NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- One long-standing investment strategy is called the Dogs of the Dow.
At the start of the year, you build a portfolio with the 10 highest-yielding stocks in the
Dow Jones Industrial Average
and then reconstitute the portfolio a year later.
This is a contrarian strategy because stocks with relatively high yields have those high yields because they have underperformed. Last year's laggards, the thinking goes, will be this year's leaders.
A year ago ETF provider
ALPS Sector Dividend Dogs ETF
, which owns the five highest-yielding stocks from each of the 10
sectors. Each stock in the fund is targeted at a 2% weight, and each sector is targeted at a 10% weight. Since inception SDOG, has outperformed the S&P 500 by three percentage points with a higher yield.
Looking to repeat that success of a foreign scale, ALPS last week launched the
ALPS International Sector Dividend Dogs ETF
. IDOG will target developed countries excluding the U.S. and Canada. Similar to SDOG, IDOG owns the five highest-yielding stocks from each of the 10 sectors, with each stock targeting a 2% weight in the fund and each sector having a 10% weight.
IDOG will pay a quarterly dividend, but it too early for any specific yield information. It is worth noting that foreign companies often only pay a dividend once or twice a year so IDOG's payouts could be uneven.
The country breakdown is very similar to the
iShares MSCI EAFE ETF
. Japan is the largest country at 18%, followed by the U.K. at 12% and Finland and Australia, each with a bit less than 10%.
The country weightings are similar to EFA, which may not be a good thing. The Japanese market was white-hot earlier this year before falling 20% in the last few weeks.
The European markets, which make up a bit more than 50% of the fund, have generally not been doing well for a long time. To the extent that the weak performance has been because of poor fundamentals, it may still be a while before the fundamentals in these countries start to improve.