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SPYD: For High Dividend Investors

Published Wed, 10 Jul 2019 14:16:31 -0400 on Seeking Alpha

After writing a recent article here on Seeking Alpha about the S&P 500 high dividend low volatility index, a subscriber asked me to write about the SPDR® Portfolio S&P 500® High Dividend ETF (SPYD). Not knowing about the fund at the time, I did what any other good fund manager would do. I went ahead and ran the performance numbers, risk metrics, and compared it to other similar ETFs. SPYD is one of the low cost core SPDR Portfolio ETFs, a suite of portfolio building blocks designed to provide broad, diversified exposure to core asset classes. This fund is designed to provide investment results that, before fees and expenses, correspond generally to the total return performance of the S&P® 500 High Dividend Index. For those who are saving for retirement or currently in retirement, this can be a great addition to your overall equity portfolio.
SPYD Return Breakdown
Data by YCharts
One mistake I often see investors make when researching an investment fund is they find a chart of just the price. What you have to remember when running the performance numbers is to look at total return. This will include dividends paid out to you that often doesn't reflect in the price charts. Since late 2015 when the fund was launched, SPYD has returned roughly 25.97% in capital appreciation, and 23.19% in dividends. Half of the equity returns is credited to appreciation, while the other half is credited to dividend income. This is a great illustration on how investors should... Read more

Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
SPDR S&P 500 ETF 297.74   0.0 0.00 5.42 1.80

SPDR S&P 500 ETF - SPY  

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