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A New Dividend ETF Diva

Posted by D4L | Monday, February 25, 2013 | | 0 comments »

With the population of dividend ETFs steadily increasing, it is not surprising that a few funds, particularly among the new crop, go unnoticed. That should not be the case with the PowerShares S&P 500 High Dividend Portfolio (NYSE: SPHD), which debuted in October. The fund is up 4.4 percent since inception and currently sports a 30-day SEC yield of 4.2 percent.

SPHD does use a fairly unique methodology to generate returns. The ETF tracks the S&P 500 Low Volatility High Dividend Index, which is composed of 50 securities traded on the S&P 500 Index that historically have provided high dividend yields and low volatility, according to PowerShares. ntentional or not, many of SPHD's 50 holdings can be labeled as "blue chips" and that means investors will likely be familiar with many of the ETF's constituents. Top-10 holdings include Abbott Labs (NYSE: ABT), Altria (NYSE: MO) and AT&T (NYSE: T). Overall, SPHD is home to nine members of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Source: International Business Times

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