus on earnings rather than stock price as the measure of potential returns. Isolating the dividend from the stock price can provide positive returns not directly correlated to broader equity or fixed-income trends, says the company.
- Dividend ETFs: DVY, IDV, VIG, SDY, VYM, SDIV, HDV, SCHD, DWX, SYLD, KBWD, PID, DES, DTN, PEY, SPHD, DIV, DHS, LVL, DLN, DTD, DGRW, FDL, DON, PFM, FVD, FGD, DOO, DOL, SDYL, NOBL, DVYL, DEW, HGI, IDOG, DNL, DGRS, DGRE, DVYA, RDIV, QDF, QDEF, EMDG, IQDF, QDYN, IQDY, WDIV, IQDE, FIEG
Wednesday, Oct 232013, 2:58 PM
Wednesday, Oct 232013, 2:58 PM| 2 Comments
- Assets in dividend-themed ETFs have ballooned nearly 50% to $80B this year, according to Ned Davis Research, led by Vanguard Dividend Appreciation (VIG) with $3.2B in inflows, the SPDR Dividend ETF (SDY) with $1.2B, and the Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF (VYM) with $1.6B.
- Meanwhile, ETFs holding U.S. government debt hold just $67B in assets, with funds like the iShares 3-7 Year Treasury Bond ETF (IEI) seeing several hundred million exit, and the iShares TIPS Bond ETF (TIP) losing a whopping $6.9B.
- The team at Ned Davis recommends looking away from the popular dividend plays and towards a lagging emerging-market alternative, the WisdomTree Emerging Markets Small-Cap Dividend Fund (DGS), yielding 3.3% and up 3.8% this year.
- Dividend ETFs: FDL, FVD, MDIV, QDF, QDYN, QDEF, DIV, CVY, DVY, HDV, IYLD, PEY, PFM, SCHD, SDY, SDYL, DVYL, VYM, DHS, DTD, SYLD, KBWD, SPHD, DLN, DON, HILO, DGRS, DNL, EMDG, DGRW, VIG, DGRE.
- Global dividend ETFs: AXJL, AUSE, GNAT, DTH, DWM, SDIV, DVYE, EDIV, DEM, FDD, FGD, LVL, PID, DEW, WDIV, IDOG, DTN, DOO, IQDF, IQDE, IQDY, IDV, DVYA, DWX, DOL, CCXE, DIM, GULF, DRW, DBU.
- Small-cap dividend ETFs: DGS, DFE, DFJ, DXJS, DES, DLS.
Sunday, Jun 302013, 5:39 AMALPS launched the International Sector Dividend Dogs ETF (IDOG) on Friday. The fund is similar to SDOG in its focus on dividend paying equities from developed countries (ex-U.S.). IDOG comes with an expense ratio of 0.50%, vs. WDIV and SDOG (0.40%), DEW (0.58%), PID (0.56%) and LVL (0.60%). |Sunday, Jun 302013, 5:39 AM| 4 Comments
Tuesday, Jun 252013, 4:19 PM
Tuesday, Jun 252013, 3:59 PMDividend-focused portfolios (DVY, SDY, VYM, VIG, HDV, DLN, IDV) got a bit of stress test over the past few weeks, writes Morningstar's Dan Culloton. The results are what one might have expected: Don't chase yield. The worst performing dividend funds were those having the highest trailing 12-month yield and bigger allocations to favorites like utilities, telecommunications, and real estate. The better-performing funds had larger stakes in healthcare and financials. Also of interest - the top-performers on average invested in stocks with less relative debt on their balance sheets. |Tuesday, Jun 252013, 3:59 PM| 1 Comment
Thursday, May 302013, 3:39 PMState Street launches the SPDR 1-10 Year TIPS ETF (TIPX), set to track the Barclays 1-10 Year Government Inflation-linked Bond Index. It appears similar in structure to another State Street TIPS fund (IPE), but with an expense ratio 3.5 bps lower at 0.15%. Also launched is the SPDR S&P Global Dividend ETF (WDIV), set to track the S&P Global Dividend Aristocrats Index. It has a cost of 0.40% and joins competitors DEW and LVL, each of those with coming with slightly higher costs. |Thursday, May 302013, 3:39 PM| 1 Comment
Friday, May 32013, 7:04 AMEmerging Global Advisors files (I, II) to launch 12 new funds, including 6 bond funds - its first totally in-house fixed income strategies. Included in the equity offerings is the EM Dividend High Income ETF (possible competitors include: IDV, DEM), the EM Asia Consumer ETF, and the EM Equal Weight Sector ETF. Among the fixed income offerings are Investment Grade - short, intermediate, and long term ETFs (possible competitors include: EMB, LEMB, PCY). No ticker symbols or expense ratios are yet known, and it's possible not all 12 will make it to actual launch status. |Friday, May 32013, 7:04 AM| Comment!
Tuesday, Apr 162013, 8:30 PMFlexShares lists three dividend-focus equity ETFs today that provide exposure to long-term growth potential of international securities and deliver dividend income. International Quality Dividend Fund (IQDF), International Quality Dividend Defensive Fund (IQDE) and International Quality Dividend Dynamic Fund (IQDY) have an expense ratio of 0.47% each, in line with counterparts DWX (0.45%), DOL (0.48%), DVYA (0.49%) and IDV (0.50%). (.pdf) |Tuesday, Apr 162013, 8:30 PM| Comment!
Friday, Apr 122013, 5:26 PM