NEW YORK ( ETF Digest) -- We feature those dividend-related ETFs that have a much more aggressive focus on dividends and yield versus more established sectors. Sometimes the focus on dividends to exclusion of other considerations can lead to trouble. Some of the higher yielding ETFs that follow are sourced from more volatile areas of the world and may focus on troubled sectors like financials where reliability of the dividend stream may be questioned. That said, there is a rapidly expanding list of ETFs from which to choose. This is occasioned in part by equity market volatility leading investors to perceived safer havens. Of perhaps a greater impact is the low levels of yields available from traditional sources like bonds. Low interest rates have combined with current aging demographics increasing demand for income.
To simplify matters for investors we've whittled choices down to 10. That said, there are many more we could add to this list and our choices may be too short given the rapidly expanding issuance. The issues chosen represent a broad cross section of domestic, global, overseas, real estate (REITs) and other sectors from a variety of sponsors. Hopefully, reducing the list will make sorting through the sector more manageable for most investors. Within each category we filter them by placing importance on high assets under management, liquidity and/or strategies that make a difference the most critical tests. Newer issues tied to new indexes with long (over 5 years) of historical data may be worth investigating, featuring and using as alternatives if necessary. Remember, just searching for the highest dividend yields can lead to troubled sectors where the ability to maintain the dividend may become questionable. We feature a technical view of conditions from monthly chart views. Simplistically, we recommend longer-term investors stay on the right side of the 12 month simple moving average. When prices are above the moving average, stay long, and when below remain in cash or short. Some more interested in a fundamental approach may not care so much about technical issues preferring instead to buy when prices are perceived as low and sell for other reasons when high; but, this is not our approach. Premium members to the ETF Digest receive added signals when markets become extended such as DeMark triggers to exit overbought/oversold conditions.