Commentary provided by Rui Wang, CLS Investment Research Analyst

The 2012 market rally has continued into 2013, and high dividend stocks continue to generate decent gains. As the chart below shows, two major high dividend ETFs have outperformed the iShares Core S&P ETF (Ticker: IVV) so far this year.

Rui Graph

Alpha. Often considered to represent the value that a portfolio manager adds to or subtracts from a fund’s return.

There are two major advantages of high dividend stocks that may help  to generate a sizable alpha:

  1. As the Fed continues to pursue its low-rate policy in the intermediate term, high dividend stock portfolios may be a better income alternative compared to lower yielding intermediate term treasuries.
  2. Most high dividend payers are from defensive sectors like consumer staples and utilities. They tend to be less volatile and may perform better when the market uncertainty is high.

All of CLS’s proprietary mutual funds hold at least one of these high dividend ETFs. We are comfortable with  these positions and will continue to hold these securities if the current market environment doesn’t change.





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