Equity: U.S. - High Dividend Yield

FVD Top Performer Intra-day
Price $29.48
Today’s Change +0.05%(0.17)
4:00pm 07/21/2017
HDV Bottom Performer Intra-day
Price $83.37
Today’s Change -0.26%(-0.31)
4:00pm 07/21/2017
  • Overview
  • Efficiency
  • Tradability
  • Fit

ETF.com Insight

The US high-dividend yield segment continues to demonstrate very strong investor interest, with roughly half of the funds holding more than $1B each.
With bond yields at historic lows,exposure differences drive performance equity income has become an increasingly popular strategy. Investors now have more than a dozen funds to choose from in this space, each with its own way of selecting, weighting and defining the high-yield market. Screens range from those that require companies to have a 12-month history of rising dividends to those that require 25 years of rising payouts. There are funds with narrow portfolios of 50 names, and funds that hold nearly 1,000. Some funds tilt toward utilities, while others tilt toward health care, energy or tech.
Perhaps most critically, dividend yields range from 2% to over 6%. Choosing the right fund comes down to parsing these choices. Do you want a portfolio that’s heavy on utilities with broad-based exposure to the dividend market? DVY, the $15B behemoth in the space, is a good choice. Do you want a fund that only buys the most stalwart dividend payers? SDY, which requires 25 consecutive years of dividend payouts, fits the bill (although its stringency drives down yield). Like Technology? Try VYM. Health care? Either HDV or DHS. Low beta? High beta? Large-cap? Small-cap? The choice is yours, and differences drive performance.
While investors target this space first for yield, there is a major difference in total returns between the various funds: Over the past year, the difference between the best- and worst-performing funds in this segment was about 10%—a number greater than the difference in yields. While most of the funds trade well, holding costs differ radically, so long-term investors will want to ensure they really like the more expensive options. (Insight updated 07/21/17)

All Funds (14)

