This ETF from iShares tracks the Morningstar Dividend Yield Focus Index, which gives investors exposure to dividend paying large-cap companies that exhibit value characteristics within the U.S. equity market. Investors with a longer-term horizon should consider the importance of large cap value stocks and the benefits they can add to any well-balanced portfolio including dividends and rock solid stability. Companies within this segment are often considered some of the safest firms in the world and tend to be in more stable industries as well, potentially skewing some portfolios that are heavy in value securities. HDV is linked to an index consisting of roughly 75 holdings and exposure is tilted most heavily towards health care and consumer firms. Securities are chosen for inclusion in the fund if they have provided relatively high yields on a consistent basis. While this makes sure that only the highest paying companies are included, it does drastically cut down on the number of eligible securities and makes concentration a very real issue. As a result, investors need to make sure that they are non doubling down on equities in this fund elsewhere in their portfolio as some very large blue chips dominate this product's top holdings.
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