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A New High-Dividend, Low-Volatility ETF From Global X

Tom Lydon

By Tom Lydon:

Global X is trying to capitalize on two popular themes in the investment world with its new exchange traded fund that tracks U.S. dividend payers with low share-price volatility.

On Tuesday, the Global X Superdividend U.S. ETF (DIV - News) will begin trading. The new fund will try to reflect the performance of the INDXX SuperDividend U.S. Low Volatility Index, which is comprised of 50 U.S. companies with the highest dividend yields. DIV has a 0.45% expense ratio.

To be included in the underlying index, each constituent must have paid dividends consistently over the last two years, and the index also includes filters that excludes companies that are likely to reduce dividends. Additionally, securities will be required to have a beta less than 0.85 relative to the S&P 500 on the rebalance date - anything less than 1 suggests lower volatility than the overall market.

The fund's holdings are equally weighted, with components such as Altria Group 2.0%, Ameren Corp 2.0%, American Capital Agency 2.0%, Annaly Capital Management 2.0% and Anworth Mortgage Asset 2.0%.

Sector allocations include REITs 24.0%, Utilities 24.0%, MLPs 18.0%, Telecom 12.0%, Consumer Staples 8.0%, Health Care 6.0%, Consumer Discretionary 4.0%, Industrials 2.0% and Technology 2.0%.

The fund is expected to pay out monthly dividends.

"Recent research suggests that investors may be overlooking significant opportunities in high dividend-paying equities," according to a Global X note. "A study of global stocks for the period between 2003-2012 shows that dividend paying stocks have, over time and based on numerous metrics, performed well versus non-dividend paying stocks."

The company also offers the Global X SuperDividend ETF (SDIV - News), which is a similar offering that provides access to global high-yield stocks, except no volatility filter is applied. SDIV has a 6.88% 30-day SEC yield.

The new DIV ETF will be competing with other low-volatility, high dividend ETFs currently on the markets, including the PowerShares S&P 500 High Dividend Portfolio (SPHD - News), which has a 3.82% 30-day SEC yield, and the iShares High Dividend Equity Fund (HDV - News), which has a 3.38% 30-day SEC yield.

Max Chen contributed to this article.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.