VYM $18.59 B 18587745232.12 cheap to own and trade

A 94
E
99
99
T
100
100
F
94
94

SCHD $5.66 B 5655771836.4 low all in costs

A 84
E
100
100
T
99
99
F
84
84

FDL $1.7 B 1703197756.444 higher holding costs but trades well

A 76
E
91
91
T
99
99
F
76
76

DHS $1.23 B 1228504830 trades well

A 73
E
92
92
T
95
95
F
73
73

SDY $15.61 B 15609335138.57 screens for 20 years of rising dividends

A 70
E
93
93
T
99
99
F
70
70

HDV $6.27 B 6274402240 low all in costs

A 67
E
100
100
T
100
100
F
67
67

DVY $17.1 B 17102596500 Hugely popular

A 64
E
94
94
T
99
99
F
64
64

PEY $914.73 M 914733400 higher holding costs

A 61
E
89
89
T
97
97
F
61
61

FVD $3.76 B 3761989557.296 high holding costs

B 72
E
82
82
T
98
98
F
72
72

DIV $412.37 M 412373951.13486 Low volatility overlay

B 36
E
80
80
T
90
90
F
36
36

RDIV $505.54 M 505537025 modest investor interest to date

B 36
E
85
85
T
95
95
F
36
36

WBIY $36.47 M 36465000 N/A

F 39
E
51
51
T
72
72
F
39
39

ELKU $2.88 M 2878457.568 N/A

N/A 0
E
0
-1
T
0
-1
F
0
-1

VLML $10.23 M 10228504.5 new; trade with care

F 68
E
43
43
T
61
61
F
68
68

ETF.com Grade as 07/13/17

Equity: U.S. - High Dividend Yield

Performance Dispersion
Performance  [as of 07/20/17] 1 Month 3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years 10 Years
Benchmark: MSCI USA IMI High Yield Dividend0.61%4.51%8.55%13.44%10.08%14.35%8.27%
A 93.52002VYM18587745232.12VYMVanguard High Dividend Yield ETF0.67%3.74%6.23%11.19%9.11%13.81%7.08%
A 83.730952SCHD5655771836.4SCHDSchwab US Dividend Equity ETF-0.22%3.46%6.23%9.68%8.59%13.44%--
A 75.557626FDL1703197756.444FDLFirst Trust Morningstar Dividend Leaders Index Fund-1.40%-0.22%3.30%5.91%9.03%12.04%5.87%
A 73.332782DHS1228504830DHSWisdomTree U.S. High Dividend Fund-0.53%1.36%3.81%4.25%8.20%11.92%5.47%
A 69.794374SDY15609335138.57SDYSPDR S&P Dividend ETF0.27%2.76%6.22%7.98%10.82%14.71%8.16%
A 67.277226HDV6274402240HDViShares Core High Dividend ETF-1.20%1.39%3.44%3.31%7.03%10.49%--
A 64.277299DVY17102596500DVYiShares Select Dividend ETF-0.11%2.69%6.62%10.36%10.50%13.86%6.44%
A 60.804843PEY914733400PEYPowerShares High Yield Equity Dividend Achievers Portfolio0.48%0.86%2.13%10.57%14.02%16.67%5.62%
B 71.983716FVD3761989557.296FVDFirst Trust Value Line Dividend Index Fund-0.39%2.30%6.12%9.97%11.37%14.44%8.56%
B 35.911076DIV412373951.13486DIVGlobal X SuperDividend US ETF0.13%2.44%6.61%6.12%2.39%----
B 35.878232RDIV505537025RDIVOppenheimer Ultra Dividend Revenue ETF2.09%-1.65%0.33%6.48%10.45%----
F 39.355298WBIY36465000WBIYWBI Power Factor High Dividend ETF1.12%1.37%0.29%--------
N/A 0ELKU2878457.568ELKUElkhorn FTSE RAFI U.S. Equity Income ETF1.45%2.31%3.34%16.72%------
F 67.588087582932VLML10228504.5VLMLDirexion Value Line Mid- and Large-Cap High Dividend-3.31%2.61%----------
All returns over 1 year are annualized. All returns are total returns unless otherwise stated.

ETF.com Efficiency Insight

Costs matter in the high-dividend yield space. After all, if an investor is searching for yield, every penny paid in expenses is a penny lost on yield. And the costs here vary widely, fromFunds like VIG and VYM tend to cost even less than their headline fee SCHD's 0.07% to FVD’s and DIVC's 0.70%.
Real world holding costs—measured by our rolling one-year tracking differences—vary even more. Funds like VIG and VYM—cheap as they are—tend to cost even less than their headline fee, a remarkable feat. In contrast, FVD’s high-fee offering costs closer to 100 bps for a typical 1 year period. The bottom line for investors with longer time horizons is to check both the fee and the median tracking difference. Let small differences go, but large discrepancies in costs should factor into your long term allocation decision.
Asset levels also vary greatly in the segment. Investor interest in yield plays remains very strong. Roughly a half-dozen funds have more than $1B in AUM each, and no fund faces elevated closure risk.
All funds in the segment are tax efficient, removing another worry for investors. No fund in the segment has paid a capital gain in the past 3 years.
Overall, the segment offers a broad group of efficient funds, with their scores generally in proportion to their fees. (Insight updated 07/21/17)

All Funds (14)

99
98.537768
94
93.579221
93
92.879495
92
91.590963
91
90.604475
89
89.473729
85
85.275059
82
81.794356
80
79.663677
51
51.143903
100
100
100
100
N/A
0
43
43.074787407848

ETF.com Grade as 07/13/17

Equity: U.S. - High Dividend Yield

Tracking Difference (12 Month)

