|Bid||64.61 x 1000|
|Ask||64.65 x 800|
|Day's Range||64.50 - 64.83|
|52 Week Range||55.61 - 67.49|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.89|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.25%|
Editor's note: This story was previously published in February 2019. It has since been updated and republished.Many folks infer an element of royalty when they hear the word "aristocrat." While the U.S. is a democracy, not a monarchy, there are plenty of ways for dividend investors to become aristocratic in their own right.Several exchange-traded funds (ETFs) track indices that are known as dividend aristocrats indices. The alluring thing about dividend aristocrats ETFs is that these funds emphasize dividend growth, not yield. High yields, while seductive, have some drawbacks investors should consider.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsDividend growth can be a sign that a company has a sound balance sheet and the capacity to continue delivering steady payout increases whereas some high-yield companies could be in financial distress and close to cutting their payout. * 10 Great Stocks to Buy on Dips For investors looking to put the potency of dividend growth to work in their portfolios, here are some of the most royal names among dividend aristocrats ETFs. SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY)Expense ratio: 0.35% per year, or $35 on a $10,000 investment.The SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (NYSEARCA:SDY) is the original dividend aristocrats ETF and one of the largest U.S. dividend ETFs of any variety. SDY follows the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats Index, which mandates that member firms have minimum dividend increase streaks of 20 years."Due to the index screen for 20 years of consecutively raising dividends, stocks included in the Index have both capital growth and dividend income characteristics, as opposed to stocks that are pure yield," according to State Street.While SDY's index implies it is a high-yield benchmark, the fund's dividend yield of 2.43% is not alarmingly high and implies plenty of room for continued dividend growth. Likewise, this dividend aristocrat ETF is not excessively allocated to high-yield sectors as utilities and real estate stocks combine for less 17% of the fund's weight. ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL)Expense ratio: 0.35% per yearThe ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (CBOE:NOBL) is the ETF that tracks the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index, also known as THE dividend aristocrats index. That index requires member firms to have boosted payouts for at least 25 consecutive years.A benefit of dividend aristocrats ETFs that should not be overlooked is reduced volatility. Both NOBL and SDY have less volatile than the S&P 500 over the past three years. Additionally, dividend aristocrats ETFs can expose investors to reduced downside when stocks decline. While the S&P 500 slumped 4.60% last year, NOBL was lower by just 3.30%. * 7 Strong Buy Stocks That Tick All the Boxes While NOBL is not the most adventurous fund on the market, this dividend aristocrats ETF makes a lot of sense for younger investors that can reinvest dividends. Over the past three years, NOBL is up 43% with dividends reinvested compared to 34.30% without reinvested dividends. SPDR S&P Global Dividend ETF (WDIV)Expense ratio: 0.40% per yearOften overlooked in the dividend aristocrats ETF conversation, the SPDR S&P Global Dividend ETF (NYSEARCA:WDIV) can be seen as the global complement to the aforementioned SDY.WDIV follows the Global Dividend Aristocrats Index, which mandates a minimum dividend increase streak of at least a decade.That index "includes the top 100 qualified stocks with the highest indicated dividend yield, with no more than 20 stocks selected from each country and 35 stocks from each GICs sector," according to State Street.WDIV, which yields 3.82%, provides exposure to almost 20 countries, the bulk of which are developed markets. Canada and the U.S. combine for over 42% of this dividend aristocrats ETF's geographic exposure. ProShares S&P MidCap 400 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (REGL)Expense ratio: 0.40% per yearThe epitome of an overlooked asset class, mid-cap stocks are also overlooked when it comes to dividends, but that should not be the case. There are several dedicated mid-cap dividend funds, but the ProShares S&P MidCap 400 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (CBOE:REGL) is the dividend aristocrats ETF in that group.REGL follows the S&P MidCap 400 Dividend Aristocrats Index, a derivative of the S&P MidCap 400 Index. This dividend aristocrats ETF requires its components to have minimum dividend increase streaks of 15 years. That is a stringent requirement for small stocks and as such, REGL has a smaller roster of just 49 holdings.Like its large-cap brother NOBL, REGL can help investors weather market storms. Last year, this dividend aristocrats ETF lost just 3.30% while the S&P MidCap 400 plunged 11.30%. REGL allocates over 45% of