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This Dividend-Weighted Mid-Cap ETF Is a Strong Pick for the Long Haul

Adam McCullough, CFA (adam.mccullough@morningstar.com)

 WisdomTree U.S. MidCap Dividend ETF DON employs a fundamental weighting approach and is a strong candidate for exposure to dividend-paying U.S. mid-cap stocks. This fund weights its holdings by their expected dividend payment, which effectively diversifies risk, and rebalances into stocks as they become cheaper relative to their dividends. Many dividend-oriented funds land in the mid-value Morningstar Category because they weight large-cap stocks by dividend yield or equally, which knocks down their portfolio's weighted average market cap.