Ticker Expense Ratio Median Max. Upside Max. Downside Max LT/ST Cap Gains Rate Rule Legal Structure Fund Closure Risk Efficiency
DHS WisdomTree U.S. High Dividend Fund 0.38% -0.47% -0.37% -0.67% 20.00% / 39.60% Low 91.590963
VYM Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF 0.08% -0.09% -0.06% -0.13% 20.00% / 39.60% Low 98.537768
DIV Global X SuperDividend US ETF 0.45% -1.47% -1.14% -1.82% 20.00% / 39.60% Low 79.663677
DVY iShares Select Dividend ETF 0.39% -0.49% -0.44% -0.54% 20.00% / 39.60% Low 93.579221
WBIY WBI Power Factor High Dividend ETF 0.67% -- -- -- 20.00% / 39.60% Medium 51.143903
FDL First Trust Morningstar Dividend Leaders Index Fund 0.45% -0.62% -0.49% -0.75% 20.00% / 39.60% Low 90.604475
FVD First Trust Value Line Dividend Index Fund 0.70% -0.97% -0.81% -1.13% 20.00% / 39.60% Low 81.794356
HDV iShares Core High Dividend ETF 0.08% -0.10% -0.06% -0.14% 20.00% / 39.60% Low 100
PEY PowerShares High Yield Equity Dividend Achievers Portfolio 0.54% -0.63% -0.57% -0.73% 20.00% / 39.60% Low 89.473729
RDIV Oppenheimer Ultra Dividend Revenue ETF 0.39% -1.35% -0.63% -1.77% 20.00% / 39.60% Low 85.275059
SCHD Schwab US Dividend Equity ETF 0.07% -0.15% -0.10% -0.21% 20.00% / 39.60% Low 100
SDY SPDR S&P Dividend ETF 0.35% -0.46% -0.40% -0.57% 20.00% / 39.60% Low 92.879495
ELKU Elkhorn FTSE RAFI U.S. Equity Income ETF -- -- -- 20.00% / 39.60% Closing 0
VLML Direxion Value Line Mid- and Large-Cap High Dividend -- -- -- 20.00% / 39.60% High 43.074787407848

ETF.com Tradability Insight

Almost all funds in the segment offer sufficient liquidity for retail and institutional investors. The liquid funds trade at spreads of 10 bps or tighter, and trade more than $1M mostActive traders can find the best on-screen liquidity in DVY, SDY, VIG and VYM days.

Active traders can find the best on-screen liquidity in DVY, SDY, VIG and VYM, all of which trade over $50 million a day with tiny spreads. HDV and SCHD aren’t too far behind the lead pack and offer ample liquidity for most investor needs.

The exceptions are PFM, RDIMV and DIVC. PFM trades more than $600K most days, at spreads of 13 bps, so most investors can get in and out fairly with some effort. RDIV has similar liquidity, which is to say workable but not great. DIVC lags the pack with wider spreads and anemic volume.

 (Insight updated 07/21/17)

All Funds (14)

100
99.676722
100
99.522676
99
99.367992
99
98.889711
99
98.829103
99
98.602329
98
98.359577
97
96.851147
95
95.342443
95
95.31566
90
89.874749
72
72.247345
N/A
0
61
61.353201522939

ETF.com Grade as 07/13/17

Equity: U.S. - High Dividend Yield

Ticker Median Daily Volume ($) Average Spread Creation Unit/Day Market Hours Overlap Underlying Volume/Unit % Creation Cost Per Unit (%) Impediment to Creations Score - Tradability
DHS WisdomTree U.S. High Dividend Fund $2.0 M 0.07% 0.58 100.00% 0.01% 0.03% None 95.342443
DIV Global X SuperDividend US ETF $1.48 M 0.14% 1.17 100.00% 0.45% 0.04% None 89.874749
DVY iShares Select Dividend ETF $46.34 M 0.01% 10.12 100.00% 0.08% 0.01% None 98.889711
FDL First Trust Morningstar Dividend Leaders Index Fund $4.32 M 0.04% 3.05 100.00% 0.01% 0.04% None 98.602329
FVD First Trust Value Line Dividend Index Fund $15.23 M 0.04% 10.46 100.00% 0.02% 0.03% None 98.359577
HDV iShares Core High Dividend ETF $21.34 M 0.02% 5.14 100.00% 0.03% 0.01% None 99.522676
PEY PowerShares High Yield Equity Dividend Achievers Portfolio $2.55 M 0.07% 3.03 100.00% 0.04% 0.06% None 96.851147
RDIV Oppenheimer Ultra Dividend Revenue ETF $2.31 M 0.14% 1.40 99.00% 0.04% 0.03% None 95.31566
SCHD Schwab US Dividend Equity ETF $17.83 M 0.03% 7.94 100.00% 0.01% 0.01% None 99.367992
SDY SPDR S&P Dividend ETF $35.83 M 0.02% 7.98 100.00% 0.08% 0.01% None 98.829103
VYM Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF $46.84 M 0.01% 24.07 100.00% 0.01% 0.01% None 99.676722
WBIY WBI Power Factor High Dividend ETF $168.81 K 0.07% 0.14 100.00% 0.03% 0.04% None 72.247345
ELKU Elkhorn FTSE RAFI U.S. Equity Income ETF $1.39 K 0.00 100.00% 0.01% 0.03% None 0
VLML Direxion Value Line Mid- and Large-Cap High Dividend $0 0.00 100.00% 0.04% 0.04% None 61.353201522939

