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Dividend ETFs: Yield, Quality or Both?

Written by Michael Fabian, March 27th, 2015

In the income investing universe, participants have a predisposition to focusing on ETFs with the highest headline yields. After all, income investors have a way of keying in on a yield that matches up with their spendable cash flow needs.

Yet more recently, there are a myriad of so-called “dividend growth ETFs” that sport yields just slightly higher than blended indexes, such as the S&P 500. Read more

Teleseminar: Actively Reducing the Volatility Of Your Income Portfolio

Written by David Fabian, March 25th, 2015

Income investors are consistently dealing with the threat of stock market and interest rate volatility derailing the stable balance of their nest egg.

Those that allocate too much towards any one asset class at inopportune times have witnessed how quickly the value of their accounts can be eroded. Conversely, being too conservative with cash or low yielding investments can have persistent negative effects on your capital from inflation and living expenses. Read more

Are Currency Hedged ETFs Overheated?

Written by David Fabian, March 24th, 2015

The big trade of 2015 has undoubtedly been the movement towards currency-hedged ETFs as a way to participate in the upside of international markets, while eliminating the underlying currency risks. These ground breaking funds accomplish this by owning a basket of international stocks with simultaneous exposure to short positions in the host country’s currency.

The WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity ETF (HEDJ) has taken in over $9 billion in new assets since the beginning of the year. In fact, HEDJ has now surpassed the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity ETF (DXJ) as the largest currency hedged ETF with $16.5 billion in total assets under management.

Read the complete article at NASDAQ.com

Why Apple Makes Dow-Related ETFs Relevant Again

Written by David Fabian, March 20th, 2015

I’ve heard just about every argument to be had on why the Dow Jones Industrial Average is a relic of a bygone era. Some point out that the index is too narrow, with just 30 mega-cap stocks. Others point to the antiquated price weighted construction methodology that confounds nouveau index enthusiasts. Still others can’t comprehend the plodding performance story when there are juiced up momentum ETFs begging for your attention. Read more