LVHD: Low Volatility Plus A 3.50% Dividend Yield, Should You Buy?


  • LVHD selects 50-100 low-volatile U.S. stocks that also pay high dividends. Its expense ratio is 0.27%, and LVHD manages $933 million in net assets.
  • Unlike the more popular SPHD, LVHD prioritizes the low-volatility factor. As a result, it's the least-volatile dividend ETF on the market, and I expect it to yield 3.50%.
  • However, investors using LVHD as an income instrument may be disappointed. I've estimated that it will take 16 years for LVHD's yield on cost to equal SPHD's.
  • This article analyzes the performance of 30 low-volatility ETFs before and after the five most significant market drawdowns over the last decade. LVHD's results were only average.
  • While my opinion on LVHD has improved since my last review in March 2021, I still don't view it as an appropriate long-term holding. Therefore, I've rated it as a hold.
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Investment Thesis

Last week, I reviewed the Invesco S&P 500 High Dividend Low Volatility ETF (SPHD), concluding that its 4.25% estimated dividend yield was attractive for income investors. Still, all other investors should avoid it due to its poor growth

SPY vs. SPHD vs. LVHD Sector Exposures


LVHD Top Ten Holdings

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LVHD vs. SPHD Performance

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LVHD Portfolio Income Growth

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LVHD Fundamentals By Company

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LVHD vs. SPHD vs. 50/50 SPHD/XLU vs. SPY Drawdowns

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LVHD vs. SPHD vs. 50/50 SPHD/XLU vs. SPY Performance

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