ETF.com/ Block Liquidity

DHS
5
4
3
2
1
DVY
5
4
3
2
1
FDL
5
4
3
2
1
FVD
5
4
3
2
1
HDV
5
4
3
2
1
PEY
5
4
3
2
1
RDIV
5
4
3
2
1
SCHD
5
4
3
2
1
SDY
5
4
3
2
1
VYM
5
4
3
2
1
WBIY
5
4
3
2
1
DIV
5
4
3
2
1
ELKU
5
4
3
2
1
VLML
5
4
3
2
1

This measurement shows how easy it is to trade 25,000 shares of each ETF.

ETF.com Fit Insight

The funds in this segment provide a wide range of exposures, as evidenced by the 10% total return spread between the best- and worst-performing ETF in the segment over the pastDIV and RDIV show very high portfolio yields but differ radically from our benchmark year.
DVY focuses on firms that have a 5-year history of paying consistent, sustainable, and rising dividends, and weights firms by price. DVY’s portfolio has a smaller average market cap than most competing funds and carries one of the heaviest weightings to utilities firms—roughly 1/3 of the portfolio. DHS offers a broad portfolio with nearly 1,000 names (once one accounts for the ETFs it holds) with one of the more attractive yields in the segment. DHS has a much smaller stake in utilities, but overweights telecom and financials. Investors who like the health care and telecom sectors can amplify that exposure further with HDV, which has strong yield and takes huge positions in mega-cap stocks like AT&T and J&J.
The two PowerShares funds have very different exposures thanks to two very different approaches. PEY holds the 50 highest-yielding companies in its selection universe with 10 years of increasing dividends, which causes it to tilt small, but also boosts its yield. PFM, meanwhile, has a larger basket that favors larger firms and carries a much lower yield. The two funds also differ in their sector concentrations, with PEY focused on utilities and financials and PFM focused on energy and consumer stocks.
First Trust also offers two very different funds in FVD and FDL. FVD equally weights its portfolio of about 200 holdings, using the Value Line proprietary dividend safety model to screen firms. FDL’s market-cap-weighted portfolio offers the higher yield thanks to a concentrated portfolio that has huge positions in the largest dividend-paying firms in the country, like AT&T and Chevron. This leads to big overweights to utilities and telecom firms.
SDY and VIG, two of the segment’s most popular funds, further highlight how different yield-hungry investors are. VIG tilts nearly twice as large, and carries less yield as it focuses on dividend appreciation, which gives it’s a growthier feel. SDY overweights financials and materials, while VIG gives industrial and consumer stocks big bumps.
VYM offers one of the broader portfolios in the segment, with very few sector bets and a yield that is roughly equal to our benchmark. HDV carries the greatest health care exposure of the group along with a large overweighting to telecom firms. SCHD underweights financials significantly, but allocates the difference to consumer non-cyclicals. Newer entrants DIV and RDIV show very high portfolio yields but differ radically from our benchmark. DIVC, another new offering, takes the opposite approach by foregoing yield altogether and focusing instead on the long term growth prospects of high dividend payers. (Insight updated 07/21/17)

All Funds (14)

94
93.52002
84
83.730952
76
75.557626
73
73.332782
72
71.983716
70
69.794374
67
67.277226
64
64.277299
61
60.804843
39
39.355298
36
35.911076
36
35.878232
N/A
0
68
67.588087582932

ETF.com Grade as 07/13/17

Equity: U.S. - High Dividend Yield