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Fat prophets seeks 33m in ipo

Global interest rates are at record lows and investors are searching for returns in excess of what they can get on bank deposits. Today we will take a look at some of the equity ETFs that have been designed to deliver high dividend yield.

Global interest rates are at record lows and investors are searching for returns in excess of the measly couple of percent they can get on bank deposits. Retirees in particular rely on income returns to fund their pension payments from their super funds, and Australian tax laws favour income payments in the form of dividends for those on low tax brackets.

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All of the above factors contribute to Australian investors obsession with yield. Today we will take a look at some of the equity based ETFs that have been designed specifically to deliver this.

In the ETF Watch fund database weve identified 14 ETFs which have a focus on dividend yield. Of these, theres two main strategies these funds employ to meet their yield objective:

Below we take a look at the funds employing each strategy in a bit more detail.

Investors who seek to invest in high dividend paying companies are spoilt for choice, with a total of 10 ETFs listed on the ASX which focus on investing in high dividend paying companies.

The table below lists the offerings available.

UBS IQ Research Preferred Australian Dividend Fund

Russell Australian Responsible Investment ETF

SPDR MSCI Australia Select High Dividend Yield Fund

ANZ ETFS S&P 500 High Yield Low Volatility ETF

Nine of the above focus on Australian companies and two have a USA and Global allocation.

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Theres a broad range of index methodologies that have been applied to the above ETFs, which means that whilst they may look similar, their actual underlying exposure may be quite different. The index construction methodologies can be very in depth, so well leave it to investors to do their own research on the methodology that suits their needs.

Dividend yields for the last 12 months for this list of ETFs has ranged from 2.89% (for small cap focused fund where yield is expected to be lower) to 7.93%, and there has been huge variation in share price performance with anything from -9.12% to 15.63%.

This is where index methodology becomes very important, and we advise investors to be clear as to how the index is determined before blindly investing in these funds.

Whilst many mum and dad investors may have invested in their own high dividend portfolio through investing in the likes of the big banks and utilities, dividend harvesting strategies are probably less likely on the average investors radar.

There are four funds available on the ASX which employ this strategy.

Dividend Harvesting (also known as dividend stripping) involves actively buying and selling shares around the dividend payment time, to lock in the dividends that are paid.

The rationale being that the share price falls once these companies go ex-dividend is less than the dividend received.

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Secondly, and important for Australian investors, is the investor is able to harvest franking credits which of course are returned as additional income to those on low tax rates such as super funds.

This extra franking income offsets the capital loss that is applied.

Its certainly an interesting strategy and we are not in a position to comment on its merits, but it certainly can return a high yield, with the two Australian based Betashares options returning over 10% dividend yield over the last 12 months (compared to the ASX200 which has returned just under 4%).

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This high yield has of course been offset by much higher capital losses than the broad index has returned.

Listed Investment Companies (LICs) can be an excellent way for investors to gain access to a reliable dividend income. As LICs pay tax at the corporate tax rate, they bank a large amount of franking credits, as a result are able to pay fully franked dividends. LICs also have discretion as to how much they pay in dividends each year (just like any other company), meaning they can provide a much more reliable income stream than ETFs, which must pay out all of their income.

The ETF Watch Fund Database shows 20 LICs with a dividend yield currently tracking at over 5% pa.

There we have it.

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We hope this post gave the yield obsessed investor a few ideas on the ETFs available to them in Australia. As always, this post is based on general information only and we recommend investors do their own research before making any investment decisions.

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Can you please list a few of the more important downsides to owning shares in an ETF that they dont tell us about?

Or at least, that a dummy like me doesnt know.

The ETFs focusing on high dividends for the yield hungry investor

Also, I own some HVST and am scratching my head as to why, at a time when everyone is chasing dividend (which HVST provides regularly at a prodigious 10%+), the share price has declined consistently throughout that time.

Which goes back to my first question.

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Any input very much appreciated.

Presumably the price falls because the strategy is to buy shares cum-dividend and then sell ex-dividend. In a stable market you would therefore expect the sell price to be less than the buy price and therefore the HVST unit price to reflect the consequences of this strategy. Hopefully, because dividends are being harvested where the shares are held for short periods, the annualised yield is high and overcomes the capital deterioration.

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But please note that I am not expert in this, but this seems to be a logical explanation!

Thanks Leon for taking the time to send in a comment. My problem is this: As I understand it, ETFs by law have to distribute all of their income I assume nett income and that figure should come from the reduced to bare bones mathematical result of a.

buying the shares (expense), b. collecting the dividend (income), c.

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selling the shares (income) and d. deducting a fee (expense).

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This exercise must be positive for me to get a dividend, so where does the capital depreciation come from? Clearly, Im missing something. And if there is capitalRead more »

I currently hold a lot of HVST and Im staring at a current loss of over 16k, meanwhile it has returned to me via direct net dividends of just over 7k.

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I get the sinking feeling, that youre right, and all they are doing is returning a portion of my capital with the so called high yielding dividends. I tracked HVSTs chart as compared to the companies it holds & the XJO, and the trend is down down down.

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When by right, it should at least be going sideways with the rest of the market. I have asked Betashares toRead more »

Kim, I assume you go the same document outlining it as I did. Really it ws just a load of garbage and HVST should be avoided at all costs.

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Like you i lost a lot of money, but I feel that ETFs that focus on Dividend harvesting are not the way forward.

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