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Top 10 High-Dividend ETFs

#6: SPDR DJ Global Real Estate ETF (RWO)


RWO follows the Dow Jones Global Select Real Estate Securities Index which is a float-adjusted market capitalization index designed to measure the performance of publicly traded real estate securities in developed and emerging countries. The Index is a measure of the types of global real estate securities that represent the ownership and operation of commercial or residential real estate. The fund was launched in May 2008. The expense ratio is .50%. AUM equal $306 million and average daily trading volume is 80K shares. As of mid-December 2011 the annual dividend yield was 7.65% and YTD return was -4.18%.


RWO Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

Data as of December, 2011

  1. Simon Property Group Inc (SPG): 6.17%
  2. Unibail-Rodamco SE (UL): 3.02%
  3. Public Storage (PSA): 2.99%
  4. Westfield Group (WDC): 2.85%
  5. Equity Residential (EQR): 2.84%
  6. Brookfield Asset Management, Inc. (BAM): 2.66%
  7. HCP Inc (HCP): 2.65%
  8. Vornado Realty Trust Shs of Benef Int (VNO): 2.50%
  9. Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. (8801): 2.45%
  10. Ventas Inc (VTR): 2.39%


#7: WisdomTree Australia Dividend ETF (AUSE)


AUSE follows the WisdomTree Australia Dividend Index is a fundamentally weighted index that measures the performance of high-dividend yielding companies in Australia. The index is comprised of dividend paying companies incorporated in Australia with a minimum market capitalization of $1.0 billion. The index is comprised of the ten largest qualifying companies from each sector ranked by market capitalization. The fund was launched in June 2006. The expense ratio is .58%. AUM equal $54 million and average daily trading volume is low at 7K shares. As of mid-December 2011 the annual dividend yield was 6.58% and YTD return was -5.35%.


AUSE Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

Data as of December, 2011

  1. Telstra Corp Ltd (TTRAF): 4.00%
  2. Foster's Group Limited (FGL): 3.18%
  3. Myer Holdings Limited (MYR): 3.14%
  4. Metcash Limited (MTS): 2.98%
  5. Westpac Banking Corp (WBC): 2.98%
  6. Australia & New Zealand Banking Grp Ltd. (ANEWF): 2.65%
  7. David Jones Limited (DJS): 2.57%
  8. QBE Insurance Group Ltd (QBE): 2.52%
  9. Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA): 2.50%
  10. National Australia Bank Limited (NAB): 2.50%


#8: WisdomTree International Dividend ex-Financials ETF (DOO)


DOO follows the WisdomTree International Dividend ex-Financials Index measures the performance of high dividend-yielding international stocks outside the financial sector. The index consists primarily of large- and mid-capitalization companies incorporated in Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore that pass WisdomTree Investments market capitalization, liquidity and selection requirements. The fund was launched in June 2006. The expense ratio is .58%. AUM equal $250 million and average daily trading volume is 133K shares. As of mid-December 2011 the annual dividend yield was 4.60% and YTD return was -5.02%.

DOO Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

Data as of December, 2011

  1. Telstra Corp Ltd (TTRAF): 3.24%
  2. Foster's Group Limited (FGL): 2.40%
  3. Nokia Oyj (NOK1V): 2.26%
  4. Telefonica SA (TEF): 1.95%
  5. Belgacom SA (BELG): 1.94%
  6. France Telecom SA (FTE): 1.92%
  7. Koninklijke (Royal) KPN NV (KPN): 1.72%
  8. Rwe AG (RWE): 1.64%
  9. E.ON Aktiengesellschaft (EOAN): 1.62%
  10. Vodafone Group PLC (VODPF): 1.59%

#9: WisdomTree DEFA High-Yielding ETF (DTH)  


DTH follows the WisdomTree DEFA Equity Income Index is a fundamentally weighted Index that measures the performance of companies with high dividend yields selected from the WisdomTree DEFA Index. At the index measurement date, companies within the WisdomTree DEFA Index with market capitalizations of at least $200 million and average daily trading volumes of at least $200,000 for the prior three months are ranked by dividend yield. The fund was launched in June 2006. The expense ratio is .58%. AUM equal $140 million and average daily trading volume is 21K shares. As of mid-December 2011 the annual dividend yield was 5.26% and YTD return was -4.67%.


DTH Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

Data as of December, 2011

  1. Vodafone Group PLC (VODPF): 2.89%
  2. Telefonica SA (TEF): 2.84%
  3. China Mobile Ltd. (00941): 2.74%
  4. Total SA (FP): 2.48%
  5. Westpac Banking Corp (WBC): 2.29%
  6. Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA): 2.28%
  7. GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GLAXF): 2.19%
  8. HSBC Holdings PLC (HBCYF): 2.10%
  9. Novartis AG (NVSEF): 2.05%
  10. Banco Santander SA (SAN): 1.93%


#10: Global X Canada Preferred ETF (CNPF)


CNPF follows the Solactive Canada Preferred Index which tracks the performance of a select group of preferred stocks from Canadian issues that trade on the TSE. The Underlying Index is comprised of preferred shares that meet certain criteria relating to size, liquidity, issuer rating, maturity and other requirements as determined by Structured Solutions AG. The fund launched quite recently in May 2011. The expense ratio is .58%. AUM are only at $10 million and average daily trading volume is less than 12K shares. As of mid-December it's difficult to gauge the annual dividend yield. The fund states the 30 day SEC Yield at 9.54% and the distribution yield at 5.35%. The YTD return is -14.41%.


CNPF Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

Data as of December, 2011

  1. Transcanada Pfd: 3.81%
  2. CIBC Pfd: 3.04%
  3. Manulife Finl Pfd: 2.90%
  4. RBC NCP 1st-AV: 2.88%
  5. Bank of Montreal Pfd: 2.85%
  6. Royal Bank Of Canada: 2.78%
  7. CIBC Pfd: 2.68%
  8. Husky Engy Pfd: 2.59%
  9. Transalta Pfd: 2.55%
  10. Toronto Dominion Bank Pfd: 2.52%


We've tried to provide an assortment of ETFs within the high yield space where those heavily weighted by the financial sector are mixed with energy and international. We would recommend investors use an assortment of issues to avoid undue concentration where any one sector is featured. This would reduce risk.

Given the overall demographics of the investing public and tone of markets there will be an ongoing demand for ETFs with yield. Some newer entries include IPFF (iShares International Preferred ETF) and SDIV (Global X Super Dividend ETF), both recent launches.

It's important to remember that ETF sponsors have their own competitive business interests when issuing products which may not necessarily align with your investment needs. New ETFs from highly regarded and substantial new providers are also being issued. These may include Charles Schwab's ETFs and Scottrade's Focus Shares which both are issuing new ETFs with low expense ratios and commission free trading at their respective firms. These may also become popular as they become seasoned. 

For further information about portfolio structures using technical indicators like DeMark and other indicators, take a free 14-day trial at ETF Digest . Follow us on Twitter and Facebook as well and join our group conversations.

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The ETF Digest has no current positions in the featured ETFs.

(Source for data is from ETF sponsors and various ETF data providers)

This commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet guest contributor program. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of TheStreet or its management.

Dave Fry is founder and publisher of ETF Digest, Dave's Daily blog and the best-selling book author of Create Your Own ETF Hedge Fund, A DIY Strategy for Private Wealth Management, published by Wiley Finance in 2008. A detailed bio is here: Dave Fry.

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