by: Doug Fabian
We continue our examination of various exchange-traded fund (ETF) providers today by taking a look at WisdomTree. WisdomTree entered the ETF market in 2006 and is currently the fifth-largest provider of ETFs, with 62 funds.
WisdomTree’s unique value to investors is that it offers an alternative method for weighting its funds. Many ETFs follow a market-capitalization strategy, i.e. the proportion that a fund holds of its various equities reflects the ratio of those equities to each other in the stock market.
Instead of weighting its investments that way, WisdomTree looks at fundamentals in constructing its funds. WisdomTree offers two proprietary weighting systems: the Earning Stream method and the Dividend stream method. The company’s analysts have taken note, as have we, that higher and more consistent dividends are an objective indication of companies that give higher returns.
One such fund is the WisdomTree Europe SmallCap Dividend Fund (DFE). This fund has managed to retain value in the first two tumultuous months of 2014, with a year-to-date return of 0.22%. Last year’s performance featured a market-beating 40.85% return. For investors interested in additional income, the current yield is 2.39%.
In addition to equity ETFs, WisdomTree features alternative investments and currency ETFs, offering global diversity for your portfolio.
If you’re interested in investing with a focus on fundamentals, as opposed to the tumultuous fashions of stock prices, WisdomTree offers you that chance in the transparent and economical form of ETFs.
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In case you missed them, I encourage you to read my articles from previous weeks about ETF providers First Trust, ProShares, Vanguard, iShares and State Street. I also invite you to share your thoughts below.