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Where should advisors look for dividends in the stock market? Here's a closer look at what S&P 500 sectors yield, how dividends have been growing (or shrinking) in relation to the overall market, and what percentage of stocks in the sector provide a dividend.
For dividend investors, who have traditionally found a haven in the sector, a plunging oil price may actually represent an opportunity.
Stock buybacks can boost shareholder value, but they're not always what they seem. Make sure your clients understand the bigger picture.
A change in S&P Dow Jones investment classifications has the potential to change both the makeup and the perception of some dividend-focused ETFs.
With investors increasingly looking to U.S. stocks and turning away from emerging market equities, many advisors are urging clients to rebalance into that sector. But each of the BRIC countries has its problems.
Many investors would like to own high-yielding stocks that have very low risk. Unfortunately, in the real world, such beasts are extremely rare. The following 10 stocks are the current yield champs in the S&P 500 index.
Materially, reinvested dividends have accounted for slightly more than 40% of the market's annualized total return from 1926 through June this year.
Do the instruments make sense in an low-rate environment? And if so, should you build them in-house? Get tips from fixed-income experts.
Even with $360 billion invested in smart beta, industry heavyweights say that more education is needed to make public aware of the strategies.
Now that 5-year performance data is available, advisors can compare performance for the ETFs.
Many studies have shown that it's difficult for active managers to consistently outperform their benchmark indexes. Recent data from Morningstar on fund flows seems to show that investors are beginning to get that message.
The strategy once known as SRI has rebranded and expanded. Here’s what you should know now about the universe of values-based strategies.
In the past, most dividend payments have continued, and many increased, even when stock prices have fallen.
Investing in mature companies entails much less risk than betting on startups -- and can be rewarding to those who are more patient.
In most bond indexes, the biggest debtors (either corporations or countries) have the largest weightings. But to some investors, that sounds a bit foolish.
Covered call writing is often seen as an alternative income strategy, but it also can enable advisors to reduce risk in a concentrated portfolio while preventing clients from getting clobbered by taxes when selling.
These pass-through vehicles often yield around 5% or 6%, though they can present tax-reporting headaches and are far from risk free.
While actual hedge funds may be limited to the very wealthy, advisors are using their strategies to reduce risk in the portfolios of everyday clients.
For advisors, the choices among alternative beta portfolios are numerous. Which ones make the most sense for clients?
Positive actions like increases and initiations hit a 35-year high for the first half, but payouts are still below the historical average.