The Osbon Minute
Surviving the Income Famine
Dividends provide an alternative as interest rates stay low
With interest rates at historic lows, investors face a frustrating dilemma how to generate current income and protect capital. Low bond yields have discouraged many investors from buying more than one or two years out, and money market rates are essentially zero. The situation has driven some to sell off assets to sustain their desired lifestyles, and left others wondering what to do.
In many cases, the answer may be dividends shifting some of the income production burden to equity dividends.
Dividends can be attractive for a variety of reasons:
Many exchange traded funds (ETFs) offer access to reasonable dividend returns. For instance, below is a list of 17 dividend-producing international index ETFs we have surveyed at Osbon Capital, with accompanying expense ratios, assets, and dividend yields for the last twelve months. All of these ETFs, representing many diverse geographies and industry sectors, have twelve-month yields of at least three percent. By comparison, the 10-year Treasury yield is 2.57%.
We utilize these ETFs (and many others), carefully vetted from the nearly 1000 ETFs now available, because we feel they accurately track the performance of distinct asset classes and provide diversification, while controlling expenses and managing tax exposure.
Of course, a good yield alone does not make an ETF the right choice. We use technology from Windham Capital to determine asset allocations and model portfolios appropriate for the specific goals, time horizons, and risk tolerance of investors.
Interest rates will rise someday, but in the meantime don't forget the income generating possibilities of dividend equities.
1WisdomTree.com, US Bureau of Labor 2010
September 27, 2010
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All data provided by Bloomberg. Assets and expense ratios are most recently reported as of September 20, 2010. Twelve month yield is based on dividends paid during the one year period ending September 20, 2010. Future yield may be higher or lower.
This is a partial list of ETFs utilized by Osbon Capital. We receive no compensation of any kind from these funds or fund families.
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