Written by David Fabian, March 21st, 2017
Small cap stocks are traditionally known as centers of growth in the global capital markets. These companies often demonstrate greater risk due to their diminished market footprint. However, they also offer compelling performance and diversification dynamics for investors with a higher risk tolerance.
Most exchange-traded funds that track this segment are focused on broad swaths of the small cap category. They typically own hundreds, if not thousands, of individual stocks with market capitalization’s of less than $2-$3 billion.
Written by David Fabian, March 13th, 2017
Preferred stocks offer the distinction of being unique hybrid instruments with qualities of both stocks and bonds. In that manner, they offer healthy dividend yields alongside a favored position in the capital structure of many companies that issue these securities.
The reason company’s issue preferred shares are to raise capital from investors that are seeking an attractive yield without adding traditional debt (bonds) that carry strict maturity dates and covenants. Preferred stocks can also be “callable” from the issuer, who has the right to redeem them at a certain price or time at their discretion. Read more
Written by David Fabian, February 17th, 2017
Love is in the air this Valentines week and many income investors are smitten with the returns of their high yield investments. The steady march higher in assets like junk bonds, preferred stocks, emerging market debt, and even leveraged closed-end funds has remunerated shareholders for their faith.
The poster child of this strength may well be the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG). This well-known fund, which invests in a passive index of high yield U.S. corporate debt, has gained more than 22% over the last year. That jump includes both price gains and income distribution over a 52-week period. It also bests every corner of the U.S. fixed-income sector map by a wide margin. Read more
Written by David Fabian, January 18th, 2017
ETF investors are likely measuring the resilience and relative performance of their portfolios during the latest 6-month jump in interest rates. Bond funds are the obvious areas of concern in terms of volatility. However, many stock and equity-income asset classes maintain a high sensitivity to Treasury yield fluctuations as well.
REITs certainly fall into this category and are one of the few sectors of the market currently trading well off their highs. As I wrote in September, inflection points in interest rates typically signal a change of trend for these assets. Read more
Written by David Fabian, January 17th, 2017
Investors who have held onto their U.S.-focused dividend ETFs have been rewarded in both income and capital appreciation during the breadth of this bull market. The combination of relative momentum, low volatility, and steady accumulation of quarterly distributions have been the hallmarks of this steady trade.
Yet, those who study market history know that price performance that outstrips company fundamentals comes at a cost. Namely higher statistical valuation measures, alongside slowly decreasing yield for new investors. As a result, dividend stocks that looked attractive several years ago are now starting to rise into the expensive zone relative to other global opportunities.