This ETF is one of several options available to investors looking to focus equity exposure on dividend-paying stocks; the underlying index screens the equity universe by factors such as dividend per share growth rate, dividend payout percentage rate, and dividend yield. Given this focus, DVY may be useful as a core component within a long-term portfolio, though investors should note that there will likely be a material bias towards value stocks and certain sectors of the U.S. economy such as utilities. DVY can also be effective as a tactical tool, shifting holdings towards companies that will often exhibit lower volatility in certain environments. The underlying portfolio is somewhat shallow with only about 100 stocks, but well balanced across those names that do make up the related benchmark. DVY is relatively efficient from a cost perspective, with an expense ratio comparable to funds offering similar exposure. FVD, VYM, and SDY are just a few of the many ETFs focused on large cap dividend paying companies; investors seeking exposure to this corner of the U.S. equity market have plenty of ETF options to choose from.
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