OUSA: A High-Priced Dividend ETF That Fails To Stand Out


  • OUSA is a portfolio of 100 dividend-paying U.S. stocks purported to have superior profitability, dividend growth, revenue growth, balance sheet, and low-volatility features.
  • However, the low starting yield of approximately 1.83% means OUSA as an income investment isn't a viable choice. Impacting this yield is an unreasonable 0.48% expense ratio.
  • OUSA definitely holds high-quality stocks, but the other aforementioned features aren't unique at all in the dividend ETF space. This article suggests two cheaper and better alternatives.
  • I also dislike OUSA's lack of valuation screen. While it should continue to perform well in the current defensive environment, it's clearly not the best choice.
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Investment Thesis

The O'Shares U.S. Quality Dividend ETF (BATS:OUSA) selects 100 of the highest-quality U.S. companies making sustainable dividend payments. Unfortunately, many other cheaper dividend ETFs follow this same strategy, so OUSA fails to stand out and its

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