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
International stocks have made a big run through the first half of 2017 and one region that’s spearheading the charge is Asia. Countries like Japan, India, South Korea, and Taiwan continue to exhibit dominant momentum driven by a combination of technical and fundamental factors. The depreciation of the U.S. dollar versus regional foreign currencies is one of the more prominent stories driving this thrust, in addition to favorable corporate growth forecasts.
An excellent market capitalization weighted benchmark for tracking the Pacific Rim is the Vanguard FTSE Pacific ETF (VPL). This low-cost index fund has exposure to over 2,200 securities spread throughout the Asia region.
In this month’s video, I look at the technical trends developing in growth versus value stocks. Chart review includes analysis of large-cap, small cap, international, Treasury bonds, and high yield bond ETF prices. Observations of risk and reward are noted throughout, with an emphasis on trend following and sensible portfolio management. Recorded on May 31, 2017.
The ETF world is full of articles touting the advantages of mega-firms like Vanguard, BlackRock, and State Street. These companies have set the bar high for delivering exceptionally transparent, diversified, low-cost, and liquid vehicles to every American investor. Read more
The concept of investing in European stocks seems difficult to stomach considering the decade of lost returns versus their U.S. counterparts. A new post by Michael Batnick, Director of Research for Ritholtz Wealth Management, details the difficult 10-year journey for this foreign investment class. The U.S. has simply been the star outperformer on the global stage for so many consistent years that the home-bias phenomenon has been taken to a new level.
According to their research, U.S. stocks now make up 80% of the average U.S. investor’s equity portfolio. The remaining 20% is likely split among a variety of European, Asian, and emerging market exposure. This overweight exposure towards a high-flying asset class ultimately leaves many investors susceptible to being caught off guard as the pendulum swings in the opposite direction.