Published Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:44:58 -0500 on Seeking Alpha
If you've been a dividend equity investor over the past couple of years, you probably haven't necessarily been thrilled with your returns. Through the end of the third quarter of 2018, most of the biggest dividend ETFs, including the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG), the iShares Core High Dividend ETF (HDV), the Vanguard High Dividend ETF (VYM) and the ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL), trailed the S&P 500 since Election Day, some by a significant margin. The fourth-quarter equity market correction, painful as it was, demonstrated once again why dividend ETFs belong in your portfolio. Those ETFs that had lagged not only began outperforming the broader market, but they did so with less volatility helping provide investors with an important safety cushion.
The one silver lining coming from last quarter's beatdown is that it presented savvy investors with some attractive opportunities. The correction has pushed the yields on some dividend ETFs to levels not seen in years. VIG's 2.2% yield would be the highest it's been since the first half of 2016. The Schwab U.S. Dividend ETF (SCHD) yield of 3.3% is just about as high as it's been over the course of its 8-year history. You'd have to go back to the financial crisis to find a time when VYM's yield of 3.6% is as high as it is now.
All of this is to say that it's a good time to be a yield seeker again. It might be an even better time if you're a dividend growth... Read more
|Stock name||Last trade||P/E||Earnings/Share||Dividend/Share||Dividend yield|
|VANGUARD HIGH DIVIDEND YIELD ETF||85.12||0.0||0.00||0.00||3.47|
|VANGUARD DIVIDEND APPRECIATION ETF||108.43||0.0||0.00||0.00||2.13|
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