its combined weight to financial services and industrial stocks. ProShares MSCI Europe Dividend Growers ETF (EUDV)Expense ratio: 0.55% per yearIn the strictest sense of being a dividend aristocrats ETF, the ProShares MSCI Europe Dividend Growers ETF (CBOE:EUDV) is not one of those funds simply because the ETF does not track a dividend aristocrats index. Overlook that technicality and investors will find a viable income-generating avenue to Europe.EUDV's underlying index requires a minimum dividend increase streak of 10 years, which is an important trait considering plenty of European companies cut dividends during the region's sovereign debt crisis earlier this century. Just 35 companies meet the requirements for admission into EUDV.Many Europe dividend ETFs are heavily allocated to the U.K. and Switzerland. EUDV obliges as those countries combine for over 51% of the fund's weight. France, which saw record dividend growth in 2018, is EUDV's second-largest geographic exposure at 11.70%.EUDV is ahead of the S&P Europe 350 Index by 400 basis points over the past year. Invesco Dividend Achievers ETF (PFM)Expense ratio: 0.55% per yearThe Invesco Dividend Achievers ETF (NASDAQ:PFM) is not a dividend aristocrats ETF, but it does offer quality exposure to domestic large-caps with dividend increase streaks of at least a decade.There is often some intersection of dividends and the value factor, but PFM does allocate over 20% of its weight to growth stocks. Eight of PFM's top 10 holdings are members of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. With the dividend increase streak requirement of 10 years, PFM is heavy on sectors found in traditional dividend aristocrats ETFs, including consumer staples and industrials.The rub with PFM is its high fee. A slew of dividend growth strategies, including dividend aristocrats ETFs, can be had with much lower expense ratios. Vanguard International Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIGI)Expense ratio: 0.25% per yearThe Vanguard International Dividend Appreciation ETF (NASDAQ:VIGI) is not a true dividend aristocrats ETF, but as the international answer to the popular Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (NYSEARCA:VIG), VIGI does provide exposure to stocks with penchants for steadily boosting payouts. Keeping with Vanguard's tradition of low-cost leadership, VIGI is one of the most cost-effective international dividend strategies on the market today.VIGI is a blend of developed and emerging markets dividend payers, so a relevant comparison is the MSCI All-Country ex-US Index, a benchmark the Vanguard fund has trailed over the past three years. However, over the past years, VIGI is beating that benchmark with a little less volatility.VIGI holds 357 stocks with a median market capitalization of $41.4 billion. India is the fund's largest emerging market weight at 14.1% while France and the U.K. combine for 23.6%.As of this writing, Todd Shriber did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks That Won Super Bowl Sunday * 7 High-Yield ETFs for Brave Investors * 10 F-Rated Stocks That Could Break Your Portfolio Compare Brokers The post Are These 7 Dividend Aristocrats ETFs Fit for a King? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
There are some certainties when it comes to retirement investing and planning. Chief among those certainties is that investors should not put off saving for retirement. The earlier an investor starts, say in his or her 20s, the larger the retirement portfolio is likely to be given the benefit of time. Second, instruments such as exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and index funds make for ideal retirement planning investments because many of those funds carry low fees. In addition to the diversification benefits offered by many index funds, those low fees matter over time. The less an investor loses in fund fees, the more of his or her total returns are kept. Another retirement planning certainty is that Vanguard funds, be it ETFs or index funds, are great cornerstones of retirement portfolios because many of these funds offer diversification at attractive price points. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 High-Yield Monthly Dividend Stocks Here are some of the best Vanguard retirement funds for consideration by young investors. ### Vanguard Mega-Cap Growth ETF (MGK) Expense Ratio: 0.07%, or $7 annually per $10,000 invested Vanguard Mega-Cap Growth ETF (NYSEARCA:MGK) is one of the best Vanguard retirement funds for young investors for several reasons. One of those reasons is that an investor in her 20s, with a long-term time horizon, can withstand some of the gyrations associated with growth stocks. On the other hand, the MGK probably is not suitable for an investor in his 70s. Data confirm growth stocks are usually more volatile than the broader market. Last year, MGK was 300 basis points more volatile than the S&P 500 and 280 basis points more volatile than the Vanguard Mega Cap ETF (NYSEARCA:MGC), this Vanguard retirement fund's broader counterpart. Many growth funds, including MGK, are