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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- General Electric (GE), Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) have joined a roster of
The iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend (DVY), an exchange-traded fund that tracks the Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index, is up nearly 8% year to date. The WisdomTree LargeCap Dividend Fund (DLN) ETF is up more than 9% so far in 2011.
The dividend universe has been out of favor for most retail investors the last few years, Lawrence Glazer, managing partner with Mayflower Advisors, said recently. The pendulum, however, has turned back toward the investment strategy lately as market watchers hedge against inflation and look for rising income streams. Glazer told TheStreet that Europe- and U.S.-based large-cap dividend payers "are back in vogue now, relative to what was working last year." He said that for risk-averse investors trying to generate higher less-volatile returns -- but not necessarily beat the market -- investing in developed dividend payers makes a lot of sense. Glazer suggested investors consider the "