Siegel's picks for investors who are ready to nibble away at beaten-down stocks are WisdomTree Total Dividend fund (DTD), a domestic large-cap blend fund that ranks General Electric (GE - Get Report), Citigroup (C - Get Report) and Bank of America (BAC - Get Report) among its top holdings, as well as the WisdomTree DEFA (DWM), a large-cap foreign stock fund that holds names such as HSBC (HBC) and BP (BP - Get Report).
For investors who are truly ready to take on some risk, Siegel suggests taking a look at the WisdomTree Emerging Markets High-Yielding Equity Fund (DEM), which is a fundamentally weighted index that tracks high dividend-yielding stocks selected from 19 emerging-market nations in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Companies are weighted in the index on the basis of annual cash dividends paid.
"Not too long ago, the emerging markets would see a bloodbath after one of the selloffs we've been seeing. But they are safer now than during the Asian currency crisis, for example," says Siegel. "They had depreciating currencies back then, but now they are appreciating. They are seeing capital inflows now instead of money trying to escape the country."
So if the recent credit shockwaves and hedge fund implosions won't do it, what would scare Siegel?"I would get nervous if I saw lending truly freeze up in areas outside low-quality mortgages like autos and credit cards. If that happens, the Fed will cut aggressively, but I don't see it yet," says Siegel. "As for hedge funds blowing up, that ultimately could be good for the equity market, because we will start to see some transparency again. A huge amount of money was removed from the system and hidden in places we did not know about. Now it's being discovered."