This ETF is linked to the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats Index, which offers 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. SDY is linked to an index consisting of roughly 60 holdings and exposure is tilted most heavily towards consumer, utilities, and industrials. Securities are chosen for inclusion in the fund based on their current yield; only the highest yielding companies are chosen and these firms must have increased dividends every year for at least 25 consecutive years. Thanks to this focus, SDY only invests in companies that are most likely to continue to pay out dividends in the future making it a solid pick for dividend focused investors even if the diversification is a little lacking.
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