Continuing the theme of looking for high-yield Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) around the world, here is one that targets dividend shares in Asia/Pacific - with a heavy emphasis on Australia and New Zealand.
ETFs offer an accessible and reasonably-priced way into internation markets with a diversified fund that follows (fairly mechanically) a specific market index.
The iShares DJ Asia/Pacific Select Dividend 30 ETF comes from the Ireland-based iShares stable, managed by BlackRock, and consists of physical holdings that attempt to replicate the Dow Jones Asia/Pacific Select Dividend 30 Index as closely as possible. The ETF invests in physical index securities that offer exposure to the 30 highest dividend-paying stocks from developed countries in Asia/Pacific. The companies included are required to have a non-negative historical three-year dividend-per-share growth rate and an average dividend to earnings-per-share ratio of less than 85%. The index is weighted according to dividend yield.
The Total Expense Ratio is a reasonably modest 0.59% and the ETF is quoted in Stirling in London, although the fund currency is US$. Distributions are quarterly and the holdings are rebalanced annually.
The US$ distribution yield is currently quoted as 4.77% on the ETF website - what UK holders will receive will obviously depend on a string of exchange rates. The ETF has performed very well recently - which might mean that this is the wrong time to buy...
The 30 holdings are concentrated in Financials, Telecommunications, Consumer Services and Industrials and 8 of the top 10 holdings are from Australia (the biggest holding - representing over 7% of the fund - is from New Zealand).
[Purchase price: £21.15]
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