Published Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:34:02 -0500 on Seeking Alpha
After nearly two years of growth and tech stocks delivering the market's biggest returns, it's conservative dividend-paying stocks that have begun leading the way again. Since the beginning of October when the market corrected and volatility spiked, all of the biggest and best-known dividends ETFs, including the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG), the iShares Core Dividend Growth ETF (DGRO) and the ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL), have outperformed the S&P 500 by a sizable margin. High dividend ETFs, such as the iShares Core High Dividend ETF (HDV) and the SPDR Portfolio S&P 500 High Dividend ETF (SPYD), have performed even better beating the S&P 500 by 7-8% in just the past 10 weeks.
If you're like me, you worry that there could be more pain ahead in 2019. The theories surrounding what the flattening yield curve means have been well-documented, but generally suggest that traders aren't terribly optimistic about where the economy is headed. The U.S./China trade dispute certainly contributes to that, although how deep and extensive the repercussions end up being remain to be seen. The more short-term concern could be GDP growth.
The headline Q3 number of 3.5% year-over-year growth looks good on the surface, but a drill down shows reasons for worry. 2.27% of that 3.5% growth figure is the result of an increase in private inventories. If inventories tend to be a zero-sum game over time, we could see GDP growth slow even... Read more
|Stock name||Last trade||P/E||Earnings/Share||Dividend/Share||Dividend yield|
|VANGUARD HIGH DIVIDEND YIELD ETF||86.63||0.0||0.00||0.00||3.44|
|VANGUARD DIVIDEND APPRECIATION ETF||109.87||0.0||0.00||0.00||2.13|
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