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Max Manturov

Max Manturov

Head of investment research regulated by CySec 22.04.2021

A Conservative Portfolio: How to Get Regular Income with Dividend Stocks

Those who prefer stable earnings with low risk are referred to as conservative investors. Dividend stocks of large companies may prove to be a good option for them, as such assets tend to perform better than the market in general when it comes to correction. Buying dividend stock ETF's may become a great solution for a highly diversified portfolio. Our analysts picked three very well structured ETFs that would help you minimize your portfolio risks.

1. SPDR S&P Dividend ETF

Current Price: $120

Ticker: SDY.US

SPDR S&P Dividend ETF is a great option for those who are looking for a steadily increasing passive income. The fund is based upon the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats Index and picks only the most high-yield the equities. A requirement that must always be complied with is that the company should increase its dividend payout every year over at least the last 25 years. With this approach, SDY invests only in such companies that will most likely continue paying dividends going forward, which makes it a good option for conservative investors and helps tackle the inflation.

Key Facts:

Assets under management: $19.12B

Dividend yield: 2.60%

Expense Ratio: 0.35%

Number of stocks in ETF: 113

Companies with the largest share:

  • Exxon Mobil Corporation: 3.38%
  • AT&T, Inc.: 2.53%
  • People’s United Financial, Inc.: 2.37%
  • Chevron Corporation: 2.30%
  • Federal Realty Investment Trust: 2.02%

Countries with the largest share: US, 95.40%

Sectors with the largest share: Finance, 24%

Average P/E ratio: 18.40х

YTD yield: 15.10%

Please make sure to read SPDR S&P Dividend ETF's Key Information Document (KID) before making any transaction.

2. Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF

Current Price: $102.50

Ticker: VYM.US

Vanguard ETF tracks the FTSE High Dividend Yield Index and includes the stocks of large cap companies with dividend payouts. These are mostly value companies that have low market price, but high turnover and profit. Out of such companies, only the most high-yield ones are picked. Most of such companies have low risk, as they work in stable sectors and have a good cash flow.

Key Facts:

Assets under management: $36.70B

Dividend yield: 2.92%

Expense Ratio: 0.06%

Number of stocks in ETF: 417

Companies with the largest share:

  • JPMorgan Chase & Co: 3,61%
  • Johnson & Johnson: 3.40%
  • Procter & Gamble Company: 2.59%
  • Home Depot, Inc.: 2.57%
  • Bank of America, Corp.: 2.34%.

Countries with the largest share: US, 96.2%

Sectors with the largest share: Finance, 21.9%

Average P/E ratio: 19.60х

YTD yield: 12.70%

Please view Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF's Key Information Document (KID) before making an investment.

3. Schwab US Dividend Equity ETF

Current Price: $74.40

Ticker: SCHD.US

Schwab ETF tracks Dow Jones U.S. Dividend 100 Index, which has high yield companies that have been paying dividends for at least 10 years. 100 stocks are selected based on their financial sustainability using a special scoring system.

There are some diversification rules, too, such as:

  • Any stock may not have more than 5% of the index
  • Any particular sector may not exceed 25%

There are some other figures, too, such as dividend payout increase and dividend yield. This offers one an opportunity to get more dividend payout than elsewhere in the market.

Key Facts:

Assets under management: $22.45B

Dividend yield: 2.79%

Expense Ratio: 0.06%

Number of stocks in ETF: 102

Companies with the largest share:

  • Home Depot, Inc.: 4.60%
  • Texas Instruments Incorporated: 4.23%
  • Amgen, Inc.: 4.15%
  • Pfizer, Inc.: 4.12%
  • Broadcom, Inc.: 4.09%

Countries with the largest share: US, 99.10%

Sectors with the largest share: Finance, 21.40%

Average P/E ratio: 17.70х

YTD yield: 16.80%

You can view more information on Schwab US Dividend Equity ETF in its Key Information Document (KID); make sure to check it out!

How to Buy ETFs?

If you don't have an investment account yet, open it now: this can be done online, in just 10 minutes. All you need to do is fill out a short form and verify your account.

After opening an account, you can buy ETFs in either of the following ways:

Freedom24 Web Platform: In the Web Terminal section, type SCHD.US (Schwab US Dividend Equity ETF ticker), VYM.US (Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF ticker), and SDY.US (SPDR S&P Dividend ETF ticker) in the search box, and select the appropriate ETF in the results. Open a secure session in the trading window on the right, select the number of securities you want to buy, and click Buy.

Freedom24 iPhone or Android App: Go to the Price screen and tab the search icon in the top right corner. In the search dialog that will show up, type SCHD.US (Schwab US Dividend Equity ETF ticker), VYM.US (Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF ticker), and SDY.US (SPDR S&P Dividend ETF ticker), and select the appropriate ETF in the results. You will then see the ETF in the market watch; tap it and go to the Order tab in the dialog that shows up. Specify the number of securities you want to buy and click Buy.


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  • Sources of information

    https://www.spglobal.com/spdji/en/indices/strategy/sp-high-yield-dividend-aristocrats-index/#overview

    https://www.ssga.com/uk/en_gb/intermediary/etfs/fund-finder?tab=documents

    https://www.ftserussell.com/products/indices/high-dividend-yield

    https://global.vanguard.com/portal/site/kiids/lu/en/documents

    https://www.spglobal.com/spdji/en/indices/strategy/dow-jones-us-dividend-100-index/#overview

    https://www.schwabassetmanagement.com/products/schd

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