Written by David Fabian, September 05th, 2017
Most ETF portfolios I look through are heavily weighted towards large-cap stocks as the fundamental building blocks of an equity allocation. Those who might have a higher risk tolerance or seek greater diversification qualities may also own some small cap exposure as a component of their investment strategy as well. Because of this barbell type positioning, the most easily overlooked area is the middle ground known as mid-cap stocks.
Investopedia defines mid-cap stocks as those companies with market capitalizations between $2-$10 billion. While those are fair guidelines, in practice there are many indexes that stretch the bounds of their capitalization requirements to even wider ranges. Much of this is likely due to the extreme range of the large-cap group, which stretch from a lower bound of $10+ billion all the way to upwards of $800 billion at present market conditions.
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Written by David Fabian, August 21st, 2017
Virtually every corner of the closed-end fund (CEF) marketplace has been on an unrelenting grind higher over the last 18-months. Very few pullbacks have meant that you either had to be in these vehicles to capture the capital appreciation from the get-go or grind your teeth and jump in at some random point along the way. Read more
Written by David Fabian, August 11th, 2017
Dividend growth stocks are public companies that have shown a track record of successive year-over-year increases in their dividend payments to shareholders. They represent an attractive way for income investors to augment and further diversify their portfolios away from a strict high yield focus.
One of the easiest ways to own this group is through a low-cost and liquid exchange-traded fund. If you’ve been around the ETF space for a while, you have probably heard of the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG) or the ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL). Both funds own a basket of stocks with dividend growth characteristics and have proven to be sound investment vehicles in their own ways. Read more
Written by David Fabian, July 25th, 2017
If there is one asset class that conservative investors love to own, it’s dividend stocks. These high payout companies differentiate themselves from their growth-oriented peers by electing to return earnings to shareholders in the form of quarterly income. This presents an attractive way for retirees and other income-focused investors to participate in the equity markets as well as boost the aggregate yield of their portfolio.
Dividend stocks are unique in that their business models are generally well-established with healthy cash flow or capital financing capabilities. In some instances, these attributes can also lend themselves to lower volatility than a basket of high growth stocks focused on cash burn and product or services innovation.
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Written by David Fabian, July 12th, 2017
If you dabble in the closed-end fund market long enough, you are probably going to own a fund that sees its dividend cut. This seemingly innocuous event can have numerous ripple effects for shareholders that should be carefully evaluated before you respond with any knee-jerk reactions. Read more