Dividend investing is not about buying high-yield stocks to generate a high income. Instead, dividend investing is all about finding solid dividend stocks that are reasonably priced and are expected to continue raising their dividends in the future. Most of the time their current yields aren’t eye-popping, but the growing divdends over time will more than compensate for the current yield. So, are Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Closed Ended Funds (CEFs) a good fit for this strategy?
A couple of years ago, I started adding select ETFs and CEFs to my income portfolio. At the time, my thought process was that these funds would diversify my risk and add a degree of stability to my income portfolio. Initially, I had high hopes for their success. Here’s what I am holding and a synopsis of how they have performed:
Vanguard Financials ETF (VFH)
Vanguard Financials ETF seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of financial stocks.
I first purchased VFH in August 2007. Like the financials it tracks, VFH’s dividend has steadily fallen from $0.45/share in October 2007 to $0.06/share in March 2009.
PowerShares International Dividend Achievers Portfolio (PID)
PID seeks to match the performance of the International Dividend Achievers Index by investing at least 90% of its total assets in dividend paying common stocks of this index. This index tracks the performance of dividend paying American Depositary Receipts or ordinary stocks trading on the NYSE, NASDAQ or AMEX.