Published Mon, 15 Apr 2019 17:14:37 -0400 on Seeking Alpha
Welcome to another chapter in my series of dividend stock ETF investing. After analyzing primarily U.S.-based funds of the kind, I now turn my attention to an investment vehicle focused on international shares: the iShares International Select Dividend ETF (IDV).
According to the issuer, this ETF "tracks the investment results of an index composed of relatively high dividend paying equities in non-U.S. developed markets." Among the top three holdings in the fund are British American Tobacco (BATS), Commonwealth Bank of Australia (OTCPK: CMWAY) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDS-A)(RDS-B), together accounting for about one-tenth of the ETF's total assets under management. In what pertains to geographic representation, the U.K. accounts for nearly one-fourth of the fund. Meanwhile, Australia, Italy and France combined add up to another one third of the total allocation.
I have repeatedly argued that "dividend payers have clearly outperformed non-dividend payers over a very long period time, having achieved the feat with even lower volatility" - at least in the United States. This is particularly relevant for growth investors, as income seekers probably need little extra incentive to be interested in dividend stocks.
One of the potential benefits of investing in international shares is that they might be able to help a U.S.-heavy portfolio better diversify its equities position. To assess this feature using historical data, I compared the performance of... Read more
|Stock name||Last trade||P/E||Earnings/Share||Dividend/Share||Dividend yield|
|ROYAL DUTCH SHELL A||68.62||27.1||2.59||3.76||5.35|
|ROYAL DUTCH SHELL B||70.13||0.0||0.00||3.76||5.23|
|SPDR S&P 500 ETF||292.23||0.0||0.00||5.24||1.80|
|COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA||52.60||0.0||0.00||0.00||0.00|
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