Dividends4Life: Forgotten Dividend ETFs

Forgotten Dividend ETFs

Posted by D4L | Monday, March 04, 2013 | | 0 comments »

Dividend exchange-traded funds have undoubtedly become an important part of the overall ETF landscape. Rapid proliferation of this ETF subsegment has ensured that investors can access everything from ETFs tracking stocks with lengthy dividend streaks to low volatility and high-yield fare as well. "Yet while US-based dividend ETFs collectively represent almost $49 billion in assets, or about 9% of US equity assets under management, there are less than $1 billion combined in the mid- and small-cap dividend category," WisdomTree Research Director Jeremy Schwartz said in a research note.

Schwartz notes there "is more than $10.5 billion invested in either ETFs or exchange-traded notes tracking the performance of the Alerian MLP Index, and more than $20 billion in ETFs designed to track the Dow Jones US Real Estate Index (INDEXDJX:DJUSRE) and the MSCI US REIT Index (INDEXNYSEGIS:RMZ)," statistics that serve as a reminder regarding how much income investors have embraced MLPs and REITs in recent years. As for income investors looking for domestic small-cap exposure, the WisdomTree SmallCap Dividend Fund (NYSEARCA:DES) is the ETF to consider.

Source: Minyanville

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