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Dividend Growth: The SPDR Dividend ETF Is One Of Many Ideas

Published Sun, 11 Mar 2018 09:16:12 -0400 on Seeking Alpha

By Brian Nelson, CFA
There is a reason why we call ourselves Value-ntum. That’s because we put value first!
But there are instances where share prices can catch sustained favor in part due to a dividend payment. The growth component of the dividend may also offer investors an ever-rising income stream, particularly if they find a company that expects to continue to grow the payout for a long-time coming.
Even though we generally don’t like speculative-themed exchange traded funds - as most ETFs are since they don’t consider a price-versus-value component - the idea of the SPDR Dividend ETF (SDY) as an investment consideration is effectively three-fold, in our opinion.
1. A Basket of Strong, Competitively-Advantaged Companies For those that may not be familiar with this ETF, the SPDR Dividend ETF seeks “to provide investment results that, before fees and expenses, correspond generally to the total return performance of the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats Index:”
The S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats® index is designed to measure the performance of companies within the S&P Composite 1500® that have followed a managed-dividends policy of consistently increasing dividends every year for at least 20 years.
We may never feel comfortable holding AT&T (T), IBM (IBM) or even Target (TGT) by themselves, but in a diversified dividend growth ETF, we’re more open to the concept, especially when some solid... Read more

Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
SPDR S&P DIVIDEND ETF 91.62   0.0 0.00 2.10 2.23


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