heavily allocated to the consumer discretionary and technology sectors, meaning this Vanguard retirement fund is a suitable alternative for investors that do not want to tap sector-specific products. Technology and consumer cyclical names combine for almost 55% of MGK's weight. Top 10 holdings in this Vanguard retirement fund include Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). ### Vanguard Small-Cap Value ETF (VBR) Expense Ratio: 0.07% The Vanguard Small-Cap Value ETF (NYSEARCA:VBR) is a standout among Vanguard retirement funds because there is significant long-term potency in combining the small size and value factors. Historical data confirm the usefulness of VBR as a solid Vanguard retirement fund option. "From 1928 through 2016, the S&P 500 index compounded at 9.7%, while small-cap value stocks grew at 13.5%," according to MarketWatch. VBR holds 868 stocks, giving it a deep bench relative to some other factor-based small-cap strategies. Some of the volatility associated with small caps is mitigated with this Vanguard retirement fund because, with a median market capitalization of $3.3 billion among its holdings, VBR is actually a mid-cap fund. * 10 Stocks to Sell in February VBR devotes over 54% of its combined weight to the financial services and industrial sectors. ### Vanguard International Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIGI) Expense Ratio: 0.25% International stocks or funds should be a part of well-balanced portfolios, particularly for younger investors because investors in their 20s have time on their side, meaning they can endure some of the volatility that comes with ex-U.S. investing while waiting for some of these markets to rebound after years of disappointment. As its name indicates, the Vanguard International Dividend Appreciation ETF (NASDAQ:VIGI) is a dividend ETF, which bolsters VIGI's credibility as one of the better Vanguard retirement funds. Younger investors do not need to take the dividends paid by VIGI. Rather, they can reinvest those payouts. When done over the long-term, dividend reinvestment plays a major, positive role in long-term total returns. The $1 billion VIGI holds 357 stocks, nearly 28% of which are emerging markets names. Europe is this Vanguard retirement fund's largest regional exposure at 49.10%. Over the past two years, VIGI is beating the MSCI All-Country Ex-US Index by nearly 400 basis points while displaying comparable volatility to that international benchmark. As of this writing, Todd Shriber did not own a position in any of the aforementioned securities. ### More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 of the Best Stocks to Buy for a Dovish Federal Reserve * 5 Best Fidelity ETFs for Retirement Savers * 7 Blue-Chip Stocks That Could Lead the Market Higher Compare Brokers The post The 3 Best Vanguard Retirement Funds to Buy in Your 20s appeared first on InvestorPlace.
With the Federal Reserve continuing its course of raising interest rates, some investors may think income stocks and the related exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are vulnerable or destined to produce lagging returns. On the back of recent strength, the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (NYSEARCA:VIG), the largest U.S. dividend ETF by assets, is up 11.3% year-to-date, just ahead of the 10.8% returned by the S&P 500. When it comes to income stocks, data suggest there is more good news than bad on the dividend growth front.
Rising interest rates can be a bane for dividend stocks and high-yielding, income-oriented sectors, but there is some positive news in the 2018 dividend outlook. Through the first half of the year, approximately 40% of S&P 500 member firms boosted dividends, potentially making some of the best funds to buy in the dividend landscape all the more attractive. Looked at differently, some of the best funds to buy need to show investors that dividend stocks are worth the extra risk relative to safer U.S. government debt.
International stocks, both of the developed and emerging markets varieties, are disappointing this year. The MSCI EAFE Index and the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, two of the most widely followed gauges of ex-U.S. equities, are both in the red while the S&P 500 is up about 7 percent. The Vanguard International Dividend Appreciation ETF (NASDAQ: VIGI) is modestly higher on a year-to-date basis.
Dividend investors looking to add some international income to their portfolios have plenty of exchange traded funds to consider. VIGI, which debuted in March 2016, is the international answer to the popular Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (NYSEArca: VIG ) , the largest U.S. dividend ETF. VIGI has rapidly gained a following with investors.
The S&P 500 gained 2.5% in the first half of the year, delivering a decent though not jaw-dropping performance. With the second half of the year, now could be an ideal time for some investors to consider reconfiguring their portfolios or buy some of the first half’s outperforming (or laggard) funds.
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