Don't Forget About Dividends

Capital gains tend to grab the headlines but dividends are the hard-working silent partner in our stock portfolios

Alastair Kellett 22 February, 2013 | 9:41AM
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In the world of equity investing, capital gains tend to grab the headlines. When most of us buy a stock, we dream about its share price quadrupling to give us an outsized profit on the deal. But dividends are the hard-working silent partner in our stock portfolios, chugging away behind the scenes and often adding up meaningfully over time and forming a large part of our total return. For those seeking a low-cost vehicle for diversified exposure to dividend-paying companies, a decent choice is the SPDR S&P US Dividend Aristocrats UCITS ETF (UDVD).

Launched in October 2011, this ETF has grown to a size of roughly $800 million. It carries a total expense ratio (TER) of 0.35% per year, which puts it in line with other ETFs focused on large cap, US equities. The underlying benchmark, S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats Index, has a dividend yield of 3.02%, compared to 2.19% for the broad S&P 500 Index. 

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Alphabet Inc A2,694.53 USD-0.77Rating Inc3,327.59 USD-7.56Rating
Apple Inc145.86 USD0.15Rating
McDonald's Corp242.71 USD-0.54Rating
Procter & Gamble Co142.23 USD1.97Rating

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Alastair Kellett

Alastair Kellett  is an ETF analyst with Morningstar Europe.

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