Small-Cap Dominance with International Dividends

Doug Fabian

Doug Fabian is known for his expert knowledge of ETFs, bear funds and enhanced index funds to profit in any market climate.
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The WisdomTree International SmallCap Dividend Fund (DLS) is an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that invests in non-U.S. dividend-paying securities. The fund was the second-strongest performer in the International Dividend category for the first half of this year.

In the case of DLS, “international” means that only companies based outside of the United States and Canada are considered for inclusion in the fund’s underlying index.

And, nearly 78% of this fund’s positions are in small-cap stocks. In general, small-cap stocks seem to have been the best performers in the international dividend category for this time period. The fund’s country distribution emphasizes Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia. View the current price, volume, performance and top 10 holdings of DLS at ETFU.com.

For the first half of the year, DLS rose 8.68%, with most of the increase in its share price occurring during the first quarter. Its 5.43% yield is quite attractive for an ETF. Assets managed here are just under $1.1 billion. The chart below shows the most recent 12 months’ worth of performance.

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The top 10 largest holdings in this fund total just 1.77% of its assets. These top 10 holdings include Kaken Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., 0.2%; Sanrio Co. Ltd., 0.2%; Teijin Ltd., 0.19%; Nishi-Nippon City Bank Ltd., 0.19%; and Pigeon Corp., 0.17%.

WisdomTree International SmallCap Dividend Fund (DLS) is a solid way to invest in a broad swath of global dividend-paying small-cap stocks. If you are an income seeker who wants international exposure in your holdings, you may wish to consider adding DLS to your holdings if that niche is unfilled. Remember to look for the current price, volume, performance and top 10 holdings of DLS on ETFU.com.

Look out next week as we round out the category for top-performing international dividend-based funds for the first half.

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